TASTE News Service, January 25, 2017 -- Michael David Winery is donating $25,000 to PAWS (The Performing Animal Welfare Society) in hopes that it will bring awareness and education to this great organization.
By Anthony Salazar The service industry, just like that of marketing and public relations, is continuously evolving and it is always a challenge for a business to remain relevant and thrive.
By Dan Clarke Washington, D.C., January 20. 2017 – A diverse group of dignitaries gathered for lunch today, following the swearing in ceremony for the country’s 45th President, Donald J. Trump.
TASTE News Service, January 11, 2017 – In honor of wine industry visionary and pioneer Jerry Lohr’s 80th birthday, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has announced the debut of “J. Lohr Signature,” a new ultra-luxury Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon.
(December 27, 2016) — Dr. Vincent Petrucci, professor emeritus of viticulture at California State University, Fresno, is remembered today by University President Joseph I. Castro as “an extraordinarily talented man who shared his special gifts as a Fresno State professor by educating new generations of viticulture and winemaking leaders.”
Dennis Zablosky with his wife Sandy at Frank Family’s most recent employee harvest celebration TASTE News Service, December 13, 2016 - Dennis Zablosky passed away Friday. The Frank Family’s long-time tasting room manager was one of Napa Valley’s best-known personalities and will always be synonymous with Frank Family Vineyards.
By Darrell Corti This 2015 Amador County Zinfandel is a commemorative wine. It commemorates the 1965 Amador County Zinfandel made as a home wine that, in 1968, convinced Bob Trinchero of Sutter Home Winery in Napa Valley to begin buying Amador County grapes. A lot has happened in the last fifty years.
Jerry Lohr BUSINESS WIRE, November 11, 2016 - Wine Enthusiast Magazine has announced that it will be honoring industry visionary and Central Coast wine pioneer Jerry Lohr as its “American Wine Legend” at the upcoming 17th annual Wine Star Awards. Lohr will be honored in Wine Enthusiast’s special “Best of Year” issue, and at a black-tie gala in Miami on Monday, January 30, 2017. While the Wine Star Awards ceremony is an annual event, the American Wine Legend honor has only been awarded three times since 2000. As the founder of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Lohr is widely recognized…
Bruce Cass photo courtesy Jancis Robinson Purple Pages TASTE News Service, October 5, 2016 – The wine industry has lost a luminary with the passing of noted author, writer, teacher and tireless advocate of all things vinous, Bruce Cass. Cass died of natural causes at his home in the Sierra Foothills on September 20, 2016. Achieving national acclaim as co-author of The Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America published in 2000, Bruce was a perpetual student and an unforgettable teacher. He reveled in the exploration of Californian terroir in recent years, taking his motorcycle on the backroads and…
California Governor Gerry Brown TASTE News Service, September 27, 2016 - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday signed into law legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) enabling UC Davis’s Viticulture and Enology Department to sell wine made by its students, which was otherwise being discarded.
Chef Todd Knoll and one of Jordan's new hives TASTE News Service, September 7, 2016 - Jordan Vineyard & Winery has announced the installation of its first apiary, which includes three Flow™ Hives, a crowdsourcing phenomenon from Australia that broke pledge records when the invention was unveiled last year.
Robert and Margrit share a quiet moment at the winery in Oakville TASTE News Service, Septmber 5, 2016 – Margrit Mondavi of Napa Valley, widow to Robert G. Mondavi and pioneer of the modern-day California wine industry bringing art and culture to the industry, died Friday. She was 91.
Mike Chelini in Stony Hill Cellar photo by Alex Rubin By Dan Clarke Fred and Eleanor McCrea planted Chardonnay at their weekend retreat in 1947. This alone would qualify Stony Hill Vineyard for a special mention in Napa Valley history books.
Winemaker Ashley Herzberg and Amista owner Mike Farrow toast first Chardonnay of 2016 harvest TASTE News Service, August 18, 2016 – Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley (WDCV) began their 2016 grape harvest this week, and shared their predictions for the season. Picking began on Saturday, August 13 for Amista Vineyards Sparkling Blanc de Blancs, ten days later than they began harvesting their fruit in 2015.
Chateau Changyu in Shandong Province By Alan Smith August 1, 2016 – It’s a good bet that most American wine consumers wouldn’t know all of the world’s biggest selling wines. Maybe they wouldn’t even recognize most of them.
Several separate wine regions (AVAs) are located within the County TASTE News Service, July 18, 2096 - As a wine region, Santa Barbara County offers an impressive range of wines in distinctive styles, and from a wealth of various grape varieties. The region also carries fantastic long-term potential for continued evolution of both style and quality.
Count Agoston Haraszthy TASTE News Service, July 12, 2016 – Buena Vista Winery has unveiled two new wines reflecting the venerable history of Buena Vista Winery – Château Buena Vista Napa Valley Cabernet and La Victoire Champagne. With the launch, the winery revives its historical connections to the Napa Valley and Champagne, and enhances the original ambitious vision of Founder Count Agoston Haraszthy.
Pooch (center) receives Lifetime Achievement Award TASTE News Service July 2, 2016 – Friends of the California State Fair have presented their Lifetime Achievement Award to long-time wine consultant G.M. “Pooch” Pucilowski. The organization also recognized a legendary Amador County property as Vineyard of the Year.
Tasters have room to stroll at Terra d'Oro TASTE News Service, June 15, 2016 — With an enhanced venue at Terra d’Oro Winery/Montevina Vineyards and a new format providing wine tastings by region at this year’s event, the sixth annual Barbera Festival on Saturday, June 11, continued to delight the palates of festival goers. At Saturday’s event, Barberas were presented by nearly 80 wineries from all over California.
By Dan Clarke Just viewed a delightful video of Simon Tam, Head of Wine at the Hong Kong branch of Christie’s, the British auction house. It reminded me of a dinner my friend Bob Austin, a contributor to an earlier version of Taste California Travel, put together at a Chinese restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area long ago. Our wines were Californian, not French as in the Christie video, but there were more of them. Bob and I secured 16 or 17 different white and red varietals and he worked with the chef to produce a tasting menu of…
It wasn't raining all the timeBy Jen Sleppy May 12, 2016 - Saturday’s Amador Four Fires was well organized. The only glitch was the rain, but as I've seen happen at other festivals, the rain became a positive . . . it created camaraderie and quick friendships as people crammed in together under the tents.
TASTE News Service, May 11, 2016 - Winemakers from the USA showed they are a force to be reckoned with at the International Wine Challenge 2016, with a serious haul of medals.
G.M. "Pooch" PucilowskiTASTE News Service, March 31, 2016 – The California State Fair announced today that G.M. “Pooch” Pucilowski has been selected for the 2016 WINE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. Formal presentation will be made at the Friends of the California State Fair Gala, which will be held this year on Thursday, June 23. A nationally-known wine educator and consultant, Pooch has devoted more than 30 years to the pursuit of educating consumers and trade members alike in all aspects of the wine industry. He has served as Chief Judge and Consultant to the California State Fair’s annual Commercial Wine Competition…