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You may have heard about the diva grape, Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir loves drama. Pinot Noir loves a challenge. Pinot Noir thrives in a cool to extreme climate especially with a maritime influence. In New Zealand, it thrives as the environment is cool to cold, is all maritime – it is two islands after all, and has no ozone layer, so grapes ripen fully with extreme UV. Think about how much sun you get when in the snow. It’s like that, but instead of a sunburn or deep tan, the grapes ripen fully like they do in California, but maintain a high level of natural acidity which gives them the freshness, tartness, longevity, and balance of red Burgundy from France. It’s the best of both worlds!

Catherine Fallis

Why bother with infusing vodka with fruits or other foods? If done correctly, they will offer flavors that you could not easily get locally. Charbay delivers!

A dish finished with high quality, current vintage Extra Virgin Olive Oil can completely transform a diner’s experience. Chef de Cuisine Nate Norris of San Francisco’s legendary Zuni Café says, “While guests may order a salad for the pomegranate and goat cheese, they leave amazed by the lingering flavors of the extra virgin olive oil I used.”

Catherine Fallis

A compound found in red wine has been scientifically proven to lower one’s risk of certain health conditions and block the production of a hormone that can cause poor mental health.

Alicia Rennoll

A vinous menagerie from around the world - all under $50, half under $20.

Roger Morris

Special treats for Valentine's Day or a "just because" day!

Penny Weiss

When I worked in fine dining in San Francisco as a Beverage Director and floor sommelier, we tended to view holidays such as Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve as “amateur hour.” When I worked in Manhattan, we would refer to this as “bridge and tunnel,” both implying the same thing – these were not our regular guests, they were here for a special occasion.

Catherine Fallis

Follow me to the enchanting region of Custoza where expressive white wines will sate your palate.

Penny Weiss

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Joyce Sevilla of Sevilla Strategic Communications, who passed Wednesday at the age of 47.