We’re Celebrating Rootstock!

Today we’re joining our friends at TasteLive! while they celebrate The Rootstock Festival – from the Santa Rosa Vintners Square. An annual celebration produced by Joel Quigley and Cailyn McCauley of Creative Furnace (and TasteLive!), the festival brings together “all that is hot in the world of culinary entertainment” combining fine wine tasting, gourmet street food, a Best Bites Invitational Competition, live music from the main stage, FUSE’s DJ lounge and TasteLive! Streaming. That’s where […]

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Without Further Ado: Sacre Bleu

While pinning its hopes on them, the wine industry wasn’t properly targeting the millennial market. “They were putting out labels with kangaroos, birds and penguins,” says Struwe. In fact in 2006 it seems everyone was targeting millennials with ‘Critter Wines.’ “They were not taking these younger consumers seriously, says Struwe. And, no wine company was telling them why they should try their wine.”

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So You Think You Can Rhône?

Where can you find over 1,000 Rhône wines at one International Food and Wine Event? France, you say? No siree, Bob. To find some of the best examples of the 22 Rhône varieties all in one place you’ll need to head to Paso Robles, California next Spring for the 19th annual Hospice du Rhône. Tickets go on sale today for the exclusive three-day weekend event surrounding all things Rhône set for April 28-30, 2011. Established […]

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Napa Valley Wineries headed to Houston!

The Napa Valley Vintners are headed to Houston as part of a week-long pass through Texas and Oklahoma to promote Napa Valley wines. Houston is the site of the kick-off Monday, October 11, beginning with a One-Day Wine Symposium hosted by the Society of Wine Educators. The kick-off will continue with an evening wine tasting, “Taste and Tweet” at Block 7 Wine Company, a hip, and  friendly restaurant, retail and wine bar located in the […]

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It’s International Grenache Day!

Wine lovers all over world are celebrating one of the most widely planted grapes for the First International Grenache Day today, September 24th. A late ripening grape, Grenache grows best in hotter climates and dryer soils like those of Spain (where it’s called Garnacha), the south of France and California’s San Joaquin Valley, but is adaptable to many soils. The vines bud early, and the long ripening season pushes the sugars in the grape to […]

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Wine Blogger Awards: Still Corked After All These Years

The finalists for the 2010 Wine Blog awards were announced today and I had high hopes that I wouldn’t have to write this annual column again this year. Unfortunately, here we go again. Until this year the awards have been handed out by Tom Wark who runs an excellent wine blog entitled Fermentation. In addition to that he is a wine consumer advocate. I respect him for those things. What he is not very good […]

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