Aonair, Conn Valley

Since you're ALL probably asking the same question, it's pronounced ā-ō-nair. Gaelic for one man, it reflects the hands-on nature of winemaking and the cohesive nature of one man's vision, the vision of Grant Long Jr. When I knew I was headed in this direction and going to be legitimately in the mountains of Napa I... Continue Reading →

Paraduxx – Stags Leap Dist; Best For Blends!

  Kim and I were treated so well at Paraduxx. It is, just as you may have guessed, an extension of the Duckhorn family of wines (Duckhorn, Migration, Decoy, Goldeneye and Canvasback). I chose this as a nice stop up the Silverado Trail a few minutes up from Cliff Lede and Goosecross and their wines... Continue Reading →

Cliff Lede – Stags Leap Dist., Napa

  Where Rock and Roll meets wine country. It turns out that Cliff Lede is so much more than just Cliff Lede the winery. I've seen these wines in the market but something I never realized was everything else that is part of the brand and something one wouldn't typically grasp until they show up for... Continue Reading →

Goosecross Cellars, Yountville

Goosecross was THE perfect stop from the 29 as we made our way over to the Silverado Trail from downtown Yountville, the home of Thomas Keller's French Laundry, and literally the heart of the Napa Valley. The trail is loaded with some of the best wineries and a beautiful drive right the base of the... Continue Reading →

Matanzas Creek, Bennett Valley

I found myself at this winery when I was leaving downtown Santa Rosa, not far from the 101 but still a windy little adventure. You'll be led to a magical place surrounded by mountain peaks on all sides, this enchanting feeling you're entering a storybook setting. Bennett Valley is one of the most romantic AVA's... Continue Reading →

Artesa, Napa

Artesa is a great stop, again as you're heading north into wine country. A solid good day and a day I do often is a big brunch at Boonfly Cafe (order the BLTE, to DIE for), Domaine Carneros, Saintsbury and Artesa. They're all in close enough proximity to require less drive time and each have their... Continue Reading →

Saintsbury, Carneros

I can't even begin to say how grateful I am for the experience I stumbled upon at Saintsbury. So unique because I got to meet cellar master, Jaime and his cellar hand Martin while topping off barrels of the 2017 vintage where they let me taste through them ALL (should've taken a cab). From these barrels the... Continue Reading →

Domaine Carneros, Sonoma – Sparkling

LOVE it here! ‘nuf said; However, there’s a right way to do this one.   After working in the industry for so long and never finding myself in need of purchasing wine, I finally gave in and joined their Chateau Society wine club. Not only do they have 4 tiers to choose from (so you... Continue Reading →

Viansa, Sonoma

Viansa will be short and sweet since it's not my personal favorite, although, it has all your typical wine country offerings: nick nacks, a long drive way, views, a yard with some vines and of course, a fountain (see below). I'm just not a huge fan of the sterile-feeling tasting room and boxes all over... Continue Reading →

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