Visitors to Paradise (aka Napa Valley) expect to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature, the decadence of fine cuisine, and the poetry of the region's wines. Left behind are the pressures and rules of "real life," right? Surely something as mundane and constricting as grammar doesn't matter in this world-famous wine region. Well, this is … Continue reading Puncutation Matters in Napa Valley
We recently visited VGS Chateau Potelle in Napa Valley's quaint town of Saint Helena and encountered a wine rating scale that we think has some appeal: VGS. Even casual wine buyers are familiar with the more common 100-point wine rating scale that Robert Parker first introduced in the 1980's in The Wine Advocate. Since Parker introduced this … Continue reading A Wine Rating System That Makes Sense To Us
My wife and I have been visiting Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery in the Sonoma County town of Graton for quite a few years now. Founded by Marimar Torres, a member of the prominent Torres winemaking family in Spain, Marimar Estate produces very high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as well as Spanish varietals such … Continue reading A winery my mother would have loved
"What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." Romeo & Juliet, Act II, Scene 2 What's the difference between Grgic and Grgich? Looked at one way, there is almost no difference - they are just an "h" apart. Looked at differently, they are about 6,271 … Continue reading From Grgic to Grgich
We traveled to Oregon in late September to drop off a kid at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Wrapped around that momentous event, we planned a series of adult activities for ourselves: wine tasting, visiting some nice restaurants, attending an Oregon football game, and staying at some wine country bed and breakfasts. This post is the … Continue reading A B&B That Serves Wine for Breakfast
A few days ago we had the pleasure of spending some time (about three hours, actually) with a winery owner that with a one-of-a-kind experience in the wine business. We visited Ceja Vineyards in Napa and tasted wines and toured the estate property with founder Amelia Ceja. During this visit, we learned about the inspiring … Continue reading An All-American Story.
Along Highway 12 between the towns of Sonoma and Santa Rosa, there are multiple wineries nestled in the west-facing slopes of the Maycamas Mountains. Because we are usually on our way to or from another destination, we had not, until last weekend, stopped at any of them. One winery in particular - Kunde Family - had … Continue reading Cool Day at Kunde
American playwright Edward Albee ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf") once wrote: "Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance." That is, more or less, how we found our way to Etude Wines, a winery located in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. On … Continue reading Wine With A ‘Tude.
Living in Napa, literally within walking distance to local wineries, we often get locked in to our hometown wineries. For the past few years, we have been working our way up and down the Napa Valley and mostly ignoring wineries in neighboring Sonoma. This weekend, we decided to break out and get out of town … Continue reading A 158-Year-Old Family Winery
Bacon and wine. Is there anything better? This past weekend marked the release of the 2014 vintages at HdV Winery. In addition to tasting some fantastic wines, the staff at HdV and their caterers laid out an impressive assortment of cheeses, charcuterie, and, yes, a whole pig. If you have not added HdV to your … Continue reading A Bovine and Wine Saturday at HdV