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Tuesday, 22 December 2020 19:05

An Idea for the Holidays

By Dan Clarke

All right, it’s been a lousy year. Most of us want to put 2020 in the rear-view mirror and look forward to what must be a better 2021. 

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 16:49

A Legacy Sparkling with Personality

By Fiona Fang

Hailing from a pioneer winemaking family in Napa, Paula Kornell is a Napa native who has seen the region's rise from idyllic countryside to a world-renowned premium wine destination.

Monday, 06 July 2020 12:43

Wine Pick of the Week

2017 Napa Valley Blanc de Noir

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 12:51

Liven Up that Holiday Party

TASTE News Service, December 4, 2019 – Taste California Travel’s editor has long been a fan of deviled eggs and has dressed them up with many embellishments. 

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 18:54

Wine Pick of the Week

Prosecco Brut

Tuesday, 09 October 2018 08:18

Phil Mickelson Pops Cork for Charity

TASTE News Service, October 9, 2018 – Korbel California Champagne once again held the “Spray-Off” Challenge at Silverado Resort in Napa.

Monday, 29 November -0001 16:07

Wine Pick of the Week

ferrari brut Picmonkey

Ferrari Brut N/V



Alcohol: 12.5%

Suggested Retail: $25

Saturday, 27 February 2016 09:31

February 26, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Riverbench Claim Juper Rose Picmonkey

2014 Claim Jumper Rosé



Santa Maria Valley

Alcohol: 12.1%

Suggested Retail: $42


“This sparkling wine is made in the méthode Champenoise from 100% Pinot Noir grapes that were estate grown in the Santa Maria Valley of Santa Barbara County. The location on California’s Central Coast receives considerable marine influence and is cooler than many realize. As such, it is prime growing country for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Friday, 25 December 2015 15:28

December 25, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

Domaine Carneros Brut Rose withshadow Picmonkey2012 Brut Rosé


Domaine Carneros

By Taittinger


Alcohol: 12.3%

Suggested Retail: $37


“Good sparkling wine is appropriate for celebrating the new year. It’s also appropriate for just celebrating life in general and is a treat too frequently thought of as only for special occasions.

Sparkling wine is the generally accepted term that encompasses all wines containing bubbles, from pricey top-of-the-line imports through the cheap stuff served at all-you-can-eat Sunday brunches. Most California producers have agreed that the word Champagne refers to products that come from a particular part of France and should no longer be appropriated by wineries outside that region. Wonderful as wines from Champagne are, they’re no longer necessarily superior to their California counterparts.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 12:56

August 28, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

Valdo Prosecco Superiore bottle Picmonkey

Oro Puro Prosecco Superiore


Valdo Spumanti

Valdobbiadene, Italy

Alcohol: 11.5%

Suggested Retail: $19.99


“Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the northeast of Italy. Unlike Asti Spumante, a sweeter carbonated wine, Prosecco is much closer in taste to Champagne and New World sparkling wines. In recent years Prosecco has surged in popularity, in part because of its affordability. However it’s not just price that is driving Prosecco sales. It tastes good, too.

“Made entirely of the Glera grape (which was once known as Prosecco), the Oro Puro is the Superiore or better of two Proseccos Valdo markets in this country. Their basic product we found just o.k., but this one is excellent and justifies the approximately $5 price difference. The Oro Puro carries the D.O.C.G. label designation (Denominazione di Originie Congrollata e Guarantita), which assures that the wine comes from where it’s supposed to and has passed muster with a Italian government panel of tasters.

“Valdo’s Oro Puro, may be gold in color, but very faintly so. Its bubbles are fine and persistent. We find aromas and flavors of crisp green apples, Asian pears and white peaches and white nectarines. There’s crisp acidity, yet a rich and ‘round’ feeling, too, that nicely balance each other. The finish seems both clean and lasting.”

Food Affinity: “Mixed nuts. Thinly sliced Asiago cheese on bruschetta. Gnocchi in any white sauce. Grilled Branzino (a Mediterranean sea bass), stuffed with lemon slices and thyme."

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