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By Dan Clarke May 7, 2018 - This morning Taste Publications was shocked and saddened to read of Rod Smith’s passing.
By Dan Clarke Rosé has been the wine world’s hot category for the last couple of years. Industry sources say that Millennials are driving this surge in consumption.
TASTE News Service, April 11, 2018 – The California State Fair's Commercial Wine competition is the oldest such judging in the country and winning top honors is quite an achievement.
TASTE News Service, March 21, 2018 – This year marks more than 85 years that the Salvestrin family has been growing grapes and making wine in Napa Valley.
TASTE News Service, February 13, 2018 - What do you do when Mother Nature hands you fires and smoke during the 2017 California grape harvest? Cakebread Cellars, one of Napa Valley’s signature wineries, responded to the challenge by making a limited-edition rosé wine, specially crafted to support the Napa and Sonoma Valley wildfire recovery efforts.
A Randy Caparoso Conversation with Mike McCay In our second interview conducted this past January during the Grand Tasting/Zinfandel Experience put on by Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (a.k.a. ZAP) in San Francisco, we sat down with Michael McCay, owner/grower/winemaker of Lodi’s McCay Cellars.
TASTE News Service, January 31, 2018 – Bogle Vineyards has announced that 92% of the grapes used in its wines are from growers that adhere to the CALIFORNIA RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing, the industry’s most stringent certification program.
TASTE News Service, January 23, 2018 - A weekend in wine county normally includes several days of consuming wines along with a diet of rich foods and an exercise routine that consists of shopping—and paying the price for the excesses later!
TASTE News Service, January 12, 2018 – Lodi's Wine & Chocolate Weekend returns to celebrate its 21st year on February 10 and 11.
TASTE News Service, December 20, 2017 – The Petaluma Gap has been officially recognized as America’s newest American Viticultural Area (AVA) by the federal government.
By Darrell Corti In California there is a small, almost ad-hoc group called the NEB, an acronym meaning Nebbiolo Enthusiasts and Boosters.
TASTE News Service, November 14, 2017 -- It's been proven that red wine is good for the heart, and now it's even more heart-healthy.
By Chelsea Modlin This Saturday, November 11, we honor the men and women who put it all on the line to keep our homeland safe.
By Steven Tincher When is a Wine “Kosher,” and What Does That Mean?
by Chesea Modlin We’re in the thick of the 2017 football season and many wine fans are following their favorite teams.
By Dan Clarke When I first started visiting the Shenandoah Valley of California, there were wineries, but not nearly so many.
Editor’s note: Wine Institute shared this visit with the owners of Ramona Ranch Vineyards & Winery in San Diego County. Their questions of Teri Kerns appear in italic type. Dreaming of a rural life in horse country, Teri Kerns and Micole Moore bought 10 acres in Ramona, just northeast of San Diego, in 2004.
By Darrell Corti When was the last time you could say that you were at the “first” of anything?
By Dan Clarke It wasn’t Asti. It wasn’t Alba.
TASTE News Service, September 4, 2017 — The Arthritis Foundation Central Coast has named wine pioneer Doug Margerum, owner and director of winemaking at Margerum Wine Company as Honorary Lead Vintner for its 36th Annual Taste of the Town Santa Barbara.
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