Category Archives: Wine Country

13th Century Tuscan Castle in Northern California

Castello di Amorosa, literally, ‘Castle of Love’, is the brain and love child of Dario Sattui. The Castle, not visible from Highway 29, is located on a ridgeline just south of Calistoga on the western side of the highway. An … Continue reading

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Our Delightful Escape to Paso Robles: Day Three

As I reported previously on this Paso Robles road trip, March is an absolutely wonderful time to visit the Central Coast and Paso Robles. Officially ‘El Paso de Robles’ and translated “The Pass of the Oaks”, is in San Luis … Continue reading

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Our Delightful Escape to Paso Robles: Day Two

As I reported in the Day 1 posting of this Paso Robles road trip, March is an absolutely wonderful time to visit the Central Coast and Paso Robles. Paso Robles, or officially El Paso de Robles, is in San Luis … Continue reading

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Our Delightful Escape to Paso Robles: Day One

March is an absolutely wonderful time to visit California’s Central Coast and Paso Robles is the perfect wine country to visit during this shoulder season. We did exactly that a few weeks ago for 3 days, leaving our perch in … Continue reading

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Wintering on Mendocino’s Spectacular Coast

What can one do on a cold winter weekend or even mid-week adventure in Northern California?  We say, explore the Mendocino Coast.  The Mendocino Coast is truly spectacular and for those of us who might become depressed or feel cooped … Continue reading

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Falling Back in Love with Merlot – Masters of Merlot Tasting

For about a decade now Merlot has been out of favor among the average wine drinker. Some suggest that the 2004 cult film ‘Sideways’ caused this downfall in favor of Pinot Noir, Miles’ (Paul Giamatti) favorite. Experts in the field … Continue reading

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Stories of Sonoma County featured in recent ZAP Event

Cline Cellars in the Carneros region of Sonoma County was the brilliant host to the most recent wine tasting event sponsored by Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP).  ZAP, if you don’t know, is a membership-based organization that advances knowledge and … Continue reading

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