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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  

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]