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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… Read More
  • 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… Read More
  • Catherine Fallis |
  • October 23, 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… Read More
  • Catherine Fallis |
  • July 7, 2018
wine brand
Food and Wine

Notable Wines: A New Wine Brand Simplifying the Wine Aisle

Every time I shop I observe folks standing in the wine aisle, struggling over which wine brand to choose. I eavesdrop on their phone conversation, or on their inner dialogue. It goes something like this: “Hi. I’m at the market. Which Chardonnay should I get? The one with the critter… Read More
  • Catherine Fallis |
  • June 16, 2017
Pinot Noir
Food and Wine

Beyond Sauvignon Blanc – Prime Pinot Noir Time in New Zealand

I love former West End actor Oz Clarke’s description of New Zealand’s brash, pungent Sauvignon Blanc, an iconic style created by Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd. He calls it a “cloudburst, thrilling, shocking, lime zest, capsicum, love me or leave me” style of Sauvignon Blanc. Kevin Judd, who produced Cloudy Bay’s… Read More
  • Catherine Fallis |
  • April 19, 2017

About Catherine Fallis

Catherine Fallis

Nationally known wine expert Catherine Fallis (“FAH lis”), the 5th woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, is a warm, engaging author, speaker, and wine advisor through her firm Planet Grape® LLC - www.planetgrape.com and Tasting Panel Lead/Publisher at Planet Grape Wine Review – www.winereview.planetgrape.com. Catherine created her alter-ego, grape goddess®, to help bring wine down to earth after enduring snobbism on her path to a career in wine. She is the only person in the world to hold both the Master Sommelier and Advanced Certified Wine Professional credentials, and is a professional Champagne sabreuse, using her sword to open Champagne with panache and flair. Catherine was recently inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier International and is a Board Member of The American Institute of Wine & Food. She is the in-house Master Sommelier for Global Gourmet Catering, and a wine buyer for Universal Wine Alliance. As an author, she has 77,000 unique readers.