Articles by Laura Ness

About Laura Ness
Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

A love story, with wine

Sofia Fedotova never imagined she’d one day own a winery in California. Growing up in the Ural region of Russia, she worked for a consulting firm specializing in seminars for CPAs. In a happy tale of internet matchmaking gone right, Sofia’s online profile caught the eye of [...]

Wineries come and go

Change is ever afoot here in wine country. TASS has departed the shared tasting room called Blended, and Medeiros Family will do the same on Oct. 6, leaving La Vie Dansante dancing solo. Says TASS owner Ron Mosley, “Both of us just ran into better opportunities.” Ted and [...]

Fall Passport in the valley

It’s that time again: Passport month in the Santa Clara Valley kicks off on Friday, Sept. 6, at the Coyote Creek Golf Club, 5:30-8:30 p.m.  The $100 VIP ticket includes reserve tastings, one-hour early entry, passed appetizers from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by appetizers [...]

Fundraisers for Gilroy shooting victims

Many are scarred and still shaken by the trauma of being caught up in the horror of the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in July. It’s hard to even say the word “Gilroy” without thinking of the tragedy. We pause to remember those lost, and their families and [...]

Market set to return Aug. 10

The first Makers Market held at The Stomping Ground in July featured more than a dozen local craftspeople whose wares are featured in Makers Market shops at Santana Row, Napa and San Francisco, along with food and live music. It was such a big hit that Janu and Jason Goelz are [...]

Veraison underway at local vineyards

August is the month when veraison occurs in earnest, in both white and red grapes. Berries begin swelling rapidly and whites transition from a Thompson seedless shade of pale green to a warm greenish-yellow. Chardonnay will gradually glow like polished gold. Reds blush [...]

Gilroy Garlic Festival 2019 wine garden

Get ready for garlic, wine and country music as the 41st annual Garlic Festival returns with Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat and her new Nashville band, Gone West. Cook-offs helmed by celebrity chefs Tom Colicchio (Top Chef judge) [...]

Market comes to Stomping Ground

Janu Goelz of Alara Cellars has long loved the idea of an open air market and is thrilled to bring Makers Market to The Stomping Ground on the second Saturday of each summer month: July 13 and Aug. 10, from 2-8pm, with more dates to come. The market coincides with the planned [...]

Solis takes Best of Show

For the second year in a row, a Santa Clara Valley winery won the Central Coast Wine Competition.  Solis Winery garnered Best White and Best of Show with the 2018 Estate Fiano, a lithe Italian variety that is a rare bird in California. Last year, Alara Cellars won for the [...]

P&V Vineyards makes debut

Paul Kermoyan didn’t grow up with dreams of becoming a winemaker or owning a vineyard. He was an Armenian kid whose family dabbled in homebrew. During college, he got into beermaking and then, later on, began helping a friend make wine. “I can do this!” the Campbell city [...]
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