Author of ‘American Wine’ Doesn’t Seem to Know Much About American Wine

Jancis Robinson, author of 'American Wine'

In the intro­duction to her chapter on Cali­fornia in her newest book, American Wine, the preem­inent British wine jour­nalist Jancis Robinson writes, “Cali­fornia is the most important wine­growing state in the U.S., the grand­daddy of them all in both prestige and production.” And of that small region within Cali­fornia, she says: “The Napa Valley AVA is the king of the U.S. […]

With ‘Advocate’ Reviews in Legal Limbo How Will We Know What Sonoma Wines To Drink?


At the center of a dispute between Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and former writer Antonio Galloni are hundreds of Sonoma wine reviews the Italian critic wrote while on a trip to Sonoma in January 2012. […]

All Things Being Equinox

bud break 2013 at Benziger in Sonoma

Bud break came early this year. Real early for some. Reports began coming in from some of the warmer parts of Napa Valley and Carneros as early as mid-February — as early as some some remember. […]

Old World or New? A Chardonnay Showdown

Chardonnay, it is said, is the Queen of the grapes. But she is also, arguably moreso than any other variety, a voice of the vineyard and a blank canvas for wine­making, meaning that she is often misin­ter­preted and unfairly maligned. […]

Eating Pop Rocks with S.F. Mayor Ed Lee

When the Bay Bridge went ablaze with 25,000 LED lights On March 5, San Francisco’s other bridge became, at 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high, the world’s largest LED light sculpture. […]