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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, 29 August 2017 11:50

Five South Coast Adventures

TASTE News Service, August 29, 2017 – The South Coast of the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route is teaming with distinctive adventures unique to Avila Beach & Valley, Oceano and Nipomo all located in San Luis Obispo County.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 21:51

2017 Silvaspoons Verdelho Harvest

By Randy Caparoso

6:30 AM, this past Tuesday, August 22 in Lodi’s Alta Mesa appellation: Ron Silva’s harvest crew had already filled three half-ton macro-bins of just-picked Silvaspoons Vineyards Verdelho – green tinted golden, oval shaped orbs of tropical fruit sensations, zapped with palate slaking, lemon-lime acidity.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:50

Humpback Whales in SF Bay

TASTE News Service, August 16, 2017 - This summer, Humpback whales have been spotted frequently around the Golden Gate Bridge and the western waters of San Francisco Bay.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:21

Wine Pick of the Week

Ch Montelena Zin Picmonkey

2014 Calistoga Zinfandel


Chateau Montelena Winery


Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $39

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:11

Beer Pick of the Week

Deschutes Hopzeit Picmonkey

Hopzeit Autumn IPA



Bend, Oregon

Alcohol: 7%

IBUs: 60

Serving style: 12-ounce bottles

Availability: Seasonal--August through October nationwide

Monday, 14 August 2017 20:25

Remembering Dennis Martin

Mendocino County, Ca., August 14, 2017 — It is with a heavy heart that I share news that longtime Fetzer Vineyards winemaker, Dennis Martin, passed away yesterday following a battle with cancer.

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 09:45

Wine Pick of the Week

Rosa dell Olmo Barbera dAsti Picmonkey

2015 Barbera d’Asti D.O.C.G.


Rosa dell Olmo

Asti, Italy

Alcohol: 13%

Suggested Retail: $5.99

Monday, 07 August 2017 18:30

Revisiting The Crocker

by Lindsey Adams

Sacramento, August 8, 2017 – I was born and raised in Sacramento. I love this city, but sometimes I forget just how great some of our landmarks are.

TASTE News Service, August 5, 2017 — From an unlikely partnership between lawyer Cesare Isotta and car enthusiasts Vincenzo, Antonio and Oreste Fraschini, came Italy’s most opulent automobile brand: Isotta Fraschini (Ee-So-ta fra-Skee-nee).

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:38

Time to Celebrate Farmers Markets

By Mary Wilbur

Have you noticed how good your produce is looking lately?

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