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UC Davis and the Australian Wine Research Institute agree that wine grapes are most susceptible to smoke taint from veraison to harvest.
'Our Fumé Blanc is refreshing and slightly racy,' said winemaker Tim Bell.
The National Wildlife Federation invites all outdoor lovers to submit photos that best illustrate the positive impact gardening has on wildlife with its inaugural Garden for Wildlife Photo Contest.
Here’s a conundrum: Is it possible to celebrate with bubbly when you’re on a budget?
The Sangiacomo Family, a dynasty of growers dating back four generations, decided it was the 'perfect time' to release an inaugural label with the 2016 vintage.
A taste of this dessert wine begs the question: If Tokaji was once one of the most revered wines in the world, how is it still a mystery to so many today?
Our wine-of-the-week winner –– the Cline, 2016 Contra Costa County, Ancient Vines Zinfandel at $20 — is a feisty zin with a tasty undercurrent of spice.
With these wines, there’s no playing the odds. There’s no cork taint, no cork defects, no oxidized wines.
After a rocky period, the once-iconic Napa Valley Wine Train is part of a dynamic renaissance offering foodie fare and 14 unique tours.
Winemaker John Bucher considers himself a farmer who makes wine.
The 17th annual Art & Garden Festival takes place July 8 and the event makes for a great family outing.
What wines work best with veggie burgers? The annual PD 'Burger' tasting aimed to find out just that. Topping the list? A $25 sauvignon blanc.
Sharon Santoni, the blogger of 'My French Country Home,' will give a free talk on the beauty of French decorating and entertaining Saturday, June 30 at Chateau Sonoma.
The Ladera rosé is crafted from mountain-grown fruit, at an elevation of 1,200 to 1,700 feet, and it plays into its intense flavors.
The Sebastopol winery, with its operations at The Barlow, will open The Gallery. on Aug. 9. The designated space will offer the restless a taste of the wines, as well as a peek at Kosta Browne winemaking in action.
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.