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FASCINATING PEOPLE IN THE WORLD OF FOOD AND WINE  

FASCINATING PEOPLE IN THE WORLD OF FOOD AND WINE  

  NAPA VALLEY, CALIF., APRIL 24, 2018 – James Beard Award-winning Napa Valley vintner Doug Shafer, long-time insider in the world of food and wine, has launched a new podcast series, “The Taste with Doug Shafer.” The podcast launches with three episodes featuring entertaining, informal conversations with James Beard Award-winning chef Cindy Pawlcyn whose background […]

REDISCOVERING THE PLEASURE OF NEW ZEALAND SAUVIGNON BLANC

REDISCOVERING THE PLEASURE OF NEW ZEALAND SAUVIGNON BLANC

by Liz Thach, MW New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wine is famous around the world for its tropical flavors of kiwi, mango and refreshing grapefruit finish. However, when visiting New Zealand several years ago, I was pleased to be able to taste many of the other white wine varieties they produce, such as exquisitely dry Rieslings, […]

THE MASTERS CHOOSE THE BEST ROSE FROM AROUND THE WORLD

THE MASTERS CHOOSE THE BEST ROSE FROM AROUND THE WORLD

    The Masters Choose the Best Rosé Wine from Around the World Tricia H. Conover April 11, 2018 Food and Wine Dry rosé wines are produced around the world in many wine regions using countless varieties of red grapes. Rosé wines have been the fastest growing category of wine consumption in the last few […]

FETZER VINEYARDS – PIONEERS IN SUSTAINABILITY CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

FETZER VINEYARDS – PIONEERS IN SUSTAINABILITY CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

Message from Fetzer Vineyards: This year marks 50 years of commitment to sustainable and regenerative winemaking practices by the historic Mendocino County-based winery, Fetzer Vineyards. In a climate where even the smallest gestures toward a greener environment are of the greatest importance, Fetzer continues to blaze the trail toward Net Positive winemaking. On April 22, […]

FROM SONOMA WITH LOVE

FROM SONOMA WITH LOVE

Happy Valentine’s Day! The folks at Korbel Winery in Sonoma, California have released a lovely, peachy non vintage Korbel Love Letter Brut Rose, $13.99, just in time for Cupid’s big day. While delicious on its own, try it with a dash of Chambord, some berries, and a nice warm smile. Watch your person light up […]

FERMENTATION SYMPOSIUM

FERMENTATION SYMPOSIUM

Fermentation Symposium Where Japanese cuisine meets science and dance Saturday December 30, 4 PM and Sunday December 31, 2 PM Theatre of Yugen 2840 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 621-0507 $20 Student, $40 General Admission $50 VIP (includes free drinks all night) Tickets at www.theatreofyugen.org Fermentation Symposium is the culmination of a year-long NEA supported […]

HOLIDAY PICKS FROM OUR TASTING PANEL TO YOU

HOLIDAY PICKS FROM OUR TASTING PANEL TO YOU

Happy Holidays! Here our some of our panelists’ top picks for 2017: Deborah Parker Wong Bubbles are a year round essential and if you’re planning to trade up for a holiday celebration, Collet, produced by Cogevi, the oldest cooperative in Champagne, has several delicious new releases that won’t break the bank. I love their Art Deco […]

MAGICAL HOLIDAYS AT JORDAN WINERY

MAGICAL HOLIDAYS AT JORDAN WINERY

By Liz Thach, MW Ballerinas, Russian dancers, and caviar are just a few of the treats that were shared with guests at the recent Jordan Winery Holiday Party. Known for its innovative events, Jordan Winery hosts magical holiday parties every year in its wine cellar. This year was very special as they shared their new […]

NEW ZEALAND SPARKLER STEALS THE SHOW

NEW ZEALAND SPARKLER STEALS THE SHOW

PRESS RELEASE CONTACT Jeremy Adsett – Marketing Manager  jeremy@hunters.co.nz FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3 November 2017 Hunter’s Wines Awarded Two Trophies at Marlborough Wine Show Hunter’s MiruMiru™ Reserve 2013, and Hunter’s Riesling 2016, 2012, and 2006 come out on top. Two varieties of Hunter’s Wine have been recognised with trophies at the 2017 Marlborough Wine Show, […]

WINE GRAPE HARVEST BEGINS IN SICILY AT TASCA D’ALMERITA

WINE GRAPE HARVEST BEGINS IN SICILY AT TASCA D’ALMERITA

The 2017 vendemmia began on Tasca d’Almerita’s two seaside wine estates From Tasca d’Almerita: The varied climate of the Sicilian ‘continent’ means that our harvesting period lasts around 90 days. The indigenous grape varietals of Grillo and Malvasia delle Lipari in the islands of Mozia and Salina are some of the first to be harvested. […]

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THE GODFATHER OF ZIN & HIS PRODIGAL SON

THE GODFATHER OF ZIN & HIS PRODIGAL SON

The SOMM Journal August September 2017 The Godfather of Zin and his Prodigal Son by Catherine Fallis MS   http://digital.copcomm.com/i/859549-august-september-2017 Check out our recommended Zins here: http://planetgrapewinereview.com/?s=zin  

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A NATURAL RENAISSANCE  – THE WORLD EMBRACES CORK CLOSURES

A NATURAL RENAISSANCE – THE WORLD EMBRACES CORK CLOSURES

Check out my recent technical article in The SOMM Journal, August/September 2017 “One of the best efforts I have ever seen.”  A Wine Editor “Best article in the magazine.”  Another Wine Editor Catherine Fallis MS, Planet Grape LLC

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TASTE OUR TERROIR 2017 PAIRING COMPETITION RESULTS

TASTE OUR TERROIR 2017 PAIRING COMPETITION RESULTS

Message from Tami Kelly, Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association   TASTE OUR TERROIR 2017 PAIRING COMPETITION RESULTS –700 attended sold out event at Casa Real on July 20   Livermore Valley, Calif. (July 21, 2017)— Judges Catherine Fallis of PlanetGrape.com, Carolyn Jung of FoodGal.com and Laura Levy Shatkin of Napa Sonoma Magazine tasted 20 gourmet food […]

DRY CREEK VINEYARD CELEBRATES 45 YEARS

DRY CREEK VINEYARD CELEBRATES 45 YEARS

This message is from Kim Stare Wallace, President, Dry Creek Vineyard, Sonoma, California   Today marks our 45th anniversary! On August 24, 1972 my father, David Stare, received the use permit to open the first winery in Dry Creek Valley since Prohibition was repealed. Since that day, we have been committed to producing 90+ point, […]

FROM DISHWASHER TO WINERY OWNER – THE AMERICAN DREAM IS ALIVE IN NAPA VALLEY

FROM DISHWASHER TO WINERY OWNER – THE AMERICAN DREAM IS ALIVE IN NAPA VALLEY

by Liz Thach, MW   The sun was slowly setting over the Western mountains of Napa Valley as the more than 200 guests at the Mi Sueno Winery celebration sat down to a 4-course dinner at the Michelen star Restaurant at L’Auberge de Soleil. Champagne was poured as Cristina Londono with Telemundo gracefully stood to […]

NEW ACT PROTECTS NEW ZEALAND’S GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS FOR WINE

NEW ACT PROTECTS NEW ZEALAND’S GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS FOR WINE

The SOMM JOURNAL   Web Exclusives New Act Protects New Zealand’s Geographical Indications for Wine by Catherine Fallis, MS As vibrant, warm, happy and lively the place, people and wines are, it is only after 25 years of global success that the New Zealand wine industry is locking down place name protection on a global […]

CHAMPAGNE SABERING ON HEADS & TAILS TV

CHAMPAGNE SABERING ON HEADS & TAILS TV

Check out this fun clip of our very own grape goddess, Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis, sabering Champagne on the Penthouse terrace of the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco:  

ARAGON’S CROWN JEWEL – CARINENA

ARAGON’S CROWN JEWEL – CARINENA

Cariñena has the distinction of being a town, an appellation and a grape: a tight trio nestled in the Ebro Valley of Aragón midway between Barcelona and Madrid. It became a D.O.P.  (Denominación de Origen Protegida) in 1932 making it one of the oldest officially recognized regions in Spain. Cariñena is the only region in […]

NOTABLE WINES:  A NEW WINE BRAND SIMPLIFYING THE WINE AISLE

NOTABLE WINES: A NEW WINE BRAND SIMPLIFYING THE WINE AISLE

PRIMEWOMEN.COM by Catherine Fallis MS, Publisher, Planet Grape Wine Review   Notable Wines: A New Wine Brand Simplifying the Wine Aisle

BUENA VISTA WINERY TO HOST 2017 GALA BENEFITING HDSA

BUENA VISTA WINERY TO HOST 2017 GALA BENEFITING HDSA

Press Release SONOMA, CA – Buena Vista Winery will be transformed into a Roaring Twenties destination on Saturday, July 1, 2017 when the winery hosts the Great Gatsby Gala to benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA). With a goal to raise $100,000 to support the HDSA mission, the event will honor Jean-Charles Boisset, […]

DOG HIKES IN THE VINEYARD AND PANORAMIC VIEWS AT KUNDE WINERY

DOG HIKES IN THE VINEYARD AND PANORAMIC VIEWS AT KUNDE WINERY

by Liz Thach, MW There are not many places in the world where you are invited to go hiking in the vineyards with your dog, but at Kunde Family Winery in Sonoma Valley, California, everyone is welcome. However space is limited because these special hikes with your four-legged companion sell out fast. “We decided to […]

NOTABLE HIGHLIGHTS WINE STYLE ON FRONT LABEL

NOTABLE HIGHLIGHTS WINE STYLE ON FRONT LABEL

Notable Wines aims to take the mystery out of wine shopping. This spring they launched two Chardonnays, a “Fruity & Crisp” Chardonnay from Australia, and an “Oaky & Buttery” Chardonnay from California, both at $14.99. I was just commenting to a colleague that we often find ourselves observing then rescuing folks in the wine aisle trying […]

PARADISE RIDGE WINERY HOSTS WOW DINNER TO BENEFIT AT RISK YOUTH

PARADISE RIDGE WINERY HOSTS WOW DINNER TO BENEFIT AT RISK YOUTH

by Liz Thach, MW Perched on a hilltop overlooking the vineyards and a spectacular sunset view, Paradise Ridge Winery in Sonoma County is not only an ideal location for winetasting, but also as a dinner and special event venue. That is why it was an excellent location for the most recent WOW (Worth Our Weight) […]

WHAT MAKES THE SONOMA COUNTY BARREL AUCTION SO INNOVATIVE?

WHAT MAKES THE SONOMA COUNTY BARREL AUCTION SO INNOVATIVE?

By Liz Thach, MW for PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW Each year there are a variety of charity wine auctions held across the US, but the one that wins the innovation crown is the Sonoma County Barrel Auction. This is because auction organizers challenge local wineries to craft a unique, one of a kind wine blend […]