Archive for the ‘Wine Country’ Category


Bordeaux ~ Beyond the vines, while enjoying the culture ~ partie treize

This particular story was just inspired by my friend Ken Payton. On Facebook Ken wrote: So… I’ve uploaded and tagged a new gallery, this one simply called ‘Bordeaux, France’. I’ve kept the tags clean and simple; and, as you will note, some will be unavailable for commercial applications owing to the absence of the proper […]


Thinking About the Mountaintop ~ Justin Style ~ While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Good, better, best: never let it rest, until the good is better and the better is best…


Earth Day Celebrations at Safari West in Wine Country

Coming to wine country, or live here? What are you doing on Earth day? Safari West is cordially inviting you to celebrate Earth Day with them on Friday, April 22nd. Earth Day is the day that they traditionally set aside to honor the bountiful planet we all call home. In my humble opinion, there’s no […]


Why, Luther Burbank? Why?

In wine country, not everything is about wine; at least not for those of us who live here. For us, its 24/7/365; and as a result, we also notice other things besides grape vines and how they’re doing. This story is part of that “noticing.” I’ve long wondered… well, ever since I moved to California […]


Polly Klass, every year I say “hello” again

Angel on my tree, Miss Polly Klass, how I do miss thee. As the angles come out each Christmas to adorn our time of generosity, There you are. Someone finds you in a box marked fragile, mostly me, and hangs you on our holiday tree. I am reminded of you, Polly Klass, who returned to […]


Wine Etiquette ~ The 10 most important things to remember

I once wrote a story called Wine Country Casual, because people are so concerned, wanting to know the best thing to wear. We’re like that as people, aren’t we? It’s also one of my most clicked onto stories. Everyone wants to know what to wear. But, what about behavior? After we dress to fit in, […]


10 Ways to Avoid Wine Country Crowds

Not everyone loves crowds. Those who do are ultra social beings and it’s great for them. (Keep it up!) It works, because the vast majority of people love being social and in crowds. But, there are others who prefer more intimate settings, so a list of  ways to avoid wine country crowds needs its place, […]


You brought kids to wine country, now what do you do with them?

Vacationing in wine country for adults is very special. It’s magical, awe inspiring, the landscapes wow everyone, and it’s so casual. This time, though, you brought the kids and you’re now at a loss… What to do with them? Well, when in Rome, so what the Romans do, and begin by asking the locals. And, […]


Why would you not want to taste Alexander Valley?

If you enjoy wine, I can’t imagine why you would not want to taste Alexander Valley. I was just reminded of this event by Lisa Mattson of Jordan Winery, who invited me to taste the valley on the weekend of May 16 and May 17. This is the Eighteenth Annual Taste Alexander Valley in 2015. […]


Earth day at Iron Horse with Kevin Jorgeson ~ 2015

Always climbing to new heights, Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards nabs Kevin Jorgeson as a guest speaker. From Joy Sterling: I am very excited to announce that our speaker for Celebrate Earth Day in Green Valley will be Kevin Jorgeson, who free climbed the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall of El Capitan, with climbing partner Tommy […]