Archive for the ‘Wine Country’ Category

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The Terroir of the Petaluma Wind Gap

A few years ago, I was privately doing a lot of reading and writing about Green Valley of the Russian River Valley. Something that was a bit elusive for me was actually grasping exactly where the Petaluma Wind Gap originates. Everyone writes about it, but knowing exactly where it comes in is not as well […]

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Here Come Bikes Into Wine Country ~ We love bikers who also share the road

The most important aspect of my first bike came in the form of a guide to “rules and regulations of operating a bicycle on the roadways.” I wish to God that everyone today also had to read the rules of the road. When I’m on my bike, I do. When I’m driving, I know others […]

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An Alice in Wonderland Life as The Taylor Family Vineyards’ Door Opened

From Then to Now As I reflect upon my own life’s extensive work, it’s been one that’s opened impressive doors to a lot of privilege and honor. Why did I get to be the one backstage with rock n’roll’s brightest stars, in Portland Maine, and be allowed to photograph them for national trade magazine submissions? […]

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Aberrant Wine Cellars ~ Eric Eide Artisan Winemaker

Quirky is how I think of Eric Eide of Aberrant Cellars, in the best possible way. When in rock n’roll radio, I had my own set of stars. Today’s stars are just as talented, but in the world of wine. Both music and wine need to be in a perfect balance of art and science […]

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Wine Etiquette 101 ~ 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, […]

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Zebras have no stripes; it’s a lie perpetrated by the media!

[PHOTO Gratis: Safari West,  taken by Judy Bellah] For those of you who love wine country’s other charms… On April Fools’ Day – Saturday, April 1st – Safari West is playing around and putting a different spin on their Safari Tours. They all felt that it’s a good time to clown around and have some […]

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Kids in Wine Country, Bring Them On!

Back to my Robert Mondavi Winery days on this one, because I gathered the best stories while working there. Winery Tour Guide You realize, there are a lot of kids who live in wine country, right? Many of them are born into the wine world, so wine is NOT the forbidden fruit, nor is it […]

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Haydon Street Inn ~ Healdsburg, CA

Healdsburg, California has turned into quite the “wine country living” town. It’s always had the flavor, but it’s more sophisticated today than ever. With the addition of Hotel Healdsburg, along came many retail shops that have created a more stylish town to visit. The charm is evident everywhere you go. For those of us who […]

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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 […]

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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…