Biography Of Wine Industry Pioneer Jess Stonestreet Jackson Released


A Man and His Mountain tells the story of the everyman who created Kendall-Jackson and became America's greatest wine entrepreneur SONOMA COUNTY, Calif., Oct. 22, 2013 -- Jackson Family Wines, a portfolio of exceptional wines including Kendall-Jackson and more than 30 individual wineries around the … [Read more...]

Michelin Awards Coveted Stars To 10 Wine Country Restaurants


SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22, 2013 -- Michelin today announced its highly regarded star selections for the eighth edition of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country. The book goes on sale tomorrow. Both of the Wine Country's 2013 three star restaurants—The French Laundry and The … [Read more...]

A Benchmark Opportunity To Win Film Festival Passes


Benchmark Wine Group to give away two passes to 2013 Napa Valley Film Festival SAN FRANCISCO, October 15, 2013 -- Benchmark Wine Group announced today its sponsorship for the 2013 Napa Valley Film Festival. The leading wine ecommerce website will be running the Facebook NVFF Red Carpet Sweepstakes … [Read more...]

Michelin Announces Wine Country’s 2014 Bib Gourmands


Prestigious List Includes 19 Wine Country Restaurants SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 16, 2013 / -- Michelin revealed its coveted list of Bib Gourmand restaurants in the greater San Francisco area, exactly one week prior to the release of the highly anticipated MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2014. This year 83 … [Read more...]

French Film Festival Award for Documentary On Miljenko “Mike” Grgich


Like the Old Vine describes how famed winemaker achieved his American Dream Rutherford, CA – Like the Old Vine (Kao Stara Loza), a documentary about the life of Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, was presented the Grand Jury’s Special Award from the 20th annual Oenovideo … [Read more...]

Murphy-Goode Winery Supports Military Families And Veterans With Release Of Homefront Red


New Red Blend Donates a Portion of Proceeds to Operation Homefront; Plans to Raise At Least $300,000 HEALDSBURG, Calif., Sept. 9, 2013 -- Supporting veterans and military families for more than two years via its relationship with Operation Homefront, Murphy-Goode Winery introduces a new red blend, … [Read more...]

Korbel California Champagne Toasts Fabulous Friendships


Trip of a Lifetime Brings Five Friends Together in Wine Country after Winning the Ultimate Girls Getaway GUERNEVILLE, Calif., Sept. 3, 2013 -- Korbel California Champagne has been a part of celebrations large and small for more than 131 years and has given a group of girlfriends the trip of a … [Read more...]

Kendall-Jackson’s 17th Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival Showcases the Vibrant Flavors of Fall


September 28 Event Offers Exclusive Foods And Reserve Wines SONOMA COUNTY, Calif., July 31, 2013  -- The annual Kendall-Jackson® Heirloom Tomato Festival returns on Saturday, September 28, for a one-of-a-kind celebration of Sonoma County's seasonal bounty. Now in its 17th year, the Kendall-Jackson … [Read more...]

Flavor! Napa Valley Announces November 20-24 Schedule of Events


Wine and Food Festival Showcases Napa Valley's Agrarian and Artisanal Sides NAPA VALLEY, Calif., July 30, 2013 -- Flavor! Napa Valley wine and food festival announces the November 20-24 schedule of events featuring new chefs, sommeliers, seminars, and more hands-on, intimate workshops. The festival … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Inn Ranked #3 Inn in the US and Among the Top 50 Hotels in the World


Travel Magazine Readers Give High Marks to Russian River Valley Inn FORESTVILLE, Calif., July 23, 2013 -- How does a relatively small Sonoma County inn find itself ranked among the world's best hotels? The answer lies partly in the simple richness of the guest experience; from the farm-to-table … [Read more...]

Chateau St. Jean and Sheryl Crow Partner in “Soak Up Sonoma”


Nine-Time Grammy Award Winner Participating In 18-Month Program SONOMA, Calif., July 23, 2013 -- Chateau St. Jean Winery has announced a partnership with 9-time Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, Ms. Sheryl Crow. Sheryl Crow and Chateau St. Jean  invite consumers to 'Soak Up … [Read more...]

Wine and Cinema Lovers: Don’t Miss The Napa Valley Film Festival


Five-Day Event--November 13-17--Brings The Best In Independent Film To Venues Throughout Napa Valley The third annual Napa Valley Film Festival takes place Wednesday through Sunday, November 13 – 17. That’s a great time to visit Napa Valley. It’s mid-fall and also the tail-end of the grape harvest … [Read more...]

Napa Valley Chambers Join With Charles Krug Winery For RockNapa


Summer Festival Series at Charles Krug Winery July 18-19 and August 15-16 ST. HELENA, Calif., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- RockNapa  today announced support from the Calistoga, Napa, St. Helena and Yountville Chambers of Commerce for the summer festival series that is set to rock Napa … [Read more...]

Iconic Napa Valley Winemaker Mike Grgich Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


National Federation of Croatian Americans Cultural Foundation Presents Award Rutherford, California, July 6th, 2013 -- The National Federation of Croatian Americans President Mr. Paul Tonšetic-Kunder was honored to present Miljenko “Mike” Grgich with the NFCA Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award … [Read more...]

Grgich Hills Estate Earns 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


Rutherford winery named one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses as reviewed on the world’s largest travel site July 2, 2013, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California -- Grgich Hills Estate has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality … [Read more...]

2013 Sonoma County Farmers Market Schedule


Cotati Farmers Market Thursday (June-September): 4:30-7:30 p.m., La Plaza Park, downtown (Old Redwood Highway and West Sierra Avenue). Gualala Farmers Market Saturday (May-November): 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Gualala Community Center, 57950 Center Street. Healdsburg Farmers … [Read more...]

Wine Train, Castello di Amorosa Offer Joint Napa Valley Tour

Napa Valley Wine Train

Combine An On-The-Move Lunch Aboard A Historic Train With A Medieval Castle Tour NAPA VALLEY, March 21, 2013 -- Starting April 1st, two of Napa Valley's most sought after travel destinations, the Napa Valley Wine Train and Castello di Amorosa, will be joining together to make one all encompassing … [Read more...]

Kendall-Jackson Redefines The Tasting Experience With Partake by K-J


New Healdsburg destination promises innovative exploration of wine and food at the table HEALDSBURG, Calif, March 5, 2013 -- Kendall-Jackson, one of America's most beloved family-owned wineries, today announced the opening of Partake by K-J, located just steps from the square in Healdsburg, an … [Read more...]

And The Winner Is . . . Sterling Vineyards!


Sterling Repeats As The Exclusive Wine Of The Oscars® NAPA, Calif., Feb. 25, 2013 – Last Sunday, on the brightest night in Hollywood--as the stars were strolling the red carpet, finding their seats in the Dolby Theater, and accepting their awards--the odds were good that they would be toasting a … [Read more...]

2013 Update: The Wine Country’s Best Values In Fine Dining


Ranking Of The Wine Country's 11 Michelin Star Restaurants By Zagat Scores (Click here for a more complete listing of the Wine Country's top-rated restaurants.) At the end of 2012, we looked once again at two leading sets of restaurant ratings and developed some basic conclusions about which … [Read more...]

“The Skinny Vine” Lets Wine Drinkers Indulge With Fewer Calories

Skinny Chick Christine Avanti

Skinny Chicks Author Calls New Wine Line Her After Work Go-To Treat NAPA, Calif., Jan. 15, 2013  -- With health resolutions popular this time of year, newly-launched low-calorie wine The Skinny Vine makes it easy for wine drinkers to stick to a low-calorie lifestyle with a little indulgence. Skinny … [Read more...]

Korbel Champagne Cellars Is The Toast Of The Inaugural Luncheon


Eighth Inauguration for America's Premium Champagne GUERNEVILLE (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY ), Calif., Jan. 9, 2013  -- When Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States, this historic event will once again be toasted with flutes of Korbel California Champagne. … [Read more...]

Korbel Offers Sparkling Additions To The Christmas Feast

Korbel Champagne Cellars

GUERNEVILLE, Calif., Dec. 6, 2012 -- Christmas brings families together, and the Christmas meal – whether Christmas dinner or Christmas brunch – ranks right up there with the gifts as one of the day's special highlights. Pairing that delicious Christmas feast with a wine equally delicious is easy … [Read more...]

Gangsta Rap Comes To The Wine Country

Wine Country Gangsta Rap

Local Production Presents Provacative Perspective On The Wine Country WARNING that this music video link is to a gangsta rap production that is not suitable for younger viewers. But, hey, what else is new about gangsta rap? The video comes to us from Cameron Washington, the "mastermind" … [Read more...]

J Vineyards & Winery Holds A “Name That Pinot Noir Wine” Contest

J Vineyards & Winery, Healdsburg

HEALDSBURG, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- If you've ever thought about lending your creative talents to a whimsical endeavor, here's your chance.  J Vineyards & Winery is calling on clever wordsmiths everywhere to enter its "Name That Pinot Noir Wine" contest through Twitter, Facebook, … [Read more...]

NBA Star Yao Ming Enters The US Wine Market

Yao Ming

Yao Family Wines Debut In US Following Introduction In China ST. HELENA, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012  -- Yao Family Wines, the Napa Valley wine company founded by former NBA star Yao Ming, today announced its entry into the U.S. wine market following its launch in mainland China. The company debuted in … [Read more...]

California Winemakers Celebrating A Stellar 2012 Harvest

California Harvest 2012

Ideal Growing Season Assures Outstanding Vintage SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 8, 2012  -- The 2012 California wine grape harvest yielded generous amounts of high quality fruit, and winemakers across the state are describing this year's vintage as "excellent," "outstanding" and "ideal."  "The 2012 vintage … [Read more...]

Documentary On Miljenko “Mike” Grgich To Premiere At 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival

Mike Grgich

Like the Old Vine Describes How Famed Winemaker Achieved His American Dream September 25, 2012, Rutherford, CA – Grgich Hills Estate today announced that Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, President and Winemaker of Grgich Hills Estate and Vintner’s Hall of Fame Inductee, is the subject of the documentary … [Read more...]

You Gotta Love A Wine That Smiles

Kenwood Vineyards Smile

2008 Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon Features Robin F. Williams' "Smile" KENWOOD (SONOMA VALLEY), Calif., Sept. 20, 2012  -- "Smile", by accomplished artist Robin F. Williams, featured on the just-released 2008 Kenwood Vineyards Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon, ranks among the most … [Read more...]

Historic White House Inn & Spa Reopens In Napa

White House Inn & Spa

Boutique Luxury Hotel Prides Itself On Personal, Generous Service NAPA VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 7, 2012 -- The historic White House Inn & Spa ( is newly reopened, delighting Napa vacationers with the ultimate in personal service among chic and luxurious surroundings.  … [Read more...]

Sterling Vineyards Ultimate Host Is Back For Year Two

Padma Lakshmi

Sterling Vineyards And Padma Lakshmi Team Up Again NAPA, Calif., Sept. 6, 2012 -- For the second year, iconic Napa Valley winery Sterling Vineyards will be partnering with Padma Lakshmi in search of the Ultimate Host. After an exciting first year for the program, Padma will continue her … [Read more...]

Nori Nakamura Appointed New Winemaker At Reata Winery

Reata Winery, Napa Valley

NAPA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2012 -- Reata Winery is pleased to announce the appointment of Nori Nakamura as winemaker. With his appointment, Nakamura brings a decade of Napa Valley winemaking experience to Reata's award-winning wine portfolio. A native of Tokyo, Japan, Nakamura initially gained wine … [Read more...]

Military Jets Headline Wings Over Wine Country Air Show

FA-18 Super Hornet

Navy, Marine, Air Force Jet Fighters To Perform At Annual Event SANTA ROSA, Calif., Aug. 15, 2012 -- The PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM (PCAM) welcomes Navy, Marine and Air Force front line fighter jets to an already stellar air show line-up of performers.  The air show will be held at the Charles M. … [Read more...]

New “Napa Winery Inn” Opens for Business

Napa Winery Inn

Boutique Hotel Offers Guests Friendly, Intimate, Affordable Napa Experience NAPA, August 8, 2012 – The 59-room Napa Winery Inn, Napa Valley’s newest boutique hotel, opened its doors on July 1, 2012. The hotel offers guests an affordable Napa getaway and is centrally located just minutes from Napa’s … [Read more...]

Vineyard Safari Tour Offers An Unusual Wine Country Experience

Napa Valley Bike Tours

You'd think if you booked a "vineyard safari" with an outfit called Napa Valley Bike Tours you'd be heading into the trellised rows on two wheels, not six. And you could be if you prefer two wheels to six. But if you prefer to go off-road with a little more protection from who knows what might be … [Read more...]

Insider Tip: Oxbow Public Market “Locals’ Nights” Every Tuesday

Oxbow Public Market in Napa

The Fun And Specials Start At 5:00 PM Tuesdays Only Merchants at the Oxbow Public Market, 644 First Street in Napa, offer "Locals' Night" specials every Tuesday beginning at 5:00 PM. Here's a list of specials for Tuesday, July 24; expect similar specials on other Tuesdays. Half-price oysters on … [Read more...]

Study Says “Higher Welfare” Animals Produce More Nutritious Foods

Compassion In World Farming

EDITOR'S NOTE: An interesting press release slid across our desk today, and we thought it might be of interest to you. It isn't about wine, but about the foods you consume with your wine. The press release that appears below is from Compassion In World Farming, a UK-based international organization … [Read more...]

Prestigious Napa And Sonoma Wineries Achieve 100% Sustainability

Beringer Knights Valley Vineyard

Treasury Wine Estates makes strides toward Corporate Social Responsibility goals NAPA, Calif., July 12, 2012 -- Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), the world's largest publicly listed, wine-only company – with over 60 iconic brands including Beringer Vineyards, Etude, St. Clement, and Stags' Leap Winery … [Read more...]

TripAdvisor Honors Two Napa Valley Hotels

Villagio Inn & Spa

Villagio Inn & Spa and Vintage Inn Recognized For Positive Guest Reviews YOUNTVILLE, NAPA VALLEY, June 25, 2012 – The AAA Four Diamond award-winning Villagio Inn & Spa, and its sister hotel AAA Four Diamond Vintage Inn, both have received the prestigious TripAdvisor’s 2012 Certificate of … [Read more...]

Update: New Details On Flavor! Napa Valley, November 14-18, 2012

Flavor! Napa Valley

Second Annual Flavor! Napa Valley Food and Wine Festival Includes 50 Chefs, over 125 Vintners, and Adds Two Days of Hands-on Immersions NAPA, Calif., June 19, 2012 -- Following a successful 2011 debut, an impressive array of Napa Valley-based celebrity chefs, restaurants, vintners, sommeliers and … [Read more...]

In Case You Were Wondering

Case of Wine

Are You An Average American? SAN FRANCISCO -- According to the Wine Institute, on average, each resident of the United States consumed 2.54 gallons of wine in 2010. That comes to just over a case per person for the year.  Since you're reading this, we're guessing you're on the high side of the … [Read more...]

French Blue Restaurant To Open In St. Helena On May 29, 2012

French Blue, St. Helena

New Restaurant from Architect Howard Backen, Interior Designer Lori Backen, Winemaker Leslie Rudd Stanley Morris to Serve as Managing Partner, Philip Wang as Executive Chef/Partner   ST. HELENA, May 7, 2012 - French Blue, a beautiful and warm neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of … [Read more...]

Think Summer – Think Pink – Think Peju


NAPA VALLEY, April 30, 2012 -- It's that time of year again. The weather is warm, and winemakers are beginning to roll out their summer wines. Experienced wine buyers know that these crisp, dry, pink wines are typically made in limited quantities and aren't available for long. So now is the time to … [Read more...]

05-31-2012 Culinary Stars Abound at Auction Napa Valley 2012

Auction Napa Valley 2012

Featuring Chef Emeril Lagasse, Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc, and Many More  ST HELENA, April 26, 2012  -- Auction Napa Valley, the American Wine Classic charity fundraiser hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) and taking place this year from May 31-June 3, has always focused on food nearly as much as … [Read more...]

Korbel Champagne Cellars’ Sustainable Gardens Open For 2012 Season

Korbel Champagne Cellars

Korbel Garden Refutes Sustainable Stereotypes GUERNEVILLE (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY), April 10, 2012 -- When Korbel Champagne Cellars' spectacular garden opens on Sunday, April 15th for the 2012 season, visitors will marvel at the extraordinarily beautiful plantings – including 250 varieties of roses – … [Read more...]

When Only The Best Will Do

Grgich Hills Estate In Napa Valley

Grgich Hills Wines The Exclusive Choice For James Beard Dinner RUTHERFORD, March 16, 2012 -- Grgich Hills Estate wines were the only wines served at the famed James Beard House in New York City on March 13 for a dinner that showcased organic, biodynamic and sustainable foods from Kentucky and … [Read more...]

Grgich Hills Cabernet Served At Dinner For China’s Next President

Grgich Hills Estate In Napa Valley

Historic Dinner Showcases One Of America's Finest Wines RUTHERFORD, February 22, 2012 -- The Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles hosted a dinner for Chinese Vice President Xi Jingping on February 16th that included Vice President Joe Biden and featured Grgich Hills Estate 2008 Cabernet … [Read more...]

New Wine Collection Targets Millennial Women

Be Wines

New "Be." Collection Poised to Capture Growing Segment of Wine Consumers NAPA, February 23, 2012 -- Treasury Wine Estates, a global wine company with a leading portfolio of new world wines, today announced its new stylish, playful "Be." collection. "Be." wines, designed to appeal to the … [Read more...]

Unconventional Diet Advice For The Holiday Season

Drink Your Carbs

Drink Your Carbs Launches a Guide to Losing Weight Without Giving Up Alcohol SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6, 2011  -- Today, Drink Your Carbs celebrates the launch of, a diet and lifestyle guide based on the premise that drinking alcohol is fully compatible with healthy weight … [Read more...]

Three Wine Country Restaurants Among Top 100 In USA

Open Table Logo

Farmhouse Inn, French Laundry, Madrona Manor Share Diners' Choice Award Honors SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 13, 2011  -- To celebrate another amazing year in fine dining, OpenTable, Inc. today announced the Diners' Choice Awards for the  top 100 best restaurants in the United States.  The list of winners is … [Read more...]

Great Wine Capitals Global Network Announces “Best of Wine Tourism” Award Winners For 2012

Wine Capitals Winners 2012

Beau Wine Tours, Hess Collection and Sterling Vineyards Are Among The Winners And The Winners Are . . . Kara Adamson, Auberge du Soleil; Mecaela Miller, Round Pond Estate; Mark Mathewson, Sterling Vineyards; Jim Caudill, The Hess Collection; Jerry Colton, Ma(i)sonry; Dev Sidhu, Cakebread; Louise … [Read more...]

J Vineyards & Winery Commemorates 25th Anniversary With Special Cuvee 20 Sparkling Wine

J Vineyards & Winery, Healdsburg

HEALDSBURG, Calif., July 12, 2011 -- J Vineyards & Winery kicks off its 25th Anniversary with a stylish new look for its popular Cuvee 20 Brut sparkling wine.  The anniversary bottling, adorned with the winery's signature yellow brushstroke "J" logo and a back label QR code that takes you to a … [Read more...]

Gourmet Walks Offers First Foodie Tours in Napa

Gourmet Walks Napa

Award-Winning Company Provides Exclusive Inside Culinary Experience NAPA, June 10, 2011 -- Gourmet Walks has launched the first wine country culinary walking tours in historic downtown Napa twice weekly. The three-hour tours begin at Oxbow Market and end at the Napa Mill. “We started our … [Read more...]

“The Party Girl Diet” Offers Weight Loss With Wine And Chocolate

The Party Girl Diet, By Aprilanne Hurley

Fitness Nutrition Expert Aprilanne Hurley Has A Sensible New Way To End Yo-Yo Dieting SAN FRANCISCO, May 10, 2011 -- "The Party Girl Diet" is more than a diet, it's a way of life," Hurley reports. It is a "Survival Guide" for people who have tried every fad-diet out there and are looking for a … [Read more...]

Trinity Oaks Wines Marks 4.4 Million Trees Planted

One Bottle One Tree

Trinity Oaks Wines Supports the Planting of Enough Trees to Cover San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park 10 Times April 20, 2011. St. Helena Calif. >> In under three years, Trinity Oaks Wines has turned its tree-planting program One Bottle, One Tree® into thousands of new forest acres.  This … [Read more...]

B Cellars Winery Announces Enhanced Wine and Food Experiences

B Cellars in Calistoga, Napa Valley

Hell's Kitchen Winner Chef Christina Machamer Will Lead the Winery’s Programs CALISTOGA, Calif. (April 18, 2011) – B Cellars (, a premium winery and tasting salon located on the picturesque Silverado Trail in Calistoga, is proud to announce a number of enhanced tasting programs … [Read more...]

Rodney Strong Vineyards’ Green Light Pledge Oversubscribes At 85 (Thousand!)

Rodney Strong Vineyards Green Light Pledge

April 7, 2011 - Healdsburg, CA: Rodney Strong Vineyards' Green Light Pledge program, in which the winery provided an energy efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb to people who pledged to change out a standard incandescent, garnered over 85,000 pledges in just over a month causing the winery to … [Read more...]

Napa Valley Uncorks New Welcome Center In Downtown Napa


NAPA VALLEY, Calif. (April 4, 2011) – America’s premier wine, food, arts and wellness capital opened its new Napa Valley Welcome Center on Saturday, April 2. Located at 600 Main Street, along the Riverfront in Downtown Napa, the 2,400-square-foot Center provides the perfect starting point for new … [Read more...]

U.S. Overtakes France As Top Wine Consumer

We're No.1!

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2011 -- The U.S. surpassed France as the world's largest wine-consuming nation in 2010, with wine shipments to the U.S. from California, other states and foreign producers growing 2% from the previous year to nearly 330 million cases, a record high for the industry, … [Read more...]

Stags’ Leap Winery Uses Stress To Fight Recession

Manor House at Stags' Leap Winery

(Napa, March 2, 2011) Are you among the millions of Americans experiencing stress during the recession? So is Napa Valley's Stags' Leap Winery, but not in the way you might think. Read the whole story from Bloomberg News and the Press Democrat here: Read more about Stags' … [Read more...]

Beringer Is The Official Wine of the PGA TOUR


NAPA, Calif. and PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The PGA TOUR and Beringer Vineyards today announced a four-year extension of their marketing partnership that secures Beringer's designation as the "Official Wine of the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour" through 2014 … [Read more...]

Tra Vigne Pinot & Cioppino Night

Tra Vigne Logo

Wednesday evening my wife and I made what has become an annual excursion to partake of Pinot & Cioppino NIght at St. Helena’s venerable Tra Vigne Restaurant. An annual excursion for us, but a weekly routine for them. We were a little surprised to discover that it’s an every Wednesday evening … [Read more...]