If there ever was a “one size fits all” in wine, sparklers may be the answer.
Tim Carl, a long-time observer of the Napa Valley food and wine scene, asks: Has the valley lost is culinary relevance — or, in a post-COVID-19 world, is cultural relevance even relevant?
How can you tell that a red wine that tastes great when it’s young will be sublime and display excellence when it’s older?
How do you define a "great" wine? There's no one answer.
Eduardo Dingler, making his first post-pandemic trip to Italy, reports back on the 2021 Vinitaly.
In general, the colder a region is, the more divergent its wines are. And diversity can make wines that are fascinating.
California’s 2021 harvest will prove to be smaller in size statewide than the average of the last six years, but quality looks phenomenal, almost across the board.
Allen Balik looks at the 2021 harvest, checking in with winemakers in California and Europe.
Dan Dawson is searching the valley for great stops for food and wine.
One the 45th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris, a lunch at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley honored the people who came up with the idea, Patricia Gallagher and the late Steven Spurrier, along with the one journalist who covered the story, George Taber.
In Napa they are once more celebrating the 1976 Judgment of Paris, but are the Napa Cabernets of today anything like those that triumphed in Paris 45 years ago?
Dan Berger has been evaluating wines since the 1970s. Here, he explains how it does it, what matters, and what doesn't.
Dan the Wine Man Dawson suggests wines he'd pair with Ken Morris' fall flavored recipes.
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Summit Lake Vineyards high on Howell Mountain is celebrating 50 years since Bob and Sue Brakesman first arrived at the abandoned site on Christmas Eve in 1971 and woke up in a house filled with snow.
A visit to Quintessa in Rutherford yields insights into their decision to go to biodynamic farming.
Wine “experts” come in all shapes and sizes, from generalists to specialists. What constitutes expert knowledge in one area of wine may have no meaning in other areas. This is one aspect of wine that makes it such a complex and difficult subject to master.
Dan the Wine Man Dawson comes up with three wines to pair with Ken Morris' Cooking for Comfort grilled fish recipes for Sept. 14, and they are not all whites.
Eduardo Dingler adds his impressions of BottleRock 2021 to coverage of the return of the music festival.
In his Aug. 21, 2020 column (“Viticulture combats a new normal”), Allen Balik looked at the threats and challenges of climate change. In a year, what has changed?
Dan Berger looks at the challenge of bounty hunters and extortion as a result of legislation.
Kale and wine? Dan Dawson, aka Dan the Wine Man, has ideas for wines to pair with Ken Morris's Sept. 6 Cooking for Comfort recipes -- for kale.
Tim Carl delves into the pros and cons of Pacaso, which uses a “fractional home ownership” model to purchase private houses and convert them into limited liability corporations — and which has stirred up controversy with its plans for Napa Valley.
Michael Roche is an Napa Valley artist, as well as an architect, brand guru, father of three, coach to many and a selfless volunteer. His work is at CAMi Art and Wine Gallery in Calistoga through October.
When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its August report to the United Nations U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called it a “code red for humanity,” urging world governments to take immediate and decisive action.
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