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Surprising Wine Values at Whole Foods

Richard Jennings | Posted 06.22.2016 | Taste
Richard Jennings

A lot of people I know refer to Whole Foods as "Whole Wallet" because of its relatively high prices on produce and other food items. I shop there regu...

2015 Halloween Parties Served Up Tasty Wine Treats

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 11.04.2016 | Taste
Tanya Young Williams

I pride myself in taking wines that party-goers may not be familiar with, but most importantly, wines they will enjoy. At these holiday gatherings, it is my goal to taste all of the wines that I have never had before.

Livermore Stories: 3 Steves Winery

Mary Orlin | Posted 10.05.2014 | Taste
Mary Orlin

The tag line says it all:  "3 friends striving to make the perfect wine." 

The Best Little Winery You've Never Heard of

In the Gold Country | Posted 01.25.2014 | Taste
In the Gold Country

Having lived in Napa for nine years, and having been a wine lover for many years before that, I've done a fair share of wine tasting. I have yet to taste a flight where every wine was fabulous. Until last weekend.

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.

Concentration & Complexity: Four Historic California Vineyards

Richard Jennings | Posted 10.15.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

I find being in and around vineyards uniquely soothing and nurturing. Maybe it's because they are usually part of a pastoral landscape. I may be triggered too by knowing they are devoted to producing a special product -- one that brings pleasure and conviviality.

Down on the Wine Farm

Anneli Rufus | Posted 07.23.2013 | Taste
Anneli Rufus

So the next time you raise a glass of something very aromatic, very elegant and very expensive, remember to toast the folks driving the tractors. Toast their colleagues who dig dirt and shovel dung. All of that, plus sweat and passion, ended up in your glass.

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.

Zinfandel: The Highs and Lows of ZAP 2013

Richard Jennings | Posted 05.15.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

Zin is not an easy grape from which to make fine wine. It ripens very unevenly - leading to clusters containing both harshly acidic, unripe grapes and very ripe grapes. It also has a thin skin that causes the ripe grapes to turn to raisins if not picked soon enough.

Good Value Wines for the Holidays (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 01.20.2013 | Home
Rebecca Gerendasy

ruce Bauer, a wine aficianado and proprietor of VINO, a boutique wine shop in Portland, Oregon, shares some of his favorite moderate to low prices wines from the Pacific Northwest region and around the world.

Getting Unstuck in Lodi: Longtime Wine-Growing Region Gains Visibility

Richard Jennings | Posted 12.25.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

Lodi has more than 100,000 acres of vines, more than twice the plantings of the entire Napa Valley. Nonetheless, the area has had a very low profile until recent years.

California Wines Showing More Balance: SF Family Winemakers Tasting

Richard Jennings | Posted 11.14.2012 | Taste
Richard Jennings

If California were a country, it would be the world's fourth largest wine producer, after Italy, France and Spain. Long planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are also big varieties for us too.

Petite Sirah: Stealth Grape Approaching Its Moment?

Richard Jennings | Posted 10.30.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

Petite Sirah as a small, passionate following; goes well with food; is one of the few big reds that works with cheese; has a point of view and is not overexposed. It's like a "St. Bernard that wants to sit in your lap." It's that big and friendly.

A Tour of Historic California Vineyards

Richard Jennings | Posted 07.30.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

California's first vineyards were planted starting in 1779 by Franciscan missionaries. The vines planted were what have become known as Mission grapes, or Criolla, a term that covers a few varieties traditionally used for sacramental wine.

Charter Oak Wines: Quiet Pursuit of Excellence

Richard Jennings | Posted 06.19.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

The wine world includes a lot of small, family-owned producers. Many produce good wines, and a multitude don't. Occasionally, however, the results are outstanding -- truly among the ranks of the region's very best.

Zinfandel Styles: Sublime to Ridiculous

Richard Jennings | Posted 04.02.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

Zins, especially those made from low yielding, ancient vines can be as complex and balanced as any red wine. Others, however, are extremely high-alcohol fruit bombs.

Joel Peterson & Ravenswood: Using the Past to Shape California's Wine Present & Future

Brad Haskel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Brad Haskel

Joel Peterson is a man who recognizes his good fortune. He is a spiritual man, with a love of the arts, a sense of humor, a sense of history, and an a...

Have Food, Will Travel: Top 5 New Culinary Destinations

Divya Gugnani | Posted 09.20.2011 | Home
Divya Gugnani

Call us foodies, bon vivants, gourmands or (occasionally) gluttons; but as long as there are new countries to be explored and novel foods to be eaten, we will be there.

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.

Wine Review: Zinfandel (RED)

Marlene Rossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Marlene Rossman

Zinfandel, with its flavors of chocolate-covered black cherries and blackberry jam, is a real crowd-pleaser and it's a natural with spicy-sweet foods like barbecued ribs in raspberry-chipotle sauce.