Monthly Archives: September 2008

Saving the Vineyards from Urban Sprawl

    Thirty miles east of San Francisco, the Livermore Valley appellation is within the larger Central Coast appellation.

     The Livermore Valley has an east-west orientation, making it unique among northern California winegrowing regions. It is 15 miles long (from east to west), 10 miles wide (from north to south), and surrounded by coastal range mountains and foothills.

     The east-west orientation of the valley allows the coastal fog and marine breezes to come in from the Pacific Ocean and the…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Between Sips of Wine, Enjoy a Game of Bocce

    When the pioneering families of Sonoma County winemaking wanted to unwind after a long day of pruning in the vineyards, many turned to bocce.

     These days, a number of wineries have constructed bocce courts for their customers to use. You’ll find them all over the county, but none more clustered than the five in the north county community of Healdsburg.

     Better still, these wineries take winemaking seriously. Bocce is the diversion; wine is…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

A Washington Wine Extravaganza

   Q: We enjoy being members of the wine club and so far we have enjoyed your choices. We also are officers in our local SLV Wine Club, which features wine tasting dinners four times per year for up to 112 participants. In our next event, we want to feature all wines from Washington state. We would appreciate suggestions for the various courses; 1. onion soup; 2. family-style salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette, and rolls; 3. Alaskan king crab legs with drawn butter, served with Yukon gold potatoes with olive oil and garlic, and mixed vegetables; 4. baked apple. Any help you might be able to give will be appreciated…

Posted in Wine FAQ

Wining and Beachcombing in Southwest Michigan

    Wine country adventures and trips to the beach normally are mutually exclusive recreational diversions.

     But they don’t have to be in Southwest Michigan, which hugs the shore of Lake Michigan and is home to more than a dozen wineries. That means you can savor award-winning wines by day, soak in the scenery, and then enjoy a spectacular sunset (Mother Nature permitting, of course).

     There is no better place to experience a Lake Michigan sunset than the South Cliff Inn Bed & Breakfast, which is perched on a…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log
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