The first system of the fall was impressive for some with near record or record rainfall amounts for Northern California, Southern Oregon into the Willamette Valley and along the Cascades. The system is slow to move out and will spin some unsettled weather over the whole region for the next 24 hours or so. Spotty chance of precipitation from the Bay Area northward with the probability increasing from the central Oregon coast to the Puget Sound area.
Wineries in transition from founder to children can be rife with highly emotional, charged conflict that can threaten to rip the family apart and wreck years of business cultivation. When the owners of a mid-sized winery decide to retire, what should they do?
A new study finally settled the worldwide debate between red wine and white wine -- and it looks like red has come out on top. According to data collected by Naked Wines, an online wine store, all but three states in the U.S. prefer red to white.
Shares in Treasury Wine Estates have plunged by more than 14 per cent on news that talks have ended with two separate private equity suitors that had made indicative takeover offers worth $3.4 billion.
The sweepstakes white is the Selby 2013 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc at $15; the sweepstakes red is the Balletto 2013 Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir at $42; and the sweepstakes specialty wine is the Windsor Vineyards N.V. Sonoma County Blanc de Blanc at $32.
That local liquor from the distillery down the road might not be so local. Chances are the brown liquor comes from industrial factories in Indiana, Kentucky or Tennessee and the vodka comes from large ethanol producers.
"Our Kirkland Signature Pinot Grigio is doing extremely well. We're also still doing great with the rosé and Prosecco categories. The most successful imports are from the Rhône, Spain, Argentina and Bordeaux ... "
Part of the ritual of wine drinking is opening the bottle, teasing the cork from the bottle and pouring that wine into a crystal glass. That's no longer the default, though. First, they came out with fake corks, then screw cap bottles - and, sacre bleu, now some serious restaurants are dispensing wines from kegs.
Envolve Winery will host its 3rd Annual "Real Men Drink Pink" event on October 10, the flagship event of its October fundraising campaign supporting breast cancer awareness. During the month of October, Envolve supports National Breast Cancer Awareness by donating $5 of every purchased bottle of Envolve Rosé and Brut Rosé Sparking Wine and 50% of each event ticket sold to the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation (SVHF).
In some west Napa areas, the hail piled up two inches deep, creating a Sierra winter landscape that prompted motorists to slow to a crawl or pull over. When they felt safe, some got out of their cars to take pictures.