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    Lisa Gmur, CSW

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    The first True Food Kitchen opened in 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona. A collaboration between Dr. Andrew Weil and Restaurateur Sam Fox (Fox Restaurant Concepts). True Food Kitchen is a health-focused restaurant chain that serves healthy, seasonal, sustainable and organic food with plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Weil...
    The most important thing to know about me is that I love bubbles so when Mionetto and Freixenet recently merged, all I could think was yay! From the Spanish Cavas to Gloria Ferrer, the first sparkling wine house in the Carneros region of Sonoma, our portfolio was vastly expanding...
    Some great news to share with you briefly as we dig into June (already!)... Wine Enthusiast has scored the 2017 Phantom Chardonnay 91 points and the 2015 Phantom Red 90 points! This is another validation of the amazing quality that the Winemaking and Winegrowing teams achieve with Phantom while continuing...
    KING ESTATE WINERY Sauvignon Blanc. There are very few Sauvignon Blanc vines planted in Oregon, and little has been said about an Oregon-style Sauvignon Blanc. King Estate's inaugural release tends toward the fresh citrus, wet stone and white peach flavor profile. The first vintage is 2,500 cases. 2018 was one of...
    acific Highway Wines announced a partnership with Napa Valley’s Merryvale Family of Wines, effective May 1, 2019. "With decades of history in the heart of the Napa Valley" “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to represent, and to grow, the Schlatter Family’s Merryvale, Profile, Starmont and Forward Kidd wines...
    Students at Cline Vineyards’ Green String Farm in Petaluma, California are learning about the Green String Method; sustainable agricultural practices like biodiversity, biological cycles and soil activity. The Green String Method of farming was developed by Cline founder Fred Cline and his farming buddy Bobby Cannard. "Trust in nature, trust...
    Vintage Wine Estates has purchased Laetitia Vineyard & Winery. Laetitia, located in the Arroyo Grande AVA, is one of the notable, foundation wineries of the region. The estate overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has 680+ vineyard acres. The Laetitia Estate Vineyards were first planted to grapes in 1982 when French...
    Vintage Wine Estates is excited to announce the acquisition of Alloy Wine Works, one of the first innovators of fine varietal, appellated wines available in aluminum cans. Alloy Wine Works was founded by Central Coast winemaker, grower and entrepreneur Andrew Jones, creator of Field Recording wines. Made from...
    The first Smith & Wollensky steakhouse occupies a stand-alone building in New York City and showcases the trademark Smith & Wollensky green and white colors; colors they inherited from Manny Wolf’s, the previous steakhouse that had been serving steak at this location since 1897.
    When Thibaut Delmotte first arrived in Argentina in 2004, well, “itwasn’t for the wine,” he quickly says. “I had never had any Argentine wine. For me, it was all about French wines.”  This, of course, is not surprising. Delmotte grew up in Burgundy, France. And while his family was...