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Category Archives: The Wine Guy

My favorite places for holiday cheer

As is usually the case when I am writing this particular week’s column, the holidays are hurtling toward me, faster than I can process it. It generally leaves me stressed … Continue reading

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Great gifts for wine lovers

It’s that time of year when on top of all of the other gift buying challenges you face, you’ve got someone on your gift list who loves wine. You can … Continue reading

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Wine for the holidays — keep it simple

Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season are rocketing toward us at light speed. I am pretty sure that the first TV commercial I saw for Christmas was before … Continue reading

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Great local highlights from Pinot On The River

This past weekend found me at the 11th annual Pinot On The River Festival Grand Tasting, the annual full-immersion tasting of Western Pinot Noir held on the Healdsburg Plaza that … Continue reading

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A special wine for a special cause

Hopefully it’s clear by now that one of my favorite things to do here is to tell you about interesting, unique wines that I come across that perhaps are not … Continue reading

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Fall is here and so is my big event

Fall is easily my favorite season. Everything seems better to me in the fall. Wine tastes better, so does food. I think my overall attitude is just better. I’m not … Continue reading

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It’s a good news, bad news kind of column…

This week’s column is one that has both good news and bad news in it. Normally I am one who likes to get the bad news first — get it … Continue reading

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The new name for Labor Day Weekend

If the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers and the Sonoma County Vintners have their way, the hugely successful “Sonoma Wine Country Weekend” that the two organizations jointly produce each year, … Continue reading

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This is Wine Country – and don’t you forget it!

As summer is in full swing and what looks to be a very early harvest is nearly upon us again, this is a great time for my version of an … Continue reading

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What does a gold medal mean anyway?

These days there is no shortage of guidance on which wines to buy. There are traditional sources like writers (like me) who write and review wines for publications big and … Continue reading

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