Wine Country

The Essence of Excellence: Kenzo Estate

When those in the know are asked to name the most beautiful Napa Valley winery, Kenzo Estate unfailingly makes the short list. And when wine country visitors seek the best in private…

Anatomy of a Wine Label: Crescere Wines

Literature lovers might recognize Crescere Wines’ label art. The Sonoma County producer of premium, estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah tapped London-based Yehrin Tong to design its ethereal logo. Yehrin is well…

inside a Georgian marani (wine cellar)

Georgia, the Cradle of Wine

Oenophiles in the US have been discovering Georgian wines as if the country had just begun making it, although Georgia is the historically accurate birthplace of wine. The United States and the…
Robin Baggett Auction Napa Valley

Thank You, Auction Napa Valley

A Toast to Nearly 40 Fabulous Years of Fundraising for the Community “Pausing our Auction due to the global pandemic allowed us time to reflect on all we have achieved and gave…

The Story of a California Wine Revolution

A Conversation With Steven Spurrier May 24, 1976: In the Room Where It Happened On a spring afternoon in Paris 45 years ago, the world of California wines changed forever. It wasn’t…

ADAMVS Makes it Easy to Gift a Bit of Napa

No strangers to winemaking when they founded ADAMVS on Napa’s Howell Mountain, Denise and Stephen Adams are also proprietors of the highly esteemed and historic Château Fonplégade in the legendary Saint-Émilion wine…

LEGENDS & LONGEVITY

The key to a restaurant’s success begins with adaptability A BOTTLE OF BUBBLY. THE SMELL OF AN OLD BOOK.Handwritten letters. Family photographs. Your favorite song. A good conversation. Your favorite dish at…

Under-the-Radar and Oh So Fine: Sill Family Vineyards Wine

When Napa Valley’s Oakville Grocery stocked its wine shelves with the best representatives of each Napa AVA (American Viticultural Area), it selected Sill Family Vineyards to represent Atlas Peak. The small production,…

Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards

A toast to resilience and a sparkling life   By Erin Hunt Moore Nestled into its own lush and picturesque pocket of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley called Green Valley, Iron Horse Vineyards is a world-class producer of estate…

Sparkling Sonoma: Bubbles from Your Backyard

Elevate your celebrations with these local bottles  By Erin Hunt Moore     While sparkling wine lovers agree that the perfect time for bubbles is, well, any time, sparkling wine pairs perfectly with the holiday season.…

Wow Factor: Timeless Wine Labels

Defying Ubiquity Not long ago, it was taboo for a winery to venture away from mundane label design. You know, an image of the estate and vineyards plus a name—perhaps embossed or…

Michael Mina Shines in Sonoma

Wit & Wisdom restaurant definitely worth the drive Super star chef Michael Mina has done it again–and during COVID. This month he has opened Wit & Wisdom  at The Lodge at Sonoma. Located…

Welcome Back to Yountville

Much has changed since the last time you visited Napa Valley. People are wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and embracing other common sense efforts to keep the novel coronavirus at bay. But…

Not Your Usual Roadside Attraction

With Baccarat chandeliers, high-tech wine stations, and a fully stocked market with gourmet local goodies, Oakville Grocery is a destination in itself.

Crushing It: Female Winemakers

In Step With the Rhythms of Mother Nature, Six Women Who Turn Grapes Into Wine So much about 2020 is out of sync. Nevertheless, the timeless seasonality of harvest stays with the…

Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!

Napa Valley Virtual Fundraisers Play Big on the Small Screen In these days of everything going virtual, I wondered, how could the thrill of bidding on luxurious, live auction lots in an…

The Benevolent Baggetts

A passion for philanthropy powers Alpha Omega vintners Nearly 15 years ago, Alpha Omega winery owners Robin and Michelle Baggett glided into Napa Valley from San Luis Obispo, their hearts of gold…

Social Distancing, Sunshine & Wine

Napa and Sonoma wineries offer safe wine tasting experiences outdoors In our special corner of the world, harvest arrives at the enviable intersection of three local hallmarks—gorgeous views, sunny days, great wine—and…