Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Announcing the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Sweepstake Winners

After receiving 5,825 entries from more than 25 states, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, hailed as the largest competition of American wines in the world and presented by BevMo!, has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few.

Over 65 professional wine judges, from a myriad of fields that included trade, education, media, retail, and hospitality, traveled to the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County to contribute their expertise.

Utilizing an extensive process that divided the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold, and “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members). Only eight entries were honored with the prestigious Sweepstake Award in the categories of Sparkling, White, Pink, Red, and Dessert/Specialty wines.

And the 2014 Sweepstake Award winners are:
Sparkling Sweepstake (tie)
Domaine Carneros by Taittinger 2009 Brut Carneros Domaine Carneros $32.00
Korbel Champagne Cellars Brut Rosé California  $11.00
White Sweepstake
Baldacci Family Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay Carneros-Napa Sorelle $38.00

Pink Sweepstake
Barnard Griffin 2013 Rose of Sangiovese Columbia Valley  $12.00

Red Sweepstake (tie)
3 Steves Winery 2011 Zinfandel Cienega Valley  $31.00
Calcareous Vineyard 2010 Syrah Paso Robles  $40.00

Dessert Sweepstake
Ferrante Winery 2012 Vidal Ice Wine Grand River Valley  $28.99

Label Sweepstake
Predator 2012 Zinfandel Lodi,

Also recognized for extraordinary quality was an extensive list of American award-winning wines, all of which were honored with the Best of Class Awards. Each of the 75 winners were categorized to provide consumers with an easy reference guide to delicious and affordable wines based on insights from industry specialists.  A complete listing of winners in each category can be found under the "Medal Winners" section at

The public will have a chance to taste many of these award winning wines at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting, happening February 15 from 1:30-5pm at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion. The event will give wine and food lovers have the opportunity to taste the best of what has been evaluated during the judging process.

The event is typically a sell out, so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time.

WHAT:           San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting
WHEN:           Saturday, February 15, 2014
WHERE:         Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
TIME:              1:30pm – 5pm
COST:            $65 Advance Purchase; $80 at the door
INFO:              For tickets and information, visit


Monday, December 16, 2013

Tyler Knowles Cycling Trip to Taiwan and the KOM

Announcing 4 once-in-a-lifetime “Bike Taiwan” tour sport packages starting as low as $1,150 which includes airfare, 4 star accommodations, food, free bike shipping or free bike rental, and an English speaking guide. The Taiwan Tourism Bureau in conjunction with China Airways will be rolling out these special packages, suitable for all biking levels from a 4 day recreational sport package to a 13 day intensive around the Island tour for advanced sport cycling tour. All these tours are being spearheaded by two Bay Area Bicycle shops that carry and distribute the famous Taiwan bicycle Giant. Learn more about Taiwan’s new tour program, “Time for Wheels.” Go to and say Odyssey or and say Freewheel and receive your special deal. Or you can call the tour operators and mention Odyssey or Freewheel: Ritz Tours: 650-259-9983 Shangri-La Express: 415-705-8888 Choicest Holiday: 650-589-9000 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Live from the Northern California Renaissance Faire with Sir Francis Drake!

September 28, 2013 marked the opening of Pirate Invasion Weekend at the Northern California Renaissance Faire at Casa de Fruta in Hollister. Listen as KSCO interviews Sir Francis Drake and tune in October 5, as they interview Stuart Abelman, World Famous Glassblower.

Northern California Renaissance Faire Sir Francis Drake Interview by Slidely - Slideshow maker

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and Day School Unveils New Early Childhood Center

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and Day School unveiled the newly constructed Early Childhood Center on Tuesday, September 10 at 8:30 a.m.

St. Matthew’s Early Childhood Center at Charles House, located at the corner of El Camino and 2nd Avenue, was designed to provide young children with a unique school experience to spark their growing imagination. Morning class schedules for preschool and prekindergarten are created to offer a hands-on play-based program to develop the minds of young children.

The Early Childhood Center at Charles House encourages children to celebrate nature with classroom gardens, outdoor playground with tricycle circle, and expansive windows that bring a beautiful natural setting into the classroom. This building will enable St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School to continue to increase enrollment to meet the growing demand of education.

Students and faculty attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and the school choir will sang in honor of this momentous occasion. 

St. Matthew's history began in 1864 when the village of San Mateo had a population of 150 people, 25 houses, a railway depot, Roman Catholic Church, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, and a grocery store. To the north was San Francisco and Grace Church, now Grace Cathedral. There were several Episcopal families in the area, and the Reverend Giles Alexander Easton arrived from San Francisco to conduct the first Episcopal services in the local schoolhouse on April 24, 1864. 

St. Matthew's will celebrate 150 years of service to the San Mateo community in 2015. For more information on St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and Day School, please visit


Friday, September 6, 2013

The Larose Group receives 2013 California Excellence Award

- September 4th 2013 - The Larose Group has been selected for the 2013 California Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC). Each year the SBIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that California is renowned for. The Larose Group has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values which is a trait seldom found in its industry. This recognition by SBIEC marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow. As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of California. About SBIEC The SBIEC is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally. Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership. More information on SBIEC can be found at