Portraits of famous writers tell a story of wine corks

Wine corks are not something to be discarded, or dismissed as unimportant, not to artist Scott Gundersen, or to those who make a living from producing wine stoppers from cork.


Craft Cider: The next new thing?

Wine lovers looking for new taste treats would do well to investigate craft ciders, a fast-growing category of beverage that is still well below almost everyone’s radar.


Urban Wineries offer wine close to home

At Napa Valley Commons in south Napa, wineries may be close to a few vines planted in the parking lot. Yet the setting is no chill factor to wine lovers who drive there to taste and buy wine and tour wineries, dock, tanks, barrels and all.


Shafer Vineyards sues Angwin vintner over wine name

A longtime Napa Valley vintner has filed a lawsuit against an Angwin-based winery over the use of the name “Hillside Select,” according to a complaint filed in Napa County Superior Court in December.


Wine trends for 2015

Although sales of wine have recovered strongly from the depths of the recession, Impact Databank reports that the total U.S. wine market only grew 0.3 percent in 2014 to a volume of 322 million nine-liter cases.


How much wine should there be in wine country?

Napa County’s wine country sometimes seemed at a crossroads in 2014, as people disagreed whether certain proposals for new wineries and vineyards should go forward.


Mumm kicks off 2014 harvest with a splash

Dozens of Mumm Napa employees gathered Wednesday morning to celebrate the start of the 2014 harvest on the winery’s crushpad.


Quixote sold to Chinese-owned firm

Carl Doumani has sold his 6,000-to-8,000-case Quixote winery, vineyard and home in the Stags Leap District to a subsidiary of Le Melange, an American company owned by a Chinese firm. The story was first reported in the Wine Spectator blog by Napan James Laube.


Out of South Africa: A wine journey

Within the past decade, the life of a 43-year-old South African woman, Zelda Petrus, has taken a 180-degree turn. It’s been both a change in attitude and direction.


Pinotage in the Napa Valley

Lagrein, colombard, and pinotage were not the most uttered wine terms of 2009 — not even with the three winemakers who made the wines.

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