How to Protect Your Wine From Heat, Power Outages and Earthquakes (Yes, Earthquakes) — WSJ

Eric LeVine lives in a 7,000-square-foot Foursquare Craftsman home in Seattle that was built in 1912. In 2007, he completed a 2,000-square-foot addition that included a garage, a home theater, a sunroom and a deck. Mr. Levine, founder and chief executive officer of CellarTracker, a website and app for cataloging wine collections, and an avid wine connoisseur, also built two subterranean wine cellars as part of the addition. With 500 square feet of space, the cellars can hold 8,000 bottles, although his personal collection currently consists of 3,200. “A huge temperature-controlled, humid… Read More

The Flame Out of Napa Valley’s Iconic Wine Country

Beset by climate change and billionaire carpetbaggers, Napa Valley, California’s legendary wine-making eden, braces for an uncertain future Framed by the Vaca and Mayacamas mountains—30 miles long and five miles across at its widest point—Napa Valley is a place of uncommon beauty: Wooded knolls and forested mountain slopes contrast with tracts of vines sprawling across the valley floor and flowing up the hillsides. The vineyards glow sun-bright with mustard flowers in springtime, turn lush green in summer, blaze yellow and red in autumn as the leaves turn and the promising perfume of… Read More

Video Interview with Chef Wolfgang Puck | Exclusive from Beverly Hills Courier Wine + Dine

In the inaugural Beverly Hills Courier Wine + Dine Issue, Wally’s President & Principal Christian Navarro sits down with his old friend Chef Wolfgang Puck to discuss the early days in the industry, wine, food, and much more.

How Much NBA Legend Dwyane Wade Thinks You Should Spend on a Nice Bottle of Wine

It’s probably less than you think     When most people think of NBA veteran Dwyane Wade, viniculture probably isn’t at the top of the list of things that come to mind. And sure, he’s a basketball legend with three NBA championship rings and countless other accolades, but well before he retired from the game in 2019, Wade’s been hard at work establishing his own presence in the world of wine. In 2014, the star teamed up with legendary Napa winemaker Pahlmeyer for his own label, called Wade Cellars, which has earned… Read More

Fred Franzia, champion of affordable wine who conceived ‘Two Buck Chuck,’ dies at 79

Fred Franzia dies; vintner changed the wine industry with “Two Buck Chuck” Fred Franzia once said that if you get a group of consumers together and have a blind tasting between his $2 wine and a $10 wine, most wouldn’t be able to taste the difference. “If you can’t tell the difference or taste the difference, then why spend the money?” he said. It’s a question he posed and acted on in a blind move of his own in the middle of the grape surplus of the early 2000s, creating his Charles… Read More