Category Archives: Wine Country

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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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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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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Santa Ynez Valley: Anyways but Sideways

Made globally famous with the release of the Oscar winning 2004 film, ‘Sideways’,  the California wine country around Santa Barbara has grown in both stature and number of high quality wineries. Our road trip allowed us 3 days and 2 … Continue reading

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No Lions, Tigers or Bears but ‘Oh Yes’ to Safari West

If you have never been to Safari West Wildlife Preserve and African Tent Camp in Santa Rosa, California than you need to get it on your schedule now. If you have already visited this phenomenal Sonoma County treasure then you … Continue reading

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Thousands Beat the Heat at ‘Sonoma Wine Country Weekend’

One especially fabulous Northern California wine country fund raising event occurred this past Labor Day Weekend. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend (SWCW) raises, literally, millions for various local community charities. This year, the typically over heated event set new records for triple digit … Continue reading

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Wine Road Barrel Tasting – A taste of the future of the North Coast

The first two weekends in March witnessed the 35th Annual Barrel Tasting  Wine Road – Northern Sonoma County take place in the sun-splashed hills and valleys of the three Wine Road American Viticulture Areas (AVAs – Alexander Valley, Russian River … Continue reading

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