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Elyssia Pinot Noir Brut Cava by Freixenet

Swooning, as I am given to, over the perfect storm in sparkling wine, specifically the explosion of fine red wines made as cava rosada or cremant rose, leaves me nearly too excited to write an actual sentence.

The Long, Slow March to Ripeness Knows no Royal Shortcuts

Steven Mirassou profiled the Cabernet terroir of his Home estate vineyard (located in the Livermore Valley adjacent to The Wente Family) during a discussion with Didier Loustau on May 2, 2013, with the livestream on The Toutsuite Social Club.

Top California Wineries Pull a Few Corks for the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual conference

Top California Wineries will intrigue International Culinary Professionals in Networking and Awards at the IACP 2013 conference in San Francisco, April 6 through 9th. A handful of northern California wineries will pour some of their best efforts into helping the conferees to further transform our eating experiences.

How The Other 47 Live, and What We Might Learn if Only We Would Listen

Since 1976, Jancis Robinson has been watching the American wine craft evolve. She told me that she was still confounded by how little of it is available in the United Kingdom, especially as she works with Linda Murphy (who researches the left side of the pond intensively). Mses.

Celebrate the Pairing of Wine and Orchids

There may come a day when it will be beneficial to you or those around you to consider how to pair wine with orchids.  Now you can prepare yourselves.

From today, February 21st through Sunday, February 24, 2013, The San Francisco Orchid Society will be conducting the Pacific Orchid Exposition at the Fort Mason Center as a fundraiser for the Conservatory of Flowers (Golden Gate Park) and the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture.

San Francisco Chronicle U.S. Wine Competition 2013 - Best of Class - Chardonnay Under $20: Highway 12 Carneros 2011

As the blind judging panels slaved their way through countless flights of many wines and price tiers early in January 2013, the report came in from judge Jim Caudill (Director of PR and Hospitality at The Hess Collection) that somehow the whole competition had taken on new en

Sharpen your Quality-Price points with the San Francisco Chronicle U.S. Wine Competition Public Tasting 2013

On January 10, 2013, I met with a few of the judges in the San Francisco Chronicle U.S. Wine Competition on a lunch break in the middle of their blind judging panels at the Citrus Fair grounds in Cloverdale, California.  

Three Blind Tasters Calibrate their Sensibilities with Rick Beard's Palate

Rick Beard, the proprietor of Groezinger Wine Merchants in Yountville knows the small artisan winegrowers and makers well, and shares his joys generously with everyone that passes through his store.  His shop is like a portal to the hidden wineries that have no visitor center and that require significant pull for entry.  Rick recently brought a brilliant selection to Tasting in the Dark at the Toutsuite Social Media Club. 

Creating a Tour de Force with the Forgotten Vines

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