There is a new complex in Healdsburg off Westside Road that is quietly opening this summer called Bacchus Landing. We stopped in last week to have a look. There isn’t much signage in or around the facility to direct you but there are in fact a few businesses open and happy to see visitors. In the huge and empty courtyard of Bacchus Landing we met … Continue reading New in Healdsburg
Armida Winery has one of my favorite Sonoma views. It’s set on a hillside off Westside Road just south of Healdsburg. Their view is across the vineyards of the Dry Creek Valley, past “J” and Rodney Strong Vineyards to Chalk Hill, Fountaingrove, and in the far distance, Mt. St Helena. It’s gorgeous and the perfect spot to relax, open a bottle of their wine and … Continue reading Armida
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
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
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!
UPDATE – February 2019 – From Unti Vineyards Winter Release Party Date: Sat, Feb 9, 2019 Time 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Venue: At the winery: 4202 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448 Phone: (707) 433-5590 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org There is no charge and no RSVP required. Having the opportunity to taste their new releases is most definitely an event to make! See you there, Debbe … Continue reading Two favorite wineries…..
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…….
Summer vacation – Yes!! It was kind of a ying and yang trip. We spent a week or so on California’s northern Pacific Coast at a favorite place of ours – Sea Ranch and a second week inland around Healdsburg. Both are in Sonoma County but as different as night and day. Sea Ranch is a visual sensation of seascape views when the fog holds off, and … Continue reading The Two Sides of Sonoma……..