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Peg Melnik - Features Staff Reporter

Features writer at The Press Democrat

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Bob Cabral of Three Sticks Winery credits Mother Nature for the prized chardonnay, calling himself a 'hands-off' winemaker.
Tesoro Floral Design will show flower enthusiasts how to create a bouquet made of fragrant white blooms like hyacinth and narcissus.
While the Papera zin has generous fruit, the accent is definitely on balance.
Viewed by many as the father of Russian River pinot noir, winemaker Davis Bynum passed away at his Headsburg home early Sunday.
Arborist Don Hourigan will field questions about trees that have weathered the firestorm.
This is a striking chardonnay and what makes it a standout is its bright acidity that buoys its layered flavors.
Take our pop quiz and share it with your fellow late night revelers on New Year’s Eve.
From now until New Year's, pop open one of these sparkling wines to make every day a celebration.
Big wines, with big personality will make a splash at holiday celebration.
Hugh Davies, vintner of Schramsberg: 'Without question, we’re making bubbles in our North Coast world that rival the finest made in Champagne.'
When people come home for the holidays to Wine Country, they expect exceptional service. Code for “exceptional service” means a great lineup of wines to uncork every night, in between celebrations.
'I only drink Champagne on two occasions — When I’m in love and when I’m not.' — Coco Chanel
A 700-square foot building that survived the flames at one of Sonoma County’s most beloved wineries will house a temporary tasting room and ultimately a memorial to the North Bay fires.
If you want to impress the relatives but you’re on a budget, this line-up of cult cabs substitutes will do the trick.
‘I didn’t save anything, but what I did save was my family and those babies,’ said Dr. Scott Witt, director of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Sutter Santa Rosa hospital.
Our year-end compilation of some of the best wine-of-the-week winners reveals that 2017 had some very impressive bottlings.
With this week’s announcement that the Petaluma Gap is Sonoma County’s newest American Viticultural Area, it’s time to get acquainted.
Nectar of the Gods? Try a late harvest dessert wine and you decide.
Learn to make decorations with seasonal greens and dive into soil nutrition with these home and garden events for the week of Dec. 2.
Calculating the amount needed for a holiday party is simple when you keep in mind that each bottle equals five glasses.
Prosecco may be the budget-friendly 'champagne,' but its fruity flavors and satisfying quench make it a favorite for sparkling wine drinkers.
Kung Fu Girl riesling is truly a wine without borders.
Our wine of the week — the Donelan, 2014 Cuvee Moriah, Sonoma County Grenache — goes well with the savory foods of fall.
Our wine of the week, the Pedroncelli, 2015 Three Vineyards Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, is food friendly.
Vintner Roger Roessler held a special event at his tasting room in Sonoma last week and raised $1,000 for those who lost their homes.