Author: Ilona Thompson

An Inside Guide to Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley

An Inside Guide to Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley

Wine country conjures an immediate inference: azure skies, lush vineyards and clinking crystal. Just an hour from San Francisco lies a hedonist’s paradise, a place primed for seeking out well-appointed […]

Take Your Palate On Holiday at Holiday Inn

Take Your Palate On Holiday at Holiday Inn

I first met Chef Kriztian Karkus at the Meritage Resort several years ago. His food got my immediate attention: top-notch ingredients, deep, rich flavors, great aesthetics. I was sad to […]

Wednesdays with Winemakers – Chuck McKahn

Wednesdays with Winemakers – Chuck McKahn

Chuck McKahn has been Winemaker at Wm. Harrison since January of 2016. He was raised in the sleepy almond farming community of Ripon, CA and a keen interest in winemaking […]

Wednesdays with Winemakers – Steve Tonella

Wednesdays with Winemakers – Steve Tonella

Steve Tonella was born in Napa Valley and grew up living in Sonoma and Rutherford. From an early age he worked in the vineyards with his father and grandfather. Enjoying […]

Wednesdays with Winemakers – Rob Davis

Wednesdays with Winemakers – Rob Davis

Rob Davis holds the rare distinction in California of serving as winemaker at one winery for more than 40 years. His tremendous technical background, empirical wisdom, desire for discovery, and […]

An Inside Guide to Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley

An Inside Guide to Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley

Wine country conjures an immediate inference: azure skies, lush vineyards and clinking crystal. Just an hour from San Francisco lies a hedonist’s paradise, a place primed for seeking out well-appointed […]

Tuesdays With Tastemakers – Daryl Muromoto

Tuesdays With Tastemakers – Daryl Muromoto

It comes as little surprise that Daryl Muromoto, the Executive Chef at Beringer Vineyards, is both a practitioner of meditation and energy healing, as well as a major NASCAR fan. […]

Wednesdays with Winemakers – David Tate

Wednesdays with Winemakers – David Tate

David Tate, a native of British Columbia, Canada, is the Proprietor and Winemaker of TATE. For nearly 20 years, he has worked all over the world in many facets of […]

Larger Than Life — Vino Visionary, Gérard Bertrand

Larger Than Life — Vino Visionary, Gérard Bertrand

Gérard Bertrand is Languedoc-Roussillon’s most esteemed vigneron. Having set out on a quest to reveal Languedoc-Roussillon’s terroir—its character and soul—not his own stylistic preferences, Bertrand has built an empire from […]