Wine tickets to a wine safari!

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a bit, you know that I love to support local charities, especially by #drinkingforcharity.  Today, I would like to tell you about Vineyards to Village, who is dedicated to supporting clean water for schools in Kenya. Every year, they host a Wine Safari, where you can drink fabulous Sonoma – read full article –

Zinning in to 2013 – **WINNERS ANNOUNCED**

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Happy New Year!  How the heck is it the second week of 2013 already?  Wowzah. But here were are, smack dab in the middle of a chilly winter in San Francisco; what better time to celebrate America’s Heritage Grape than a cold winter night?  Celebrating 22 years of Zinfandel, this year’s event will be just – read full article –

Dark & Delicious, mysterious, Petite Sirah

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  Long the source of confusion, Petite Sirah is such a misunderstood grape.  Dark and brooking, dark and delicious.  Yum is what I say! The love child of Peloursin, a very old, and pretty much dead French varietal, and Syrah, that charming, eclectic Rhône grape, Durif became known as Petite Sirah because of it’s boyish good – read full article –

A long winter's night…**ZAP WINNERS ANNONCED**

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It’s that time of year again, where you curl up in front of your fake Amish fire (no wood burning here please, it’s Spare the Air!), open a big juicy zin, a good book, and your new furry slippers.  It’s cold here these days, and the damp chill of the morning fog makes it feel more like – read full article –

Who needs Woodstock, we got Rootstock! **GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

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Who needs Burning Man or Woodstock!  We have Rootstock!  Rootstock is a festival of food, wine, an music that brings together people of all kinds in an urban winery coop in Santa Rosa. This year, Chef Bob Blumer will host the TasteLive broadcast, pairing wines with foods created from his new book “Glutton for Pleasure”. – read full article –

Are you a Rhonely heart?

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And the winner is: Congratulations to Valerie, the WineDog and Helene! If for any reason you cannot go, the runner up is Beau and Brandye. These results were randomly generated by Random.org. ps if you didn’t win here, please check out: There’s a Name for My Condition: Rhone Ranger OR The Rhone Rangers Ride Again!   – read full article –

Pinot – how do I love thee, let me count the ways!

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It’s Valentine’s Day today, and that means, roses, chocolate, and – yes!  Pinot Noir!  What better way to say I love you than to share the heartbreak grape with your sweetie. Personally, Pinot Noir is the wine that excites me the most, because of its mystery, and allure.  There are so many different styles and flavors in a – read full article –

Through the wine glass…and other tales of wine tasting

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There is often a lot of discussion controversy about the use of specific wine glasses in wine tasting; does a wine glass make a difference in how a wine tastes?  Does size really matter?  Or in this case, does SHAPE matter more?  Personally, I think that size and shape are critical for discovering the nuances – read full article –

Ciao Italia!

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Have you been to Italy?  Are you longing to go?  Are you dreaming of going?  I must say, my trip in 2007 was amazing, and I would love to go back and spend some more time there.  That said, an ex-pat named Megan owns this gorgeous property in the Piemonte region. In an effort to – read full article –

The Road to WBC!

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So, as you know, we here at the WBC Scholarship are all about getting a diverse group of bloggers together in Walla Walla to have some great wine, learn a few things, and have a great time.  As you may have read, before & after the official conference, there are excursions to the Yakima Valley – read full article –

A wine-full month!

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It’s January, and for me, that means a busy wine month.  First, Winter Wineland is next weekend – January 16-17.  At Winter Wineland, over 100 wineries in Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valley throw open their doors and show their best wines and nibbles. There are some wonderful themes at wineries, including my personal – read full article –

Contests contests contests!

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So here I was, minding my own business, when two very attractive emails came my way regarding contests which promote specific wine regions by attractive prizes like trips.  I don’t often post contests, but these two were things I actually entered myself, so against my better judgement, I’m going to share them with you! The – read full article –

Friday Follies

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No, I’m not offering to put you up for the weekend, but my friends at Bottlenotes are giving away a pretty awesome trip to the good life.  If you win, Bottlenotes’ founder and Chief Wineaux, Alyssa Rapp, will meet you and three friends in Napa to sample some of the best of the valley for – read full article –