Bubbles bring me Joy!

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It’s a terrible thing, be able to enjoy sparkling wines whenever I want to.  I personally love bubbles with potato chips, hamburgers, and at the ballpark, but that’s just me.  I’m a firm believe that wine (especailly sparkling wine) is made to celebrate life, and not just life’s special occasions! In celebration of my life […]

Rockaway baby on the hilltop, take 2~

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Here we are, several years later, and the Rockaway blogger scandal of past years is – I hope – a distant memory. The fog has come in, fall is rearing it’s ugly head after a teaser week of Indian Summer, and I wanted a big red wine. The 2007 Rodney Strong Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon is from the […]

I'm Hopping along…

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  To Hopland!  I’ve never actually been to Hopland, and while I”ve had some of the wnies that are produced there, next weekend will be the first time I’e been able to spend time focusing on the area.  The 20th Annual Hopland Passport kicks off Saturday, and runs through Sunday, showcasing 16 wineries, as well as […]

A Lake of wine

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Ahh Lake County.  Home of Indian Casinos and the Konacti Harbor Resort, where you can see the best of 70s and 80s has been bands.  Ok just kidding.  Not really.  But really. Did you know that Lake County is also home to dozens of wineries?  Some of the areas oldest wineries include the Langtree Estate […]

Happy 4th of July!

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Normally, I refrain from posting anything that is particular patriotic, political, or US centric because hey – you never know who is reading my blog these days.  Today however, I feel like I have a lot to celebrate: It’s over 60 degrees in San Francisco and there is no fog on the 4th, which has […]

Crushing it in Dogpatch

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Oh no you say!  Not another “do it yourself” urban winery!  Ok, I’d have to agree – that was my first reaction when I got the press release about Dogpatch Wine Works.  Since Crushpad abandoned their urban winery projects and effectively dumped its consumer based wine program after its move to Napa (and subsequent move […]

Oh those Fetzer boys!

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  Yep, the pioneering family of the Sonoma Coast is at it again, this time with Masut Winery & Vineyards.  Ben & Jake Fetzer grew up on the vineyard, amongst the vines of Mendocino County.  After the family winery was sold in 1992, their father Bobby bought a new property in Redwood Valley and started […]

Are you single?

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Are you looking for adventure?  Want some one on one time with some really great wine? Then look no further!  SingleVineyard.com is a new dating site.   ok well not really.  BUT – it IS almost time for the 2nd Annual Russian River Single Vineyard night!  (And no, it’s NOT just for singles!)  What is […]

Extra extra! Weekend fun in SlowNoma

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Hey check it out! A new and different kind of wine event is hitting the airwaves this weekend in Sonoma Valley. Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2011 Sonoma Valley Reserve will host the newly coined Reserve (which replaced Passport to Sonoma Valley) with a series of themed daytrips that will showcase rare offerings […]

High on a Ridge (again)

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It’s another day on top of the mountain here, and the sun is shining at last.  It’s clear, and we can see San Jose and even a bit of San Francisco in the distance.  It’s time for a visit to Ridge Vineyards in Cupertino! We start our tasting with the  2009 Estate Chardonnay, which is […]

On the table top…

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It’s Thursday, and I”m back in Paso Robles for Hospice du Rhone, the annual extravaganza showcasing the 22 Rhone Varietals from around the world.  Since the first event didn’t kick off until that evening, we had some free time to visit a few favorite wineries – starting with Tablas Creek. Tablas Creek Vineyard was founded […]

I'm drawing a blanc

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Blanc did you say?  Yes Blanc.  As in white.  Wine.  White wine!  I am not the biggest wine wine drinker in general, instead preferring the heartier meat of a red wine, but there are a few white that really rope me in.  Specifically, Greanache Blanc.  I particularly enjoy GB because it is NOT your average […]

Loosey goosey Dusi!

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It’s raining cats and dogs, and we’re driving around in the mud, trying to find Dusi Vineyards.  As it happens, J Dusi Wines is tucked away in the family home in the middle of a vineyard just outside of Paso Robles, and is hidden in the 80 year vines of the vineyard.  This is like […]

Clang clang clang went the…

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Ding, ding, ding went the bell Zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings as we started for Huntington Dell. The iconic sounds of Judy Garland in Meet Me In St. Louis. Ah the images of a red trolly, rambling down the street.  we’re lucky here in San Francisco, we have vintage streetcars from around the world […]

KEEEEEEEEEEEVINNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

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Sorry, I just had to get that one in there.  you remember, when Mom FINALLY realizes that she left the kid at home halfway through Home Alone?  Yeah. So that’s exactly how I feel about this wine.  My friend Kevin Hamel, who makes Hamel Wines and has had a rather illustrious career as a winemaker, […]