Pine Ridge Vineyards – Stags Leap District

Pine Ridge, aptly named because low and behold! It’s nestled along Palisades surrounded by pine trees in the heart of the Stags Leap District. Here is their premier vineyard site with the acquisition of some key vineyards in surrounding AVA’s – Howell Mtn, Oakville, Rutherford and Carneros. All being estate fruit, I’ve learned that the qualityContinue reading “Pine Ridge Vineyards – Stags Leap District”

Truchard, Napa – Carneros AVA

To continue on my journey through Carneros, Truchard is an ideal stop due, really, to its location. Guests be informed, however, this winery is by appointment only and not a leisure/hangout stop. It was more a 1, 2, 3 step walk around the house that happens to lead up to a quick view in theContinue reading “Truchard, Napa – Carneros AVA”

Larson Family Winery, Carneros

A leader in the “Dog & Family Friendly” winery category, Larson Family is the perfect place to spend an afternoon without even having to think about a next stop. After you arrive and settle in it’s so easy to forget about the time and as the hours pass you’ll have an array of experiences youContinue reading “Larson Family Winery, Carneros”

Gloria Ferrer, Carneros AVA

Back to Carneros! We actually arrived at the perfect time for viewers of this blog to see exactly why Carneros is just right for Pinot and Chard. Enter #KarltheFog. Being a San Franciscan we all know Karl, but wino’s forget that he is what makes these grapes maintain their acidity throughout the growing season. ExactlyContinue reading “Gloria Ferrer, Carneros AVA”

Dry Creek Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley

I’m not gonna lie, I used to sell these wines in San Francisco but when I continue to come back to this winery time and time again, even when I don’t have to, you know it must be one of my favorites! Hospitality to boot.   THE AVA Dry Creek Valley AVA (American Viticulture Area)Continue reading “Dry Creek Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley”

Petroni Vineyards, Moon Mountain AVA

Where the Old World meets the New….   The winery known as the “Little Known Secret” lies just east up the mountain from  Sonoma Hwy and marked by an American and Italian flag you can’t miss. Moon Mountain is also a brand spanking new AVA in the heart of Sonoma County. As we pulled upContinue reading “Petroni Vineyards, Moon Mountain AVA”

Amizetta, Conn Valley

    Amizetta comes highly recommended for not just one of the most stunning views of Napa but the Mayacamas and Vacas mountain ranges surrounding you with Lake Hennessey directly to the south. Stunning views, fire pits, elevation and an intimate tasting is what made this visit so special. They also produce one of myContinue reading “Amizetta, Conn Valley”

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 IContinue reading “Aonair, Conn Valley”

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 theContinue reading “Goosecross Cellars, Yountville”

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’sContinue reading “Matanzas Creek, Bennett Valley”

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