Sonoma is one of the last places I'd expect to see Lady Gaga, that flamboyant goddess of pop music. We're a little light on paparazzi and six-inch stiletto heels around these parts, but last week Gaga and her modest entourage were repeatedly spotted at restaurants around the county, as well as Napa and Marin.
For the unenlightened, Lady Gaga is a 25-year-old singer who is recognized around the world, in part because of catchy dance hits such as "Bad Romance" and "Born This Way," but also because of her edgy live performances, savvy social media skills and willingness to pull outrageous stunts like wearing a dress made entirely of meat to the MTV Video Music Awards.
I’ve been spending a lot of time traveling the back roads of Sonoma County the past few weeks, working on a travel story devoted to visiting the area. Our last major Sonoma travel package was in 2007 and considering the economy during the past five years there are a surprising number of new tasting rooms, restaurants and hotels. Here are a few of the bright spots I've found.
Over the years I've made some boneheaded moves on Valentine's Day, and after 25 years of marriage I'm doing pretty well on the learning curve. (Champagne good. Yellow roses bad.) Here are five lessons I've learned over the years.
Wine Spectator associate editor Tim Fish attended the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) Festival in San Francisco this past weekend. It was an opportunity for him to get a first impression of the difficult 2010 vintage, as well as taste more wines from the outstanding 2009 vintage. Here are his notes from the festival and scores for his top 10 favorite wines.
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