Tag Archives: Wine Country Experiences

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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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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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

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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

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The wines of the Rhône Valley can rock your world.

Rhône wines are not especially recognizable to many Californians.  Of the French varietals, clearly Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne are the most recognized,  consumed and understood in the United States. There are California wine makers (Cline Cellars) who do specialize in these … 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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Hidden treasure in Yolo County – Capay Valley

Capay Valley is one of the most beautiful locations in Yolo County.  It is located in the northwest corner of Yolo County and is bounded to the west by the Blue Ridge Range that separates Yolo from Napa County.  This is … Continue reading

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Anderson Valley Pinot Festival!!

The recent  Anderson Valley Pinot Festival kickoff event, one of several events sponsored by the Anderson Valley Winegrowers’ Association, was a huge sold out hit.   Hosted by Husch Vineyards, the evening casual barbecue followed a long day of technical and very informative … Continue reading

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