Archive for the ‘Sonoma’ Category

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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 […]

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In the Vineyards with Ben Sessions of Hanzell

Tweet When I first got into the wine business just about two decades ago, my eyes were opened to a whole new world that was so exciting. I remember saying to myself, “Please, don’t ever let me take any of this for granted.” In those first years, I met a very special woman, Jean Arnold […]

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Mounts Family Winery ~ Growing world class wine grapes in the heart of Dry Creek Valley

Tweet In keeping with Wine Blog’s dedication to oral journals from winemakers, this is the second part of a four part series with David Mounts. My reason for breaking up these videos is because I’m acutely aware that no one has the time to sit through a 30 to 40 minute video during the day. […]

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Gustafson Family Vineyards with Winemaker Emmett Reed

Tweet Gustafson Family Vineyard has been a favorite on Wine-Blog, because both owner Dan Gustafson and winemaker Emmett Reed have gone out of their way to over deliver. Both articulate gentlemen are very eager to share. Some people are just easy to be around, and that would be Dan and Emmett. There’s never been a […]