J Vineyards and Winery – Russian River

Although I used to sell J Vineyard wines and have done a couple different tastings and tours here, this by far was the most special - a true guest experience in all it's cheese and food pairing glory thanks to renown Chef Carl Shelton. Trade hospitality is always so fun and educational but this time... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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. Exactly... Continue Reading →

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 my... Continue Reading →

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 →

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