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Merlot’s Perfect Pairing Partner

Twenty-five years can pass in the blink of an eye. This became abundantly clear when I ran across a booklet from the 1991 Sonoma County Showcase and Auction over the weekend. I remember there being a big wine-tasting event that

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Where to Go for a Wine-Focused Thanksgiving

If you’re planning to take the year off from hosting the big Thanksgiving Day bash… or if you’re simply looking for an excuse to avoid Uncle Bill’s bad jokes… consider taking a trip to wine country. These days, “wine country”

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Posted in Wine Buzz

William Knuttel: A Career of Outstanding Wines

“Wines of intensity and finesse.” That’s the slogan embraced by the William Knuttel winery, which somehow manages to meld those seemingly disparate qualities in its various wines. Veteran California vintner William Knuttel has concentrated on ultra-premium winemaking for the majority

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Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Uncovering California’s Hidden Wine Gems

There are more wineries in California than there are chocolate makers in Switzerland. But like Swiss chocolatiers, the wineries range in size from ultra-small to gigantic. According to Wine Institute, “Bonded winery premises include every licensed production facility of single

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There Still Time for a Summer Trip to Sonoma

California wine country visitors can experience vibrant charm in a tranquil setting at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa — and there’s still time to get there this summer. Less than an hour north of San Francisco, this

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Posted in Vinesse Style

It Doesn’t Get Much Greener Than AVV and Mendocino County

The many “green” initiatives embraced by Alexander Valley Vineyards in Sonoma County, Calif., have been in use for more than three decades. Early on, the Wetzel family composted winery waste, practiced irrigation management and planted cover crops in the vineyards

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Posted in Wine and the Environment

The Happy Marriage of Art and Wine

Are you into art? I have to admit that I did not get the art gene. During the not-quite 14 years I lived in Chicago, a city that’s very proud of its public art, I sometimes felt compelled to create

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

How to Get Your Vacation Bottles Home Safely

Before 9-11, hardly a plane flew out of San Francisco International Airport without at least one “six-pack” of Napa Valley or Sonoma County wine in the overhead compartments. The practice of carrying home special bottles from a romantic weekend in

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Posted in Editor's Journal

Exploring the Moon Mountain Sonoma AVA

For many years, the grape growers and winemakers on the western Mayacamas range wished they had a way to differentiate themselves from those in the lower elevations of Sonoma Valley. In October of 2013, they got their wish when the

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Where to ‘Do Wine’ in L.A., Sonoma, Chicago and Copenhagen

You can find wine… and have a fabulous “wine experience”… just about anywhere these days. You just have to know where to look. We’re here to help with four suggestions — from Los Angeles to Sonoma… and from Chicago to

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Posted in Wine Buzz
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