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Auction Napa Valley 2014

No. 13

Had a great time at Auction Napa Valley over the weekend. Lots of money raised for local charities, a record-setting $18.7 million to be exact. Lots of parties and not a few glasses of wine. Here’s a slideshow I put together of the event. <iframe src=”//” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe>

Coke’s glass act

Source: Riedel

Source: Riedel

When I was in daily news I sometimes worked on stories so big they were sent out as a bulletin series — two or three short sentences that moved on high priority. So, Twitter without the snark, basically. I mention this only because I wish I had something like that to highlight today’s big, big news which is that Riedel,

Duck Dynasty Wine

Photo Trinchero Wine Estates

The Trinchero Family Estates – Duck Dynasty wine collaboration has ruffled some feathers. Shanken News Daily is reporting that Duckhorn Wine Company is suing over the name, claiming trademark infringement. A Trinchero spokeswoman declined comment on the suit, saying the company does not talk about pending litigation as a matter of policy. Earlier, Willie Robertson of the…

MacMurray Ranch: Hollywood Meets Vine

Kate MacMurray at MacMurray Ranch /Photo Michelle Locke

You know Fred MacMurray as a distinguished and gentlemanly actor. But did you also know he was a serious farmer and rancher in Sonoma wine country? MacMurray and his wife, actress June Haver, raised Angus beef, not grapes,but these days the ranch, now owned by the Gallo family, is part of the wine scene with…

My dinner with Yao Ming


It’s a warm summer evening in the Napa Valley and the clink of glasses echoes along the restaurant-rich main drag of tiny Yountville as two weddings, a college reunion and the usual Friday night dinner crowd get ready for some serious wining and dining. Suddenly, heads turn and eyes widen as a tall man, a…

A Toast to Gay Marriage


Looking for just the right wine to toast the recent court victories bolstering gay marriage? Here’s a story I wrote earlier this month about some wineries that have come out in support of gay marriage by putting that message right on the bottle — and backing it up with donations from sales of the wine.…

Vintage Downton Abbey


OK, now here’s a celebrity wine I may not be able to resist. Wines that Rock, a company that makes wine under the names of rock groups including the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, is coming out with blends inspired by the ultra-fabulous Downton Abbey TV series. According to a story in The Drinks Business, the…

Friday Follies: James Mason for Thunderbird


The last vintage wine ad we brought you was Orson Welles getting very enthusiastic about the Paul Masson wine he was advertising. Today’s offering is completely different, James Mason advertising Thunderbird wine.