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Peg Melnik - Features Staff Reporter

Features writer at The Press Democrat

peg.melnik@pressdemocrat.com
(707) 521-5310

The Latest Stories By Peg Melnik

Cool climate pinot noir, cradled in fog, develops something magical in the mist: textural complexity.
Visit a Russian River rose garden for Memorial Day, a plant sale in Calistoga and an open garden tour in Marin County.
'We try to skirt the middle ground between Napa and New Zealand styles,' said Richie Allen, winemaker of Rombauer Vineyards. 'We want it ripe but not overripe. We want to dance the line between the two. We want to stand out in the middle.'
Have friends or family visiting this summer? Here are three beautiful Wine Country spots not to miss.
The auction, now in its 38th year, capped off a week of fundraising events put on by the Napa Valley Vintners to benefit local nonprofits
Steve MacRostie has what he calls 'palate aptitude,' the ability to make wine that’s both delicious and balanced, and he considers it a prerequisite for winemakers.
We look at the cult cabs of the Napa Valley and why they draw high bids at auctions.
Wells Guthries’ goal, nearly two decades in, remains the same: to make the Audrey Hepburn of wines –– elegant and classy.
From an exhibit on groundbreaking 'Peanuts' character Franklin to an artist's creative take on mushrooms and lichen, here are the visual art shows coming to Sonoma County.
A Santa Rosa woman got a little much needed help around the house after winning a contest sponsored by a nationally syndicated TV show.
Maximize the peak gardening season by visiting a beautiful garden, stopping by a plant sale or taking in a workshop to hone your own gardening skills.
'This is probably the most complex wine I produce,' said Enkidu founder Phil Staehle. 'It’s a very compelling and identifiable vineyard. It has a Eucalyptus grove on the property.'
If you’ve invited vegetarians to your Memorial Day cookout, be smart: Do your homework.Research vegan wines to pair with your veggie and Portobello burgers.
'Chardonnay can be the most amazing, concentrated, complex, ethereal wine that can delight,' said Phillip Corallo-Titus, winemaker of St. Helena’s Chappellet Winery. 'It can blow your mind.'
The wine world is keeping a close eye on the latest projects by the quirky Santa Rosa couple.
Oded Shakked, vintner and winemaker of Longboard Vineyards, refers to the vineyard as his church, a place of reverence.
Do you know what a wine flaw tastes like? Take our quiz.
Merry Edwards shattered the glass ceiling in winemaking in the 1970s when she began her career.
Everyone wants to date a wine-savvy romeo, and this is especially true on Valentine’s Day.
Here’s a trio of wines that are tricky to say but your palate won’t mind one bit because they are exceptional.
'Rodney Strong is the largest boutique winery in the world. Everything we do is in the ilk of $60 bottle of wine.' — winemaker Justin Seidenfeld
Everyday wine drinkers crave reliability in choosing affordable wines that will overdeliver every time. Here’s a lineup of palate-tested wines that have shown exceedingly well over time in the Press Democrat’s blind wine tastings.
This Friday’s Barrel Auction will include 100 rare wines from a range of appellations. Here are a few lots you’ll want to pay attention to.
The perception of rosé as a patio or poolside drink is inaccurate, according to Balletto winemaker Anthony Beckman. He says good rosés belong on the dinner table year-round.
Learn about more than 100 varieties of tomatoes, buy plants for a good cause or explore plant remains at one of these upcoming home and garden events.