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”

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”

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 forContinue reading “Cliff Lede – Stags Leap Dist., Napa”

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”

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 theirContinue reading “Artesa, Napa”

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 theContinue reading “Saintsbury, Carneros”

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