Our Top 3 Holiday Wineries in Sonoma County

Planning on spending your holidays in the vineyards?  Us too!  Here are our top 3 choices in the Sonoma County: 1.  Korbel Champagne Cellars – rich with local history, beautifully decorated every holiday season, a wide array of wines only available at the winery, a choose-your-own-adventure-style tasting format,…

National Zinfandel Day

Here are some good ‘ol Zinfandel facts for a bit of conversation over the turkey (and wine) tomorrow afternoon/evening: Zinfandel is considered California’s heritage grape, there are some vines in Sonoma and Amador County that are 100+ years old, and still bearing fruit. A well made Zinfandel can…

Malbec

If you didn’t know better, it would seem in the last decade a new varietal wine had been magically invented or finally discovered.  During the last American recession, a new standard for structured reds just magically appeared in the marketplace hailing from Argentina, and its name?  Malbec. The…

Haunted Wineries

As we move into the darker, colder days of fall, the leaves start falling from the trees, and the last of the grapes have long been harvested. We begin to think about Halloween, and what better way to get into the spirit of the season than to pour…

Riedel Stemware Tasting Seminar Recap

At the end of last month, our whole staff had the pleasure of attending the Riedel tasting seminar at Dutton-Goldfield Winery in Sebastopol, CA.  We enjoyed their Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah out of proper and improper stemware (complete with Lindt chocolates for pairing – more on…

CA Wine: The Earliest Days

California is well-known globally for their wines.  A long, rich history is the backbone of the operation.  Although much of the global stance got it’s footing post-prohibition, European immigrants long before modern winemakers saw gold in the soils and climate of modern-day CA. Although the official birthdate of…

Our Top 3 Hidden Gems in the CA Wine Country!

When planning a trip to the wine country, you’re sure to get tons of recommendations on which wineries to visit—everyone has a favorite they want to share!  While winery tours and tastings are certainly the main event, we want you to know about a few hidden gems that…