Archive for the Tag 'Gracianna Winery'


“Gracianna,” inspired by true events

“Gracianna,” inspired by true events, has just rocked my world. Gracianna Winery is located in Russian River Valley on Westside Road. Before this winery was built, on the land of its vineyards, sat a small home. My daughter Melanie and her winemaker husband Heath Hoffman lived on the Amador family’s property for a while. Occasionally, […]


The Claw Factor + Two Favorites: 2012 Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc & 2012 Gracianna Sauvignon Blanc

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). On […]


Pinot on the River Was a Gorgeous Day in Wine Country with Beautiful Wines ~ Part 1

The Sixth Annual Pinot on the River was pretty awesome.. And, right in my back yard. Yesterday, the Grand Tasting was held at Rodney Strong Vineyard, a five minute drive from my home. If my daughter Melanie and her husband Heath hadn’t gone with me, I was entertaining the idea of walking from the event. […]