We almost didn’t write this column. We were approaching a special wedding anniversary -- which ones aren’t special? -- and we thought we’d return to Napa and Sonoma Wine Country to celebrate. We’d simply drive around to see the places that had sowed some of the seeds of who we’ve become, personally and professionally, since our first visit in 1975.
When we posted an item about Pinot Blanc last year, a reader responded: “I was searching for a California Pinot Blanc yesterday at BevMo. Not a one to be found but they did have 800 Chardonnays.”
- Gender inequality and problems of sexual harassment in the food and beverage industry have recently dominated the news headlines. It is refreshing to be able to shed light on efforts to highlight and support women in wine with Amy Bess Cook's new initiative Woman-Owned Wineries of Sonoma County.
- I finally get it — some risks are just worth taking. I now revere pioneers; and the wine industry is an ideal place to witness pioneering efforts.