Wine Country Insider Welcome

Welcome to the KTVU Wine Country Insider Blog

Hi! My name is Frank Thorsberg and I’ll be a regular contributor to this blog over the coming months. I’ve been a wine collector and wine writer for a good part of the last 30 years. This blog will keep you up to date on what’s happening in the California wine country — where more than 2,700 wineries made more than 240 million cases of wine last year.

New wines and wine trends can pop up anytime, so we hope you visit our Wine Country Weekend pages often to find insider tips on new releases to taste, interesting wineries to visit and unusual places to enjoy the fruit of the vine — many within an easy drive from the Bay Area. There are a lot of good choices to make and we can help you find them by learning “what’s new” and “who’s who” in the world of wine.

Did you know that California is home to about half of all bonded U.S. wineries? We’ll take you to the Bay Area’s backyard — Napa and Sonoma — for an insider’s look at some of the world’s most famous wine properties. We’ll also point out those cool, out-of-the-way places you might miss on your own. From scenic vineyards in Mendocino County, the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Livermore Valley to eclectic urban wineries across the greater Bay Area, we’ll go anywhere to discover fun things to do with wine.

If you have Wine Country favorites to suggest, post your comments here and I’ll respond to as many as possible. I look forward to an enriching dialogue. Cheers!

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