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New findings confirm that a glass of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, or any other type of red wine may even help to boost your workouts.

Alicia Rennoll

Premiere Napa Valley, a week of educational, tasting and networking opportunities leading up to a wine auction of Hospice de Beaune style small lot wines, is one of the hottest ticket tastings in the country. Winemakers showcased the 2018 vintage but offered tastes of 2017, 2016 and 2015 releases as well. Planet Grape Wine Review panelists and Napa Valley specialists Fred Swan and Deborah Parker Wong attended. Here are their top picks.

Catherine Fallis

Honoring women and their achievements during the month of March!  Let's start with the iconic winemaker, Susana Balbo!

Penny Weiss

This drink is inspired by what might happen if the classic Rosita cocktail had a baby with a beet salad.

For leisurely and party drinking, some inexpensive finds from Southern Europe.

Roger Morris

The Fontanafredda estate began as a gift of love from the king of Spain to his beloved mistress. It eventually became the largest contiguous wine estate in the Langhe and still is.

Penny Weiss

Planet Grape Wine Review panelist and Chardonnay expert Fred Swan, http://www.fredswan.wine/ has reviewed quite a few New World Chardonnay’s recently. Here are his top ten.

Catherine Fallis

You may have heard about the diva grape, Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir loves drama. Pinot Noir loves a challenge. Pinot Noir thrives in a cool to extreme climate especially with a maritime influence. In New Zealand, it thrives as the environment is cool to cold, is all maritime – it is two islands after all, and has no ozone layer, so grapes ripen fully with extreme UV. Think about how much sun you get when in the snow. It’s like that, but instead of a sunburn or deep tan, the grapes ripen fully like they do in California, but maintain a high level of natural acidity which gives them the freshness, tartness, longevity, and balance of red Burgundy from France. It’s the best of both worlds!

Catherine Fallis

Why bother with infusing vodka with fruits or other foods? If done correctly, they will offer flavors that you could not easily get locally. Charbay delivers!