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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:19

Wine and Mexican Food Pairings

By Amelia Ceja

We love Mexican cuisine and the dishes can vary from savory, sweet to spicy depending on the region in Mexico.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 13:01

"Mayor of the Napa Valley" Mourned

Dennis Zablosky 2 PicmonkeyDennis 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.

Monday, 05 September 2016 13:17

Margrit Mondavi Dies at Age 91

margrit mondavi death PicmonkeyRobert 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.

Friday, 26 August 2016 21:46

August 26, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Grgich Napa V Chard Picmonkey

 

2013 Chardonnay

 

Grgich Hills Estate

Napa Valley

Alcohol: 14.1%

Suggested Retail: $43

Mike in Cellar 2 photo by Alex RubinMike 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.

Sunday, 03 April 2016 19:21

April 1, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Opus bottle and glass Picmonkey

1998 Opus One

 

Opus One

Napa Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $265 for the current release (2012). An internet search shows prices around $320 for the 1998.

Friday, 25 March 2016 15:22

March 25, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Cakebread SB 2 Picmonkey

2014 Sauvignon Blanc

 

Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley

Alcohol: 13.9%

Suggested Retail: $25

 

“Sauvignon Blanc sometimes seems like the forgotten varietal. It’s not as pervasive as the ubiquitous Chardonnay, nor as trendy as Grüner Veltliner was a few years ago or as Albariño might be today. What a shame. It’s too good to miss.

Monday, 22 February 2016 12:52

Peter Mondavi, Sr. Dies

MondaviMen 500 236 PicmonkeyPeter Mondavi flanked by sons Marc and Peter Jr.By Dan Clarke

February 22, 2016 - This morning brought the news that Peter Mondavi died on Saturday. The patriarch of Charles Krug Winery and CK Mondavi wines was 101 years old at the time of his passing.

I had met him a couple of times, but knew him more by reputation than personal contact. When you work around the wine business for any length of time, you get some sense of who the giants of the industry are.

Thursday, 18 February 2016 22:44

February 19, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Robt Mondavi 2014 fumeBlanc napaValley Picmonkey

2014 Fumé Blanc

 

Robert Mondavi Winery

Napa Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $20

 

"The Robert Mondavi Winery has made a lot of their 2014 Napa Valley Fumé Blanc (54,528 cases). That’s a good thing because it tastes great and will expose many consumers to this style of wine.

Raymond Blending Seminar Chris Sawyer PicmoneySommelier Christopher Sawyer (left) and his teammate work on their blends of the 2012 vintage two years ago

TASTE News Service, February 14, 2016 - Raymond Vineyards Proprietor, Jean-Charles Boisset, Director of Winemaking, Stephanie Putnam and Thane Knutson, Assistant Winemaker, recently hosted 10 hand-selected sommeliers from across the country to participate in the seventh annual Sommelier Selection Blending Session. The sommeliers were selected for their depth of knowledge and experience, and together they represent some of the best and brightest sommelier talent in the nation.

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