Chalk Hill

It’s a gorgeous view from Chalk Hill Estate Vineyard’s tasting room. We were there on a beautiful warm Sunday in September and took advantage of the outdoor seating. The winery is quite a popular destination for tastings so be sure to call for an appointment. They offer different tasting levels, food pairings and an estate tour. We tried a number of their wines and two … Continue reading Chalk Hill

Radio-Coteau

An invitation for a wine tasting set up by our friend Christopher is never to be turned down. He has a knack for arranging tastings at some of the most unique and sought after wineries. Radio-Coteau does not have a formal tasting room and tasting requires an appointment. It’s a small, 4800 case production, bio-diverse winery stewarded by owner and winemaker Eric Sussman. Radio-Coteau owns … Continue reading Radio-Coteau

Congratulations to Peter Seghesio!

97 Points! The Wine Spectator announced the PEARL as the HIGHEST RATED ZIN EVER! After the sale of Seghesio Winery in 2011 Peter Seghesio and family have truly been busy. While a non-compete agreement kept him from producing Zinfandel wine, they began production of Chardonnay under the Journeyman label in 2013. It rated 93 points. It has become a favorite of ours. After the non-compete … Continue reading Congratulations to Peter Seghesio!

Our start in Healdsburg……..

There is no shortage of wine here!  For those of us who totally enjoy the hunt for, and discovery of, wonderful wines, Sonoma County is one of the greatest places to land! Sometimes it seems like candy land ……………… The experience visiting a winery is special, relaxing and almost always unique.    Visiting the Bottle Barn is more like a run to Total Wine only on … Continue reading Our start in Healdsburg……..

A Time to Help………..

Photo credit -SFGATE   The residents of Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino Counties want you to know they are open for business.  The fires were devastating. The lives of 42, over 6,000 homes and nearly 50 commercial buildings were lost. All businesses have taken a huge financial hit.  So, how can you help?………Their message for you is simple. “Come,” … “Sonoma needs you.”  says winemaker Sara … Continue reading A Time to Help………..

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……..

Checking out Trader Joe’s Wine Shelves….

Our daughter asked for some suggestions on wines to purchase at Trader Joe’s so on a recent trip to stock up on some of their food goodies we took a look at their wine selection. I was surprised to see a number of the wines on the shelves priced higher than what we normally pay.  I was not surprised to see many unfamiliar bottles at rock … Continue reading Checking out Trader Joe’s Wine Shelves….

The Inside Story Behind a Wine List’s Creation……..

This article appeared in the weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal and I found it to be an excellent read. By LETTIE TEAGUE Nov. 19, 2015 12:35 p.m. ET PHOTOS: ANA NANCE FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Putting together a restaurant wine list requires more than a few famous names and popular grapes, as Lettie Teague discovered when she followed the opening of New … Continue reading The Inside Story Behind a Wine List’s Creation……..

101 Best Wineries in America for 2015

The Daily Meal – Alll Things Food and Drink website has an article not to be missed on 101 Best Wineries in America for 2015.  Some of our favorites are front and center on the list – Peay, The Scholium Project, Grammercy, Evening Land, Saxum, and Ridge.   The list and the article are definitely worth a read.   Peay Vineyard What is interesting is the increasing … Continue reading 101 Best Wineries in America for 2015