Courtney Humiston

Sommelier, Journalist

Healdsburg, California

Courtney Humiston

Courtney is a professional writer and sommelier based in Northern California. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America's Advanced Wine and Beverage Program, a Certified Sommelier and has worked two harvests in Napa and Sonoma in vini- and viticulture. Courtney contributes regularly to, 7x7 magazine and her work as appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The World of Fine Wine and Sonoma Magazine, among many other publications.


Shaken, Stirred Carbonated | 7x7

Spoonbar in Healdsburg may have lost Scott Beattie to the dark side of the Mayacamas, but the new Bar Manager, Cappy Sorentino, has a few of his own tricks up his carefully rolled sleeves.

Spilling Gin in the Halls of the New York Public Library

Philip Anema If heaven were a cocktail party, the closest most of us will ever get is the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. That is, if the Classic's gala, which kicked off the five-day long celebration of the art and history of the cocktail Friday night -- is any indication.
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Truffle Growing in Napa Valley | 7x7

At the third-annual Truffle Festival held over the long weekend in Napa Valley, the American Truffle Company, an international research and for-profit cultivation company based in San Mateo, proposed that Napa isn't just a great place to grow grapes, it's good for truffles as well.

The Rusty Knot Brings the Party "All the Way to the West Side"

At the Rusty Knot last night at 8 p.m., two young ladies wearing faux croccodile skin pants and otherwise looking like they got lost somewhere between the Christopher Street PATH stop and the MePa, were perched on red leather barstools waiting for a storm to arrive.
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California Mushroom Foraging | 7x7

Don't be scared if, on a recent hike, you come across fleece and wool cap-clad folks armed with knives and hand-woven baskets wandering about seemingly aimlessly and staring at the ground. They're not hippie zombies, they are mushroom hunters. And wet conditions along the North Coast are bringing them out in droves.

Revamped The Thomas and Fagiani's Bar Usher in New Era for Downtown Napa | 7x7

When the doors at 813 Main Street in downtown Napa open for business on Wednesday, August 8, it will be for the first time in nearly 40 years. The Thomas restaurant and its street-level Fagiani's Bar are closing the circle on a piece of Napa history and ushering in a new era for the town.

Mid-Atlantic Cuisine Gets the West Village Treatment at Choptank

Getty Images The paint may still be drying in what used to be Bar Q, but Choptank, a Mid-Atlantic restaurant named for a river in Maryland, has smoothly opened for business. Owner Bobby Werhane (formerly of L'Artusi and Dell'anima) explains the Baltimore-inspired fare to New Yorkers as a " cross between a Spotted Pig and a Mermaid Inn."
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Night Club to Jersey Girls: You Are Not Welcome Here

MTV The newly opened MePa club Provocateur may be invitation-only for now, but the folks behind it would like everyone to know that when the doors swing wide open sometime in 2010, your passport had better be stamped Paris, Barcelona and Berlin. Last week, NBC New York wrote about the soft opening of the club and lounge.
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Circular Logic: The EU Regulates Your Pizza

Emporio What makes an authentic Neapolitan pizza pie has been up for debate for some time, but soon you will be able to rely on more than just speculation and hearsay. Last week, the European Union announced that they will apply their "Traditional Speciality Guaranteed" (TSG) label to the Neapolitan Pizza.
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Where Has All the Fried Rice Gone?

Courtney Humiston It started in the fall of 2009 when the much-loved neighborhood Chinese joint Mama Buddha closed its doors for the last time. A year later HSBC managed to replace the smell of moo shu and greasy egg rolls with the fresh scent of cold hard cash and the picnic tables with faux wood and berber carpet.
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Courtney Humiston

Courtney moved to Napa Valley from New York City — where she was covering food and wine as a reporter for NBC New York — in 2010 to study under the direction of Karen MacNeil at the Culinary Institute of America, where she also earned the designation as a Certified Sommelier through The Court of Master Sommeliers. She has worked at PRESS restaurant, which has the largest and deepest collection of California wines in the world, in the cellar of The Scholium Project for the 2011 harvest and as a viticulture technician for Boisset Family Estates. She has been honored as a fellowship recipient at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers and was selected to be a Wine Specialist for the Concourse Mondial in Slovakia. She currently serves as the Wine Director at Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen.