Is this BottleRock Napa billboard pointing the wrong way?

BottleRock Napa billboard

Driving on Highway 12 southeast toward Napa from Sonoma we happened to pass a crew pasting up this sign. By all outward appear­ances another of the bill­boards directing people toward the big BottleRock Napa music, food and wine festival scheduled for May 9 to 12 in Napa. […]

Looking back at the 2012 grape-growing season

The 2012 growing season in the North Coast was, in many respects, nearly perfect. Shot in vine­yards across Napa Valley, Lake County, Mendocino, and Sonoma County, this is what it looked like. […]

Tour Bus Hits Gun Bun, Dinosaur Jr. Get Out

The 2013 concert series at Gundlach Bundschu got off to a fuzzy feedback-filled start Friday night when ’90s rock royalty Dinosaur Jr. played the intimate Old Redwood Barn in Sonoma. DJ stopped in Sonoma on their way out the music-festival-cum-desert bikini beach party that is Coachella. […]

Stranger than Fiction

Yesterday we posted four stories that, in light of some other stories we wrote the previous week, were really just slightly too outra­geous to be true. And then, some not even that outra­geous. […]

Putting the Swine in Wine: Making Bacon Cabernet

Bacon wine

Bacon flavorings have found their way into every­thing from tooth­paste and mouthwash to candy, gum and even condoms in the bacon-mania that has swept the nation. Most of these products, we must stress, are only bacon-flavored, but some use actual meat. […]

Kellogg’s To Enter Flavored-Vodka Market

America’s fasci­nation with flavored spirits has entered an entirely new dimension. On the heels of Pernod Ricard’s just-released trio of Mama Walker’s breakfast-inspired liqueurs — Maple Bacon, Blue­berry Pancake and Glazed Donut — Kellogg’s has announced that it is jumping into the beverage alcohol market. […]

Parker Taps Heimoff as Next Cali-Critic

World-famous wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr., who rocked the wine world in December by announcing the sale of his newsletter The Wine Advocate to Singapore-based investors—and then again in March by suing his former lead critic Antonio Galloni for fraud, defamation and turning into a weenie—has shocked enophiles yet again. […]

Man Sues Parker for Life ‘Wasted’ Drinking ‘Overpriced’ Wine

Robert M. Parker, Jr.

A man from Texas is suing Robert M. Parker, Jr. the founder and former owner of The Wine Advocate for what he is calling a “lifetime wasted drinking profoundly expensive wine I don’t even like.” The man said he trusted Parker “to choose the best wines” and was willing to pay what he now realizes are exor­bitant prices. […]