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New Year’s Eve 2014: A Time for Raclette!

New Year's Eve: a time for celebration and reflection. Did we accomplish everything we set out to this year? Did we mend the broken fences in our relationships? Did we set the bar a little (or [...]

Livermore Valley Wine Enters The Spotlight

When you ask San Francisco Bay Area residents about Livermore, you’ll get two responses frequently: it’s hot and there are windmills. Except in Livermore those famous windmills are really the Altamont Pass Wind Farm. Although somewhat [...]

Bridlewood Estate Winery, Paso Robles, CA

BRIDLEWOOD ESTATE WINERYPaso Robles, California the town of Monterey in northern Central Coast AVASanta Barbara in November is a place of magic; where long beaches kiss the ocean under blankets of undulating sheep's-wool-fog and dew hangs [...]

Haywire “Lunar New Year” Wines

The challenge with many people in the wine business is that they start treating wine as art and forgetting that it is a business. In and of itself there’s nothing wrong with viewing wine as art but [...]

Visiting & Tasting Anderson Valley, Part II: The Wines

While there are memorable sparklers and Alsace varietal bottlings, Anderson Valley is Pinot Noir territory. The typical Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is more savory and tightly wound, rather than fruity and grand like Oregon or distinctly [...]

Visiting & Tasting Anderson Valley, Part I: The Story

The Anderson Valley is its own world really, self-sustaining, and heavily agricultural. Only recently have the apples been displaced by wine grapes as the prominent crop, making this region home to some of the most coveted [...]

Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part III: The Wines

Continuing with our Visiting and Tasting Paso Robles story, Part I: The Story and Part II: The Wineries. Saxum Vineyards Nothing symbolizes the poise and power of Paso Robles like Saxum’s 2009 Bone Rock Syrah. It’s [...]

Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part II: The Wineries

Continuing with Part II of our Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles series, The Wineries: Outside of Saxum and Tablas Creek, few Paso Robles’ wineries will be commonly known among wine circles. It’s still a region of [...]

Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part I: The Story

Upon hearing Saxum Vineyards would be my next and concluding stop of the day in Paso Robles, my host at the preceding winery, who had lived in the area for their entire life, echoed the same [...]

Simply Sensational Summerhill Sparkling Blanc de Noirs

Champagne: beverage of the ultra-elite, the glittering nectar that deities of real estate and rap music use to wash away their troubles. Most highly regarded region for the production of said effervescent treat. For now. [...]