Sensational View

In the Dry Creek Valley just below Lake Sonoma sits Cast Wines. It’s perched on a hillside with views for what seems like miles across the valley, beyond Bella Vineyard. We were there pre-Covid for Passport To Dry Creek not long after the winery had opened. They’ve expanded extensively since then. Their wine making facility is on site along with an interesting array of venues … Continue reading Sensational View

Patz & Hall

Just east of downtown Sonoma along 8th Street you’ll find Patz & Hall. It’s a stunning facility with a tasting bar and indoor and outdoor casual seating. Single-vineyard, limited-production Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines are what Patz & Hall are all about. They have established exceptional relationships with some of the best growers throughout the region and the Central Coast enabling them to create some … Continue reading Patz & Hall

Dinner at Skipstone

We had the pleasure of being invited to a private dinner at the Skiptone Estate just outside of Geyserville. Patricia Smith was our host and met us with a pouring of Skipstone’s Rose de Constance Champagne. It’s produced in conjunction with Diebolt-Vallois and named after Skipstone’s owner’s wife. We had never been to Skipstone so this was a treat! A long private lane brings you … Continue reading Dinner at Skipstone

Flowers

Joan and Walt Flowers made two trips each year to California to purchase seeds for their nursery in my home turf of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Those trips gave them more access to California wines, and most certainly fueled their growing passion for them. That passion got the best of them and they purchased land along the Pacific Coast on Camp Meeting Ridge thus beginning Flowers … Continue reading Flowers