Tag Archives: San Francisco Chronicle

• Distillers Mad For New Hops Flavoring Trend

Distillers Mad For New Hops Flavoring Trend

A new flavor is brewing in the world of craft liquors as distillers borrow from the beer world and add hops for an aromatic twist. Recent products include hopped whiskies such as R5 from Charbay Artisan Distillery & Winery in the Napa Valley and Hopmonster from the Corsair Distillery with operations in Tennessee and Kentucky. […]

• Over $300,000 worth of wine stolen from Napa’s French Laundry

Over $300,000 worth of wine stolen from Napa’s French Laundry

A Christmas Day robbery at Yountville’s storied French Laundry restaurant netted a king’s collection of fabulous wines worth at least $300,000. The thieves, who jimmied a door at the wine room on the property, obviously knew exactly what they were going for. Most of the 76 bottles taken were from the Domaine de la Romanée […]

• Kosta Browne & Littorai: Killer pinot in two distinct styles

Kosta Browne & Littorai: Killer pinot in two distinct styles

Like many of the best wineries in Sonoma, both Kosta Browne and Littorai lie hidden behind unmarked gates where only those with appointments get a pass code to unlock the entry. Both are among the most coveted producers of pinot noir in America, able to extract the essence of famously delicate grapes that thrive in […]

U.S. Domestic Wines Up 6% at Retail in 2010

U.S. Domestic Wines Up 6% at Retail in 2010

Off-premise sales revenue reached $4.4 billion at major stores. Wine sales at major food and drug stores ended 2010 on the same positive trajectory it had been following all year. Domestic table wines grew 6% in dollar sales over 2009 for the four-week period ending Jan. 2, 2011, and the same 6% applied to the […]

Read More

• Winners of the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Winners of the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The SFCWC broke the records with 4,913 entries in 2010 and now in 2011, it continues to uphold the title of the “Largest Competition of American Wines in the World” with a staggering number of entries, 5,050 from 23 states. For eight consecutive years, the SFCWC is able to proclaim that it is the “Largest […]