Monthly Archives: May 2010

Remembering the Real Reason for Memorial Day

     For many people – the Johnson family included – the Memorial weekend marks the official beginning of the grilling season.

     And that means bottles of Zinfandel and various roses will be brought out of the cellar (a.k.a. the closet) so they’re readily at hand when a juicy steak or chicken quarter or some other grillable edible takes its place over those red-hot oak chips.

     We’re fortunate that grilling is an option…

Posted in Editor's Journal

25 Minutes from Napa, a Wine Area Less Traveled

     It’s located just minutes off one of northern California’s busiest thoroughfares, yet it has managed to hang on to its agricultural roots and emerge as a hidden gem of North Coast wine country.

     The Suisun Valley is just north of Interstate 80, the road that connects the Bay Area with Reno and beyond, basically between the towns of Cordelia and Fairfield. It is bounded on three sides by roads that lead to the Napa Valley, 25 minutes away, and offers its own style of wine-tasting adventure.

     With its country roads and low traffic volume…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

The Secrets of Snowden's Success

     If you’d like to try a bottle of the highly acclaimed Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Snowden Vineyards, be prepared to pay the price.

     The winery already was rated among Napa Valley’s elite by Wine Spectator magazine, but when “Wine Advocate” Robert Parker tasted a barrel sample of the 2007 vintage and gave it a rating in the 94-96 range, the wine suddenly went from popular to highly allocated.

     The Snowden Ranch has been growing winegrapes since at least the 1870s. There is no known record of the original extent of the vineyards…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

'Memorial Weekend in Wine Country' Is Here

     File this one under the heading, “Where did THOSE twenty years go?”

     It was back in 1991 that a group of wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley banded together to host their first Memorial weekend “open house.”

     Virtually all of the valley’s wine estates opened their doors to visitors, including several that…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log
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