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Test Your Wine Knowledge… and Make Me Feel Smarter!

It has become a regular weekday evening ritual for my new bride and her daughter (a freshman in college) to watch Jeopardy! together, often while we’re eating dinner. It is a humbling experience for all of us, simply confirming how

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Posted in Editor's Journal

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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Posted in Wine Buzz

Getting to North Coast Wine Country Just Got Easier

There’s good news for people who live in or around Orange County, Calif., and like to travel to the state’s world-famous North Coast Wine Country. Alaska Airlines has added flights from John Wayne Airport to Sonoma County’s Charles M. Schulz

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Alexander Valley’s Ascent to Wine World Star Status

In 1841, Cyrus Alexander arrived in an untamed valley to manage the Sotoyome Rancho, a Mexican land grant owned by a San Diego sea captain, Henry Delano Fitch, and his wife, Josefa Carrillo. As payment for his services, Alexander received

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Your Ticket to a Napa Valley ‘Wine Experience’

Life is about not just about people or places or things, but their sum total. In a word: experiences. That’s why, in the name of experiential marketing, some wineries no longer simply put their latest wares up for sale; they

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Posted in Wine Buzz

Napa Valley: A Twist on Controlling Development

There have been countless examples through the years of big business locking heads with agricultural concerns over the development of land. In most cases, it involves efforts to protect the land from development. But what if the big business involves

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Posted in Wine Buzz

In a Blend, Every Component Counts

Blending wine is part science and part art. But don’t ask us to attach percentages to those parts; that would be pure conjecture. The scientific aspect involves pairing only varieties that complement one another structurally. Determining how much of this,

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Posted in In the Cellar

Balance: It’s Still the Key to Crafting Quality Wines

Yesterday’s blog on Sonoma-Cutrer and its head winemaker, Mick Schroeter, took me back to 1998 when I met Schroeter for the first time. I was the wine columnist for the Sonoma County Independent, and in April of that year, I

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Posted in Wine in the Glass

Traveling This Summer? Wine Awaits!

Planning a getaway this summer? Make sure you plan wine in your itinerary — whether you’re going to “wine country” or not. Here are three ideas — one in the Midwest… one in California’s North Coast wine country… and one

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Posted in Wine Buzz
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