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Peg Melnik - Features Staff Reporter

Features writer at The Press Democrat

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The Latest Stories By Peg Melnik

'Rosé is a subtle wine of elegance, one that is often shy to express itself,' says said St. Supery's Michael Scholz.
Winemaker Sam Smail: 'I like looking at the different subregions and picking out the best growing sites to deliver the qualities we want for Starborough.'
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.
Sonoma County master gardeners will teach people how edible gardening in containers can lead to a great crop for pizza toppings and salads.
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.
Winemaker Rusty Folena: 'We tried 20 different blends before we came up with this one.'
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the judging during the annual North Coast Wine Competition.
The organizers of Signature Sonoma Valley hope next weekend’s wine-centric event will showcase Sonoma Valley’s resilience following the October wildfires
Averaen winemaker Adam Smith: “I want to make wines that are effusive, bodacious, captivating. Electric fruit, poised tannins and a tension that gives way to lushness.”
'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.
'Picking the fruit at its optimum ripeness allows the terroir of the wine to shine through." — Migration winemaker Dana Epperson.
Winemaker Tim Bell: “We have a unique house style. We’ve been using a pretty unusual clone of sauvignon blanc and we don’t know anyone in Sonoma County using it.”
This weekend’s Wine Road Barrel Tasting is, by most accounts, an event that makes a perfect place to observe the differences between aging palates and zealous younger tasters.
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.
'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.
Derek Rohlffs: “I enjoy making and drinking wines that are more about the place than the person.”
To give you a sense of how rare chenin blanc is, the nearly 3,000 acres planted in Napa Valley in 1980 has dwindled down to 14 today.
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.
Here’s a trio of wines that are tricky to say but your palate won’t mind one bit because they are exceptional.
Everyone wants to date a wine-savvy romeo, and this is especially true on Valentine’s Day.
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.