Category: California

A Fresh New Trio of Pinot Noir

BÖEN offers three unique Pinot Noir selections that take your palate on a journey along the Pacific Coast, from Santa Barbara to Monterey to Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. 

Paso Robles Wine Adventure

Producing a variety of wine styles and tasting experiences that appeal to everyone, Paso Robles is a California wine destination that shouldn’t be missed.

Crux, an Emerging Sonoma Star

Sunset Magazine recently announced that October is Sonoma County Wine Month, so I am celebrating with Crux, a relatively new winery in Sonoma specializing in Rhone varietals.

Jamieson Ranch, a Winery that Wins Heartshare

Jamieson Ranch is the trifecta for a Napa Valley winery: beautiful surroundings, quality winemaking, and social awareness.

Wining and Dining with Sbragia

A wine dinner with Sbragia, a Sonoma standout, makes for a festive affair to an otherwise oppressive, muggy summer evening in Florida.

Five Healdsburg Wineries to Visit

Summer is just around the corner, and we love our wine country weekends for enjoying the long, warm days and mild evenings. One of our all-time favorite wine regions in Northern California for a weekend getaway is the Healdsburg area. Home to Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley,…

Farewell Stryker…Thanks for the Memories

Last month, I received an e-mail notification from Stryker Sonoma. “After 17 years of successful operations, Stryker Sonoma’s proprietor, Pat Stryker, has sold the Stryker Sonoma winery…So it is with gratitude to you, our loyal customers, that we say goodbye. The property sold this week…

And Then There Were Three

Our three top faves from a recent wine tasting: Juan Gil 18 Meses Blue Label, Niner Wine Estates Cab Sauvignon, and Pulenta Gran Corte VII Red.

Feeling InSPIREd

Last night was St. Patrick’s Day so what other way does a wine enthusiast spend the evening other than at a wine tasting? Luckily, we planned ahead and had our traditional Irish fare the night before, feeling lucky to get two of 14 spots available to…

Over the Moon for Repris

Tonight we found ourselves opening a 2012 Moon Mountain Zinfandel from Repris, a unique winery nestled high up on the western slope of the Mayacamas Mountain range in Sonoma. The bottle was in our Fall 2014 club shipment so we thought it was ready to drink and…

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Bunny Foo Foo

On one of our last nights in Bend, we had dinner at Jackalope Grill. Our group had received an inside tip from a Bend local, suggesting that we call the restaurant in advance to order its famed elk tenderloin. We heeded this advice, and with our…

Move Over Dear

Yes, today is National Drink Wine Day. But as the cartoon so eloquently indicates, isn’t every day? So rather than talk about the “holiday,” let’s pour a glass and toast. I think tonight is going to be a Rhone sort of night. I love…