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Monday, February 8, 2016

Where to Get Your Cabernet Fix in Sonoma County

Cabernet Sauvignon, the king of red wines. A wine you can age, you can serve with a great dinner, a wine of complexity. When most visitors come to the area thinking of Cab they think of Napa Valley. And Napa does have lots of great, and usually expensive, Cabernet, but maybe you should think Sonoma.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Four Bottles a Day--That's All You Need

A gentleman in Spain just passed away at 107 years old. What led to the long life? He says because he drank four bottles of red wine a day. The guy never drank water just his homemade wine.

Drink red wine and live forever

You'll notice in his picture in the news article he looks pretty damn happy, too!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Wineries Changing Hands

The year is still young, but the sale of North Coast wineries hasn't slowed down from the 2015 pace. Within the first few weeks of 2016 several smaller operations have changed owners--I think for the better.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

You're Not Drinking Enough Sparkling Wine

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Neither am I.

Most of us think of sparkling wine only for wedding toasts, for New Year's Eve, and maybe for Valentine's Day. There's actually an excuse for drinking it almost every day!

Why is sparkling wine (aka Champagne) so great? Let us count the ways.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Where to get your Pinot Noir fix in Sonoma County

Pinot Noir is a cool-climate grape so it thrives in the less warm micro-climates of Sonoma County. This would be the Sonoma Coast, Carneros, and Russian River Valley appellations. This list is all about the Russian River Valley as there are many more choices of places to visit.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Super Bowl and Sonoma County

The Super Bowl isn't just about game day. For the entire week leading up to the game there are various "fan experiences" located throughout San Francisco. The game is being played about 50 miles south of SF, but nobody is traveling early to see Santa Clara.

Most of these events open today, Jan 30th. One of the items is the Sonoma County wine lounge at the Super Bowl City fan village.

Friday, January 29, 2016

You Might Have a Drinking Problem If ...

How do you know if you might like wine just a little too much? There are signs to look for and I'm here to tell you what they are. Go ahead, ask me how I know.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Yes, there are a LOT of wineries

The number of North American wineries grew by over 400 last year to a total of almost 9,500. California grew by 140 to over 4,000, or 43% of the total, with Washington and Oregon in a distant 2nd and 3rd place. Oregon closed the gap on Washington by adding 57 wineries whereas its neighbor to the north added just 14. Why the bigger growth in Oregon? Pinot Noir is hot. 

Article from Wines & Vines

Monday, January 25, 2016

Where to get your Zinfandel fix in Sonoma County

Zinfandel, Sonoma County's grape. Okay, other areas of the state grow it too, but Sonoma is really home to Zin and Dry Creek Valley is Zin Central. There are lots of great Zinfandels from other parts of the county, but this list will concentrate on Dry Creek Valley.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Lousy Title for a Wine News Article

A New York Post article titled "Millennials are ruining the American wine industry" says millennials aren't buying much domestic wine. Sales might flatten out after many years of growth.

Note: When opening this article in my browser a script on the page was hanging up.

There are two things wrong with this story besides the terrible title and the poorly-written script on the web page.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ten Mistakes We Make When Buying Wine

There are a zillion wines out there to pick from. It can be intimidating. Here are some mistakes we've all probably made. We should know better!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Where to get your Sparkling Wine fix in Sonoma County

Ah, bubblies. If there ever was a beverage meant to put you in a good mood it's sparkling wine. As a bonus it pairs with many foods so it's not just for celebrating or brunch. So where should you go in Sonoma County for your sparkling wine?