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RANDALL GRAHM EARNS TOP CONSUMER HONOR

RANDALL GRAHM EARNS TOP CONSUMER HONOR

Randall Grahm Earns Top Consumer Honor Blog | December 4, 2019 – 2:22pm | By Catherine Fallis PRESS RELEASE FROM THE AMERICAN WINE SOCIETY St. Pete Beach, Fla. –Randall Grahm, founder of Bonny Doon Vineyard, received the American Wine Society Award of Merit at the organization’s national conference in St. Pete Beach, Fla., earlier this […]

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PROSECCO PREPARES FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

PROSECCO PREPARES FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

Food and Wine Prosecco Prepares for Climate Change Catherine Fallis Fri Nov 22 A hilly corner of the Veneto in northern Italy was awarded Unesco World Heritage designation this past July, and odds are you are already familiar with it. It is the area known as Conegliano Valdobbiadene in the heart of Prosecco country. But […]

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PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW’S TOP TEN GREEN WINES

PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW’S TOP TEN GREEN WINES

blog | November 26, 2019 – 5:12pm | By Catherine Fallis Wines that are “green”, or earth-friendly, are wines made in one of these three regulated tiers, Sustainable, Organic, and Biodynamic, or SOB. A hot new category is “natural” wines, the idea being wines free of any harmful additives, but unfortunately the term “natural” on […]

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PROSECCO AND CAVIAR WITH CATHERINE FALLIS AND DEBORAH PARKER WONG

PROSECCO AND CAVIAR WITH CATHERINE FALLIS AND DEBORAH PARKER WONG

We have released our first Planet Grape Wine Review podcast, available here: https://isantemagazine.com/content/catherine-fallis-and-deborah-parker-wong-review-prosecco-and-caviar and soon to be on You Tube and Apple News!    

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PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW’S TOP TEN PROSECCOS AS THE REGION LOOKS TO QUALITY

PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW’S TOP TEN PROSECCOS AS THE REGION LOOKS TO QUALITY

blog | November 8, 2019 – 5:21pm | By Catherine Fallis A hilly corner of the Veneto in northern Italy was awarded Unesco World Heritage designation this past July, and odds are you are already familiar with it. It is the area known as Conegliano Valdobbiadene in the heart of Prosecco country. Prosecco, the inexpensive […]

PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW – TOP TEN GREEK WINES

PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW – TOP TEN GREEK WINES

Planet Grape Wine Review – Top Ten Greek Wines blog | October 18, 2019 – 5:01pm | By Catherine Fallis Delicious Mediterranean wines from Greece are unique, food friendly, cool and a nice break from vanilla and chocolate standbys Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Greek wines are ideal wine list choices as they tend to be […]

MEDITERRANEAN WINES PICKED BY A MASTER SOMMELIER

MEDITERRANEAN WINES PICKED BY A MASTER SOMMELIER

Food and Wine Mediterranean Wines Picked by a Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis Mon Oct 28 Saying the word “Mediterranean” brings an easy smile, conjuring up images of pristine beaches, azure water, fragrant air, fresh delicacies from the sea and shore, and wine. Mediterranean wines are ideal as we leave summer behind and head into fall. […]

SAVVY WINE SHOPPING – TIPS FROM A MASTER SOMMELIER

SAVVY WINE SHOPPING – TIPS FROM A MASTER SOMMELIER

Food and Wine Savvy Wine Shopping – Tips from a Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis Wed Aug 14 With summer splurges behind us and the holidays on the distant horizon, it’s a good time to focus a little energy on maximizing your buying power when shopping for wine. Take a five minute read and you will […]

BEST POOLSIDE WINE UNDER $25 PICKED BY A MASTER SOMMELIER

BEST POOLSIDE WINE UNDER $25 PICKED BY A MASTER SOMMELIER

Food and Wine Best Poolside Wine under $25 picked by a Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis Sat Jul 20 Summer means it’s time to relax, slow the pace, and enjoy the long, warm days.  For relaxing by the pool, wine is the ideal complement. Here are my top 10 picks for your summer drinking pleasure, all […]

SIPS WITH SPENCER – TEN GRAPES TO KNOW IS THE ULTIMATE WINE GUIDE

SIPS WITH SPENCER – TEN GRAPES TO KNOW IS THE ULTIMATE WINE GUIDE

Sips with Spencer Catherine Fallis’s book, Ten Grapes to Know is the ultimate wine guide Get to know the grapes you’ve been drinking with the popular wine read, Ten Grapes to Know. KGO TV ABC 7   Saturday, June 1, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — As the fifth woman in the world to earn the […]

A MASTER SOMMELIER’S ROSE WINE PICKS

A MASTER SOMMELIER’S ROSE WINE PICKS

  PRIME WOMEN A Master Sommelier’s Rose Wine Picks   Home Entertainment Food and Wine A Master Sommelier’s Rose Wine Picks Share Food and Wine A Master Sommelier’s Rose Wine Picks Catherine Fallis Fri May 31 It’s time for beach wine! Many folks I know drink Rose wine year round, but summer is peak season […]

GRAPE GODDESS GIVES GRAPE GUIDE – WINE OH TV

GRAPE GODDESS GIVES GRAPE GUIDE – WINE OH TV

Master Sommelier Reveals 3 Wine Grapes You Must Know (VIDEO) Grape Goddess Gives Grape Guide Looking for an all inclusive, easy to understand, wine guide? We have found the perfect wine book that will help you easily expand your wine expertise! Meet a Master Sommelier who wants you to have what she’s having. Catherine Fallis […]

REBUILD WINE COUNTRY ANNOUNCES SUMMER SYMPHONY BENEFIT CONCERT

REBUILD WINE COUNTRY ANNOUNCES SUMMER SYMPHONY BENEFIT CONCERT

PRESS RELEASE Rebuild Wine Country Announces Summer Symphony Benefit Concert Volunteer organization teams up with the San Francisco Symphony for benefit concert aiding community reconstruction efforts  Santa Rosa, Calif., July 2, 2019 – Rebuild Wine Country (https://www.rebuildwinecountry.org/), a volunteer effort that aims to raise five million dollars for Northern California Habitat for Humanity affiliates, is thrilled […]

SIPS WITH SPENCER – GRAPE GODDESS AND THE WINE SNIFFER

SIPS WITH SPENCER – GRAPE GODDESS AND THE WINE SNIFFER

Check out my segment with the fun and slightly goofy Spencer Christian on ABC 7, Sips with Spencer. As he says, “Sip, sip, hooray!” Master Sommelier, grape goddess, and creator of the wine website, Planet Grape, Catherine Fallis strives to share her wine knowledge, reviews, and recommendations with the world. KGO ABC 7 Saturday, May […]

LODI ZINFANDEL – A GRAPE TO KNOW

LODI ZINFANDEL – A GRAPE TO KNOW

June 28, 2019 | Randy Caparoso Summary of nearly an entire chapter devoted to Lodi Zinfandel by Catherine Fallis MS in her book Ten Grapes to Know Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis leading a wine tasting at 2019 ZinFest Wine School Many have called for it, but few have earned it. That is, the coveted title […]

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS AVA FALL EVENTS

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS AVA FALL EVENTS

PRESS RELEASE SANTA CRUZ, CA – The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA) announces 7 upcoming Fall events.   Saturday, August 24 – Taste of the Mountains Celebrates Santa Cruz Mountains Wines. Enjoy an afternoon of tasting and discovering wines from small, local boutique wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains in one location. Taste wines from […]

CENTRAL OTAGO 4.0

CENTRAL OTAGO 4.0

Insights from the 14th annual Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration written by deborahparkerwong The three-day 2019 Pinot Noir Celebration held in Queenstown, Central Otago delivered on Chairman Paul Pujol’s welcome promise of examining the region, its producers and their wines with a perspective as fresh as a stiff breeze off Queenstown Bay. The evolution of […]

SOSIE WINE FOCUSES ON TWIN PASSIONS

SOSIE WINE FOCUSES ON TWIN PASSIONS

June 24, 2019 by Liz Thach, MW The word “Sosie” means twin in French, and so when seeking a name for their new winery, husband/wife team, Scott MacFiggen and Regina Bustamante, decided this was the perfect term to describe their wine passion. “We wanted to name the winery for our twin passions of French winemaking […]

2019 LODI ZINFEST BLIND TASTING

2019 LODI ZINFEST BLIND TASTING

    May 23, 2019 | Randy Caparoso 2019 ZinFest Blind Tasting: How Lodi Zinfandels compare to some of California’s finest Round 1 (of 3) wines in ZinFest Zinfandel Blind Tasting (special thanks to Suzanne Ledbetter for photos in this article) The 2019 Zinfandel Blind Tasting – taking place on May 17, the Friday before […]

CALIFORNIA WINE EXCHANGE TO FEATURE CRAFT AND BOUTIQUE WINERIES

CALIFORNIA WINE EXCHANGE TO FEATURE CRAFT AND BOUTIQUE WINERIES

PRESS RELEASE www.CaliWineExchange.com mark@CaliWineExchange.com linkedin.com/in/markprior5150 FB / Insta / Twtr: @CaliWineX Mobile: (404) 966-1856 – – – – – – BURBANK, CA – May 6, 2019, the California Wine Exchange launches at 12:01am, May 14 on Kickstarter in an effort to buck distribution standards and offer wines from mostly craft and boutique winemakers from within the Golden State. […]

CELEBRATE SAUVIGNON BLANC WINE

CELEBRATE SAUVIGNON BLANC WINE

Food and Wine Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Wine Catherine Fallis Tue Apr 30 Each year Sauvignon Blanc Day (#sauvblanc) is celebrated on the first Friday in May. That makes it May 3rd this year. (grape goddess says “so vin yon blahnk”. Repeat after me. “so vin yon blahnk”.) As that day begins in New Zealand so […]

CORKS, FORKS, RHYTHM & BREWS

CORKS, FORKS, RHYTHM & BREWS

PRESS RELEASE ALAMEDA BOYS & GIRLS CLUB LAUNCHES TICKETS FOR WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL: CORKS, FORKS, RHYTHM & BREWS The First Alameda Boys & Girls Club Corks, Forks, Rhythm & Brews Wine, Beer and Food Festival, Takes Place On October 5, 2019 Alameda, CA (March 28, 2019) – The Alameda Boys & Girls Club (ABGC) […]

SPRINGTIME BRUNCH COCKTAILS

SPRINGTIME BRUNCH COCKTAILS

  Share PRIMEWOMEN.COM Food and Wine Springtime Brunch Cocktails Catherine Fallis Sat Apr 6 Celebrate the end of winter with some lively, vibrant, and very Instagrammable Brunch cocktails. Tax time may have put a dent in your budget, but Korbel sparkling wine, the main ingredient in these drinks, is very easy on the wallet. At […]

PINOT IN THE REDWOODS

PINOT IN THE REDWOODS

  <img src=”https://static1.squarespace.com/static/59a5a384f7e0abcd30e64314/t/5c047ef0575d1f46547e272a/1545981836137/PINOT-2019-Poster-11x17_FINAL2_RGB500px_Squarespace.jpg” alt=”PINOT-2019-Poster-11x17_FINAL2_RGB500px_Squarespace.jpg” /> 22nd Annual <img src=”https://static1.squarespace.com/static/59a5a384f7e0abcd30e64314/t/5ad855a31ae6cf3511239828/1538718391304/AV-Pinot-Fest-Logo-Grapes-PNG.png” alt=”AV-Pinot-Fest-Logo-Grapes-PNG.png” /> May 17-19, 2019 Camp Navarro Buy Pinot Fest Tickets Schedule of Events Friday, May 17 Technical Conference & Casual BBQ Saturday, May 18 Grand Tasting, Winemaker Dinners & Concert Sunday, May 19 Winery Open Houses throughout Anderson Valley Come sip, sample and savor with […]