Archive for the Tag 'Sonoma Vineyards'

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Why Naming your winery something provocative really matters

[Image by Siegel Photography] Naming your winery something provocative really matters… It has to be done very thoughtfully, in order to have great success. Jose and I just sat with Ron Rubin, who was going to create his own wine brand. Ron is The Republic of Tea’s owner, a brand that he bought in 1994, […]

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A wine and cheese primer

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 what […]

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Another Website Devoted to the Wine Industry… Who Cares?

Anyone who values his or her time should care, that’s who. Imagine if you will, living in say – Virginia – for the sake of understanding. You’re a wine lover and all of your friends not only know it, but they also value you as their #1 wine resource. Someone gets the bright idea that […]

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The Sebastiani Legacy Continues to Flourish ~ An Interview with Donny Sebastiani

Coming to California for the first time had me visiting the town of Sonoma, and how could I miss Sebastiani Vineyards? It was a great feeling, to stand inside of a winery with such history. Then I moved here and began working with families with lots of history. What I learned over the years is […]

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Pairing Cheese With Wine ~ A Lesson From a Pro at Charles Creek Winery ~ Part 2

Continued from yesterday… 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 what we had all learned about cheese that perhaps we […]

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Joel Peterson, Godfather of Zin, is celebrating 20 years of being at his winery location in Sonoma

Joel Peterson of Ravenswood, who’s the  founding winemaker and “Godfather of Zin”…and a great friend to Zinfandel, is putting on a shindig (I’ll be the one with the camera): Saturday, August 27th, 11:00am – 4:00pm Ravenswood Winery, 18701 Gehricke Rd, Sonoma, CA 95476 Price: $20 per person / $15 for Ravenswood Wine Club Members RSVP: […]

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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend ~ This Labor Day Weekend

This coming September 2 – 4, 2011, another beautiful weekend festival will be set among the vines and redwoods, drawing thousands of people. The Sonoma Wine Country Weekend features over 200 wineries and chefs, and is a popular way to spend the last days of summer in wine country. It’s always hosted at the MacMurray […]

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Steve Ledson Built a Winery, on the Way to Building His Dream Home

My personal history leading into this story I remember driving along Route 12 to the town of Sonoma from Santa Rosa years ago, and seeing what looked like a Gothic castle being constructed in the distance. Once it’s 16,000 square foot massive outer shell was set into place, drivers (including yours truly) would just have […]

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One of the Best Wine Country Picnic Sites ~ Gustafson Family Vineyards

A sensational winery, with sweeping vistas in so many directions, Gustafson Family Vineyards is a favorite for those who enjoy taking the time to visit a “destination” winery. The excursion up the Dry Creek Valley mountainside takes you on an exploratory adventure; and, it’s one that you won’t soon forget. Imagine being 1,800 above sea […]

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The 8th Annual PS Symposium is Sold Out!

If you missed signing up for the Symposium, you’ll still be able to watch it live on the Internet, on July 27, as it’s happening. This link to www.psiloveyou.org/live takes you to our live streaming, which will be active by 8:30 a.m., on July 27, 2010. EVENT SCHEDULE ~ AGENDA 8:30 – 8:35 a.m. WELCOME […]