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Dan Clarke


Dan Clarke has been writing about wine, food and travel since 1984 when he founded the Foothill Wine Press, a bi-monthly tabloid. After a year, that publication evolved into the California Wine Press, a monthly consumer magazine which he published and edited for seven years.


In 1993 Dan created California Wine and Food, a four-color slick which was distributed to trade buyers around the world. Its editorial ran in English and in the first language of many of the readers (Spanish, French, German and Chinese). The venture was a critical success, but not a financial one. After publishing for a year-and-a-half, he folded the magazine, resurrecting the title several years later as an internet-only publication.


A third-generation Californian, Dan has enjoyed travel to many other wine producing regions in the United States and in Europe. He has enjoyed seeing the ancient winemaking methods in the Georgian region of Kakheti as well as the newest green and sustainable efforts closer to home. As editorof Taste California Travel he'll contribute a column here or there (maybe he'll even learn to call them blogs), but prefers to view his role as that of a “convener of talent.”


Wednesday, 21 March 2018 13:17

Salvestrin Winery Celebrates 85 Years

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.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:48

State Historic Park Marks 168 Years

TASTE News Service March 20, 2018 - Gold was discovered in Columbia 168 years ago.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 13:46

Beer Pick of the Week

guinness draught pint Picmonkey

Guinness Draught


Guinness Brewery

Dublin, Ireland

Style: Dry stout

Alcohol: 4.2%

IBUs: Unknown

Serving style: kegs

Availability: World-wide, year-round

Monday, 12 March 2018 19:28

Wine Pick of the Week

Montevina 2013 Barbera Picmonkey

2015 Barbera



Amador County

Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $12

Monday, 12 March 2018 17:22

It Adds Up - Pi Day 2018

Editor’s note: Taste Publications receives many press releases relating to alleged holidays or commemorative days for all sorts of ideas and products.

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 23:49

What a Swell Party It Was!

What a Swell Party it Was frontcover


By Michael Turback

Skyhorse Publishing

New York, N.Y.

ISBN-13: 978-1-5107-2278-6

Hard cover, 204 pages $19.99

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 14:02

Beer Pick of the Week

Confused Therapist can Picmonkey

Confused Therapist


Dust Bowl Brewing Co.

Turlock, CA

Style: Imperial IPA

Alcohol: 19.4%


Serving style: 16 oz. cans

Availability: Year-round in central and northern California

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 13:53

Wine Pick of the Week

CSM Gewurz bottle Picmonkey

2015 Gewürztraminer


Chateau Ste Michelle

Columbia Valley

Alcohol: 12.5%

Suggested Retail: $10

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 18:22

5 Reasons to Visit Monterey this Spring

by Allyson Ryan

The Monterey Peninsula is always an excellent getaway for any traveler, and with spring on the horizon, the timing for a visit could not be any better.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 14:28

Wine Pick of the Week

Woodbridge cabernet sauvignon

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon


Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi


Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $8.25

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