On Father's Day I took John to Bravas, a fantastic Spanish tapas restaurant just off the square in Healdsburg - a restaurant we have been dying to try. You should have seen the look on his face when he saw that EVERY SINGLE WINE on the menu was available by the glass, carafe (half-bottle size), … Continue reading 7.77 Acres and a Man. What the Frick?
As we continue to taste our way across the wineries of Sonoma County, we have learned so much about the history of this fascinating wine region and the families that have helped it become one of the country's best sources for wine. Two learnings in particular stand out. First, the influence of Italian immigrants on … Continue reading This wine is bottled at the source
If you are even casually interested in wine, you have surely read articles or blog posts extolling the virtues (or highlighting the downsides) of "natural" wines. For every wine enthusiast that champions natural wine, there is a wine spectator that thinks it is undrinkable swill. For those of us that are lucky enough to live … Continue reading Natural wine: not just for hipster somms
They say life comes full circle and I am starting to believe that. When we first started coming to the Russian River area of Sonoma County 15 years ago, one of the very first wineries we visited was the appropriately named Russian River Vineyards. I would be lying if I said it was the wine … Continue reading A winery close enough to walk from home
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