The Seventy Five Wine Company 2012 The Sum Red Blend – Wine of the Week

The Seventy Five Wine Company 2012 The Sum Red Blend
The Seventy Five Wine Company 2012 The Sum Red Blend

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Farm to Table: Taking Local to a Whole New Level in California Wine Country

Farm-fresh ingredients at the Applewood Inn vegetable garden and chicken coop (Photo credit: Applewood Inn)
Farm-fresh ingredients at the Applewood Inn vegetable garden and chicken coop (Photo credit: Applewood Inn)


by Karla Erovick


California Wine Country restaurants are passionate about their food. It’s not surprising, given their access to some of the most sought-after agriculture in the country. Continue reading “Farm to Table: Taking Local to a Whole New Level in California Wine Country” »

Artesa Vineyards & Winery 2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir – Wine of the Week

Artesa Vineyards & Winery 2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
Artesa Vineyards & Winery 2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

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Gemstone 2009 Estate Red – Wine of the Week Review

Gemstone 2009 Estate Red Wine
Gemstone 2009 Estate Red Wine

Price: $80

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Yountville), California

Varietals: 71 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 21 percent Merlot, 4 percent Petit Verdot, 4 percent Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 15.4 percent


Tasting Notes: Gemstone, a small, family-owned vineyard, concentrates on making red wines from Bordeaux varietals. The winemaker, Philippe Melka, consults on many estate wineries including Vineyard 29 in addition to running Melka Wines (makers of Métisse and CJ Cabernet Sauvignon) with his wife Cherie. The fruit for this red blend was grown on six small estate blocks on the sixteen-acre Gemstone vineyard along the Silverado Trail near the town of Yountville in Napa Continue reading “Gemstone 2009 Estate Red – Wine of the Week Review” »

Acclaimed Chef Jennifer Puccio

Chef Jennifer Puccio (Photo credit: Tubay Yabut Photography)
Chef Jennifer Puccio (Photo credit: Tubay Yabut Photography)

Have Quail, Will Travel


by Anneli Rufus


Jennifer Puccio, executive chef/partner of San Francisco’s Marlowe and Park Tavern restaurants, was recently the guest chef at La Toque restaurant in The Westin Verasa. La Toque’s world-famous chef Ken Frank kept to the sidelines as Puccio prepared a gala feast which was part of the Somm Sisters Soirée, an International Women’s Day celebration organized by the hotel and Women of the Vine, a Napa-based winery selling only the products of female vintners.

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