Champagne Expert Catherine Fallis
Food and Wine

Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis Launches Wine Review

The First Women-Led Wine Rating Panel Aims to Take the Guesswork out of Wine Purchasing (KA-thuh-rin FAH-lis) Catherine Fallis, MS, the 5th woman in the world to be named a Master Sommelier, has launched a new women-led wine-rating panel. In a Q&A last week, we discussed the advantages to the…
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • March 19, 2016
Sicilian Wines
Food and Wine

Best Sicilian Wines

With its rugged mountains, pristine coastlines and tumultuous, melting pot history, the Mediterranean island of Sicily has much to offer visitors. As part of Italy, one can expect to find lots of delicious food and wine in addition to the more mundane tourist activities such as “The Godfather” sightseeing tours.…
  • Catherine Fallis |
  • March 9, 2019
Best Olive Oil
Food and Wine

Green Liquid Gold: The Best Olive Oil

With over 1,000 years of history in Tuscany, the Frescobaldi family is known the world over for fine wine and exquisite olive oil. Originally bankers, they turned to farming after the Renaissance. Today they own 741 acres of olive groves in addition to several wine estates. Their name is synonymous…
  • Catherine Fallis |
  • February 4, 2019
Veganuary-How to Go Vegan
Books and TV

Vegan-uary: One Omnivore’s Take on Going Vegan

January is the time many of us reflect on the previous year and think about what we can do better in the new one. Should we exercise more, reduce screen time, or go on a diet? What about going vegan? Meaning no meat, fish, dairy or honey. Or pescatarian, a…
  • Catherine Fallis |
  • January 4, 2019
Wine Gifts
Food and Wine

Holiday Wine Gift Guide

The hectic holidays are upon us, complete with the extra stress of party going and gifting, not to mention entertaining at home. Leave the wine gifts to us. At Planet Grape Wine Review, my panelists and I go through hundreds of bottles to get to the good ones. Here are…
  • Catherine Fallis |
  • December 10, 2018
Best Rose Wines Feature
Food and Wine

Best Rosé Wines for the Holidays

The best rosé wines are so adaptable when it comes to the holiday table. They tend to refresh and cleanse the palate, encouraging another bite, rather than sating the palate on their own. Italian Rosatos are an ideal choice as they are a lighter, leaner, less fruit-forward style. They have…
  • Catherine Fallis |
  • November 15, 2018
Best Wines Under 20 Dollars
Food and Wine

20 Best Wines Under $20

It’s as easy to spend a little, or a lot of money on a bottle of wine and feel equally disappointed. I always recommend folks enlist the services of their sommelier or wine merchant, a real person, with a palate and some experience, to facilitate the selection process. They can…
  • Catherine Fallis |
  • October 23, 2018
Sparkling Wine Feature
Food and Wine

Here’s to Choosing the Best Champagne Style For You

The pop of opening a bottle of Champagne can gather the attention of an entire room. Sparkling wine is used in celebrations around the world. When it comes your turn to select which Champagne to drink, do you know what style you prefer? Before we explain the Champagne styles, let’s…
  • Courtney Quinn |
  • October 16, 2018
Napa Valley Wine
Food and Wine

Hidden Napa Valley Winery Steals the Show

VGS Chateau Potelle owner Jean-Noel Fourmeaux, winemaker Kale Anderson and Vice President Matthew Regan invited a group of journalists for the first time ever to a tasting of upcoming releases at Girard Hirigoyen’s lovely Basque restaurant, Piperade, in San Francisco last week. The winery sells direct to consumer and has…
  • Dr. Liz Thach |
  • August 15, 2018
Lodi wineries
Food and Wine

Exotic Summer Wines from All-American Lodi Wineries

Lodi, two hours inland from San Francisco and a galaxy away from Napa Valley, is known for big, fruity Zinfandels. In fact, Lodi wineries produce some of the finest Zins in the world, and in a multitude of styles. But what many folks don’t know is that local producers tend…
  • Catherine Fallis |
  • July 7, 2018
best rosé wine
Food and Wine

The Masters Choose the Best Rosé Wine from Around the World

Dry rosé wines are produced around the world in many wine regions using countless varieties of red grapes. Rosé wines have been the fastest growing category of wine consumption in the last few years. What is not to like? Savoring the flavors and aromas of red grapes in a chilled…
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • April 11, 2018
Champagne toast
Food and Wine

Cheers! Pick the Perfect Bubbly for a Champagne Toast

Holiday parties are upon us. Nothing sets the stage more perfectly than walking into a party, pulling a glass of bubbles from an ornate silver tray, and drinking the heady sparkler. I receive more emails requesting sparkler and Champagne suggestions in December than at any other time of the year.…
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • December 29, 2017
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