L. Pierce Carson has been chronicling the good, the bad and the bubbly in the Napa Valley for more than four decades. He’s covered county government, courts, entertainment and, for the past 35 years, the burgeoning wine industry.

If you ask Google, Alexa or Siri — or any of the resource banks — for the definition of a hypocrite, you’ll be told it’s one who engages in the same behaviors for which he or she condemns others.

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TRECASTELLI, MARCHE, Italy — Having spent considerable time in the Marche region of Italy in recent years, it’s always a treat to happen upon young winemakers eager to pique the palate.

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For a time, a number of friends belonged to the ABC Club — anything but chardonnay.

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Someone bemoaned the fact that Robert Mondavi was not on hand last weekend to celebrate the launch of his namesake winery in Oakville half a century ago.

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With fewer lots hopefully compensating for a later starting hour, the Napa Valley Vintners’ 36th annual Auction Napa Valley is offering collectors, foodies and those bitten with wanderlust numerous opportunities to add to their cellars, dine with luminaries as well as hop, fly and sail aroun…

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The winery and brand that Bob Mondavi launched in 1966 is celebrating a golden anniversary this summer. The public will be invited to commemorate this auspicious milestone at a winery party in mid-July.

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An Oakville cabernet sauvignon from a small, relatively unknown vineyard in the hills east of Silverado Trail has been chosen Wine of the Year by the well-read Wine Spectator.

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When I was first learning the basics of Napa Valley winemaking back in the 1970s, I had the good fortune to have a couple of exceptional teachers. One was Bob Mondavi. Another was Walter Schug.

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Marchese Piero Antinori hosted a group of wine writers on a recent summer morning at the wine estate his family owns at the end of Soda Canyon Road in the Atlas Peak appellation.

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Validated not once but twice on the international stage, Mike Grgich is indubitably the king of chardonnay.

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Wine aficionados are always curious when presented with a little-known grape variety or a bottle from a new winemaking venture.

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While following her father into the complex world of commerce was never a priority, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild nevertheless made her mark in wine.

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What’s the future hold for a young man from a farming family when he’s embarrassed to talk about his roots?

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You could’ve bowled me and hundreds more over with proverbial feathers near the close of last weekend’s Auction Napa Valley.

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When it comes to Yuletide and year-end parties — be they dinner, cocktail or otherwise — we often tend to take along a wine that’s tasty but also doesn’t make too big a dent in the wallet.

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When the waiter hands you the wine list, ever have that uneasy feeling that you might select a wine that your friends won’t like? Or that the wine you’re eager to try just won’t pair well with what you want to eat?

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Building on the more than three decades of Vinexpo’s success, a team of wine marketing professionals from France is offering its expertise to Asia’s import/export trade eager to satisfy consumers in Hong Kong, Japan and China with a growing thirst for wines of the world.

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Named for the red-shouldered hawks and other birds of prey that keep the root-eating gopher population under control, the 68-acre vineyard tract that the Shafer family farms in Carneros brings to the table what many consumers feel is one of the best chardonnays in the world.

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Hundreds of wine lovers attending the 13th annual Mount Veeder appellation tasting last weekend were rewarded with mouthful after mouthful of exceptional cuvées blended from first-rate mountain fruit.

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Following its recent survey of wine consumers, a local “interactive marketing agency” reported “staggering new research” indicates 35 percent of older Millennials drink wine “at least once a month.”

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It’s been a great year for film, evidenced by the strong list of nominees for the 84th annual Academy Awards slated to be handed out during a glitzy Hollywood ceremony Sunday night.

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Celebrating ratification of the county’s 16th American Viticultural Appellation by the feds, growers and vintners in Coombsville gathered at a centrally located wine estate earlier this week to display the stripe of their exceptional wines.

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While it seemed like carrying coals to Newcastle, a recent tasting of Romanian wines over lunch at Napa’s La Toque was an eye-opening and palate-tempting occasion for a group of enophiles and writers.

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Chums since elementary school days, a trio of 30-year-olds has teamed up to give back to the educational system that helped them get where they are today.

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Blessing the grapes at the Robert Mondavi Winery has signaled the start of the crush at the flagship winery for more than four decades.