Sonoma Begins With Keller Estate

For more than 20 years, on my way to visit family members in Petaluma and points west, I’ve seen the Keller Estate sign on Lakeville Highway. And for years my impression of the winery, based on nothing more than the look of the sign and its location in the flatlands north of the San Pablo […]

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Truchard Vineyards Are Not To Be Missed

For years I’ve been driving through Los Carneros – that rolling strip of vineyards and farms hugging the bottom of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys – without really understanding what it was I was looking at. Then I spent an afternoon at Truchard Vineyards. Now I get it. Want to learn more? Check out the rest of my review for the American […]

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Jordan Vineyard And Winery — Take Another Look

Here’s another take on my recent visit to Jordan Vineyard and Winery, just outside of Healdsburg in the heart of Sonoma County. I can’t believe it took me so many years to visit this magical, hidden treasure. Don’t make the same mistake. If you’ve not been, plan to get there soon. If you’ve been there […]

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So Few Places Like Jordan

If you set out to visit Jordan Vineyard and Winery expecting it to be like some of the other wineries you’ve been to, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Jordan doesn’t have many of the same things that most wineries offer. Jordan doesn’t have crowds. They don’t have guests two and three deep at a […]

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Let’s Go Shopping — Back To The Bargain Aisle

In the coming months I’ll again be beating the drum of “try something new!” Remember, one of the nice things about making attempts to climb out of your wine rut is that you don’t have to go broke doing so. A recent listing in one of my favorite wine mags proves this point convincingly. What […]

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Burgundy — C’est Tres Beaune!

A few days after our visits to wineries in the Côte de Nuits, my wife and I met up with Stephen Liney, a veteran of the Burgundy wine scene, for another round of meeting winemakers, tasting their wares, and learning as much I could about the Côte de Beaune in eight hours. Our scurrying around […]

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Burgundy — Beginning To Understand

Burgundy is one of the most important wine regions on the planet, with many of the world’s finest pinot noir and chardonnay wines calling the Côte d’Or home. It’s also one of the most complex and difficult to understand. For someone studying wine, who happens to have a wife who loves pinot noir, a visit […]

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Let The Good Times Roll…When Possible

 I just got back from several days in New Orleans for a family wedding and there is little doubt that the Big Easy makes its alcohol money on beer and booze. Wine is definitely a third place drink in that town. With that being said, if you look in the right places, there are plenty of […]

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Thirty Wines For $10 Or Less

Back in June, Wine & Spirits magazine did a big favor for bargain shoppers everywhere with its “Top 100 Values of the Year” edition. Most interesting for the hard-core coupon clippers were those selections at $10 and under. With the holidays in full swing, and the need for potent potables looking like a run-away train, […]

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Wine Education — There’s Work To Be Done

A café in Paris. Four American women fresh from a day of touring, eager for a well-deserved glass of wine, peruse the carte du vin. “There are quite a few wines here I’ve never even heard of.” “Well, there are a couple of merlots.” “Yes, but I don’t think merlot means the same here as […]

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