Tag: Sonoma

Got Melka?

Got Melka?

According to a famous 1990's advertising campaign,"milk does a  body good."  We subscribe to the philosophy that wine -  good wine - also does a body good.  We recently met Sylvie Laly, the wonderful Sales and Wine Director for Napa Valley winery Melka Wines, who was gracious enough to share some of their wines with us. … Continue reading Got Melka?

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.  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

Shouldn’t All Wine Be Natural?

Almost ten years ago we visited a prominent winery in Northern California to taste some of their wines.  We were motivated to visit by the fact that one of the world's top-rated restaurants (Napa Valley's The French Laundry) had recently added one of their wines to its impressive wine menu.  During the course of our … Continue reading Shouldn’t All Wine Be Natural?

Why Is Your Blog So Damn Positive?

We have been blogging for about five months now; in total, we have twenty-two posts about our experiences living in and traveling around Northern California wine country.  Aside from a post about a Napa Valley Golf course and one about a rare sighting in Napa (a brewery!), all of our posts are focused on wineries … Continue reading Why Is Your Blog So Damn Positive?

A Restaurant Too Cool For A Name

"Diner." That's all it says on the road sign.  "Diner."  What else do you need to know, right?  Situated along Highway 121 in the Carneros wine region that straddles Napa and Sonoma, the diner's aromas waft across its parking lot and onto the Highway as cars drive by, either coming into or out of Napa … Continue reading A Restaurant Too Cool For A Name

An All-American Story.

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.

Beer? In Wine Country?

If you like underdogs, you would root for one of the few Latino-owned breweries in the United States. But if you really, really like underdogs, you would root for a brewery owned by Mexican immigrants and opened in the heart of Northern California wine country.  For those extreme fans of the underdog, we present Carneros Brewing … Continue reading Beer? In Wine Country?

H2, Oh!

If there is a downside to living in wine country, it's that we generally have no occasion to stay at the many cool hotels in our area - Napa and Sonoma counties.  Sure, we could shell out the money any time and stay wherever we please, but that would feel wasteful. Last week, though, we … Continue reading H2, Oh!

Identity Crisis? An Aussie Making French Wines in California.

Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County boasts some of the finest vineyards in the region, if not the entire state.  Home to over 9,000 acres of planted vines, Dry Creek Valley is 16 miles long and 2 miles wide, with both valley floor and hillside locations.  In this sub-appellation of Sonoma County, there have been grape … Continue reading Identity Crisis? An Aussie Making French Wines in California.