Monthly Archives: March 2010

A Chance to Taste History in the Sonoma Valley

     Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance Executive Director Grant Raeside has announced that tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual Passport to Sonoma Valley, scheduled for May 15-16 at wineries and vineyards throughout historic Sonoma Valley.

     For food and wine aficionados to those looking for a unique travel experience, Passport to Sonoma Valley swings open the cellar doors of California’s oldest and most coveted artisan wineries in celebration of Sonoma’s food, wine and arts scene.

     Visitors to the valley-wide open house will be issued a “passport,” providing them unprecedented access…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Willamette Valley: Where Wine & History Converge

     From the first Oregon Pinot Noir vine and trailblazing biodynamic vintners to local, organic produce, artisan cheeses and much more, the Willamette Valley is a patchwork of cities and towns that offer unique experiences for every traveler.

     Nestled between the Coast Range and the Cascade Mountains, the Willamette Valley follows the Willamette River for more than 100 miles from the central Cascades through Eugene and north to Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory.

     While Pinot Noir is grown in several areas of the state, it attains star quality primarily in the Willamette Valley…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Aussie Wines Benefit from Experience & Creativity

     While writing the Tasting Notes for the wines featured in this week’s Cyber Circle offer (if you haven’t joined the Vinesse Cyber Circle, you’re missing out on some great deals), I was reminded of how difficult things have been for Aussie vintners in recent years.

     After inundating the American marketplace with a number of mass-produced, value-priced wines during the 1990s, economic realities finally set in, forcing a number of marginal Down Under wineries out of business.

     For a while, Australia had a reputation for producing “cheap wine,” even though the top estates continued to craft world-class bottlings…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Wine, Food and Music… Oh, My!

     Tickets are now on sale for Sonoma Jazz +, a three-day feast of wine, food and music that will take over downtown Sonoma May 21-23.

     The festival actually is three events in one: a concert series with headline entertainers, a strolling wine- and food-tasting extravaganza, and a late-night “after-party.”

     Headliners on May 21 include Lizz Wright at 6 p.m., followed by Crosby, Stills and Nash …

Posted in Wine Buzz
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