Winemaker Interviews

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…

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…

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…

Ram’s Gate Winery Nails It: Complete, Complex, and Compelling

Less than 30 miles from the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, you can’t miss Ram’s Gate Winery. The entrance is impressive—with a promise of both rustic and grand— and notably,…

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,…

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.…

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…

Tara Jasper, Sipsong Spirits & Indira Gin

Wine Country’s New Leading Lady of Gin Tara Jasper, distiller and owner of award-winning Sipsong Spirits, belongs to a new wave of  female distillers and craft spirits entrepreneurs in Sonoma County, joining…

Black Wine Professionals

Black Wines Matter

A toast to black wine professionals The romance of wine lures visitors to dreamy wine country, where people often flock to escape the real world. Hearing the stories of passionate winery owners…

Married to the Job in Wine Country

Husband & Wife Wineries and Tasting Rooms ALTHOUGH IT MAY LOOK ROMANTIC around the edges, the winery business is hard work not recommended for the risk-averse. One can imagine that being married…