Return Visit to Lancaster Estate

We visited Lancaster Estate a year ago and had an exceptional tasting in their cave. Returning a few weeks ago we reserved an outdoor tasting and lucked into perfect weather and the perfect host. Lancaster is on Chalk Hill Road in Alexander Valley. The drive up Chalk Hill Road from Windsor is gorgeous but you can also drive in from Geyserville which is just as … Continue reading Return Visit to Lancaster Estate

Paso Wines in Healdsburg

Tucked away in Bacchus Landing is a unique tasting room –13th & Third. This boutique winery produces their Rhone style wines in Paso Robles but their tasting room is here in Healdsburg. Gregg Rothenberg and wife Julie are the passion behind the wine. They’re New Yorkers who met on 13th & Third in the city, married, and made the move to California to follow their … Continue reading Paso Wines in Healdsburg

On Dry Creek Road…….

In 2015 Comstock Wines opened its doors on a 17 acre site along Dry Creek Road. Kelly Comstock Ferris is the General Manager and Chris Russi the winemaker. Together they have created a wonderful array of experiences with great wines. The tasting room is expansive offering both indoor and outdoor tastings. There is a bocce court for those who require more than wine and a … Continue reading On Dry Creek Road…….

Tasting at Arista

Just about halfway between the town of Healdsburg and the Hacienda Bridge in Forestville is Arista Winery. 36 acres in what is known as the Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley. Here they focus on making exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from their estate grapes and from a handful of the areas finest growers. The McWilliams family and winemaker Matt Courtney are responsible … Continue reading Tasting at Arista

Armida

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

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

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

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!

Two favorite wineries…..

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: info@untivineyards.com 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…..