Ziggy “The Wine Gal” Eschliman — whose award-winning wine radio shows are broadcast on both coasts — has the brightest, most refreshing voice in wine and spirits today. This groovy guru of libation locks formal pretense in the cellar and embraces the pure fun and pleasures essential to enjoying wine.
“Most wine lovers value quality and like good wine but dislike the stuffiness and ritual often associated with it; that’s where I come in!” beams Ziggy. Whether it’s bubbly, Bordeaux or Zinfandel, vodka or tequila, Ziggy knows the dirt: the who, the what, the where and the why in every bottle.
Ziggy is a seasoned journalist, a highly sought-after guest speaker, a dynamic lecturer and an advocate for the good life. As an educator and a wine judge, she earns high marks and seamlessly weaves her diverse knowledge with a sense of whimsy and spontaneity.
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Ziggy's 2017 New Years' Eve Picks
What are you drinkin' New Years Eve? Here are my very special, absolute favorite wines that I've chosen to embrace 12/31/17!
Claypool Cellars Champagne Pachyderm, Cuvée Select, Brut Cormoyeaux $55-
Moshin Vineyards Estate Brut Rosé, Russian River Valley $65-
2016 Smith Story Wine Cellars Riesling, Germany $20-
2016 Hawley Winery Viognier, Sonoma Co $28-
2014 Jigar Wines Raja Cuvée, North Coast $24-
2015 Longboard Vineyards Merlot Dakine Vineyard, Russian River Valley $35
NOTE: These wines are readily available at the winery, their websites and some select wine shops with extraordinary taste.
Ziggy's 2017 Holiday Wine Picks
Best affordable red, white and bubbly wine AND the Best high end red, white and sparkling wine!
Gravenstein Grill and Oeno Vaults
"Low End" price point winners
Barefoot Cellars, Pinot Grigio, CA $6.99
easy drinking, juicy, fun, over delivers, ripe apples, lemony
Korbel Brut Rosé, CA $13.99
red cherries in the snow, great structure, yummy, raspberries, delicious
Barefoot Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, CA $6.99
blackberries, baking spices, velvety, party perfect, crowd pleaser, balanced
"High End" price point winners
2015 Sonoma Cutrer, "The Cutrer" Chardonnay, Russian River Valley $37.
fresh pears, tantalizing, scrumptious, lemon-luscious, apples, young peach, vanilla, spice, perfectly balanced
2010 Gloria Ferrer, Anniversary Cuvée, Carneros $40.
Young Stone fruits, Asian pear creme brulee. stunning ,hazelnuts, exquisite, creamy deliciousness,
2012 Claypool Cellars, Pinot Noir, Rice-Spivak Vineyard, Sonoma Coast $70.
Earthy richness, juicy plums, dark cherries, black tea, cherry cola, complex, spices, gorgeous, elegant, perfect
Ziggy's 2017 Thanksgiving Wine Picks
Domaine Allimant-Laugner Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé $21
2014 Woodenhead Winery, French Colombard, Limited Reserve, Russian River Valley $30
2014 Thomas George Estates, Pinot Noir, Baker Ridge Estate, Russian River Valley $
2016 Madrone Estate, Valley of the Moon, Sangiovese Rosé, Sonoma Valley $19.
2016 Trattore Farms, Late Harvest Viognier, Dry Creek Valley $35
Ziggy's 2016 Thanksgiving Wine Picks