Passport to the best of Dry Creek Valley

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It’s that time of year again – warm sunny days, cool rose, and wine events galore.  One of the best events in Dry Creek is Passport, which takes place April 26-27 in Dry Creek Valley, part of the Sonoma County region. This year, the region celebrates 25 years of Passport to Dry Creek, where 50 – read full article –

Cabernet all day!

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Do you love Cabernet Sauvignon?  Are you curious about the different regional characteristics in the Napa Vallley that create dynamic, bold, and different wines? Check out CabFestNV, from Feburary 28 through March 2nd in various venues in Napa.  This  inaugural three-day celebration of the king of Napa Valley wine varietals will featuring more than 100 of the biggest – read full article –

Be a Zinner in 2014!

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Here were are, in another new year, looking forward to what is to come.  Every new year brings changes, lessons learned, and reminders of years past.  In the case of the annual Zinfandel Festival, 2014 brings a change in format, as well as venue.  Exciting things to come! The 2014 Zinfandel Experience occurs January 23-25th at the Presidio, instead of – read full article –

Battle of the best: Cocktail Wars

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Are you over turkey and cranberry sauce?  Done with wine pairings?  Well, Dishcrawl is at it again!  Bringing cocktail deliciosuness everywhere!  This season, they are launching Cocktail Wars, where North American mixologists from all over the country compete for the best, most creative, most delicious cocktails in 11 cities. Here in the Bay Area, the – read full article –

Battledish: 2013

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Have you heard of Dishcrawl?  It’s a craze that’s sweeping the nation, where like-minded foodies get together on a themed “dish” crawl.  Much like the traditionally bar crawl, each Dishcrawl stops at several locations; typically themed around a food or a neighborhood, it’s an amazingly fun way to meet new people, discover new restaurants, and – read full article –

Happenings!

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Wow!  July is over, and August is coming.  Here in San Francisco, the fog has been thicker this year than it has in many summers past, which makes me both want to escape, and drink really great red wine.  Luckily, there are several events coming up in August that will allow you to do that! – read full article –

It’s a Carnival of taste! Craft Spirits Carnival

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It’s hard to believe that next weekend is Memorial Day.  Where did the spring go?  Summer is rapidly approaching, and with that, some great summer cocktails! Be sure to catch all the action at the Craft Spirits Carnival in San Francisco on June 15th & 16th.  This unique event combines the showcase of an old – read full article –

Get your passports ready!

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It’s that time of year again!  The are APril showers, which means…bud break, wildflowers, and Passport! It’s been 23 years of Passport to Dry Creek Valley.  Way back in  1990, the Winegrowers of DCV started this event to bring people together at a time of year when we can celebrate the vineyards, the families, the – read full article –

It's Dark, it's delicious, it's divine!

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As I write this letter, Send my love to you, Remember that I’ll always, Be in love with you… In the words of the immortal McCartney and Lennon, yes- Petite Sirah – I DO love you! The 7th Annual celebration of Petite Sirah, Dark & Delicious, will be held at Rockwall Winery in Alameda on – read full article –

Where can wine take YOU?

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I’m sitting here in the lobby of the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, at the 2nd annual Wine Tourism Conference, in Santa Rosa, with fond memories of the Wine Bloggers Conferences of 2008 and 2009. The buzz is certainly different, with industry reps. tour operators, writers, and print media outlets, but the buss is here. – read full article –

A Farmers Market for wine!

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Here we are, jumping in to the holiday season with a bang.  Twice a year, the San Francisco Vintner’s Market, allows you to wander around the halls of Fort Mason, taste delicious wines, and carry them home with you. On November 17-18, Harvest Hoopla will commence in San Francisco, where you can try it and – read full article –

Carnival of Spirits

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Fall is here! Reluctantly crouched at the starting line. To borrow a line from CAKE, I am reluctantly embracing Fall.  Somehow summer passed us by and didn’t even wave hello. But here we are, at the end of September.  Luckily, I have a few events to keep me busy and distracted from the cold, foggy – read full article –

California Wine Month at the Ferry Plaza

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It’s almost time for another great event here in San Francisco!  On September 22nd, raise a glass to California Wine Month at the Ferry Plaza in San Francisco. Cities across the state are popping corks to celebrate California Wine Month, an annual tradition.  September is an ideal time to visit wine country, with harvest under way. – read full article –

Inman Family Winery turns ten!

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I have been fortunate enough to know Inman Fammily Wines, and by extension winemaker Kathleen Inman, and her husband Simon, for several years now.  Growing from a small industrial warehouse near the Santa Rosa, CA airport, to the current winery on Olivet Lane, Inman focuses on Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay grown from the – read full article –