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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 | Food
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.

10 Red Wines To Try This Summer

Snooth | Posted 08.18.2012 | Food
Snooth

Summer's here, let's not worry too much about the details and instead just find a few wines that'll make spending time with friends and family easy and carefree.

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.

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.

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.