Archive for the ‘Sonoma’ Category

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Pedroncelli Winery, Geyserville California, Celebrates 90 Year Anniversary

When I began to read about the Pedroncelli Winery’s celebrations for their 90 year anniversary, I was thrown back in time, remembering when I first came to meet Julie Pedroncelli. It was in the early 90s, and I had begun Cat O’Wine Tales. (I was out photographing, for what would become a feature story in […]

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I feel like I was just knocked out ~ Pocket Fire in Geyserville

What the 12-day, California wine country experience many of us just had: some were longer with more devastation, some were shorter, with minor problems. Bottom line: ask anyone involved in this perfect, epic fire storm, and they’ll tell you that they’ve been traumatized. This is my own exhausting story. During that time, I didn’t have […]

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The Bounty of Sonoma County ~ Luther Burbank ~ Beyond Grapevines

Those of us who live in Sonoma wine country are familiar with Luther Burbank, if only because of our allergies. This is the place where Luther Burbank settled and went on to cross breed so many new plants that the pollen count is through the roof. Meanwhile, nearly everyone in the US has benefited from […]

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Clone and Place ~ All Things in Ernest

Introducing Ernest Vineyards, a new artisan producer of cool-climate Chardonnays and Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast… Owners Erin Brooks and her husband Todd Gottula produce wines that have been created to express their clonal attributes and their terroir’s sense of place. When they began Ernest, their mission became to “focus on love of family, […]

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A Lesson in Old World and New World Wines

Some believe that winemakers have a sense of their wines and sommeliers have a sense of their place. Let’s explore that through wines that I tasted side by side with a group of wine pros with Old World and New World comparatives. Old World ~ Primitivo 2008 Primitivo Rosso IGT Puglia ~ With the high […]

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Petite Sirah in Paso, at last we’re taking PS education to the people

PS I Love You‘s mission has always been, since 2002… To promote, educate, and legitimize Petite Sirah as a heritage variety, with a special emphasis on its terroir uniqueness. The only change that’s now happening is that we’re taking it away from a food and wine event, and getting it back to the heart of […]

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Eight Easy Pieces Discovered at Kick Ranch

Dick Keenan’s Kick Ranch Get Together As I was talking with Rick Baum, Dick Keenan’s designated consumer, I was thinking to myself, “I’m continually amazed at how easily I get along with lawyers.” That’s because, it’s in my DNA… So many forefathers, if only my parents had guided me, seen in me that my questioning […]

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Yeah… Wine’s high rent district

I love my friends. They send me Emails that they think I should read, which of course will elicit an opinion. My friend Paul Moe in Florida just sent a link to me from Smirky Chimp saying, “They’re all ‘wine barons!’” I wrote back, after reading the story entitled, Sour Grapes in ‘Wine Country’—Intense Challenges […]

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Women for WineSense launches contest for Women in Wine event

Years ago, when my friend and wine colleague Julie Johnson  (today of Tres Sabores) was making waves in Women for WineSense, I went to meetings and was so impressed by her and the group. She had her finger on the pulse (and still does).  At that time, little did I know that when she was […]

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

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 process. […]