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Judy Jordan, founder of Geodesy and WG Edge, is dedicated to promoting and nurturing women in the wine industry. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>

Judy Jordan’s Geodesy wines are rooted in gift and gratitude

Industry veteran committed to mentoring women in her field

Judy Jordan, founder of Geodesy and WG Edge, is dedicated to promoting and nurturing women in the wine industry. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>
Donum Estate’s pinot noir pairs delightfully with bites by chef Aaron LeRoi. (Courtesy Donum Estate)

Donum Estate deftly blends wine, food and art

Carneros vintner produces award-winning pinot noir and more

Donum Estate’s pinot noir pairs delightfully with bites by chef Aaron LeRoi. (Courtesy Donum Estate)
J. Schram and L’Ermitage are among the exceptional sparkling wines in produced in California. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)
J. Schram and L’Ermitage are among the exceptional sparkling wines in produced in California. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oenologist Diane Flamand introduces the Légende Collection. (Courtesy Nick Passmore)

Légende Collection provides an affordable taste of Bordeaux

Wines from Domaines Barons de Rothschild group are created for everyday enjoyment

Oenologist Diane Flamand introduces the Légende Collection. (Courtesy Nick Passmore)
Acquiesce Clairette Blanche, Bokisch Albarino Terra Alta and Markus Nativo are excellent whites from Lodi. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Lodi is the new destination to explore distinctive whites

Vintners in appellation creating diverse selection of single-varietal wines

Acquiesce Clairette Blanche, Bokisch Albarino Terra Alta and Markus Nativo are excellent whites from Lodi. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Philippe Rolet is the estate manager of Bodegas CARO, a 20-year-old project joining Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Nicolás Catena family. (Courtesy photo)
Philippe Rolet is the estate manager of Bodegas CARO, a 20-year-old project joining Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Nicolás Catena family. (Courtesy photo)
Matt Dees is The Hilt’s winemaker. (Courtesy photo)

On the Vine: The ‘electric acidity’ of Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

The Hilt creates delicious wine from Santa Barbara County vineyards

Matt Dees is The Hilt’s winemaker. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Aaron and Jesse Inman, who are siblings, head up Lucky Rock Wine Co. (Courtesy photo)

Lucky Rock speaks to a new generation

Brothers Aaron and Jesse Inman have a modern take on the wine business

From left, Aaron and Jesse Inman, who are siblings, head up Lucky Rock Wine Co. (Courtesy photo)
Vintner Jeff Cole says Sullivan Rutherford is an ideal place to grow cabernet sauvignon. (Courtesy photo)

Sullivan Rutherford re-emerges as an elite Napa Valley wine estate

Steeped in Napa Valley history, Sullivan Rutherford Estate helped establish the area…

Vintner Jeff Cole says Sullivan Rutherford is an ideal place to grow cabernet sauvignon. (Courtesy photo)
South Africa produces much of the world’s white wine, including versatile chenin blanc. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)

South African Chenin Blanc captivates as an alternative white wine

Country’s Coastal Region a primary source of the varietal into the future

South Africa produces much of the world’s white wine, including versatile chenin blanc. (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Tracey and Mitch Hawkins of Hawk and Horse Vineyards pose with a Scottish Highlands cow. (Courtesy Rocco Ceselin)
Tracey and Mitch Hawkins of Hawk and Horse Vineyards pose with a Scottish Highlands cow. (Courtesy Rocco Ceselin)
Winemaker Isabel Galindo led a tour of Las Moradas de San Martin in Spain. (Courtesy photo)

Winemaker Isabel Galindo showcases garnacha from Madrid

Las Moradas de San Martin began making fine wine in 1999

Winemaker Isabel Galindo led a tour of Las Moradas de San Martin in Spain. (Courtesy photo)
Trapiche Winemaker Daniel Pi (Courtesy photo)

Malbec finds a home in Argentina

The roots of malbec are the Bordeaux region in southwest France where it is among the “big six” permitted red grapes.

Trapiche Winemaker Daniel Pi (Courtesy photo)
Nicole Hitchcock, head winemaker at J Vineyards, sings praises of Sonoma County soil for grape growing. (Courtesy photo)

On The Vine: J Vineyards celebrates the marriage of wine and cheese

Russian River Valley vintner, chef present, promote pleasant pairings

Nicole Hitchcock, head winemaker at J Vineyards, sings praises of Sonoma County soil for grape growing. (Courtesy photo)
Glera grapes provide the basis for the notable prosecco from Northern Italy vineyards near Valdobbiadene and Conegliano. (Courtesy photo)

Fine prosecco from Northern Italy

Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG sets high standards for sparklers

Glera grapes provide the basis for the notable prosecco from Northern Italy vineyards near Valdobbiadene and Conegliano. (Courtesy photo)
Winemaker Michael Eddy said that to survive prohibition, Louis Martini winery established a company that supplied concentrated grape juice for home winemaking. (Courtesy photo)

Three legendary Napa Valley winemakers gather to discuss trends, sample wines

The trio oversees winemaking at iconic Napa Valley vineyards that have been producing wines for over a century

Winemaker Michael Eddy said that to survive prohibition, Louis Martini winery established a company that supplied concentrated grape juice for home winemaking. (Courtesy photo)
The vines at the Regaleali Estate, where wine has been produced since the mid-19th century. (Courtesy photo)

Tenuta Regaleali shares a glimpse of ancient grapes grown in the Sicilian countryside

Having recently acquired some new releases of rare varietals, I used a day of sequestering to discover more about the grapes

The vines at the Regaleali Estate, where wine has been produced since the mid-19th century. (Courtesy photo)
Many online sites are featuring good deals for obscure California wines, creating a ripe environment for exploration and discovery during the pandemic. One such wine is the D’Alfonso-Curran Loureiro 2018 ($24) from the winemaking team of Bruno D’Alfonso and Kris Curran in Santa Barbara County. (Courtesy photo)

Finding good value in wine and spirits while sheltering

I have struggled lately with trying to find the relevance of writing about wine and spirits during these difficult times.

Many online sites are featuring good deals for obscure California wines, creating a ripe environment for exploration and discovery during the pandemic. One such wine is the D’Alfonso-Curran Loureiro 2018 ($24) from the winemaking team of Bruno D’Alfonso and Kris Curran in Santa Barbara County. (Courtesy photo)
Master blender Billy Leighton pours luxury Irish whiskey. (Courtesy Irish Distillers)

Newest Redbreast Irish Whiskey release was 27 years in the making

Ruby port casks from Portugal bring distinction to the aging process

Master blender Billy Leighton pours luxury Irish whiskey. (Courtesy Irish Distillers)
Christopher Howell is the winemaker of Cain Vineyard and Winery which is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Cain Five, its flagship Bordeaux blend.

Cain Vineyard personifies the pioneering spirit of Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain District

Often overshadowed by those on the valley floor, the Spring Mountain District appellation sits above the town of St. Helena

Christopher Howell is the winemaker of Cain Vineyard and Winery which is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Cain Five, its flagship Bordeaux blend.