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At the 41st Wine Road Barrel Tasting, the serious tasters will be sipping rather than sniping, focused on the sneak preview of the barrel samples and their pure potential.
Sierra Vasquez will share her favorite seasonal varieties of classic and unusual greens and recipes to put them to use in inventive ways.
Derek Rohlffs: “I enjoy making and drinking wines that are more about the place than the person.”
Here’s a trio of wines that are tricky to say but your palate won’t mind one bit because they are exceptional.
The Louis Martini cab has Old World charm and it’s a great Valentine’s Day pick because it pairs exceedingly well with bittersweet chocolate.
Everyone wants to date a wine-savvy romeo, and this is especially true on Valentine’s Day.
'Chardonnay is the varietal that is a benchmark in terms of complexity in white wine,' says Jesse Fox, the winemaker at Calistoga’s Amici Cellars.
Learn how to create mosaics out of broken China at a meeting of the Petaluma Garden Club and more.
Polish your green thumb with free workshops on backyard grape-growing, tending oaks and fruit tree pruning
Randall Grahm said tasting exceptional wines ultimately made him want to take the leap and create his own.
Have you always dreamed about having your own vineyard? An upcoming event in Santa Rosa will show you how to do it.
Merry Edwards shattered the glass ceiling in winemaking in the 1970s when she began her career.
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.