Feb 19, 2020

Get Boont

The little wine weekend formerly known as the International Alsace Varietals Festival is back from its “gap year.” And, if chardonnay’s your thing, the...
Feb 5, 2020

Making It

As I traipse up and down a strip of Commerce Blvd., the first question I have about Old Caz is not whether the brewery’s...
Jan 15, 2020

Bloody Good

This New Year, I’ve resolved to buy more organic products. I’ll support local farmers at the farmers market. And, of course, I’ll cut back...
Occidental Wines
Dec 11, 2019

Occidental Wines’ notable pinot

If I’d been asked to find a winery called Occidental Wines without a Google Maps assist, I’d have been lost in the hills. But if...
Nov 27, 2019

Aha, Rioja

When I say Burgundy, you say Pinot Noir—the red wine grape of Burgundy that’s also made the Russian River Valley a famous wine region....
Nov 13, 2019

Pious Pinot

Surely the labors of countless vignerons in medieval Burgundy, centuries ago, were meant to produce a varietal wine that pairs particularly well with the...
Nov 6, 2019

Rock On

The smoke wasn’t quite as thick this year in wine country, but the love needn’t be any thinner. That spirit was on full display...
Oct 23, 2019

The Giving Grog

Traffic light. Disheveled dude, standing on the traffic island, turns to you with his cardboard sign. “Hungry—please help.” Buy a bottle of 2017 Frank...