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Fogerty, Steve Miller Band, Toby Keith Headline Sonoma Music Festival

The end of summer may be nearing, but that does not mean an end to some great outdoor music in California’s wine country. To close out this week, I’d like to share colleague Michael Coats’ media release on the Sonoma

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Kicking Off the Harvest Season in Carneros

The Tognetti-Bayview Vineyard in the Carneros region of California’s North Coast kicked off the 2016 grape harvest for sparkling wine specialist Schramsberg. The first grapes were brought in on August 3. “The Bayview vineyards every year come in earliest of

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Want to Go Wine Tasting? You Have No Excuse!

If you’ve really been wanting to visit a winery but have thought they’re simply too far away from where you live, allow me to explode that myth. Presuming you live in the United States or Canada, the numbers say you

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Cheese, Charcuterie and Pinot Grigio for Your Next Get-Together

Planning a get-together? Perhaps for your fantasy football league draft, or the first PTA meeting of the new school year? An easy way to cater it is to combine a classic cheese plate with a charcuterie board, and open a

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Joe Evancho Wins a Year of ACWC Wines at STAT Summerfest

On July 26, we told you about a truly awesome Vinesse member, Cat Markosky, who is changing lives through an organization she founded called STAT — Southern Tier Alternative Therapies. STAT focuses on the use of a unique physical therapy

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Women + Bowling + Wine = A Fun Time

I’m a lifelong bowler, and proud of it. I have never attended a high school reunion, but I attended a youth bowling reunion because virtually all of my childhood friends were fellow junior league bowlers. I re-connected with one of

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Taste Some of Michigan’s Best Wines in Chi-Town

California. Oregon. Washington. Those are the states most commonly associated with fine wines. Then there’s a second tier. For me, those states would be, in no particular order, Texas, Virginia and New York. After that, quality can vary widely among

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Harvest Hopes High in Santa Lucia Highlands

In recent years, Vinesse has sourced a number of wines for its clubs and online offers from the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of California’s Monterey County. So how are things going with the 2016 growing season there? We got the

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An Opportunity to Test Wine-and-Chocolate Pairings

I don’t need much of an excuse to indulge in chocolate, whether it comes in the form of a bar or a cake or a hot morning beverage. When Michelle and I took our pre-wedding honeymoon to Europe, one of

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For a Special Treat, Try a Winery Dinner

This is the time of the year when wineries start planning their annual “big feasts” for customers. Some are limited to their own club members, while others are open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. I’ve been to many

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