For many in Northern California wine country, October was wicked and haunted indeed. Today, on the last day of the month, we say goodbye to October 2017 and welcome November with open arms and a spirit of optimism and hope. Last weekend we took to the car and drove about 250 miles through Napa and … Continue reading So long October, and good riddance
Month: October 2017
Two weeks after the first wildfire started its deadly tear through Northern California wine country, we are taking stock of things and wondering "what did we do wrong?" and "what could we have done better?" Today's post will be more in the nature of a confessional because, in retrospect, we should have been so much … Continue reading 10 Personal Lessons from Wine Country fires
As most everyone knows, it has been a devastating four days in Napa Valley and neighboring Sonoma County. Devastating wildfires have raged through our communities since late Sunday night, initially driven by winds that gusted at nearly 70 miles per hour. At 1:30 a.m. Monday, the sound of someone banging on the front door and … Continue reading #NapaStrong. Proud of my community.
Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail wind their way through some of the most well-known appellations in wine country: Stags Leap District, Oakville, and Rutherford, to name a few. Along the "valley floor" there are dozens of wineries, many of which are household names; some wineries have even achieved cult-wine status. But where there is … Continue reading Smith-Madrone winery on Napa’s Spring Mountain
Visitors to Northern California wine country who enjoy nature and a modest amount of exercise should carve out a few hours to paddle the picturesque and serene Russian River. For more than a decade we have made it a goal to canoe the river at least once a year; this year we found ourselves a … Continue reading This river is Russian, not rushin’