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Grand Cru Custom Crush’s co-op production facilities. (Courtesy photo)

Grand Cru in Windsor

At its core, Grand Cru Custom Crush is a great idea, one…

Grand Cru Custom Crush’s co-op production facilities. (Courtesy photo)
Williams Selyem Winery owner John Dyson. (Courtesy photo)

Spring releases at Williams Selyem

Each April brings the Spring pick-up event at Williams Selyem Winery on…

Williams Selyem Winery owner John Dyson. (Courtesy photo)
Vineyards in St. Emilion near Bordeaux. (Courtesy photo)

The Rarecat and her wines

As we entered her St. Helena property on a rainy afternoon, Sharon…

Vineyards in St. Emilion near Bordeaux. (Courtesy photo)
Bandol wine region in Provence. (Courtesy photo)

Springtime for Rosé

Although modern rosé wines are designed to pair with food and be…

Bandol wine region in Provence. (Courtesy photo)
“Sanna, Giant Head” is a sculpture by Jaume Plensa on the Donum Estate property. (Courtesy photo)

Donum Estate pairs wine with art

A mid-week pinot noir tasting at Donum Estate in the heart of…

“Sanna, Giant Head” is a sculpture by Jaume Plensa on the Donum Estate property. (Courtesy photo)
Lovina is a new Calistoga restaurant in the old building at the corner of Cedar Street and Lincoln Avenue. (Courtesy photo)

Calistoga culinary getaway

Not having spent time in Calistoga for years, I recently stayed a…

Lovina is a new Calistoga restaurant in the old building at the corner of Cedar Street and Lincoln Avenue. (Courtesy photo)
Plumpjack Winery in Oakville, Calif., is known for its cabernet sauvignon and syrah. (Courtesy photo)

Plumpjack and Terroir

I have wanted to visit Plumpjack Winery in Oakville, Calif., for some…

Plumpjack Winery in Oakville, Calif., is known for its cabernet sauvignon and syrah. (Courtesy photo)
Tensley Wines is a 5,000 case-a-year business in Los Olivos, Calif. (Courtesy photo)

Tasting Tensley Wines

My first impression was that Joey Tensley is one laid back dude.…

Tensley Wines is a 5,000 case-a-year business in Los Olivos, Calif. (Courtesy photo)
A new tier of Imagery wines is seen at Studio Table. (Courtesy photo)

Pairing Imagery

Life is good. On a Tuesday evening, I explored the emerging Dogpatch…

A new tier of Imagery wines is seen at Studio Table. (Courtesy photo)
Winemaker Richard Longoria in his Fe Ciega vineyard. (Courtesy Longoria)

Richard Longoria Wines

Years ago, while enjoying a dinner with friends at the Ballard Inn…

Winemaker Richard Longoria in his Fe Ciega vineyard. (Courtesy Longoria)
Auteur in Sonoma County produces about 2,000 cases of cool-climate chardonnay and pinot noir annually. (Courtesy photo)

Sonoma’s Auteur

It’s Oscar season, and the term “auteur” will undoubtedly be used to…

Auteur in Sonoma County produces about 2,000 cases of cool-climate chardonnay and pinot noir annually. (Courtesy photo)
Corbieres is the largest appellation in the Lanquedoc-Rousillon region of France. (Courtesy photo)

The Wines of Corbieres

Last year, while dining with friends at Chez David in Castelnaudary, France,…

Corbieres is the largest appellation in the Lanquedoc-Rousillon region of France. (Courtesy photo)
Summers Calistoga Napa Valley Charbono Villa Andriana Vineyard. (Courtesy photo)

Charbono! Calistoga keeps varietal alive and well

Calistoga in north Napa Valley is a distinctive place to visit with…

Summers Calistoga Napa Valley Charbono Villa Andriana Vineyard. (Courtesy photo)
Mumm Napa emerged from an idea to research the best place in the United States to make sparkling wine. (Courtesy photo)

Mumm’s the Word

There is the intriguing story of how Mumm Napa Estate was established…

Mumm Napa emerged from an idea to research the best place in the United States to make sparkling wine. (Courtesy photo)
Clos Pepe Vineyard in Santa Barbara. (Courtesy photo)

Where’s WALT?

Vintners Craig and Kathryn Walt Hall, purveyors of fine Napa Valley cabernet…

Clos Pepe Vineyard in Santa Barbara. (Courtesy photo)
Rusack Santa Catalina Island Pinot Noir. (Courtesy photo)

Rusack’s Island Wines

A few miles from the town of Solvang, in north Santa Barbara…

Rusack Santa Catalina Island Pinot Noir. (Courtesy photo)
Sangiacomo Vineyard is one of the many scenic and relaxing places in Sonoma. (Courtesy photo)

Sojourn in Sonoma

The Sonoma Square is a peaceful place. I’m rarely in a hurry…

Sangiacomo Vineyard is one of the many scenic and relaxing places in Sonoma. (Courtesy photo)
Merlot is a major grape that can be found in the famed Bordeaux blends. (Courtesy photo)

Merlot makes a comeback

Attitudes toward merlot suffered after Miles Raymond proclaimed, “I’m not drinking any…

Merlot is a major grape that can be found in the famed Bordeaux blends. (Courtesy photo)
Village et vignobles de Sauternes. (Courtesy photo)

Wines for Dessert

While entertaining during this season, many are ditching the traditional apple or…

Village et vignobles de Sauternes. (Courtesy photo)
Larry Turley, founder of Turley Wine Cellars in Templeton, Calif. (Courtesy photo)

The Breadth of Turley Wines

Years ago, I wrote an article, titled “A California Zinfandel Tour,” that…

Larry Turley, founder of Turley Wine Cellars in Templeton, Calif. (Courtesy photo)