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SUSTAINABLE ALENTEJO WINES

SUSTAINABLE ALENTEJO WINES

    blog | July 11, 2020 – 8:34pm | By Catherine Fallis Evan Goldstein MS and João Barroso, WASP Director of Sustainability hosted an informative “Wines of Alentejo Sustainability Webinar” last week, facilitated by Kate Morgan-Corcoran and Jane Kettlewell of Creative Palate Communications. According to the organizers, “Portugal’s Alentejo (ah-len-TAY-zhoo) region is internationally recognized […]

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BEST ORGANIC WINES

BEST ORGANIC WINES

Food and Wine Best Organic Wines Catherine Fallis Thu Jul 9 It seems like nowadays you can find organic vegetables,  fruits, and even organic mac & cheese, but have you tried organic wine? Organic wines are having a moment, but it is often challenging to decipher based on just the label. Sometimes the back label […]

By July 10, 2020 Read More →
BBQ WINE PICKS TO CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY

BBQ WINE PICKS TO CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY

blog | June 18, 2020 – 10:56pm | By Catherine Fallis Father’s Day is here. For the wine loving dad in your bubble here are a few summertime reds from the team at Planet Grape Wine Review. Get the BBQ ready! 2018 Trivento Amado Sur Malbec Bonarda Syrah Mendoza Argentina: $18 Plush and dry with notes of mulberry, plum, chocolate, […]

By June 20, 2020 Read More →
THE ULTIMATE BEACH WINE

THE ULTIMATE BEACH WINE

blog | June 10, 2020 – 7:25pm | By Catherine Fallis Summer is here! Even with limitations still on multiple fronts of our lives, we can still enjoy the warmer weather, sunshine, and the ultimate beach wine – Rosé! Evocative names such as Hampton Water, the delicious new Rosé from Jon Bon Jovi, Jesse Bongiovi […]

By June 13, 2020 Read More →
CHARDONNAY DAY 2020

CHARDONNAY DAY 2020

blog | May 19, 2020 – 6:21pm | By Catherine Fallis Chardonnay, the perfect breakfast wine. That is according to some winemakers, who drink it while dipping their toes in the stream and eating bacon and eggs. I like it with buttermilk fried chicken, a lobster roll or a Cobb Salad as well. Each year, […]

PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW – MOTHERS DAY WINES

PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW – MOTHERS DAY WINES

blog | May 7, 2020 – 9:06pm | By Catherine Fallis Mother’s Day is here and we know where we will be celebrating – at home! Why not make the best of it with a few well-selected wines that are sure to please the mom in your life or in your customer list – add […]

CELEBRATING SAUVIGNON BLANC DAY 2020

CELEBRATING SAUVIGNON BLANC DAY 2020

blog | April 30, 2020 – 5:04pm | By Catherine Fallis It’s here, one of our favorite days of the year at PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW, Sauvignon Blanc Day! To kick off the celebration, New Zealand’s US Brand Ambassador extraordinaire David Strada personally delivered a meal box of baby shrimp iceberg wedge salad with green […]

By April 30, 2020 Read More →
EARTH DAY CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY

EARTH DAY CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY

blog | April 20, 2020 – 6:00pm | By Catherine Fallis This Wednesday, April 22nd, marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. With factories closed, fewer cars on the road and people sheltering at home, skies are cleaner, grass is greener, and animal populations are booming and spreading back out. It is amazing to see […]

By April 21, 2020 Read More →
BADIA A COLTIBUONO

BADIA A COLTIBUONO

blog | April 9, 2020 – 4:51pm | By Catherine Fallis Etruscans in the first century and later Romans produced wine here in the sun-drenched hills of Gaiole in Chianti in the heart of Tuscany. In 1051 St. Giovanni Gualberto, founder of the Vallumbrosan order of Benedictine monks, established the abbey, or “Badia” of Good […]

By April 9, 2020 Read More →
ITALIAN WINE INDUSTRY LEADERS ADAPT TO COVID 19 CONDITIONS

ITALIAN WINE INDUSTRY LEADERS ADAPT TO COVID 19 CONDITIONS

In these unprecedented and dire times, leaders of the Italian wine industry would like to share how they are coping with COVID-19. Thanks to Erin Healy of Colangelo Public Relations for sharing this. PRESS STATEMENTS Frescobaldi Spokesperson: Lamberto Frescobaldi, President of Frescobaldi Group and 30th Generation Leader “The challenging situation in which we are involved […]

By March 27, 2020 Read More →
PREMIERE NAPA VALLEY 2020

PREMIERE NAPA VALLEY 2020

blog | March 5, 2020 – 4:59pm | By Catherine Fallis Premiere Napa Valley, a week of educational, tasting and networking opportunities leading up to a wine auction of Hospice de Beaune style small lot wines, is one of the hottest ticket tastings in the country. Winemakers showcased the 2018 vintage but offered tastes of […]

By March 5, 2020 Read More →
FRED SWAN’S TOP TEN NEW WORLD CHARDONNAYS

FRED SWAN’S TOP TEN NEW WORLD CHARDONNAYS

blog | February 21, 2020 – 4:19pm | By Catherine Fallis Planet Grape Wine Review panelist and Chardonnay expert Fred Swan http://www.fredswan.wine/ has reviewed quite a few New World Chardonnays recently. Here are his top ten. 2017 Chalk Hill Felta Chardonnay Chalk Hill Sonoma $75 A fabulous Chardonnay, made from an assortment of clones all […]

By February 26, 2020 Read More →
CHEF NATE NORRIS ON 2019 EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

CHEF NATE NORRIS ON 2019 EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

blog | February 13, 2020 – 4:29pm | By Catherine Fallis A dish finished with high quality, current vintage Extra Virgin Olive Oil can completely transform a diner’s experience. Chef de Cuisine Nate Norris of San Francisco’s legendary Zuni Café says, “While guests may order a salad for the pomegranate and goat cheese, they leave […]

By February 26, 2020 Read More →
PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW’S TOP TEN NEW ZEALAND PINOT NOIRS

PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW’S TOP TEN NEW ZEALAND PINOT NOIRS

Home » Blogs » Catherine Fallis blog | February 19, 2020 – 8:06pm | By Catherine Fallis You may have heard about the diva grape, Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir loves drama. Pinot Noir loves a challenge. Pinot Noir thrives in a cool to extreme climate especially with a maritime influence. In New Zealand, it thrives […]

By February 21, 2020 Read More →
10 BEST CHAMPAGNES AND SPARKLING WINES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

10 BEST CHAMPAGNES AND SPARKLING WINES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Food and Wine Catherine Fallis Fri Feb 7 Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Bubbles are highly recommended, whether celebrating with a loved one, or without. Treat yourself to a Valentine’s Champagne from France if you are feeling lux — and do it soon in case the tariffs go into place — or check […]

By February 20, 2020 Read More →
10 BEST WINES TO COMPLEMENT WINTER DISHES

10 BEST WINES TO COMPLEMENT WINTER DISHES

Food and Wine Catherine Fallis Sun Jan 19   Chefs look to the season for inspiration as do sommeliers. Traditionally, in winter, menus tend towards heartier dishes and the wines follow suit. If this is your style, or if you just happen to be looking for some interesting, smaller production selections, here are our top […]

By January 31, 2020 Read More →
NEW ZEALAND PINOT NOIR WITH CATHERINE FALLIS AND DEBORAH PARKER WONG

NEW ZEALAND PINOT NOIR WITH CATHERINE FALLIS AND DEBORAH PARKER WONG

January 30, 2019 Catherine Fallis and Deborah Parker Wong introduce us to wines from the end of the world, in New Zealand!   https://isantemagazine.com/content/new-zealand-pinot-noir

By January 30, 2020 Read More →
LUXURY WINE MARKETING

LUXURY WINE MARKETING

blog | January 22, 2020 – 2:01pm | By Catherine Fallis Luxury Wine Marketing, The Art and Science of Luxury Wine Branding, is a must read for any food and beverage or hospitality industry professional dealing with upper tier wines. Written by  Dr. Liz Thach, Master of Wine and Distinguished Professor of Wine and a […]

By January 22, 2020 Read More →
PLANET GRAPE REVIEWS WINTER WEIGHT WINES

PLANET GRAPE REVIEWS WINTER WEIGHT WINES

Catherine Fallis and Deborah Parker Wong review winter weight wines. https://isantemagazine.com/content/planet-grape-reviews-winter-weight-wines  

By January 17, 2020 Read More →
WINTER WEIGHT WINES

WINTER WEIGHT WINES

blog | January 9, 2020 – 2:08pm | By Catherine Fallis Chefs look to the season for inspiration as do sommeliers. Traditionally, in winter, menus tend towards heartier dishes and the wines follow suit. If this is your house style, or you are looking for some nice, smaller production selections, here are the top ten […]

By January 10, 2020 Read More →
GREEN WINES WITH CATHERINE FALLIS AND DEBORAH PARKER WONG

GREEN WINES WITH CATHERINE FALLIS AND DEBORAH PARKER WONG

Here is our PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW Vodcast #2 for Sante Magazine: https://isantemagazine.com/content/planet-grape-reviews-green-wines and our companion article: PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW’S TOP TEN GREEN WINES

By January 7, 2020 Read More →
FESTIVE SPARKLING WINES WITH CATHERINE FALLIS AND DEBORAH PARKER WONG

FESTIVE SPARKLING WINES WITH CATHERINE FALLIS AND DEBORAH PARKER WONG

Happy New Year! Here is our PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW Vodcast #3 for Sante Magazine: From the editor of Sante: Highlights of 2019 Emiliano De Laurentiis 2019 was a stellar year for Santé as we continued to give you industry-relevant content through an expanded syndication network. In 2019 Santé reached over 1.5 million followers with articles […]

By January 7, 2020 Read More →
PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW’S TOP TEN SPARKLING WINES

PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW’S TOP TEN SPARKLING WINES

blog | December 24, 2019 – 3:32pm | By Catherine Fallis http://www.planetgrape.com/sabering_champagne   We’re nearly at the finish line. Take a collective deep breath and know there is light at the end of the tunnel. If by any chance you are looking for last minute bubbly selections, here are some of our favorites from around […]

By December 24, 2019 Read More →
CLASSIC COCKTAILS WITH A TWIST

CLASSIC COCKTAILS WITH A TWIST

blog | December 16, 2019 – 8:58pm | By Catherine Fallis Go classic with a twist this holiday season by adding a unique spirit to the mix.  Here are a few ideas to check out – the American Godfather, a Smoky Mary, a Reposado Manhattan and a Canadian Negroni. American Godfather Pour equal parts Slaughter […]

By December 17, 2019 Read More →