Holman Ranch: A step back in time

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      Holman Ranch was established in 1928, well before the rush of wineries started to populate the rural and bucolic Carmel Valley.  When one thinks of Carmel Valley, you might well think Carmel (by-the-Sea), but in teh short 10 miles up the narrow valley, Carmel by the Sea dissolves away in to Carmel […]

Live Blogging: J Vineyards PInot Gris

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J Vineyards is a women owned and operated winery in the Russian River area of Sonoma, specializing in sparkling wine but also Pinot Gris and Pinot noir. The 2013 Gris is stainless steel fermented, with no malo, and is sourced from all over the state of California.  Retailing for $14, this is a wonderful example […]

Seven of Hearts she stole my taste buds!

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I don’t know about you, but those of us who live in the Bay Area understand this peculiar thing called Indian Summer.  It was the last day of September and finally, it’s got hot!  This called for some delicious white wine.  (Mind you it’s been raining, hailing and freezing for the last week, now that it’s November but…) So […]

Youngberg Hill Winery

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Driving up to the inn & winery, past the rolling hills south of McMinnville, through the farmlands, you feel like you are on top of the world.  Turning in to the driveway of the winery, and you realize why the current owners, Wayne Bailey and family choose to purchase this particular spot. in 2003, the […]

Anderson Family Vineyards – Oregon wines of distinction

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Before the mayhem of the Wine Bloggers Conference began earlier this month, I took some extra time to explore the different AVAs of the Willamette Valley in Oregon, known for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.  One winery that came up in conversation over and over again was Anderson Family Vineyards.  Recommended by several friends, I […]

Oregon's OTHER pinot!

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We’ve had a bit of a false spring here in the Bay Area.  Well, until recently that is.  Brr!  Today it’s dark and rainy, and this week has been chilly.  But, when the weather heats up, or it’s just warm enough to enjoy something other than a red wine, I reach for white wines with […]

Speed tasting 10: Pinot gris agrees with me!

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Jefferson Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris sells for $19 is made about 70% stainless, and produces a lovely wine that smacks of pears.  A litle Riesling is blending in there as well and just a touch of secondary gives it a touch of fizz.  There is also a smattering of Viognier for fun. I  love pinot […]

Gris, Grigio, Good Grief!

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So Summer hasn’t quite arrived here in San Francisco, but I decided that I needed a little white wine.  I know I know, you’re thinking “Bratty!  What have you done!”  Those of you who have followed my antics over the years probably realize that I have an abnormal appreciation (er obsession with all things pinot […]

G is for Pinot Blanc!

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Graff Family 2007, from the Chalone appelation to be precise. Graff Familiy is from Sonoma, but these grape hail from teh Chalone region in Monterey County.  The Chalone AVA has some of the oldest producing vines in California wine country, and is composed of limestone, granite and clay.  The wide diurnal temperature swings are great for Chardonnay and other white wines […]