Barefoot Cellars, the ubiquitous "foot" wine, represents the industry's ultimate Cinderella story. What started out as a quirky Sonoma bulk-wine label metamorphosed into the second most powerful wine brand in the country.
The SummerWood Inn property, located at the gateway to the westside Paso Robles wine region on Arbor Road and Highway 46 West has recently undergone an extensive ten-month interior and exterior renovation.
Under this year's theme "Thinking Outside the Bottle: Successful Women in the Wine Business," this panel of wine industry leaders will speak about their careers, their paths to success and their advice to those entering or moving up in the industry.
Araujo Estate Wines, in Calistoga, Calif., is a fabulous cult winery that produces about 2,000 cases of cabernet sauvignon annually. In July it was announced that it had been sold to the family of French businessman Francois Pinault through their Artemis Group holding company.
Imagine a stock that jumps 25.5% on its first day of trading, coming to rest at $159 a share. Three months later, though, shares tank, plummeting to $54. Now, 17 months after going public, it's worth $58.70.
"Great Muscadet" may read like an oxymoron, but quality Muscadet is actually one of the world's best, if most obscure, bargains. Even today, a bottle from a top producer rarely costs more than $20, and quite a few cost even less.