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Napa Trip: Story in Photos

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: April 6, 2012

The photos below are from my recent Napa Valley wine trip.  I was tasked with finding wineries with great wines and great architecture...but these photos are mine so the only "architecture" might be my back end.  The magazine story should be online here:, more articles are also in the…

Tasting with Winemaker Gerard Zanzonico and Winery Owner Dave Del Dotto = Priceless

Relevance: 94%      Posted on: December 13, 2013

In this, maybe my sixth visit to Del Dotto, I knew winemaker Gerard Zanzonico had a plane to catch so I suggested we skip the barrel tasting and limit ourselves to whatever he had in bottle.  So what did he do?  He pulled barrel tastings and put them in bottles…

Napa 2017 After The Fires: Del Dotto

Relevance: 77%      Posted on: December 1, 2017

Been to visit Del Dotto Vineyards Estate almost annually for ten years now, covering their amazing cave tour and tasting for Elite magazine, Eve’s Wine 101 and the SCV Beacon. I have never had an experience like it: After entering the subterranean entrance, guests are greeted with expansive views of…

Visiting ZD and Drive By Del Dotto

Relevance: 71%      Posted on: October 23, 2014

Our first day in Napa Valley took us (I was traveling with social networking maven Claudia Sheridan) several places -- here are two that turned our heads. ZD Wines Assistant tasting room manager Chris explained that the winery practiced all organic farming, including from the growers they use. Having…

PART TWO: The One-Day Turn-Around Napa Trip: AKA Eve Sort Grapes, Plays with Pups and Spends Night in Circa 1920 Cottage

Relevance: 67%      Posted on: December 21, 2012

Del Dotto Teaser: “Look, it’s grape mistletoe!” Del Dotto winemaker Gerard Zanzonico had commented on my Facebook when I mentioned I had a short trip planned to Napa.  One of the things I like about Gerard, besides his wine, is his affability.  He is one of the easiest people to…

2014 Pinot Days by Rusty Sly

Relevance: 66%      Posted on: January 12, 2015

I know that I say this every year but the Pinot Days event is something that you do not want to miss. This year, the 6th Annual Pinot Days Southern California wine tasting event was held at the Skirball Center on November 15. This facility is gorgeous, offering a flavor…

Susie Q Does Napa Proud

Relevance: 62%      Posted on: February 20, 2010

  Hi Eve,We had a fantastic time in the Napa area this past week.We started out driving north of Santa Rosa to Healdsburg and spent 2 nights there. Wonderful wineries very close by, and small cozy ones, not as many of the large commercial types that are in Napa Valley.We went…

Seeing (and Tasting) the STARS of Napa

Relevance: 52%      Posted on: March 11, 2016

On March 2, at the beautiful Beverly Hills Peninsula hotel, once again organizer Ian Blackburn of brought together the most acclaimed STARS of the Napa Valley wine scene. And, as we all know how stars can be bright or fade from view, leave it to Blackburn to select shining…

“Blink” your way through a tasting? (Vintage Beacon Circa 9-09)

Relevance: 43%      Posted on: July 22, 2014

People are often very willing and very good at volunteering information explaining their actions. But those explanations, particularly when it comes to the kinds of spontaneous opinions and decisions that arise out of the unconscious, aren't necessarily correct.  Consumer responses during market surveys can often be misleading.   A study…

“A Toast and a WiSH: A Benefit for the Future Leaders of Santa Clarita” Inaugural Wine Tasting Event is First for Old Town Newhall Library

Relevance: 30%      Posted on: February 8, 2013

The event below is the work of several people, including yours truly:  WiSH Education Foundation board members Marlee Laufer, Amy Daniels and Gail Pinkser, Volunteer Coordinator Claudia Sheridan and Eve Wine 101 Consultant Michael Perlis.  We hope that you can join us for a very special  evening: Imagine entering the new…

Vintage Eve Circa March 2012: Napa Eats Lunch (Aka The Car Picnic)

Relevance: 30%      Posted on: September 20, 2016

After a recent trip to Calistoga and Napa Valley, I wanted to do a column on some of the lesser-known restaurants, markets and what some of the wineries are doing to quench your hunger along with your thirst: Calistoga Roastery, Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga: Warm and inviting, with a Brit behind…

Eve’s Wine 101: Wine Tasting Trips

Relevance: 29%      Posted on: December 26, 2014

Sure, you can just get in the car and go to wine country and wing it, or you can plan it in advance. Let’s explore why planning will save you time and money, while giving you the most from your experience: Buzz, Architecture, Ratings, Distance and Tasting Fees This is…

We have partnered with the Pinot Days to offer you a special discount of 33%, enter promo code EVESF14 when purchasing!

Relevance: 29%      Posted on: June 18, 2014

Click HERE to visit the Pinot Days website and order tickets or go directly to the Order Form by clicking HERE. We hope to see you there! 10TH ANNUAL PINOT DAYS SAN FRANCISCO GRAND FESTIVAL TASTING Saturday, June 21st, 2014 2-5pm City View at Metreon, San Francisco- 135 Fourth Street…

Vintage Eve Circa Feb. 2012: Memories of Joseph Phelps Vineyards and Membership(s)

Relevance: 25%      Posted on: September 13, 2016

In 2005 I took a memorable trip to Napa Valley, not my first or last, with good friends. By the time we got to Joseph Phelps for our reserved tasting and lunch, I was in love with the (wine) world once again. But this time, I decided to take it…

Now with many more private and winery donors now on board: A Toast and a WiSH, A Benefit for the Future Leaders of Santa Clarita Inaugural Wine Tasting Event is the First for Old Town Newhall Library

Relevance: 24%      Posted on: March 8, 2013

When visiting a winery the experience of tasting with the winemaker or winery representative is not easily duplicated.  However, the planners behind the inaugural WiSH Education Foundation – benefiting our local Junior and Senior high schools – have done just that. With the approval from our city’s latest landmark –…

Caves, Barrels and Clay Pots – Then Onto Sonoma!

Relevance: 24%      Posted on: October 17, 2008

Del Dotto Vineyards offers two different caves to tour in Napa Valley: the Historic and the Estate. The Historic was one of the first built in Napa, hand dug in 1885, and believed to create wines “more voluptuous and opulent than wines aged in modern facilities. With up to 45…

Eve Visits: Art and Wine Gala (Beacon Circa 10/09 )

Relevance: 22%      Posted on: August 26, 2014

Most guests at the second annual TPC/West Ranch Art & Wine Gala, held this past Saturday night, had never been greeted with mellow jazz, Dampierre champagne and a Sancerre, appetizers and this on the opening page of any evening’s program: More than 80 years ago, my great uncle, Walt Disney,…

Sponsors Announced for A Toast and a Wish, limited Number of tickets remaining

Relevance: 22%      Posted on: April 10, 2013

At press time we've since added a red carpet entry and a "step and repeat", just like celebrities stand in front of at movie premieres. And as we don't want anyone to wait too long, as soon as our guests check in they will be handed a program and a wine glass…

Del Dotto Salumi

Relevance: 18%      Posted on: March 24, 2012

Del Dotto "Salumi" cold storage, set just beyond clay pots.

Zanzonico, Eve. Del Dotto

Relevance: 18%      Posted on: November 24, 2013

l-r: Gerard Zanzonico, Eve and Dave Del Dotto

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