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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 →
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 […]

By December 4, 2019 Read More →
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 […]

By December 3, 2019 Read More →
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 […]

By December 2, 2019 Read More →
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!    

By December 2, 2019 Read More →
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 […]