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A Personal Journey to Eonian Wine

Mary Orlin | Posted 07.28.2014 | Taste
Mary Orlin

Wayne Donaldson is a year and two vintages into his own wine label Eonian.  After about 20 years in the wine business, working in Australia and Calif...

Ballard Canyon: Santa Barbara's Newest, Rhone-Variety Focused AVA

Richard Jennings | Posted 04.20.2014 | Taste
Richard Jennings

Next up on our tour of Santa Barbara County appellations is its newest AVA -- Ballard Canyon.

Sta. Rita Hills: Top Choices from One of California's Greatest Sites

Richard Jennings | Posted 04.09.2014 | Taste
Richard Jennings

View of southern portion of Sta. Rita Hills AVA, from the top of the Mt. Carmel vineyard Sta. Rita Hills AVA is a 10 mile stretch of land between t...

Andrew Murray to Expand; Leasing Former Curtis Winery & Vineyard

Richard Jennings | Posted 03.16.2014 | Taste
Richard Jennings

Andrew Murray and wife Kristen outside their tasting room in Los Olivos Andrew Murray is a name those of us who love American Rhone-style wines have...

Grand Daddy of California Wine Events: Family Winemakers San Francisco

Richard Jennings | Posted 11.13.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

The two-day annual Family Winemakers of California Tasting in San Francisco (FW) is the most comprehensive showing of California wines in the state. It's the one event all year in which great small producers like Paloma and Seavey regularly participate.

West Sonoma Coast: Distinctive, Cool Climate Pinot, Chardonnay & Syrah

Richard Jennings | Posted 08.22.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

West of West is the early August weekend festival devoted to wines made from grapes farmed on the far western coastline of Sonoma County. This year was the event's third outing, and it was one of the most enjoyable and well organized regionally focused wine events I've ever attended.

Santa Barbara vineyards

Richard Jennings | Posted 07.23.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

Two more Santa Barbara County producers I visited last month whose wines greatly impressed me possess winemakers who are highly respected by their peers.

Santa Maria Valley: Low Profile, Cool Climate Excellence

Richard Jennings | Posted 07.07.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

With the new developments at these three Santa Maria producers, I expect the appellation's profile will soon be rising.

Exploring Terroir and Balance in Santa Barbara County

Richard Jennings | Posted 06.26.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

Santa Barbara is making some of California's most interesting, compelling and balanced wines.

Good Value 'House Wine'? Try a Côtes du Rhône

Richard Jennings | Posted 05.21.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

Are you looking for a versatile wine you can enjoy with all kinds of casual food? France's gigantic eastern appellation -- the Rhône -- may be a better value than you might think.

Sta. Rita Hills: Young Appellation Fulfills Its Promise

Richard Jennings | Posted 06.13.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

Sta. Rita Hills is definitely starting to fulfill its promise as a source of characterful, balanced and terroir-driven wines, from flavorful Chardonnay and Viognier to minerally and complex Pinot Noir and Syrah.

California Rhones: 2012 Rhone Rangers Tasting

Richard Jennings | Posted 06.04.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

Here in California, a few pioneers started planting Rhône varieties in the late 1980s. So which of these Rhône grapes, or blends, do well in California?

Petite Sirah: French Reject Excels in California

Richard Jennings | Posted 04.23.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

Petite Sirah is, along with Zinfandel, one of California's heritage and most distinctive grapes. It can produce wonderfully complex, rich, black fruited wines, often with floral, blueberry, tar, licorice and peppery dimensions.

Syrah: The Rodney Dangerfield of Wine

Richard Jennings | Posted 03.26.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

The standard joke in the wine business the past couple years has been, "What's the difference between syphilis and Syrah? You can get rid of a case of syphilis." I, for one, think it's high time that Syrah got some love.

Think You Know Everything About Rosé Wine?

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erdos | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste

In our series "What the Heck Is ..." we share with you foods and/or ingredients that people should know more about. This week we're bringing your atte...

The Balance in the Tip

Diane Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Russell

I was quite disturbed to recently see a bill introduced into the Maine Legislature effectively placing ownership of tips with the owner of the establishment -- and not with the server.

Sparking a Movement for World Pneumonia Day

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

Only in its second year, it seems like World Pneumonia Day might be moving from spark to blaze -- engaging governments, child health organizations and advocates in an effort to spotlight the leading killer of children.

Pneumonia's Last Syrah

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

Could getting rid of a case of wine help get rid of cases of pneumonia? This is the idea that came to me last week when New York Times wine criti...

Stay Warm This Winter With Big California Reds

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

Each year as the temps drops to unbearable lows, I take solace knowing that I can open bottle after bottle of big, warm, jammy California red wine to snuggle up with and keep me warm.

Salute! Raise a Glass to Italian Wines

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

Many people think of Italian wine as Chianti Classico, but truth is, there are about 1,500 grape varieties in Italy--more than any other wine growing area in the world.

Summertime Is Rose Wine Season

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

If you think pink wine is for frail old ladies who don't know anything but (gag) White Zin, it's time to think again. Rose has stealthily made a comeback over the last few years.

It's Wine With Seafood at Glenn's Diner

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

Since the menu is fairly eclectic between the diner fare and the dozen or so fresh fish and seafood items flown in daily, pairing was going to be a little tricky.

Who Wants (Organic) Wine?

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

Since more and more people are eating organic food, it's only natural they would also want to explore organic wine.