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Wine Country Hotel Concierge Awarded Top Honor



Wine Country Hotel Concierge Awarded Top Honor


SANTA ROSA, CA, October 26th, 2016 - Mr. Chris Morano, Chief Concierge at Fountaingrove Inn | The Steakhouse @ Equus in Santa Rosa, CA, has received the 2016 Excellence in Lodging & Hospitality Award for a Lodging Staff Person by the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA).  Morano received this significant honor recently at the annual California Lodging…


Added by Chris Morano, CTA on November 1, 2016 at 1:29pm — No Comments

The East Coast is Hopping

Hi All:

I am a resident…


Added by Stephen Cannon on October 12, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

What Are The Best Woods for Wine Racks?

At Vigilant Woodworks, we choose the best materials for our wine storage products so they will last a long time. Our individual wine racks, wine cellar doors, Tuscan tables and modular wine cabinets are made from mahogany, a wood known not only for its beauty but its durability. We also offer our wine racks in pine, which accepts stain well and can be sourced locally. Here is a closer look at these materials.

At Vigilant…


Added by Stefanie Phillips on September 27, 2011 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Fresh white wines to try

Maybe summer makes wine drinkers itch to try something new and fun. We're all looking for a little entertainment and distraction during these long, hot days, just like when we were kids.

Lately, I have heard from readers who are tired of the wines they usually drink and want something fresh and exciting.…


Added by Lisa Englert on July 23, 2011 at 7:56am — No Comments

Free delivery of wine by bike

News & Observer food blogger, Andrea Weigl, recently reported on this unique new entrepreneurial venture in Raleigh, North Carolina:

The Wine Feed, a new Raleigh-based Internet wine retailer, is offering free delivery of bottles of wine within a two-mile radius of its Glenwood South…


Added by Lisa Englert on July 13, 2011 at 2:03pm — No Comments

For summer, pretty -- and flavorful -- in pink

It's time to celebrate summer. What better way than with a glass of pink wine?

Head to your local wine shop and gather an armload of pretty rosés. Revel in the colors, ranging from palest salmon to petal pink to almost vibrant fuchsia. A refreshing glass of one of these crisp, delicate wines is like summer…


Added by Lisa Englert on July 12, 2011 at 8:45am — No Comments

Summer sipping

Summertime wine drinking provides plenty of opportunities for a diverse range of selections. The heat of North Carolina’s summers almost demands light, crisp, refreshing whites, but the indispensible grilling favorites of burgers, ribs, and steak offers a chance to crack open some big, robust reds as…


Added by Lisa Englert on June 29, 2011 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Trust wines with track records

The hunt for an inexpensive, tasty bottle of wine is usually fun, but a recent string of bad luck made Catherine Rabb, an instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, ponder the issue of wine reliability: What if you just want a bottle that delivers every time with no… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on June 9, 2011 at 2:56pm — No Comments

What Are The Steps In Designing My Own Wine Cellar?

A home wine cellar can be a useful — and stylish — addition to any home.  It can also add significant value. Taking a few minutes to consider the process of a custom wine cellar construction will go a long way in insuring that you will be happy with your new room for years to come.
The basic steps to designing your own wine cellar are as…

Added by Stefanie Phillips on May 25, 2011 at 7:43am — No Comments

What Is Proper Wine Storage?

Proper wine storage is essential for keeping your wine at its best and from aging prematurely. Below are some things you should know about proper wine storage:

1. The best temperature for storing wine is a constant 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid dramatic fluctuations in temperature.

2. Wine is…


Added by Stefanie Phillips on May 18, 2011 at 11:37am — No Comments

A Sunday kind of wine: simple, easy pairings

Catherine Rabb, owner of Fenwick's Restaurant and a senior instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina says Sundays are a little tough for her since she cooks brunch at her restaurant.  She says the last thing she wants to do when she gets home is cook more.  So she's developed a couple…


Added by Lisa Englert on May 10, 2011 at 7:32pm — No Comments

How Do I Design a Wall Wine Rack Display?

Wall wine racks are the major component in a home wine cellar. The racks display the wine, allow you to keep track of your inventory and keep the wine horizontal (the ideal position for wine storage). There are many different types of wall racks, however.

Combining a few different kinds will give you flexibility in your storage area as well as create an interesting display. Some types of wall wine racks…


Added by Stefanie Phillips on May 9, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Controlling Wine Cellar Temperature

Maintaining a constant, cool temperature is the best way to preserve your wine collection. After all, wine is an investment and certain conditions are needed to keep it that way.

Temperatures over 70 degrees Fahrenheit should be avoided, as that will age wine too rapidly. If heat is trapped in your wine storage area or wine cellar, it can have an effect on the taste of the wine. Also stay away from drastic changes in temperature. The rapid change from heat to air conditioning will…


Added by Stefanie Phillips on April 26, 2011 at 10:21am — No Comments


We got our hands on two free passes to the Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival, which will be held in NE PDX on Saturday, May 14th.  It's a fantastic way to taste the wines of small, independent producers (who were picked to appear in the festival by juried tastings), as well as several wineries that used to be tiny and have since grown.  Several restaurants also participate with food bites during the event.


Tickets are $75, but we've got two to give away, and have paired…


Added by Jim Gullo on April 23, 2011 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Red, White or Green?

Boxed wines have come of age. A number of wineries are now boxing some of their higher end wines in boxes. According to April Schlanger, owner of Sip...A Wine Store in Cary, North Carolina, boxes can have a smaller carbon…


Added by Lisa Englert on April 21, 2011 at 7:17am — No Comments

Making a case for sustainable wines

There's a lot of interest in — and a lot of confusion about — what makes a wine sustainable in today's increasingly eco-conscious world. Does organic mean sustainable, and vice versa? What does it mean to be biodynamic? After talking with some area experts in the field, Danielle Jackson, editor of Wake… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on April 14, 2011 at 11:19am — No Comments

Castllo Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio 2010

This week has been about as far up and down on Pinot Grigio as it can get.  Earlier in the week I tasted what maybe the worst tasting Pinot Grigio I ever had.  Then, on Sunday, I opened what may be one of the best.

I was not to surprised on the quality of the… Continue

Added by Joe Suzadail on April 11, 2011 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Tselepos Estates Mantinia 2009

Tonight I opened my first Greek wine and another new white wine grape to add to my growing list of new wines.

The grape is Moschofilero. Moschofilero is an aromatic white grape of Greek origins with a rosy hue and quite spicy flavor with good acidity.  Grown throughout much of Greece but especially in the Peloponnese where it is used to make a dry and bold wine with lots of spice and perfume.

The winery is Tselepos… Continue

Added by Joe Suzadail on April 11, 2011 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Salneval Albariño Rías Baixas, 2009

Did not really want to get back into my white wines for a least another couple of months, but I was kinda forced by Shirley to open one for one of her recipes.  This week she made a delicious Chicken Cacciatore and needed 1/4 cup of a dry white wine. Usually with this dish, I will have a Chianti or sometimes a Pinot Noir, but after taking a taste of the Salneval Albarino I opened for Shirley, I decided to go with a white wine for dinner. I have recently reviewed a… Continue

Added by Joe Suzadail on April 11, 2011 at 9:16pm — No Comments

To taste wine, don’t peek first

Catherine Rabb, an instructor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, wrote recently in Raleigh's News & Observer that she once went to a tasting where the instructor poured two wines after everyone was seated.

As he poured, the audience couldn't help but notice that the price… Continue

Added by Lisa Englert on February 25, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

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