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Grateful for Great Wines at Gratus Vineyards

Grateful for Great Wines at Gratus Vineyards

We lived in Napa for nearly five years and did our best to visit wineries across all of the far-flung American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) that make up the larger Napa Valley AVA. Of course, we tasted on the valley floor at many wineries on Highway 29 . . . along Silverado Trail . . . … Continue reading Grateful for Great Wines at Gratus Vineyards

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Great Wines of Lodi, Part IV

Great Wines of Lodi, Part IV

It is hard to believe that it has only been one year since our inaugural visit to Lodi wine country. In that time, we have made several return trips and have added three Lodi wines to our web wine store: http://www.topochines.com. A couple of weeks ago, we decided that it was time to take advantage … Continue reading Great Wines of Lodi, Part IV

Yes they make killer wines in Contra Costa County

Yes they make killer wines in Contra Costa County

Wine country snobbiness is easy to fall victim to when you live in or close to Napa Valley or Sonoma County. Sure, the wines from there are mostly very well made and some of them are among the best in the world. But the excellence of Napa and Sonoma wines in no way cast a … Continue reading Yes they make killer wines in Contra Costa County

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

Lodi: You’ll want to get stuck there

Lodi: You’ll want to get stuck there

Most of us know the words of that classic Credence Clearwater Revival song, "Lodi." Just about a year ago I set out on the road Seekin' my fame and fortune Lookin' for a pot of gold Thing got bad things got worse I guess you will know the tune Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again … Continue reading Lodi: You’ll want to get stuck there