Sonoma Underground……..

This past weekend we attended the first ever “Sonoma Underground” event held at Longboard Winery in downtown Healdsburg.  Elizabeth Schneider and Laura Perret Fontana created Underground to” help family-owned, unique producers thrive.” The event showcased 15 small, independent wineries. Owners, winemakers and their families were there to pour.   Some of the standouts as determined by our group of seven were…. Nalle’s  2015 Hopkin’s Ranch … Continue reading Sonoma Underground……..

Events in the Wine Country……..

We’re on our way to Truett-Hurst’s New Release Party. There is an endless schedule of wine events this time of year.  Picking and choosing is tough! Truett-Hurst is in the Dry Creek Valley and has a great property along the creek for picnics and gatherings. This release party featured Got Ball’s meatball sliders and some amazing chocolate brownies! The brownie was the perfect accompaniment to a … Continue reading Events in the Wine Country……..

Westward Ho!

The next adventure in our lives begins…….. Knowing our latest renovation project is in the hands of great owners……… We’re off on a 3,000+ mile cross country trip with a destination of Healdsburg, California. We packed in the dog and the wine and headed out. In the Panhandle of Florida – This is pretty darn amazing!  It goes on and on! The Old Spanish Trail in … Continue reading Westward Ho!

Visiting the relatives………

  We were headed to a wedding in Orangeburg, SC and a side trip to Charleston.  On our way we veered over to Brunswick Georgia and St. Simons Island to visit our newly discovered relatives.  They’re a quiet bunch for sure – and old! – going back five generations! We found a terrific lunch place in Brunswick serving the best fried green tomato sandwich I’d … Continue reading Visiting the relatives………

Returning to the Anderson Valley……..

  The weather is not perfect in January for exploring the Anderson Valley..  Could be nice. Could be rainy.  Could be snowing.   We got the rain and a hit of snow this visit however, in any weather, this valley is gorgeous. We drove from the Sierra Foothills to the Anderson Valley.  There is a route between the two around Clear Lake.  We opted for the quicker … Continue reading Returning to the Anderson Valley……..

In the Sierra Foothills…….

We  decided this winter to try another region in California’s vast wine country, Amador County.  This area is probably better known for its historic gold mines but from what we experienced it is well on its way to additionally becoming known for its wine production. We flew into San Francisco and drove to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.  On another visit I would fly into Sacramento (45 miles … Continue reading In the Sierra Foothills…….

2016 Thanksgiving selections…….

  Friends and family celebrated Thanksgiving in Asheville, North Carolina this year.  It was a chance to check out a city that is attracting a lot of attention, feel a brief cold spell and to hike through falling leaves. I have to say the restaurants we tried were fantastic. Cúrate, Rubarb and The Marketplace are not to be missed.  From the cocktails to the desserts, they offered very creative … Continue reading 2016 Thanksgiving selections…….

A Grape Grower’s Party………..

In 1976 the California white and red wines defeated the French in the famous Paris Tasting. It was a momentous day!  The white wine that bested the famous French Burgundies was a 1973 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay.  40% of the grapes that created that award winning wine came from Charles and Helen Bacigalupi’s vineyard. Bacigalupi Vineyard is now 125 acres and managed by John Bacigalupi.  They grow grapes for outstanding wineries including … Continue reading A Grape Grower’s Party………..

Healdsburg Adventures…….

This trip we visited a large array of tasting rooms.  Each and every one had developed a unique identity to help you remember them – farmstead, barrel tasting, wine cave, solar energy, organic farming, chocolate peanut butter cups with sea salt, refillable jug wine, retail store, creekside gardens, history, wacky antiques, and more. There have always been destination wineries that have included a restaurant, picnic areas, a retail component or some … Continue reading Healdsburg Adventures…….