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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.

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.

Smells Like Rhone Spirit: Tablas Creek's Esprit

Richard Jennings | Posted 12.31.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

For those of us who can get to the Paso Robles area, Tablas Creek's vineyard tour and tasting is one of California's most informative and enjoyable, and I highly recommend it.

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.

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?

10 Wines For Thanksgiving -- No Pinot Or Chardonnay Allowed

Mary Orlin | Posted 01.18.2012 | Food
Mary Orlin

I like to introduce my guests to interesting wines, wines that you might not otherwise try with a holiday dinner. So no Pinot Noir or Chardonnay here, just my top 10 recommendations to try along with the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

Seeing the World Through Rosé Colored Wine Glasses

Mary Orlin | Posted 07.20.2011 | Food
Mary Orlin

Imagine walking into a room of only pink wine. Yes, it's fabulous.

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.