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New galaxies in the U.S. wine universe

New galaxies in the U.S. wine universe

I was recently invited to a tasting of wines from Arizona winery Aridus Wine Company at the Napa Valley Wine Academy. Prior to the tasting, my knowledge of Aridus' wines in particular, or Arizona wine in general, wouldn't fill a wine glass . . . or even a shot glass.  I was intrigued to find … Continue reading New galaxies in the U.S. wine universe

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

Drinking wine, a blogger’s continuing education

Drinking wine, a blogger’s continuing education

The week before last, about 300 hundred wine bloggers and other professionals in the trade convened in Santa Rosa, California for the tenth annual Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC17).  From the title, some might conclude that event is laden with over-indulgence, self-indulgence and downright snobbery.  While there was some of that, we were surprised - as … Continue reading Drinking wine, a blogger’s continuing education

So long October, and good riddance

So long October, and good riddance

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

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