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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.”


Tuesday, 02 January 2018 17:34

Winter is Closer and Finer Than You Think

TASTE News Service, January 3, 2018 - In the time it takes fog to completely blanket San Francisco, visitors from the Bay Area can reach Tuolumne County in the Sierra Foothills abutting Yosemite National Park.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 12:18

Ever Ride a National Landmark?

TASTE News Service, December 27, 2017 - San Francisco is one of the few places in the world where people can ride on a national historic landmark.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017 11:57

Wine Pick of the Week

Dry Creek Vineyard 2012 Meritage Picmonkey

2013 Meritage


Dry Creek Vineyard

Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $30

Monday, 25 December 2017 14:37

Some Like it Hot

Some Like it Hot graphic Picmonkey

By Steven Tincher

The fates have decided that two interesting beers in the Sacramento area are based on hot pepper flavors. Both are rich and full bodied but otherwise very different.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 16:26

Petaluma Gap America's Newest AVA

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.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 13:22

Fall Color Wrap Up

TASTE California Travel, November 20, 2017 – Even native Californians may not realize the breadth of fall color that the state displays.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 12:39

Beer Pick of the Week

jubelale 2017 with ingredients Picmonkey



Deschutes Brewery

Bend, Oregon

Style: Winter ale

Alcohol: 6.7%

IBUs: 65

Serving Style: 12-ounce bottles

Availability: Seasonal (October-December)

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 18:01

Kautz Family Golden

by Bob Highfill

The 44-pound Crown Jewel at Ironstone Family Vineyards is the largest piece of crystallized gold in existence today.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 11:36

Cali-Baja: San Diego's Culinary Identity

TASTE News Service, November 13, 2017 - With some of the country's most sought-after produce, easy access to fresh fish and crustaceans from the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, and an unquestionable gastronomic influence from its proximity to Mexico, it is no wonder why San Diego has developed a culinary identity all its own.

Friday, 08 December 2017 14:16

A Barolo in America's Future?

By Darrell Corti

In California there is a small, almost ad-hoc group called the NEB, an acronym meaning Nebbiolo Enthusiasts and Boosters.

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