california wines

Jamie Kutch Is On A California Winemaking Mission

Low-alcohol reds from California? It can be done.
Mar 5, 2015 3:00 pm

A decade ago, Jamie Kutch made the sort of life-changing decision that many think about but few dare try. He quit a lucrative job on Wall Street and moved west to pursue his dream of making wines. Now, Kutch Wines makes some of the most sought-after Pinot Noir on the market, and the man behind them has become one of the more intriguing characters in the New California wine scene.

Pacific Northwest Winemaker Charles Smith Is Taking Over Our Instagram

He's traveling the West Coast. Follow along.
Jan 16, 2015 2:30 pm

Charles Smith is one of the biggest names in wine today. The largest independent winemaker in Washington State and third largest overall was just named Wine Enthuisast’s “Global Winemaker of the Year,” the first person from the Pacific Northwest to ever receive the honor. And he's taking over our Instagram.

You Travel, You Eat: Santa Barbara

Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in SoCal getaway
Oct 9, 2014 9:00 am

Travel two hours out of Los Angeles proper and you’ll find Santa Barbara, a bustling seaside town that’s mastered the high art of laidback chic. Nestled just south of California’s fastest growing wine region, it’s boasting an impressive-for-its-size food and drink culture, with a year-round selection of fresh produce, seafood and great wines.

No Crying Over Spilled Wine! Napa Valley Vintners Rally For Quake-Affected Workers

Wine-supported fund will benefit disaster victims
Sep 11, 2014 4:15 pm

Napa Valley power couple Steve and Jill Matthiasson are among a group of area vintners who have mobilized to raise funds for wine-industry workers displaced by last month's earthquake. Find out how you can help (and get your hands on a nice bottle of red in the process) right here.

Fall Preview 2014: 6 Things To Look Forward To In The World Of Wine

New in regions, wine bars, retail and auctions
Aug 26, 2014 2:00 pm

Contributor Chad Walsh writes about wine and other beverages frequently for Food Republic, and currently serves as beverage manager for The Dutch in New York City. Here, he digs deep into the wine industry zeitgeist to offer a few things on the horizon this fall — in terms of regions, wine bars, retail and auctions.   

The 9 People You Need To Know In American Wine Right Now

Winemakers, shakers and movers in America's scene
Apr 29, 2014 10:00 am

When Jon Bonné released New California Wine, it gave a name to the weird combination of new-school and super-old-school producers making great wine without a lot of manipulation. Here’s a list of the nine people you need to know about right now in American wine.

Can Wine Be Funny? A Conversation With Randall Grahm

The Bonny Doon "terroirist" can't stay serious long
Mar 19, 2014 2:00 pm
Randall Grahm photo

A man holds his glass of glimmering red liquid up to the light, then swirls it, sniffs it, looks at it askance as he swishes the wine around in his mouth and puckers his lips. It's an almost comic premise, and yet few oenophiles would ever laugh at the act of nosing and tasting wine. Why is wine so serious that we can't joke about it? Read on.

Video: Watch Justin Warner Rap About Wines For Robert Mondavi Private Selection

Could celeb chefs become the athletes of ad game?
Mar 19, 2014 11:00 am

Justin Warner is an eccentric figure in the game, with a cool restaurant called Do or Dine in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, a stint as the winner of The Next Food Network Star, and now, a gig as an oenophile rapper on behalf of Robert Mondavi Private Selection. His song "Central Coastin'" is entertaining, sure, but what's interesting is that it could mark a change in celeb chef endorsements, moving Warner and his ilk into a league with athletes in beer commercials or pop stars singin' for their soda. Watch the man who could be the Terry Bradshaw of wine ads, here.

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