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Lesson Learned: Always Research Your Winery Visit

Growing up, I’d heard a lot about Chippewa Falls, a city that neighbors my late father’s hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Those Wisconsin roots explain why I grew up a Packers fan, even though I’m a California native. So when

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Posted in Editor's Journal

More Wine and Music Together: Check Out Ironstone’s Schedule

Because I’m a music lover in addition to being a wine lover, I like to keep you posted on music events at wineries or in “wine country.” Most years, I share the schedules at Thornton Winery in Temecula, Calif.; Vina

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Posted in Wine Buzz

A Perfect Dinner Destination in Lodi Wine Country

Something I’ve always liked to do after a long day of visiting wineries… after grabbing a nap… is enjoy a good meal at a local restaurant. When visiting California’s Lodi wine country, I’ve always found that to be a challenge.

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

It’s Barbecue Time — Are You Wine Ready?

Nicasio means “the hidden one,” which makes Nicasio an apt name for a little village in the rolling hills of western Marin County, north of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Nicasio’s historic town square consists of St. Mary’s Church (established

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Posted in Wine Buzz

Food and Wine Festival Benefits Eastern Sierra Fire Departments

You may have heard about a catastrophe that came to be known as the Round Fire. It happened in early February of last year, ravaging the communities of Swall Meadows and Paradise, about 20 miles north of Bishop, Calif., in

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Posted in Wine Buzz

Pinot Grigio: The Perfect Pairing Partner for Seafood

It’s really exciting to see what the Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival has become since Michael Ecton and Janet Ciel teamed up to run it. The 2016 edition will take place Aug. 27-28 in the quaint Sonoma County village

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes, Wine Buzz

Zinfandel and Jazz on the Healdsburg Plaza — or at Your Home

Just like California’s Lodi area, parts of Napa Valley and “Gold Country,” the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County is a big Zinfandel-growing area. If you love Zin, or are curious about the variety and would like to give three

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What Sets Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll District Apart

With fewer than 25 active wineries in the entire Napa Valley in 1968, the Trefethen family rehabilitated a “ghost winery” and began replanting the vineyards. That year, residents established the Napa Valley Agricultural Preserve to permanently protect more than 38,000

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Dutton-Goldfield Introduces Wine-and-Sushi Pairings

Wine may not be the first beverage that comes to mind when serving sushi. When it is, the wine typically conjured is Champagne because of its refreshing mouthfeel. But at Dutton-Goldfield Winery in Sebastopol, Calif., a new wine pairing experience

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5 Fun Facts About Chardonnay… Plus a Wine Story About Charlemagne

Emperor Charlemagne (who probably preferred the name Charles the Great) became the first Holy Roman Emperor in 800 A.D., culminating a career that had seen him unite most of Western Europe and serve as the King of Italy. But as

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Posted in Wine in the Glass
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