Archive for the ‘Sonoma’ Category

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Acorn Winery ~ 25 years in the making and worth the celebration

Tweet Acorn Winery  & Alegría Vineyard When Acorn Winery was just a twinkle in Bill Nachbaur‘s eye, I was there to see the glow. At that time, Bill and Betsy Nachbaur only owned Alegría Vineyards, and Bill was getting itchy to see what his grapes would taste like, if he were involved in the winemaking […]

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Throw Back Thursday for me: Women for WineSense

Tweet It’s been a long time since I’ve made it over the hill to attend a Women for WineSense event, but this might be the one I’m going to do. I was just invited by Marcia Macomber, and I had to write this Email of interest, but the caveat is great at this time. Not […]

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Did you know that the Judgment of Paris had mostly Sonoma County Wine in that “Number One” winner?

Tweet It isn’t often that I turn my blog over to someone else’s writing. This is my “journal,” so if I didn’t experience it, it’s hard to segue into someone else’s news. That said, I do have an introduction, because over the weekend Jose and I attended the Bacigalupi Family‘s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Third […]

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A wine and cheese primer

Tweet Here’s a wine and cheese primer for your food and wine events. After an entertaining and informative class at Charles Creek Vineyard with Bill and Gerry Brinton, and Laura Matrinez of The Artisan Palate, those of us who attended have a much better understanding and appreciation of cheese. In an earlier blog, I discussed […]

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Winery with guest cottages ~ Thomas George Estates Winery

Tweet Headed to wine country and want to do it in true style…  A winery with guest cottages ~ Thomas George Estates Winery is where you want to be, if you’re in Russian River Valley. I’ve long been a supporter of Westside Road, having spent my first five years in the wine business there. At […]

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Magical Green Valley of Russian River Valley

Tweet Originally established as Sonoma County Green Valley in 1983, the history regarding Green Valley of Russian River Valley is as old as the beginning theories of Northern California’s plate tectonics. The movement of earth masses has created an ideal wine grape growing region for Green Valley… both with its bordering mountains’ Franciscan soils and […]

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White Wine And Wine Gadgets For Father’s Day

Tweet Let’s see…  White Wine And Wine Gadgets For Father’s Day… I’m going to start with a 2012 Simi Sauvignon Blanc just for the fun of it, because we need a white for one of the gadgets. Simi Winery was one of the very first wineries that I visited 20 years ago, when Jose and I […]

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The Claw Factor + Two Favorites: 2012 Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc & 2012 Gracianna Sauvignon Blanc

Tweet What’s the Claw Factor? Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that has a fascinating range and it deserves its own rating system, in my humble opinion. On one end of the spectrum, there are the commodity Sauvignon Blancs. You know, the ones that have no character, no finesse, and something important is missing (like flavors). […]

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Viszlay Vineyard in the field with John Viszlay and Jose Diaz

Tweet Viszlay Vineyard in the field with John Viszlay and Jose Diaz… Being in the vineyards with a winemaker who loves what he’s doing is always such a pleasure. I’ve got a green thumb and love helping things to grow organically. Sharing that passion with someone else who loves to be part of a “growing […]

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Jim Pratt Cornerstone Certified Vineyard is the wine grape grower of the stars in Green and Russian River valleys

Tweet Jim Pratt’s (Cornerstone Certified Vineyards) been working as a wine grape grower of the stars for nearly 30 years, which also includes being a veteran of the grapevine nursery business. In 1995, Jim Pratt bought what he would later call the “Pratt Vineyard,” after a career working with Rich Kunde at Sonoma Grapevines (a […]