Courtney Humiston

Courtney Humiston

Courtney Humiston is a sommelier and journalist based in Northern California. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a Certified Sommelier, Humiston has worked harvests in viti- and vini-culture, led wine programs for top restaurants and judges in international competitions. In addition to covering California news for, Humiston has contributed to The World of Fine Wine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Somm Journal and as a columnist for 7×7 magazine

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Grgich Hills

A new film tracking the journey of Zinfandel from its Croatian roots to its status as a signature grape variety of California has debuted at a packed screening in the…


Small producers in Sonoma County are angered by new legislation requiring them to label their wines Sonoma County even if they are part of specific sub-appellations.

Ferran Adria

The second auction of more than 8,000 bottles from El Bulli’s wine cellar has taken place in New York, bringing the total raised from the two auctions to US$2.7m.

Bo Barrett

In March 2013 James L Barrett, the founder of Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena, died at the age of 86. His son Bo, who has been the winemaker since 1982 and…

Paul Draper

Paul Draper, the chief winemaker for Ridge Vineyards in California since 1969, was awarded the Institute of Masters of Wine's prestigious Winemakers’ Winemaker Award at a ceremony held at ProWein…

Coppola winery

Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Sonoma announced last Monday that it has purchased Geyser Peak Winery in Geyserville.

Bo and Jim Barrett

James L Barrett, founder of Napa Valley's Chateau Montelena, has died at the age of 86 - 'of a life well lived', as his son Bo said.


Sonoma producer Steve Ledson has bought 53ha in Sonoma Valley’s Moon Mountain, a region that is currently being considered for official AVA status.

Moon mountain

Winemakers on the mountainous eastern slopes of Sonoma Valley may soon be part of California’s newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), which contains some of the country’s most historic vineyards.…