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 its cheese and food pairing glory thanks to renown Chef Carl Shelton. Trade hospitality is always so fun and educational but this timeContinue reading “J Vineyards and Winery – Russian River”

Francis Ford Coppola Winery – Sonoma

Built for either the ultimate family experience in wine country or a pool-side cabin trip with your girlfriends, Francis Ford Coppola Winery has more to offer than I even realized. All together the estate boasts a full day’s worth of activities with an endless array of wines – stylistically – to suit anyone’s personal preferences.Continue reading “Francis Ford Coppola Winery – Sonoma”

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars – Stags Leap Dist. AVA

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars can easily be mixed up with Stags’ Leap Winery (the only thing differentiating the two: the apostrophe, and of course the wine).   Stag’s Leap has definitely made its mark on the world, having won the blind-tasting portion of the Cabernet Category at the Judgement of Paris in 1976. This wasContinue reading “Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars – Stags Leap Dist. AVA”

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”

Odette – Stags Leap District AVA

“Odette is a fabled princess… a mistress…a judge…a heroine. Odette is both of antiquity and modernity. You will find her in works of fiction and tales from history. Odette encapsulates our inspiration for this property – femininity, strength and power.” Stolen straight from the website, this to me is so powerful and fitting for soContinue reading “Odette – Stags Leap District AVA”

Bouchaine, Carneros

I mean, judging from my instagram posts I think it’s pretty clear this is a winery that takes the cake. The wine was superior and some of my favorite Chard and Pinot coming from the region. Allllso something interesting, they’re unique in that they offer a Pinot Meunier, a cousin to Pinot Noir and suitableContinue reading “Bouchaine, Carneros”

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”

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”

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 winesContinue reading “Paraduxx – Stags Leap Dist; Best For Blends!”

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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