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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.

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