Category Archives: Wine

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

Posted in Adventure, Day Trips, Sonoma County, Travel, Wine, Wine Country, Wine Events, Wine Road, Wineries | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Barbaresco, Barolo, Italian Wines, Italy, Piemonte, Travel, Wine | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Burgundy, France, French Wines, Travel, Wine | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Adventure, Central Coast, Road Trip, Santa Barbara County, Santa Ynez Valley, Wine, Wine Country | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Day Trips, Sonoma, Wine, Wine Country, Wine Events | Leave a comment

Wine and Food Affair offers best of season for Sonoma County.

The 14th Annual Wine Road Wine and Food Affair offered the best of all worlds:  two days of sunny skies, warm temperatures, glorious fall vineyard colors, the smells of harvest and, of course, great wines paired with delightful foods.  Why … Continue reading

Posted in Sonoma, Uncategorized, Wine, Wine Country, Wine Events, Wine Road | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Mangiare, bere vino e essere felici! Eat, drink wine and be merry!!

A recent trip to Puglia, (the Italians call Apulia), and an even more recent wine event in San Francisco highlighted the advances being made in quality and marketing of these complex and interesting wines.  Puglia is bounded on the east … Continue reading

Posted in Italian Wines, Italy, Uncategorized, Wine | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments