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2017 INTERNATIONAL ALSACE VARIETALS FESTIVAL FEATURING CREMANT D’ALSACE

2017 INTERNATIONAL ALSACE VARIETALS FESTIVAL FEATURING CREMANT D’ALSACE

Planet Grape Wine Review presented this past weekend during the sold out Educational Session at the 2017 International Alsace Varietals Festival, held at the Mendocino Fairgrounds in Boonville amidst the rolling hills and meadows of California’s Anderson Valley. Dr. Liz Thach MW and Fred Swan Diploma WSET joined me for a lively panel presentation of the sparkling […]

OSCAR NIGHT PASSIONFRUIT CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

OSCAR NIGHT PASSIONFRUIT CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

Piper-Heidsieck PRESENTS THE PERFECT CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL FOR OSCAR® NIGHT  Celebrate Awards Season with this Sweet and Sumptuous Passionfruit Cocktail!  Impress your friends and loved ones with the perfect passionfruit Champagne cocktail as you celebrate the Oscars® from home this year.  Made with Piper-Heidsieck, the sole Champagne to be served during the 2017 Academy Awards®, The Seductress […]

GLOBAL COALITION TO PROTECT WINE GROWING PLACE NAMES

GLOBAL COALITION TO PROTECT WINE GROWING PLACE NAMES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2017 CONTACT: Elizabeth McBain, 202-777-3511, emcbain@clsstrategies.com   Global Coalition to Protect Wine Growing Place Names Gathers at Chianti Classico Collection Representatives from Champagne, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry and Willamette Valley join Chianti Classico at annual tasting to raise awareness   FLORENCE, Italy — Representatives of the Joint Declaration to Protect Wine Place & […]

A MASTER CICERONE’S BEER PICKS

A MASTER CICERONE’S BEER PICKS

Master Cicerone, Brewmaster and Certified Sommelier Rich Higgins recommends these beers for Super Bowl and beyond:   nv Sixpoint Puff Brooklyn New York nv Siren Barrel Aged Lemon Cello IPA nv Fuller’s London Pride London England nv St. Bernardus Abt 12 Watou West Flanders Belgium nv Saison Dupont Tourpes Hainaut Belgium nv Dupont Avec Les […]

PINOT NOIR NEW ZEALAND 2017 – WELLINGTON WATERFRONT

PINOT NOIR NEW ZEALAND 2017 – WELLINGTON WATERFRONT

Global wine industry leaders to descend on Wellington this month In just under three weeks, an astounding selection of global wine imbibers and influencers will descend on our nation’s capital for Pinot Noir NZ 2017. We’ve got a line-up of 30 speakers from Japan, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, who […]

SHERRY-LEHAMNN/KEVIN ZRALY BORDEAUX MASTER CLASS NYC

SHERRY-LEHAMNN/KEVIN ZRALY BORDEAUX MASTER CLASS NYC

Explore the terroir of St. Julien and the great Leoville estate along with its newest acquisition, Chateau Mauvesin with Proprietor Damien Barton-Sartorius and America’s Leading Wine Educator Kevin Zraly on Tuesday, January 24th, 7:00-9:00pm, for a reception and seated tasting at the Sherry-Lehmann Gallery, 505 Park Avenue at 59th St. NYC. $250 per person. Limited. […]

FRED SWAN’S SPIRITS REVIEWS – MEZCAL & MALTS

FRED SWAN’S SPIRITS REVIEWS – MEZCAL & MALTS

Check out Planet Grape Panelist and Contributor Fred Swan’s latest spirits reviews! Bastille 1789 Hand-Crafted Whisky France Wemyss Malts The Hive Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Chamucos Tequila Blanco Mexico Chamucos Tequila Anejo Mexico Los Amantes Mezcal Joven Lot 11 Oaxaca Mexico Los Amantes Mezcal Reposado Lot 12 Oaxaca Mexico Los Amantes Mezcal Anejo Lot 13 […]

TOP 7 CHAMPAGNES HOUSES SELECTED BY LES REVUES DE VINS DE FRANCE

TOP 7 CHAMPAGNES HOUSES SELECTED BY LES REVUES DE VINS DE FRANCE

Last weekend I selected Champagne Pol Roger for the Bubbles Bar at a huge Tech party in San Francisco, where we also built and filled a Champagne Tower! Pol Roger is an iconic house that has maintained a level of quality that very few have.  Pol Roger retained 3 stars by Le Revue Des Vins de France […]

A NEW D.O.C. IS BORN: FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA D.O.C.

A NEW D.O.C. IS BORN: FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA D.O.C.

ENHANCING THE IDENTITY OF THE TERROIR   THE FIRST BOTTLES OF THE NEW DENOMINATION WILL HIT THE SHELVES IN 2017 D.O.C. – F.V.G. Consortium Press ReleaseA long journey that began with plans, ideas and hopes, which lasted several decades, has finally culminated in July with the creation of Friuli Venezia Giulia D.O.C. The first bottles […]

WINTER WINE COCKTAILS

WINTER WINE COCKTAILS

Simple Winter Sangria & Mulled Chardonnay Cider from Adirondack Winery in New York Simple Winter Sangria Recipe Date: November 21, 2016 Cook Time: 00:00:00 Difficulty: Easy Measurements: Imperial (US) This simple winter sangria is sweet and spicy and perfect all year round! Best of all, you can make it white or red! Ingredients 1 bottle Adirondack […]

SUNNY HOLIDAY CHEER

SUNNY HOLIDAY CHEER

It’s here! Holiday shopping, festive parties, and the time of year to rock the ugliest sweaters ever made. I have selected some of my personal favorites wines and spirits of 2016 to assist you with your holiday beverages and up your game. These are all value-priced and easy to find online @drync or @eBay wines, or at your […]

GAME ON – TWO WINES FOR TURKEY DAY

GAME ON – TWO WINES FOR TURKEY DAY

What wines go with Turkey? That also pair nicely with all the sides? Now that is a bit complicated. So why don’t we reverse engineer this scenario and start with, what will my friends and family enjoy, that won’t steal the show or dent my budget? Check out this eclectic Italian duo. I recommend this […]

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU 2016 EST ARRIVE!

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU 2016 EST ARRIVE!

Each year for the past 30 years, Beaujolais Nouveau makes its debut across the world on the third Thursday of November, just in time for the holiday table, when cheap and cheerful red is just the ticket. This year is no different, though some palates are fatiguing of the banana/tutti frutti and bubblegum flavors often […]

KEVIN ZRALY SAYS HE HAS TO “LET GO” OF WINDOWS

KEVIN ZRALY SAYS HE HAS TO “LET GO” OF WINDOWS

by Dorothy Gaiter, Grape Collective   Photo collage by Piers Parlett “First,” Kevin Zraly explained in that calm way of his, “I’m not retiring.” Forget the headline, “A Heralded Wine Instructor’s Last Class Before Retiring. “Let me tell you what’s going on,” he offered, and so I stopped hyperventilating. Thank goodness! The world’s most famous […]

AWARD WINNING CHEESE EXPERT LAURA WERLIN HOSTS SEMINAR AT DUTTON-GOLDFIELD WINERY

AWARD WINNING CHEESE EXPERT LAURA WERLIN HOSTS SEMINAR AT DUTTON-GOLDFIELD WINERY

Press Release Sebastopol, California, October 18, 2016 – Dutton-Goldfield Winery is pleased to announce their upcoming wine and cheese pairing class with award winning cheese expert Laura Werlin on Saturday November 12 at 3pm. In this rare opportunity, guests will taste limited production, single vineyard Dutton-Goldfield wines alongside some of America’s greatest cheeses in a sit-down […]

ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR PROGRAM RECEIVES ENDORSEMENT FROM THE ITALIAN TRADE COMMISSION

ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR PROGRAM RECEIVES ENDORSEMENT FROM THE ITALIAN TRADE COMMISSION

Press Release The Wine Scholar Guild’s Italian Wine Scholar Program received official endorsement from the Italian Trade Commission (ITA). The Italian Trade Commission is a governmental body whose role is to promote the internationalization of Italian companies in line with the strategies of the Italian Ministry for Economic Development. It identifies and connects Italian and […]

MOVE OVER BACCHUS, AND MAKE ROOM FOR THE GRAPE GODDESS

MOVE OVER BACCHUS, AND MAKE ROOM FOR THE GRAPE GODDESS

Hotelie Magazine, Fall 2016 By Sherry Negrea Read this interview with Planet Grape’s trailblazing Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis here:   http://pubs.sha.cornell.edu/i/738678-hotelie-fall-2016

YACHT CRUISE CELEBRATING FERRARI-CARANO’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY

YACHT CRUISE CELEBRATING FERRARI-CARANO’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY

Last Thursday a small group of wine merchants, wine writers and wine bloggers was invited aboard the Eldorado, a luxury yacht belonging to the Ferrari-Carano winery in Sonoma, to celebrate the winery’s 35th anniversary. We set sail for a two-hour tour from Schoonmaker Marina in Sausalito, and made our way into the San Francisco Bay under […]

BONNY DOON VINEYARD PRESENTS ‘GRAPETIONARY A-Z’

BONNY DOON VINEYARD PRESENTS ‘GRAPETIONARY A-Z’

Press Release Charles Communications Associates San Francisco Wednesday October 5, 2016   Taste 26 wines representing each letter of the alphabet from A-Z at Bonny Doon’s Popelouchum Estate Vineyard in San Juan Bautista Saturday, October 29, 2016   WHAT Swirl, Sniff, Savor. Repeat x 26.   Bonny Doon proprietor Randall Grahm invites you to stroll […]

BAROSSA GI ZONE AND OLD VINE CHARTER

BAROSSA GI ZONE AND OLD VINE CHARTER

 San Francisco, September 2016 At a tasting recently organized by the Barossa Grape & Wine Association we had the opportunity to learn more about this high-powered Australia appellation and it’s wines, especially those savory signature Shiraz reds. According to the group: “Geographical Indication (GI) is an official description of an Australian wine zone, region or sub-region. The […]

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LABOR OF LOVE – Wine Family Women of Piemonte

LABOR OF LOVE – Wine Family Women of Piemonte

BOOK REVIEW BY CATHERINE FALLIS MASTER SOMMELIER Suzanne Hoffman first visited the northern Italian region of Piemonte with her second-generation Sicilian mother, Frances Castrogiovanni Manale, in 1999 while her husband was away in China. Upon arrival, they found it cold, wet, foggy and not very inviting. At table, however, the real pleasures of this region […]

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ORGANIC OLD VINE GRENACHE PLAYS A STARRING ROLE AT CHATEAU LA NERTHE

ORGANIC OLD VINE GRENACHE PLAYS A STARRING ROLE AT CHATEAU LA NERTHE

Kick starting the week was a delicious and informative tasting with Chateau la Nerthe Export Manager Christophe Bristiel and Pasternak Wine Imports West Division Manager Ben Cuaresma at the San Francisco home of Planet Grape Wine Review co-panelist Deborah Parker Wong. Christophe explained that Chateau la Nerthe owns Prieure de Montezargues and Domaine de la […]

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MARLBOROUGH MOVES BEYOND SAUVIGNON BLANC

MARLBOROUGH MOVES BEYOND SAUVIGNON BLANC

By Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis Last week the Planet Grape Wine Review team attended a tasting of New Zealand wines at 1760 in San Francisco hosted by Chuck Hayward with Marcel Giesen and Giesen’s Chief Winemaker Nikolai St. George. The title was “Searching for the Crus of Marlborough” and through four flights of wines it was clear that […]

CARACCIOLI CELLARS A Rising Star from California’s Central Coast

CARACCIOLI CELLARS A Rising Star from California’s Central Coast

November/December 2015 Glass of Bubbly   Read the latest column by Catherine Fallis Master Sommelier   Recently I stumbled upon a very fine, elegant and dry sparkling wine from a winery I hadn’t heard of before, Caraccioli Cellars in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, California. I had been hired to saber a magnum of Champagne […]