Category Archives: Wineries

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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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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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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Lancaster Estate releases 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Last month, Lancaster Estate released their  2009 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.  Proprietors, Ted and Nicole Simpkins, and their staff,  lived up to the standard they had previously set  for first class food, wine and fun at a vintage release party.   … Continue reading

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Michelin Star in Guerneville: Applewood Inn Restaurant

It is a dichotomy that the wine country, which is fundamentally rural farm country, might also provide the foundation for fine dining venues.  Unlike the farm country of the central valley, Sonoma wine country is both rural and cosmopolitan.  This … Continue reading

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1861 Napa Valley History – Rewind!

Charles Krug Winery is noted for being Napa’s first winery.  Established in 1861 by Charles Krug, a Prussian immigrant, and subsequently purchased by Cesare Mondavi and his wife Rosa, in 1943, the Charles Krug Winery is not only historic but … Continue reading

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Skipstone Ranch: Because they love what they do!!

There are so many unique and high quality wines produced along The Wine Road surrounding Healdsburg but none more special than Skipstone Ranch.  Nestled in the rolling hills south-east of Geyserville, Skipstone is the love child of entrepreneur and Cypriot … Continue reading

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