Wouldn't it be nice if drinking wine was considered an act of philanthropy? Some of us would be donors on the scale of Bill Gates or Warren Buffet. Well, I'm happy to report that there is a cool new concept that allows caring, big-hearted wine lovers to kill two birds with one stone: enjoy great … Continue reading What Are You Grapeful For?
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
As we rolled up to our final winery of our Oregon visit, we might be forgiven for expecting to enjoy one more glass of Pinot Noir before returning to California. Certainly, the Willamette Valley, where we spent the beginning of our Oregon wine sojourn, is best known for Pinot Noir: over 70% of vines are … Continue reading Pinot Noir? Pinot Nowhere.
The mother (and mother-in-law) of this blog-writing duo was born and raised in Spain and did not come to the United States until she was thirty years old. She brought with her a fierce pride of her homeland; nowhere was this fierceness more evident than in her preferred beverage: red wine from Rioja. She refused to … Continue reading Rioja, Oregon
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 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.
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.
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.
Writing a blog can take up a significant amount of precious free time, especially if you feel compelled, as we do, to post at least once a week. With the pressure of jobs, kids, dogs, and the rest of life, we sometimes ask ourselves "is it worth it?" Just when one of us feels like taking … Continue reading Wine that fits the bill