Author Archives: John Compisi

About John Compisi

John Compisi is a freelance travel, adventure and lifestyle writer focusing on California, Italy, France or where ever life takes him. He is a published member of the SF Bay Area Travel Writers and the Redwood Writers Club. John, and photographer wife Linda, reside in Sonoma County and love nothing more than getting out there and experiencing the world, no matter if it’s a destination close to home, a road trip, or a journey to romantic international destinations.

Pruning Season in the Russian River Valley – Benovia Winery

As I have said before, enjoying wine is more than just the liquid in the glass. To deeply appreciate the wine, understanding what it takes to get the juice into the glass is integral. That’s why last weekend’s vine pruning … Continue reading

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Tasting Barolo in the Piemonte – the Langhe

The Langhe is a hilly area in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. It is famous for its wines, cheeses, and truffles—particularly the white truffles of Alba. The countryside remains largely agrarian and is highly regarded for its vineyards which produce, predominantly, Nebbiolo grapes … Continue reading

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An Elegant Taste of Burgundy

Okay, I’m a California Pinot Noir lover but when it comes to vin de Bourgogne, I admit I am a rookie. However, a recent trip to the Côte d’Or has begun to change that. We arrived in Puligny-Montrachet in mid-September … Continue reading

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Clift San Francisco: Singularly Fascinating Hotel

Hotel Clift San Francisco is a fascinating place to stay in downtown San Francisco. Located just a block and a half from Union Square and convenient to shopping, restaurants and event venues, the special feel emanating from this hotel begins immediately … Continue reading

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Winter in California’s North Coast Wine Country

Winter is a truly delightful time to visit California North Coast wine country.  Living in Sonoma County at the nexus of Mendocino, Napa and Lake Counties, it is a treat to observe the variation in the terrain, foliage (or lack … Continue reading

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FunKey Town: Key West Florida

We spent a fun and relaxing time in the Florida Keys last year before the hurricanes hit. Although the Keys were hit very hard the word it out that much of Key West reopened for business around October 1st last … Continue reading

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Grapes from 3 States take honors: 2018 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

The 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition,  held at Cloverdale, CA’s historic Citrus Fair last week, is now in the record books. More than 6,900 American wines, from thirty-five (35) States, were entered into this year’s competition and after 3.5 … Continue reading

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