Photo courtesy Grgich Cellars

Judgment of Grgich

Mike Grgich is renowned for having crafted the Judgment of Paris Chardonnay but what sets apart award-winning wines from truly great wines? The ability to age. I recently attended a vertical of Grgich Chardonnay from the 1970s to today, and this is what I found.

UGC Bordeaux 2012 Palance Hotel

Tasting Notes: The 2012 Vintage Bordeaux of The Unions Des Grands Crus

The annual Unions des Grands Crus Bordeaux tasting in San Francisco is one of my favorite tastings of the year. It is where I can discern the true potential of any vintage including the challenging 2012 season, which saw a cool, wet spring, a dry, sometimes hot summer and wet autumn.

donapa street food

Dive Into Downtown Napa’s Global Street Food Scene

Singapore may have its hawker fare, LA its food trucks but here in Downtown Napa, we have our own little “pod” of street food, wine country style! These humble eateries have a strong POV with food that is quick, inexpensive and always packed with flavor.

Georges and Franck Duboeuf

The Man Behind the Brand: What You Don’t Know About Georges Duboeuf

When I heard that Beaujolais juggernaut Vins Georges Duboeuf was not planning a huge celebration for their 50th anniversary on September 4, 2014, I was truly surprised. But then I met the man behind the brand, Georges Duboeuf. He dispelled all the preconceptions I had about the brand, and of Beaujolais itself…

Photo courtesy Jolene Patterson

How Top San Francisco Chefs Are Liberating the Way We Eat and Drink

At the West Sonoma Coast Wine Festival this past weekend, top SF chefs from State Bird Provisions, Rich Table and Bar Tartine shared their collective thoughts on what makes the SF food scene so special: the sense of community, casual formats and inventive flavors and combinations that make us change the way we think about food and wine.

Photo by Jason Tinacci/Napa Vintners

For Rutherford Vintners, the Cool 2011 Vintage Was a Winegrower’s Year

For many Rutherford vintners, the cool 2011 vintage marked by an unusually rainy October was something they’d never seen in their careers. It was a year that vintners became winegrowers in the true sense, making key decisions in the vineyards, at harvest and in the cellar that would ultimately highlight the best aspects of the cool vintage: purity and freshness.

Cellier aux Moines Vineyards

A New Book on Monks and Wine Will Change the Way You Think About the Cote Chalonnaise

This is the book I’ve been waiting for. It fills in many of the gaps in our knowledge of monks and wine against the backdrop of cultural, political and economic influences of the time. It helps us gain a better understanding of the factors driving wine quality that continue to this day. And by adding emphasis on the reputations of Givry and Cote Chalonnaise wines, the authors elevate the image of this lesser-known and under-appreciated region of southern Bourgogne.

Stags Leap District 25th Anniversary Perspective at Shafer VIneyards. From left, Michael Beaulac, Elizabeth Vianna, John Shafer, Richard Mendelson, Kelli White, Richard Steltzner, John Conover, Kirk Grace

Stags Leap District: A Legend in Its Own Time

At a Stags Leap District tasting April 26 commemorating its 25th anniversary as an AVA, vintners shared their perspectives on the evolution of the appellation since the 1970s. Constantly innovating, constantly adapting, vintners continue to move the region forward with but one goal: to preserve the legend of Stags Leap.


Discover ‘Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living,’ at Home

The French Riviera. Cote d’Azur. Saint-Tropez. Cannes. They all evoke a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle of warm breezes and brilliant sun overlooking azur blue waters, glass in hand filled with a light-bodied, mouthwatering and fruity rosé. But this region of nearly 70,000 acres is much more than just sunny beaches and fruity wines. In the new book “Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living” the authors explain why in colorful detail and authentic recipes.

Photo by Craig Drollet

Two Words You Must Know in the Burgundy Lexicon

Last week, the Bourgogne wine region also known as Burgundy joined a global coalition of other classic wine regions to protect place name and origin. Now is the perfect time to start calling Burgundy by its French name, as we do for all other French wine regions. Going hand in hand with the authenticity of the Bourgogne name is the authenticity of its wines based on “climat”, the Bourgogne version of terroir.