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There’s star power behind Frank Family Vineyards’ Napa Valley wines

Rich Frank had the money and Hollywood connections to launch his own winery in 1992, but it was no guarantee of success in the big-time Napa Valley market. Fortunately, Frank’s knowledge of and passion for wine, expert business sense, and close-knit family talent were the most valuable assets in the overall equation. The former president […]

General Wine, Uncategorized, White Wines

What do Kim Crawford, Sarah Jessica Parker and Charles Krug have in common? Bright, exciting Sauvignon Blanc for hunkering down

Life goes on – at home – and I’m not going to let the COVID-19 outbreak get me down. First, I want to express my gratitude to all the medical personnel and first responders who are on the front lines during these difficult times and helping the nation’s coronavirus victims. Second, I send my prayers […]

Flavor of the day, General Wine, Must Try, Red wines, Uncategorized

Seven ‘smart buys’ on premium California Cabernet Sauvignon

Selecting a top-notch Sauvignon for the holidays shouldn’t bust your budget.There are many exciting U.S. wines on the market, especially from California where cab is king. But as we often do around the holidays, the tendency is to splurge and overspend. I hope the following selections help you to resist that temptation – and keep […]

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Big value, bold taste in these rich Washington State reds

Good tidings from the Pacific Northwest: Washington States wines have flourished over the past two vintages – 2016 and 2017 – and are showing remarkable value for the quality produced. Big, bold, elegant red wines have excelled under extremely hot weather conditions, showing that vintners in the Columbia River Valley and eastern Walla Walla Valley […]

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Ten questions – and 5 famous quotes – to test your wine and vine ‘IQ’

It’s Thanksgiving week and despite all the hustle and bustle around the house, it’s time to take a break.  So sit down in a favorite chair, pour a glass of bubbly, and take this wine “IQ” quiz whose sole purpose is to educate and amuse. (Each correct answer is worth 10 points. Award yourself a […]

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What am I pouring on Thanksgiving? Sparkling wine and Zinfandel

I believe all holidays must be celebrated with sparkling wine and Thanksgiving is no exception. In fact, it is America’s only true traditional holiday . So here’s what I am bringing to the table. A bottle of La Crema Brut Sparkling Rose` for the family greeting and a Willm Brut Rose` Sparkling (Cremant d’Alsace) to […]