Entries by Jeff Davis

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The 20th Annual Stags Leap Vineyard to Vintner Event

Each year, member wineries of the Stags Leap District Winegrowers open their doors for this one weekend, giving visitors exclusive access to the wines, vineyards and people behind this iconic wine region. This year the event takes place April 27th through 29th. Visitors enjoy unparalleled personal, backstage access to private homes and historic wineries alike. […]

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Riana Mondavi Continues the CK Mondavi Legacy

The name Mondavi is synonymous with wine in California, and across the globe for that matter. Riana is a 4th generation Mondavi and is a brand ambassador for CK Mondavi and Family. In early March I had the chance to sit down with her and their winemaker, Charlie Gilmore. We met at the Sonoma County […]

Who Really Put The Fizz in Sparkling Wine?

For centuries the French monk Dom Perignon was thought to have invented champagne in the late 1600s. However, the facts are as grounded as the bubbles in the wine itself.  Dom Perignon he was cellar master at the Abbey of Hautvilliers but there is no evidence that he was the first person to taste sparkling wine. […]

A Trip to Telaya Wine Co. in Boise

On today’s podcast On the Wine Road travels across four states as we make our way to Boise, Idaho. Wine may not come to mind when you think of Idaho but like the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, the Rhone River in France, and the world’s other exceptional wine growing river valleys, Boise has […]

Paradise Lost

Paradise Ridge Winery was one of a handful of wineries that burned to the ground during the October Sonoma/Napa wild fires. Now that some time has past I spoke to family member Rene Byck about that harrowing night and following week, as well as their plans to rebuild. When I spoke to Rene in late […]

On The Wine Road Radio & Gloria Ferrer Head to Dallas

Hello Dallas wine enthusiasts, I will be joining Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards for their wine club event on April 14th at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Club members are invited to join us. Not a member?  I will be giving two couples a chance to win free admittance to this $75/person tasting event. Yes, […]

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Signature Sonoma Valley, 4/6-8

This dynamic event offers an extraordinary immersive opportunity for wine enthusiasts to taste incomparable wines, visit acclaimed vineyards, meet passionate vintners and growers, and experience the welcoming community spirit of the Sonoma Valley wine region. Top vintners and growers include Hanzell Vineyards, Ram’s Gate Winery, Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery, and many more. I focused on […]

McEvoy Ranch’s Succulent Workshop

Sunday, March 11th, McEvoy Ranch’s “garden gal,” Kyli Rose, will be hosting a succulent workshop where attendees will make their own arrangement and learn about propagating, designing, and caring for succulent gardens. The workshop will start with a tour of the Ranch, which will include the gardens and the family’s succulent collection, and along the […]

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Chappellet Winery Celebrates 50 years in Napa Valley

Yes, for 50 years the Chappellet family has been crafting exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon and other varietals from their Pritchard Hill Estate high above Napa Valley. It started with a leap of faith when Donn Chappellet and family left a successful business in Los Angeles to make the kind of wine he enjoyed. He may have […]

Even King Tut Enjoyed Wine

Did you know that King Tut’s journey into the afterlife included wine? When King Tutankhamun’s tomb was sealed in 1322 B.C. there were approximately 26 amphora, or jars, of wine included. These were found when the tomb was opened in 1922. Following a study by Spanish scientists in 2004 it was determined they contained both […]

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Donkey And Goat, Berkeley’s Urban Winery

This year’s Wine Expo in Sonoma County featured a seminar on Pét Nat, or Pétillant Naturel. It’s an ancient method of making a sparkling wine with a single fermentation. It predates the more common methode champeniose that is used in Champagne and sparkling wine. On the panel was natural wine producer Jared Brandt of Donkey […]

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The Historic Inglenook Estate Winery

When I attended Wine and Spirits Magazine’s Top 100 Wines Tasting event in San Francisco this past October I had the chance to meet Chris Phelps, the associate winemaker at Inglenook Estate Winery. I jumped at the chance to do an interview with Chris. We finally made that happen in December. You may not realize […]

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Ram’s Gate Winery, An Exceptional Experience

The folks Ram’s Gate Winery refer to themselves as the Gateway to Sonoma and the Carneros wine region. It also leads to a full sensory experience with stunning views, architecture, and design, the aroma of the organic garden, the palate-pleasing culinary offerings, and, oh ya, the wine. It truly embodies the meaning of “the nectar […]

ZinEX 2018 Details and Interviews

I rarely upload a full episode of my radio show but I’ll do it for this post as it promotes ZinEX 2018. I’ve attended ZAP’s Zinfandel Experience the past 4 years, but have more often opted for the media tasting event that takes place on Thursday of the event week. This year will be the […]

The World’s Oldest Bottle of Wine and Where it was Found

The world’s oldest wine bottle is believed to date back to the year 325. It was found near the town of Speyer, Germany, in 1867.  Believe it or not, it is unopened and contains 1.5 liters of liquid, which is the exact same amount as Magnum in today’s world. The bottle was discovered during an excavation of a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]