Annual Alsace Festival Draws an International Crowd

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 The annual International Alsace Varietals Festival in Anderson Valley draws an international crowd of wine lovers. This year, an especially enticing educational seminars start with a feature tasting of the sparkling wines of the region, Cremant d’Alsace.  Master Sommelier, Catherine Fallis will lead a panel of my wine friends, Fred Swan (who has a fancy new […]

Hospice du Rhone: A great line up is announced!

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The 2016 Hospice du Rhône event schedule has been released, and it’s going to be another epic one!  This annual gathering of producers and aficionados of the many delicious Rhône grapes begins on Friday, April 15th, in Paso Robles CA. This year there are some new events to add to the grand tastings.  The seminar […]

She’s Back! Hospice du Rhone returns home

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Sixteen years ago, Hospice du Rhône was founded with a dedicated goal to education and celebrate Rhone varietals from around the world.  With 22 varieties, one gorgeous region of France, and many countries producing quality Rhône style wines, what’s not to love about a celebration of this magnitude? After twenty years in Paso Robles, HdR migrated east […]

Experience America’s Heritage Grape!

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It’s that time of year again, time for the annual Zinfandel Experience!  Attracting Zin lovers from around the world, Zinfandel Experience is celebrating its 24th anniversary with three days of wine tasting events with zins from all over California, as well as unique corners of the world! A classically American wine, Zinfandel is one of […]

Viva Espana!

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Summer is in full swing, and so is Spain!  Do you like paella?  Dancing?  Wine? Join Gloria Ferrer at the Catalan Festival on Saturday & Sunday, July 19th & 20th for a party benefiting Sonoma Valley Education Foundation. Honoring the spirit of the Ferrer family, each day guests can stroll Las Ramblas, recreating Barcelona’s popular main […]

Passport to the best of Dry Creek Valley

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It’s that time of year again – warm sunny days, cool rose, and wine events galore.  One of the best events in Dry Creek is Passport, which takes place April 26-27 in Dry Creek Valley, part of the Sonoma County region. This year, the region celebrates 25 years of Passport to Dry Creek, where 50 […]

Cabernet all day!

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Do you love Cabernet Sauvignon?  Are you curious about the different regional characteristics in the Napa Vallley that create dynamic, bold, and different wines? Check out CabFestNV, from Feburary 28 through March 2nd in various venues in Napa.  This  inaugural three-day celebration of the king of Napa Valley wine varietals will featuring more than 100 of the biggest […]

Be a Zinner in 2014!

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Here were are, in another new year, looking forward to what is to come.  Every new year brings changes, lessons learned, and reminders of years past.  In the case of the annual Zinfandel Festival, 2014 brings a change in format, as well as venue.  Exciting things to come! The 2014 Zinfandel Experience occurs January 23-25th at the Presidio, instead of […]

Happenings!

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Wow!  July is over, and August is coming.  Here in San Francisco, the fog has been thicker this year than it has in many summers past, which makes me both want to escape, and drink really great red wine.  Luckily, there are several events coming up in August that will allow you to do that! […]

Get your passports ready!

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It’s that time of year again!  The are APril showers, which means…bud break, wildflowers, and Passport! It’s been 23 years of Passport to Dry Creek Valley.  Way back in  1990, the Winegrowers of DCV started this event to bring people together at a time of year when we can celebrate the vineyards, the families, the […]

Hum – smallest little city in the world

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Hum is a tiny little hamlet, still surrounded by it’s hilltop walls, in the middle of Istria.  A small remnant of medieval life clinging to it’s roots, it has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest town in the world.  While it might not be the smalled in size, it’s officially a town and […]

Zinning in to 2013 – **WINNERS ANNOUNCED**

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Happy New Year!  How the heck is it the second week of 2013 already?  Wowzah. But here were are, smack dab in the middle of a chilly winter in San Francisco; what better time to celebrate America’s Heritage Grape than a cold winter night?  Celebrating 22 years of Zinfandel, this year’s event will be just […]

Carnival of Spirits

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Fall is here! Reluctantly crouched at the starting line. To borrow a line from CAKE, I am reluctantly embracing Fall.  Somehow summer passed us by and didn’t even wave hello. But here we are, at the end of September.  Luckily, I have a few events to keep me busy and distracted from the cold, foggy […]

Airing that Dirty Laundry

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Our first stop on the tour of the Okanagan was Dirty Laundry Vineyard, in Summerland.  Our hostess, Judi Skinner, is a viticulturist and vineyard designer by trade, and the chief Sales & Marketing Manager for Dirty Laundry.  I’d call Judy half Las Vegas, half Miss USA and a whole bundle of energy and fun!  Buried […]

I heart Pinot, that is all.

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Are you an pinot noir addict like I am?  Can you have pinot every night and not get sick of it?  Oh wait maybe that’s just me.  Well, it’s nearly time for the annual Pinot Noir Summit, an event that I’ve been participating in and attending now for 5 years.  This is the 10th Anniversary of the […]