Tag: chardonnay

A winery my mother would have loved

A winery my mother would have loved

My wife and I have been visiting Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery in the Sonoma County town of Graton for quite a few years now.  We went back again this week and had another great food and wine experience. Founded by Marimar Torres, a member of the prominent Torres winemaking family in Spain, Marimar Estate … Continue reading A winery my mother would have loved

Rombauer: Much more than buttery Chardonnay

Rombauer: Much more than buttery Chardonnay

I was recently invited to an exclusive industry event at Rombauer Vineyards on Silverado Trail in Napa Valley.  Among wine experts and casual wine drinkers alike, Rombauer is considered to be the quintessential producer of "California-style" Chardonnay.  While "French-style" Chard is typically crisp, citrus-flavored, lighter colored, and more acidic, California Chardonnay  has deeper golden color, … Continue reading Rombauer: Much more than buttery Chardonnay

Maybe making wine is rocket science after all

Maybe making wine is rocket science after all

We recently ran across a book whose title asserts "wine is not rocket science."  After our recent trip to Oregon's Willamette Valley, we are not so sure.  One of the wineries we visited as we were scouting wines for our Topochines Vino Wine Store is Vidon Vineyard, located just outside of the town of Newburg in the … Continue reading Maybe making wine is rocket science after all

A pretty nice hill in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

A pretty nice hill in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Just before Thanksgiving we made a trip to Oregon's Willamette Valley wine region to scout out unique wines for our Topochines Vino wine store.  As our "home base" for our five-day trip, we stayed at Youngberg Hill Inn, easily our favorite place to stay in all of Willamette Valley.  This was not our first time staying … Continue reading A pretty nice hill in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Smith-Madrone winery on Napa’s Spring Mountain

Smith-Madrone winery on Napa’s Spring Mountain

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