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'Devastated' is the word Geoff Kruth used to describe the people who were awarded the master sommelier title, only to have it stripped away after a scandal.
Cathy Ziffren says taking a positive, nonmaterial approach to life is what helped her support family and friends through cancer and guided her when she was diagnosed with breast cancer herself.
Visit a vintage market or check out a fall festival this week.
The voluptuous Frank Family Vineyards, 2016 Carneros Chardonnay sells for $38 but it could easily go for $50.
The 365-acre farm in the Russian River Valley has been used as an agricultural field laboratory and teaching resource for SRJC students for more than four decades.
Katy Wilson, winemaker of Anaba, can troubleshoot with mechanics because she believed her Dad when he said: “You can do whatever any guy can do.”
Here are the family-owned wineries — both large and small — that won the coveted sweepstakes awards Sunday night at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards Night gala.
A stroll through Quarryhill Botanical Garden Sept. 23 will shed light on plants that are recognized for varying health benefits in traditional Chinese medicine.
'Most people don’t know that grenache is the grape of some of the world’s finest wines,' vintner Richard Arrowood said.
The “Ten Grapes to Know,” by Catherine Fallis, just released this month, is a great book for those who are just beginning to explore the world of wine.
Sonoma County Vintners, which puts on the auction, made fire relief a special focus, with $2.5 million set to benefit affordable housing efforts.
'We’re a survivor and Sonoma County is a survivor, but we’re coming back bigger and better,' said the Santa Rosa winery's co-owner Sonia Byck-Barwick.
'There’s a good mix of science but respect for the art of winemaking,' said engineer-turned-winemaker Brad Holstine, who is responsible for this week's winner.
Every entry is vying for a top spot by snagging a sweepstakes win in the red, white or specialty wines categories.
The grandsons of the late Robert Mondavi – Carlo and Dante Mondavi – have partnered to produce a Sonoma Coast pinot noir called Raen.
Build a mini terrarium or check out one of these other great local garden events.
The Mendocino appellation’s blessed range in temperatures gives the grapes ample time to be both sun-kissed and bathed in fog, delivering ripe, yet elegant wine.
A kosher wine is one that in its creation is only touched by observant Jews. It’s been hard to find, until now.
Towers of vegetables, tons of talks on growing, cool garden stuff and fresh food highlight the annual National Heirloom Festival in Santa Rosa Tuesday through Thursday at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
For Hugh Chappelle, the winemaker at Healdsburg’s Quivira, German roots fuel craftsmanship.
'We learned that you can go for the American dream, but you have to fight injustices along the way,' Ariel Ceja said.
If you want to taste the unexpected, challenge yourself to order a flight of wines rather than a standard glass at a restaurant.
Fall plant sales are back with upcoming sales at Willowside School and the Sonoma County Jail Industries. The Sonoma County Master Gardeners also have upcoming free workshops on natural weed management and how to grow plants that bees love to sharpen your green thumb.
This lush and fleshy taste of summer manages to be well balanced, buoyed by bright acidity.
From gardening classes to interesting exhibits, here are some great events this week.