What To Drink Now: Napa & Sonoma

Sunset over Yountville, Napa Valley

Late last night I reached out to my sister in San Francisco’s East Bay area to make sure she and her family were prepared for the looming PG&E shutdown the power company had been threatening would occur, but no one really thought it would happen. The goal was simple, to avoid the chance of fires, like the devastating one that hit Sonoma and Napa two years ago, destroying hundreds of homes, covering thousands of acres. The outage is meant to be preventative, as strong winds, no humidity, and very dry land would mean any opportunity for a live wire to snap could prove disastrous.

The precautionary outage is expected to affect over 1 million homes and business in highly populated areas like Northern San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, East Bay, and Napa and Sonoma Counties. Over 2.5 million people could be left in the dark for days.

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What To Drink Now: Texas Wines

October is Texas wine month, and though wine is being produced in every state in America (yes…we even have the Volcano Winery making sweet pineapple wine here in Hawaii), the Texas wine industry is dynamic because of the economic impact it has on the state. Over $13 billion is contributed to the Texas economy annually from the local wine industry, though both production and tourism. Wineries across the state are making stellar wines from grapes grown in dusty Texas soils, particularly in the Texas High Plains (in far west Texas) and Hill Country (around Austin). This week I’ll toast a few of these wines on KXAS-TV/NBD DFW in Dallas, linked here. More on our discussion below. Cheers!

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Red Wine with Breakfast

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Cogill Wine & Film

Cogill WIne & Film and Cogill Consulting brings together the talents of Producer Gary Cogill and his wife, Sommelier Hayley Hamilton Cogill, working together, yet thriving individually, for a perfect pairing of wine and film.