(Spoiler alert: If you read to the end of this post, there is a VIP party invite for you and a guest!) Some people (and I’m not saying you) used to roll their eyes when I would mention a good show on PBS, but as you know, Downton and Sherlock changed all that. Well, now I have another PBS pick that is all about, well, one of my favorite topics: wine. On January 10 in Chicago at 8:30pm, a new six-part series starts its run on WTTW. Vintage: Napa Valley 2012 follows three female winemakers through the drama of harvest in America’s most celebrated wine region. The show focuses on two winemakers I have already introduced to you in earlier posts, Elizabeth Vianna of Chimney Rock and Marisa Taylor … Read more
So, it was year three of the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), and all I’m sayin’ is make your plans now for year four. Taste wine, watch a film, swallow and repeat. Four showtimes daily, with big studio sneak peeks and hundreds of independent films. And, since I’m fresh off the festival, your wine recommendations this week come with movie reviews. I saw a number of romantic comedies, a hard genre for new filmmakers, and they were LOL funny, smart and sweet. Hank and Asha, directed by James E. Dufftells (winner of the Best Narrative Feature), tells the story of a couple who meet online through video chats. It’s a film that grows on … Read more
For the winemaker – and yes, this Cheeky Wine Guide does recognize winemakers as artists -the time when the artistry takes place is not in the beauty of the vineyard, but in the stark light of the lab. It was there that I found myself looking over the shoulder of Chimney Rock Winemaker, Elizabeth Vianna, as she began the blending process for her signature Stags Leap District red blend. Although I had seen Elizabeth walk the vines and check the ripeness of the grapes, and I had tasted wine directly from the barrels with her as she checked the progress of the aging, this was something new. Over 20 bottles … Read more
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