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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

The Future of Wine Is Looking Bright, According to This Hollywood Industry Expert

Entrepreneur-slash-sommelier Kristin Olszewski discusses the importance of sustainability, her favorite places to drink in LA, and more Kristin Olszewski is the wine director at Gigi’s in Hollywood, founder and CEO of canned wine company Nomadica, and host of this month’s Eater Wine Club. The wine aficionado majored in sustainable agriculture in college before embarking on pre-med studies at Harvard; during her time in Cambridge, she met the owner of a wine bar who sparked her passion for the drink. She dropped out of school to earn a Level 3 sommelier certification and… Read More

Everything Under the Sun in Santa Barbara | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Santa Barbara is where wine country meets the big city. Go inland to explore the Central Coast’s wine scene or check out downtown’s cultural destinations. Source: Everything Under the Sun in Santa Barbara | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Getting to Know California’s Best Unsung Wine Regions | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

{Beverly Hills Wine Club – Ahh, the central coast wine region has so much to offer…here’s another area to add to a future tasting tour} Largely overlooked, the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys illustrate the triumphs and challenges faced by California’s many wine regions. Here’s what to know. Source: Getting to Know California’s Best Unsung Wine Regions | Wine Enthusiast Magazine