East of Sacramento in the foothills of the Sierra Mountain Range is gold country. In the 1840s the precious metal was discovered there. The area quickly prospered through the gold rush. At the same time vineyards were planted and wine was produced. The gold ran dry before the end of the century but the Zinfandel vines have endured. This is a terrific, scenic part of … Continue reading Gold Country!
August 2020 – A Paravel UPDATE – We had the pleasure of having Jon Jones join us for a birthday dinner celebration in Santa Rosa. Jon brought his wines to pair and share making the dinner and the evening one exceptional event. Jon poured his 2019 Mendocino Poor Ranch VYD Old Vine Zinfandel Rosé while he told us the fantastic story of how he discovered … Continue reading “Music to your Mouth”
Our 3rd day begins at Mauritson in the Dry Creek region of Sonoma’s Wine Country. The tasting room and wine making facility share the same solar-powered, state of the art building on Dry Creek Road between Healdsburg and the Dry Creek Store. Clay Mauritson and Emma Hall are the wizard winemakers who utilize the grapes from the vineyards the Mauritson family has farmed for six … Continue reading Covid 19 Wine Trip! Day 3
Wine is important and so is starting the day off with an amazing breakfast. Sonoma has some of the best bacon and you should not miss it. I mean sensational bacon. Black Pig Meat Company, started by Chef Duskie Estes and husband John Stewart (Zazu Kitchen + Farm fame), offers up this winning fare. You can order a package of their bacon and while you’re … Continue reading Covid 19 Wine Trip! Day 2
Covid 19 stepped in and blew your plans for a Spring trip to Sonoma’s Wine Country. That is most unfortunate for you and for the wineries, restaurants, hotels and businesses in Sonoma County. To help at our end, we have created an alternative way to enjoy 3 days in the wine country. You avoid the air travel / hotel / restaurant expenses, and experience some … Continue reading Covid 19 Wine Trip! Day 1
We recently relocated in Sonoma County, twice actually, in a span of 5 months and took time off to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. I’m wayyyy behind in posts!!! We did not stop venturing out though and we have some incredible wine tastings experiences and travels to report on. The computers are unpacked and we are set to go in a fantastic new … Continue reading Late to Post!
Sonoma has a very special farm among the vineyards called Charlie’s Acres. It’s a forever home for rescued farm animals and a temporary refuge for animals displaced in the fires in California. A few weeks ago Michelle Rulmont of La Belle Vie Tours arranged a tour/wine tasting at Charlie’s Acres for wine industry personnel. Michelle has had visitors requesting a vegan wine experience and recently … Continue reading Charlie’s Acres
We took a little trip over to Napa for a first time visit to Anderson Conn Valley Vineyards. Our visit was during a region wide power shutoff so our tasting was held on their lawn rather than in their very dark wine cave. Harvest was well underway and we were the only visitors early that day. Our host, Tom started us off with Rosé and … Continue reading Anderson Conn Valley
In 2002 American animator, John Lasseter and wife Nancy purchased a 1894 winery property just outside Glen Ellen, California. Its now a 95 acre ranch / estate and includes acres of vineyards, the winery, wine production facility, tasting room, extensive gardens and a private residence. I imagine with John Lasseter’s background the winery is yet another venue for him to have great fun with. It … Continue reading Lasseter
Glen Lyon is 26 unbelievably picturesque acres tucked away in the hills outside the village of Glen Ellen. The winery, acres of grapevines and residences share the property. It’s truly a small family run winery that is creating a wonderful variety of fruit forward wines, bottled in some very nontraditional, creatively designed, eye catching formats. Glenlyon wines are not distributed. They produce around 1000 cases … Continue reading From Hollywood to….