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Wine and Cheese Oct. 20, 2020

Wine Talk

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

Time to Chill Jul. 14, 2020

Wine Talk

Dining outside, once merely a nice summertime option, is now a requirement in many communities aroun... Read More

The Amazing V. Sattui Jun. 02, 2020

Wine Talk

American and foreign wine competitions can be, and often are, unpredictable. It's not unusual for an... Read More

Winery to Watch: Oregon's WillaKenzie Mar. 10, 2020

Wine Talk

The wines of Oregon's WillaKenzie Estate are priced to impress. They're made that way, too. Winemake... Read More

Tuscany? No, Temecula Mar. 07, 2020

Travel and Adventure

By Jim Farber The two-lane country road follows the softly rolling contours of the hills, as do the ... Read More

Ledson Scores a Rare Double Jan. 28, 2020

Wine Talk

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

Remember Los Alamos -- and the Skyview Motel Jan. 11, 2020

Travel and Adventure

By Jim Farber When the Skyview Motel opened in 1959 it had everything going for it. Perched atop a s... Read More

Our 2019 Winery of the Year Dec. 31, 2019

Wine Talk

Over the course of the past year, I have tasted thousands of wines, judged multiple wine competition... Read More

After Dinner Dec. 10, 2019

Wine Talk

A number of years ago, while covering the annual Bordeaux en primeurs tastings in France, I decided ... Read More

The Case for Domestic Wines at Thanksgiving Nov. 12, 2019

Wine Talk

The default recommendation of many experts for the perfect complement to the Thanksgiving feast is B... Read More

A Stealth Juggernaut Aug. 20, 2019

Wine Talk

Unless you're a wine industry insider, chances are you've never heard of the Vintage Wine Estates. W... Read More

Import Winery of the Year Dec. 25, 2018

Wine Talk

It was a bountiful year for Castello Banfi, the American-owned treasure in the Montalcino District o... Read More

Older Wines: Risk and Reward Aug. 14, 2018

Wine Talk

Anyone with even a passing interest in wine has no doubt heard that fine wine improves with age. I e... Read More

Canary in the Coal Mine Apr. 19, 2016

Wine Talk

Michel Rolland is perhaps the world's most famous winemaker. From his home base in Bordeaux, the win... Read More

Raleigh, North Carolina, Is Friendly and Free Nov. 22, 2015

Travel and Adventure

By Glenda Winders Not long after we arrived in Raleigh my companion and I pronounced it the friendli... Read More

Volunteers for Vino: The Saga Continues Oct. 07, 2014

Debra J. Saunders

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Westover Vineyards of Castro Valley. Owner Bill Smyth is prepar... Read More

Castro Valley Winery to Government: Crush Grapes, Not Vintners Sep. 21, 2014

Debra J. Saunders

"You'll never meet anyone who says, 'I want to be a millionaire. I think I'll start a winery,'" owne... Read More