You can’t visit a winery much older in Dry Creek than A. Rafanelli. Four generations have worked the land growing grapes and making wine here. Alberto and Letizia Rafanelli began planting and farming in the early 1900’s and today David Rafanelli and his daughter Shelly continue the farming and the production of truly excellent wine. The tasting room is as traditional as they get. Just … Continue reading Wine and a Story…..
Saying goodbye to Sarasota and to our newly built / renovated cottage was huge! The process was daunting having just unpacked our belongings and filled the wine room less than 8 months ago. Aside from the normal packing…….It was necessary to sell off a major amount of the wine inventory, pack and ship some ahead, and arrange for a small amount to travel with us. A … Continue reading Leaving home……….
Saturday morning we stopped in to see theWinetoBuy.com’s new store located on Gulf Gate Drive. Wow! The storefront sign gives the shop a great presence on the shopping strip. The space is definitely larger than the former store on Stickney Point Road. It includes a temperature controlled wine room and a spacious granite counter area for future wine tastings. They are still busy unpacking and … Continue reading Saturday morning wine purchase…….
Jump on this wine if you can find it! We shared a bottle of LeMacchiole last night with dinner. The wine was paired with an entree of chicken and orzo prepared with with leeks, tomatoes and calamata olives which was delicious but it could have been paired with anything it was that lovely. It is a perfectly luscious wine! I was sad to learn from … Continue reading Smooth and remarkable………..
Good friends of ours had a wonderful adventure this summer leasing a small motor home to travel through Washington and Oregon with their young son. John shared some winery recommendations for their trip and Robert was kind enough to report back on their adventures in the northwest wine country. Parker inspecting the grapes at Sokol Blosser “Your recommendations for visiting wineries were spot-on. From your … Continue reading Summer travels…….