Archive for the Tag 'Healdsburg California'


It’s time for the Twenty Third Annual Spring Hopland Passport

It must be spring, because once again, it’s time for the Twenty Third Annual Spring Hopland Passport event Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, 2014 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day 17 winery tasting rooms in and around Hopland, California Join 17 wineries to celebrate Hopland Passport on Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, […]


Bubbles & Chocolate ~ Washington Wine Country’s Delicious Treasure

When Jose and I visited Washington Wine Country, Bubbles & Chocolate was a gem of a find. Wine critic Paul Gregutt and his wife Karen Stanton Gregutt are leaders of commerce in their home town of Waitsburg. Not only does Paul write for Wine Enthusiast and his wine blog, but he’s also the sommelier […]


Pinot & Pizza at J Winery on June 16, 2012

I just had a Pinot with pizza the other day, wondering how that would fare… It did really well as a combo. I don’t enjoy a lot of red sauce on my pizza, so I ordered it that way. This seemed to keep all the acid in balance. Mary’s Pizza always gets it right for […]


When they’re out of control

Another year, another barrel tasting, and another trip to the vomitorium… Ah, barrel tasting… It’s such a joy when they come to town. Townies hide out, by the way. People ask me, “Are you going barrel tasting?” “Ah…. no thanks.” But, that’s just me and a few of us who have been here long enough […]


Chinois Asian Bistro ~ A Wine List That’s Frequently Stolen

Nothing’s more exciting than when a new kid ends up on the block; most especially when that kid’s brought in all kinds of new, fascinating toys… Enter Chinois Asian Bistro in Windsor, California, offering Pan-Asian cuisine… Right in the heart of Sonoma County’s wine country, just minutes from downtown Healdsburg. Their menu is so delectable […]


J Wine Company is Celebrating 25 Years of Success and You’re Invited

J Vineyards & Winery, founded in 1986, is an independently-owned Sonoma County winery. Their visitors’ center and Bubble Room are located at 11447 Old Redwood Highway, just south of Healdsburg, California. The winery focuses on Brut and Brut Rosé sparkling wines, as well as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris Estate varietal wines. Their wines […]


2010 Pinot on the River Festival ~ Always a Great Event

On October 22, 23 & 24, 2010, Pinot On The River’s activities return. This is a reminder to purchase your tickets at, if you haven’t already. Here’s the line-up… FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 6:00 p.m. – Pinot On The River’s “Friday Night Out In The Valley” Dinner at Roadhouse Winery in Healdsburg. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 […]


Just Get Ready for the Reallygoode Book Deal!

Dear, When you get that job, just make sure you leave your cell phone on. But don’t take the first offer, until you make sure it’s the only offer. I’d be looking over my shoulder and waiting for Random House, Knopf, etc., to be making that call. areallygoodeday in the life in the vineyards… […]


Wine Spectator’s Still Partying Like it’s More Than $19.99

Marvin Shanken with guests The annual Sonoma County gathering just happened at Hotel Healdsburg, with their Napa party “coming soon.” BYOM ~ Bring Your Own Magnum… and everyone did just that. Each year, it’s a social get together of the most connected to this print and on-line magazine. As arriving guests walked up Matheson Street […]


Chinois Asian Bistro ~ Where A Great Wine List is a Major Component of the Draw

Everyone’s got a favorite “haunt.” For me, it’s Chinois Asian Bistro. If you’re traveling in the Healdsburg area of Sonoma County, Windsor is just minutes down the road. This small town doesn’t have the crowds that are becoming associated with Healdsburg, but has every bit of the delightful flavors of wine country.