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NEW WINEMAKER FOR EHLERS ESTATE NAPA VALLEY

NEW WINEMAKER FOR EHLERS ESTATE NAPA VALLEY

By Dr. Liz Thach, Master of Wine With over a decade of experience producing luxury wines in the Napa Valley for such well known names as La Jota, Mt. Brave, and Cardinale, Laura Díaz Muñoz is perfectly positioned to take the helm of Ehlers Estate as new Head Winemaker. Recruited to the position in June […]

FRENCH-AMERICAN GASTRONOMY & WINE SHOW

FRENCH-AMERICAN GASTRONOMY & WINE SHOW

Come to La Soirée Couture Garden Party, The French-American Gastronomy & Wine Show, on November 16th at the SF Design Center. Boisset Collection will celebrate their  Franco-American spirit at the French-American Chamber of Commerce’s 37th annual gastronomy and wine event with their Haute Couture French Bubbles, JCB wine, JCB Spirits and delicacies from Atelier Fine Foods.  Register […]

CALIFORNIA WINE CELEBRATION

CALIFORNIA WINE CELEBRATION

San Mateo Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:30 PM $95.00 Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis and Chef Kara Robinson Taste five California wines and explore their geography and complexity alongside food pairings. Catherine Fallis is the only person in the world to hold both the Master Sommelier and Advanced Certified Wine Professional credentials. Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc—warm […]

TWENTY UNDER $20

TWENTY UNDER $20

Twenty Under $20    While it is easy enough to find wines under $20, how often do they really deliver? This category is packed with mass-produced commercial products without a lot of character. Here are some well-crafted and still widely available wines from around the world that we at Planet Grape Wine Review highly recommend. […]

CIAO ITALIA! SUMMER WINES FOR THE BEACH & GRILL

CIAO ITALIA! SUMMER WINES FOR THE BEACH & GRILL

The sun is out and the beach beckoning. Sweet corn is here. Heirloom tomatoes are here. Mealtime prep should be easy and so should selecting wines. Make a beeline for the Italian section. Italian wines are so easy to enjoy (if hard to select), and their naturally high acidity is just the ticket for warmer […]

HIDDEN WINERY’S CABERNET GET HIGHEST BID AT NAPA VALLEY WINE AUCTION

HIDDEN WINERY’S CABERNET GET HIGHEST BID AT NAPA VALLEY WINE AUCTION

By Liz Thach, MW For wine lovers, getting a chance to attend the famous Napa Valley Wine Auction is often a bucket list item. The festive atmosphere, music, delicious food and wine, and the chance to rub elbows with celebrities is part of the allure, but also being first on the scene to discovery which Napa Valley […]

SUMMER WINES FROM LODI

SUMMER WINES FROM LODI

Lodi grape growers and winemakers produce some of the best Zinfandels in the world.  Two hours inland from San Francisco, temperatures climb and the sun shines bright all summer here, allowing grapes to ripen perfectly year after year. But thanks to cooling effects of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, running from the Central Valley directly to […]

DOCTOR WINE’S ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ITALIAN WINE 2018

DOCTOR WINE’S ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ITALIAN WINE 2018

Daniele Cernilli, also known as Doctor Wine, presided over an Italian wine tasting at San Francisco Wine School recently to promote the launch of his THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ITALIAN WINE 2018. Cernilli was one of the founders of Gambero Rosso, the famous Italian food and wine publishing group, and for 24 years edited the Gambero […]

FRANK FAMILY VINEYARDS CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY

FRANK FAMILY VINEYARDS CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY

By Liz Thach, MW Twenty-five years ago, when he was still President of Walt Disney Studios, overseeing movies such as The Lion King and Aladdin, Rich Frank spent many vacations in the Napa Valley. It was there that he fell in love with the wine industry and began searching for a winery to purchase. As […]

ROMBAUER FOUNDER REMEMBERED

ROMBAUER FOUNDER REMEMBERED

From the office of Julie Ann Kodmur Napa Valley, California, May 11, 2018 —- Koerner Rombauer, the founder of Rombauer Vineyards and a beloved figure in the Napa Valley over the last four decades, died on May 10. He was 83. Koerner is survived by his wife, Sandy, and children Sheana Rombauer and K.R. Rombauer […]

TANGY RIESLING FOR SUMMERTIME SIPPING

TANGY RIESLING FOR SUMMERTIME SIPPING

Raimund Prum and his wife Pirjo recently visited San Francisco to showcase their Grand Cru family Rieslings from their home in Mosel, Germany. The S.A. Prum family goes back to 1156, making it one of the country’s oldest winemaking dynasties. Today Raimund’s daughter Saskia A. Prum is in charge. The family estate sits on the banks of […]

PASSION FOR WINE

PASSION FOR WINE

Jean-Charles Boisset was born into a winemaking family in the tiny village of Vougeot, in Burgundy. The Boisset Collection today includes prestigious brands in France and California, including the historic Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma and Raymond in Napa Valley. Jean-Charles and his wife Gina Gallo travel in high society. Marnie Old, born in Winnipeg, Canada […]

CELEBRATING SAUV BLANC DAY SF STYLE

CELEBRATING SAUV BLANC DAY SF STYLE

Springtime and Sauvignon Blanc – what could be better? Today is Sauvignon Blanc day and to celebrate, New Zealand Wine Growers hosted a tasting of delicious wines and shellfish at Farallon Restaurant in downtown San Francisco. Rock star sommelier Peter Palmer led us through a tasting of fourteen delicious Sauvignon Blancs, 13 of the lot from […]

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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