Standout Sauvignon Blanc from California

Made famous by France and today grown all over the world, Sauvignon Blanc is a favorite among white wine drinkers. But you don’t need to go international to find a world class Sauvignon Blanc – just look to California. Here are the Amateur Gastronomer’s picks for standout Sauvignon Blanc from California. If the warm weather […]

Sauvignon Blanc Cocktails

Looking for a new way to enjoy the Sauvignon Blanc you’ve been sipping all summer? Try it in a cocktail or even a popsicle, with one of these recipes from Brancott Estate. Brancott Estate was the pioneer of Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand’s Marlborough region, planting vines in the mid 1970s. Today the company is […]

Chimney Rock: Showcasing Stags Leap

Driving along the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District, you can’t miss Chimney Rock’s bright white Cape Dutch-style estate. Though the building was influenced by architecture in South Africa (where the original owner worked as an executive at Pepsi Cola), the wine has always been true to place. “Our wine should paint a […]

Avia Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Introducing the Sauvignon Blanc you’ll enjoy drinking all summer long: the 2011 Avia Sauvignon Blanc. One taste and you’d never guess the country where it comes from: Slovenia. Yes, the small European country bordered by Italy, Austria and Croatia is producing some exciting wines that are now available in the United States. Pronounced ahh-vee-ahh, this […]

Clos LaChance Wines

Big in flavor but not in price, Clos LaChance wines are easy to drink and can be enjoyed at a variety of occasions. Located in San Martin, in the northern part of California’s Central Coast, Clos LaChance is family owned and operated. Bill and Brenda Murphy focus on creating wines of distinction using sustainable winegrowing […]

Winter Whites: White Wines in Season

White wine is in season even when the weather is cool. Here are five white wines to try tonight: Craggy Range Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Hawkes Bay, New Zealand 13% alcohol $22 If you think the only white wine that comes from New Zealand is Sauvignon Blanc, you’re missing out. Craggy Range produces delicious single […]

Surprising Lake County Wines

By Maxine Howard What is so surprising about Lake County wines? The surprise is that they’re interesting, well-made, and reasonably priced. Twenty-one wineries from Lake County (just north and east of Napa) showed off their recent vintages at a tasting in San Francisco in September. We only had a chance to sample about a third […]