Georgian Wine On My Mind

Thanks to the flourishing natural wine movement, wine from the Republic of Georgia has been gaining traction throughout the U.S. This year the Bay Area has finally caught on.


The Fight To Keep Alive Charbono, Napa’s Nearly Extinct Heritage Grape

Most wine drinkers have never heard of Charbono, a forgotten relic of Napa Valley?s past. But now a movement has formed to ensure the grape has a future.


The Ahlgren Vineyard Was One Of The Santa Cruz Mountains’ Great Unheralded Wine Estates. What Happened To It?

I wanted to know what had happened to Ahlgren Vineyard. What I found in my quest for answers was the story of a family who took a chance late in their lives to pursue a pipe dream and would cause a ri


What ‘wine Country’ Gets Right (and Wrong) About Wine Tasting In Napa Valley

Our wine critic breaks down Amy Poehler?s new Netflix film from a wine point of view.


A Road Trip To California’s Two Most Remote Winery Icons

I?m still recovering from a busy long weekend at Pebble Beach Food & Wine, a four-day festival that has almost nothing to do with golf. My job was to lead a few wine seminars, and two of them cent


New To Kalon Lawsuit Asks Familiar Question: Is This Napa Valley Vineyard Too Important To Be Trademarked?

A new lawsuit against Constellation Brands revives the age-old conflicts of Napa Valley?s most hotly contested vineyard.


Tasting Notes: California’s Translucent Red Wines

These tasting notes represent a diverse set of California red wines in a distinctive, modern vein. All fall somewhere on the lighter, crunchier end of the spectrum, but within that general space they


Shocking Details Emerge As De La Salle Grad’s Fraternity Hazing Death Case Settles

Ryan Abele was only 18 when he died more than two years ago, after falling down a flight of stairs at the fraternity he was pledging at the University of Nevada-Reno. The De La Salle graduate had been


Why Are There Suddenly So Many Natural Wine Bars Specializing In Tinned Fish?

We appear to be in the midst of a full-fledged wine-and-tinned-fish bar boom, in the Bay Area and beyond. Not just that: natural wine and tinned fish.


Not Your Grandma’s Auction Napa Valley: Ayesha Curry And Katy Perry To Headline This Year’s Extravagant Charity Wine Event

Could Katy Perry and Ayesha Curry represent a bid to appeal to Millennials, a group that the Napa wine industry has struggled to reach?

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