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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…

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.

Hollywood and vines

  It is a truth universally acknowledged that a celebrity in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wine, as Jane Austen might have put it had Jane been a wine writer in 2012. Or at least it seemed that way as multiple stars jumped into the wine biz. The singer…

Vine Videos


Paso Wine Man burst on to the scene in 2011 with “Zinfandel: Paso’s Wine,” a video that had great production values and something even more unusual,

The Grapes of Rap

I’ve seen a couple YouTube wine country raps and they’ve been, how shall I say it, bad.  Like your AP Chem teacher trying to rap the elements bad.

So I was rather impressed when

KJ1 wines, Take Two

Well, that was fast. A couple of weeks ago former NFL wide receiver and ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson announced he was partnering with industry veteran R.C. Mills to produce KJ1, a cabernet sauvignon from northeast Oregon. “I’ve enjoyed wine for years and for me, cabernet is king,” Johnson, said in a press release at the…