Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day can be a unique stressor for the romantically-challenged among us. There is a lot of pressure to make the big gesture every year, but new ideas are few and far between. Just in the nick of time there’s a fresh new concept from Pinot’s Palette. They call it “Disconnect to Reconnect.” Take a look, it might be just the thing this Valentine’s Day!

 

The S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition 2017

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It is that time of year again. Time for the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The largest competition of exclusively U.S. wines, this is an annual celebration of American winemaking prowess. This year, over 7,000 entries garnered over 6,000 awards. Here is how some of our very favorite wineries scored:

Frank Family Vineyards

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Success in one field of endeavor does not guarantee success in another. In one case, though, success in the fast-paced, high stress world of Hollywood entertainment led to equal success in the mellow, measured world of Napa wine making. We’re talking, of course, about Rich Frank and Frank Family Vineyards.

We Visit Mumm Napa

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As a day of tasting sparkling wine in Napa approached dusk, we knew how to maximize our next experience: the rustic outdoor tasting service at Mumm Napa! Rolling hills, winter-dormant grape vines and the lovely bubbles of Mumm Napa. A perfect way to toast the end of an amazing day!

Vertical: Passion and Pinot

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Remember when ice wines were the hottest new trend? What about the current reign of rosé? Of course, we can’t forget about the hundreds of “champagne campaign” graphic T’s littering every Forever 21 storefront. Wine comes and goes in trends, and Rex Pickett’s 2004 debut novel “Sideways” made Pinot Noir the latest trend. Adapted into a wildly successful movie directed by Alexander Payne, “Sideways” introduced us to Miles and Jack, friends who struggled to find their identities at the bottom of a barrel traveling through Santa Barbara County.  Now we have a sequel, cleverly titled “Vertical,” and the differences are vast in the best way.

Domaine Carneros

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We were ringing out a great year with one last wine tasting tour through Napa. With our focus on tasting sparkling wines, we started our Tour de Champagne with the one winery that can’t be overlooked: Domaine Carneros.

Party Idea: Wine Personified!

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Parties are amazing! Combine fun people, some wine, some food, maybe even some music, and a wonderful time can be had by all. Add a dash of something new and the party can rise to a whole new level! Here’s an idea for your next party that can get people mingling and their creative juices flowing:

Blissful Gift Guide

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Christmas will be here before you know it, so it is time to get serious about crossing some names off of your gift list. We have come up with some fun ideas that are sure to make any wine enthusiast on your list smile.

In no particular order (not sponsored or affiliated with any products listed) — here you go!

Upcoming Events

Feb 25

Gary Farrell Winery in Russian River
11th Annual Crab Dinner
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 | 6PM
It's crab season, and time for Gary Farrell Winery's most popular event! Guests can celebrate the sublime pairing of Dungeness crab and Gary Farrell's Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. From our gorgeous barrel room inside the cellar, we will offer guests a decadent feast featuring this seasonal favorite.
$175 per person | $150 Grand Crew Members (two tickets at this price).
Seating is limited - advance ticket purchase required. Adults 21+ and no pets, please. Tickets available by contacting crew@garyfarrellwinery.com or 707.473.2917.
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