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Napa Valley Fire Update Oct. 27, 2020

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On Oct. 20, CalFire announced the Napa Valley's devastating Glass fire was 100% contained. The Glass... Read More

Wine and Cheese Oct. 20, 2020

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No matter your level of interest or knowledge, there is one thing you know about wine: Wine loves ch... Read More

Merlot Fights Back Oct. 13, 2020

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October is Merlot Month. Before you yawn, consider this. Merlot was ascendant in the domestic wine m... Read More

Napa Valley Burning Oct. 06, 2020

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The Napa Valley is on fire. The worldwide symbol of fine wine in America has been burning for more t... Read More

Temecula's Akash Winery Not the Usual Suspect Sep. 22, 2020

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The results of a wine competition are often predictable. Round up the usual suspects and you will li... Read More

Somms Spot Value Wines Sep. 15, 2020

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The conventional wisdom holds that most wine experts, including professional sommeliers, are somewha... Read More

Remembering the 2020 Vintage Sep. 08, 2020

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Who could forget the vintage of 2020? Lightning strikes, out-of-control wildfires, an epic heat wave... Read More

Paradise Lost Aug. 25, 2020

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When wildfires ravaged California wine country in 2017, four wine industry public relations pros swu... Read More

A Chardonnay Renaissance? Jun. 30, 2020

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Once upon a time, chardonnay was a minor grape variety in the United States, even in the vineyards o... Read More

King of Cornas May. 26, 2020

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Editor's Note: This column was first published in 2013 and updated for a 2020 release. Unlike many o... Read More

Winery to Watch: Scattered Peaks Apr. 21, 2020

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Scattered Peaks is the pet project of Derek Benham, an avid surfer ("scattered peaks" is a surfing t... Read More

The Spring Break Apr. 14, 2020

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While sitting at home awaiting the end of social distancing, it might be difficult to conjure up the... Read More

End of an Era Feb. 25, 2020

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Just a few days ago, Merry Edwards posted pictures of her final day at the Merry Edwards Winery, whi... Read More

Ledson Scores a Rare Double Jan. 28, 2020

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In the early 1990s, when winemaker Steve Ledson broke ground on the Ledson winery and his dream home... Read More

Go-To Wines for Gifting Dec. 17, 2019

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During the gifting season, I am inclined to wander the wine aisles at the Costco near me hoping for ... Read More

The Wines of Bibiana Nov. 19, 2019

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When Bibiana decided to quit her university studies in Columbia, she set out for France with little ... Read More

The Contenders May. 29, 2018

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Over the Memorial Day weekend, 18 prominent wine journalists gathered in San Diego, California, to e... Read More

Lessons From the 2018 Winemaker Challenge Feb. 13, 2018

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While pricey Napa Valley wines dominated the top awards at the 2018 Winemaker Challenge Internationa... Read More

Age Before Beauty Jun. 28, 2016

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The ability to age is one of the accepted tenets of wine appreciation. That may seem oddly disconnec... Read More

California Wine's Best Kept Secret Jun. 21, 2016

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South Coast Winery in Temecula, California, recently pulled off a feat no other California winery ca... Read More