Winemaker Interviews

Tor Kenward, Iconic Napa Winemaker

If These Grapevines Could Talk “It was 50 years ago when I first stepped foot on this fertile soil, and Napa Valley was a very different place,” Tor Kenward recalls. “There were…

Healdsburg’s Vérité Raises the Bordeaux Bar

Chateau Montelena and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars proved in 1976 at The Judgment of Paris that California could produce wines that were every bit as good as those produced in France. The…

Cabernet Classic in Napa Valley from November 4-6, 2022

The Meritage Resort and Spa hosts the second annual Cabernet Classic Festive Weekend to Feature Master Sommeliers, Rare Wines, Winemakers and Chef-Curated Dining Experiences Benefitting SommFoundation  The Meritage Resort and Spa, located at the…

Destination-Worthy Theorem Vineyards

Perfectly Paired Luxury When recommending wine tasting venues to family and friends, it’s challenging to come up with properties and estates that offer the same level of luxurious hospitality as that at…

California to Chianti: The World of Antinori Wine

If your knowledge of Antinori wines extends only to the family’s Napa Valley estate, Antica, it’s understandable. Afterall, the Atlas Peak winery produces a library of stellar wines that aficionados are proud…

JOHN LEGEND

His life, loves, and legacy It was a sultry night at Jean-Charles Boisset’s home atop Wappo Hill in Napa. Gliding throughout the expansive space, friendly, well-dressed staff poured a selection of John…

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Women in Wine

Six bay area she-roes drop gems of inspiration. The presence of women in the California wine industry is steadily evolving as seen by the increase in the percentage of female winemakers, growing…

Haute Living Launch Party

Day trips and bucket list excursions are back in vogue this summer as we make up for lost time. Neiman Marcus provided a welcome escape, minus the planning, packing, and luggage, by…

From Catalonia to California

Marimar Torres’ Slice of Spain in Sonoma County   Nestled in the beautiful Green Valley AVA of Sonoma County between Firestone and Occidental lies a stunning property evocative of Catalonia, Spain, transporting you well beyond the…

At Mira Winery, Everyday Miracles Are a Foundation

The name says it all: Mira. Its inspiration is the Latin root of “miracle,” and this family owned, 16‑acre, under-the-radar estate in the heart of the Napa Valley is filled with small…

Over The Top Wine Tasting Experiences

Close your eyes, point to any one of the more than 800 wineries on the Napa Valley and Sonoma County winery maps, and there is little doubt that your blind selection yields…

Gordon Ramsay Wines: Celebrating the Best of California

While British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay may still be known to many for his fiery temper on TV’s Hell’s Kitchen, he is also one of the most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs in the…

Take Flight with Napa Valley’s Aileron Estates

Aileron Estates wines are alone worthy of a wine country visit. Add a pre-tasting, scenic, bi-plane ride over Sonoma, and Aileron becomes a wine tasting must-do. Unlike any other wine adventure within…

Champagne Chat: Billecart-Salmon’s Owner Gives Us the Scoop

 Our family motto is: “Give priority to quality, thrive for excellence.” I think that summarizes things quite well.  People who know—know. If you don’t know, you need to join the cult of Billecart-Salmon, a…

BRION Boasts a Bevy of Fine Winemakers 

In creating his new eponymous wine brand and winery, Brion Wise chose a novel approach. Rather than hire one famed winemaker, Wise gathered three, each at the top of his game, and…