Entries by Jeff Davis


Cathy Corison and her top 100 wine

When it comes to winemaking you’ll find Cathy Corison at the intersection of Power and Elegance. You won’t locate that intersection on a map but you can find it in a Corison bottle. Cathy has worked at respected Napa Valley wineries such as Freemark Abbey, Chappellet and her namesake winery for 40 years. Not a […]


The Petaluma Gap is the Newest American Viticultural Area (AVA)

Congratulations to the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance for FINALLY receiving the much desired, and deserved, AVA designation (American Viticultural Area). The coastal wind and fog in the region truly produce grapes of distinction. Prior to their annual Wind to Wine tasting event last year, I interviewed Doug Cover of the PGWA Board of Directors about their […]


Brassfield Estate Winery, Lake County Getaway

The Lake County wine region covers a wide area. It’s a bucolic region with stunning views of Clear Lake, the largest lake in California. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again now, if you haven’t been to Lake County wine country, it’s well worth the weekend trip. There is some fantastic wine being […]

Where Wine Goes to Die

I came across this fascinating story from John Capone via Quartz Media (qz.com). It answers a question I never thought to ask. That unsold bottle of Merlot is probably winding up in your gas tank The first thing you notice is the smell. An acrid eau-de-wet-garbage mixed with electrical fire and burning diesel. Mad Max meets scratch […]

Earliest Winemaking Anywhere in the World

The University of Toronto and the Georgian National Museum have uncovered evidence of what is now considered the earliest winemaking anywhere in the world. The discovery dates the origin of winemaking to the Neolithic period around 6000 BC. That’s 600 to 1000 years, earlier than the previous discovery made in the Zagros Mountains of Iran. […]


Kendall-Jackson’s Winemaster Randy Ullom

Hear how a ski trip to Chile, which turned into a three-year adventure, inspired Randy Ullom to take his appreciation for wine and make a career out of it. Eventually, he would join Kendall-Jackson, travel the world, and make what has become the number one selling Chardonnay in America for 25 years in a row. […]


Schug Winery – A German Immigrant’s Success Story

After nearly three decades in Germany promoting her family’s business, Claudia Schug has returned to Northern California to work with her siblings at Schug Carneros Estate Winery. Although Schug is not a household name, German immigrant Walter Schug played an important roll in the growth of Napa and Sonoma’s wine industry. It’s an interesting story […]

Coca-Cola is related to wine?

Yes, the world’s favorite cola owes its existence to wine. In the mid 1800s ”tonic” wines were introduced. These were fortified with coca, which is the same source of cocaine. Vin Mariani was a popular variety.  Tonic wines were enjoyed by millions across the globe including Queen Victoria and Thomas Edison. An American version was […]

Vineyards to Villages Wine & Food Safari

Vineyards to Villages (V2V) features 23 wineries, 13 restaurants, and 2 hotels raising funds with sales of V2V wine to bring clean water infrastructure to schools in East Africa. As a response to the terrible wildfires, half of the funds raisedwill fund long-term disaster relief efforts for children in Sonoma County that have been most […]

Wines for Halloween

Here are some wines that will fit in well with any Halloween party. They include Truett Hurst’s “Bewitched” which comes in a nicely designed paper wrapped bottle. You can find it at some Safeway stores or from their tasting room in Dry Creek Valley, Healdsburg. Louis M. Martini’s “Ghost Pines” has Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and […]

Wizards of Elixirs, October 30th Fundraiser

WHO: The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley, Charbay Distillery, & COPIA host their first annual Wizards of Elixirs Cocktail Competition to benefit families affected by the fires in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties. Originally slated for the Napa Valley High School Boosters program, in light of the current needs of those devastated by the […]

The First Successful American Winery

Where was the first successful American winery located? The answer is Cincinnati, Ohio. In the mid-1830s a winery owned by Nicholas Longworth made sparkling wine from Catawba grapes. By the 1850s he was producing 100,000 bottles a year with distribution to Europe and across the U.S. Unfortunately, by the 1860s, black rot and downy mildew […]

The Firemen’s Story

It’s always my intention to talk with people who make a difference here in wine country. The couple of weeks during the fires it was two of the hard working firemen who traveled to join the fight. I thought it was important to get to  know them as people, not just firefighters. You’ll hear why […]

On The Wine Road radio show for 10-14-17 – NorCal Fires

Good day to you, Here’s my full radio show that was scheduled to air today at 1:05pm on KSRO. With the latest mandatory evacuations announced for Sonoma and northeast Santa Rosa, KSRO’s full coverage of the fires will now preempt my radio show for today. If you’d like you can hear it click the player […]

Gloria Ferrer’s “Glorious Bites” details and ticket giveaway

The search has reached across the country since mid-August for the most glorious appetizer that pairs with Gloria Ferrer‘s Sonoma Brut. They have graciously provided me with 10 pairs of tickets to giveaway. If you’d like to attend the finals on Saturday, October 14th, shoot me an email to Jeff@OnTheWineRoad.com.  I’ll be choosing winners soon […]


Smith-Madrone Vineyards and Winery – The Mountain Men

Join me as I take the drive to Smith-Madrone Vineyards and Winery perched high atop Spring Mountain. It provides a unique viewpoint of Napa Valley (in more ways than one). Stuart and Charlie Smith have been up there since the early 70s crafting wine the way they feel it should be made. Their style hasn’t […]

Wine & Spirits Magazine Top 100 Event

Wine & Spirits Magazine presents the Top 100 Wineries of 2017, profiled in the Annual Buying Guide published last week. The Wine & Spirits 14th Annual Top 100 event takes place Tuesday, October 10th, at City View at METREON in San Francisco. The tasting—a benefit for San Francisco Baykeeper—will honor the year’s Top 100 Wineries, […]


Kendall-Jackson’s Harvest Celebration with Chef Justin Wangler

After 20 years of hosting the successful Tomato Festival Kendall-Jackson has decided to freshen up and rename their Sonoma County fall event to the Harvest Celebration. Executive Chef Justin Wangler joins me to explain the fantastic food and wine samples guests will be able to enjoy was they meander through the estate gardens. If this […]