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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

You Are What You Drink

Some folks swear by Chevrolet for their car choice (ignoring that it may actually be made in Korea, Mexico or somewhere besides Detroit). These same folks might have a diet consisting of mostly meat and potatoes. They hate change. Others had a Prius ten years ago and now a Tesla. They eat sushi and go on fad diets. They love change. This might reflect their wine choices, too.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cider Tasting in Sonoma County

It's not just wine tasting and breweries. Sonoma County has a history of apple production so naturally there are several cideries in the county now with tasting rooms.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Zinfandel Fan?

Are you a big fan of Zinfandel? Those berry flavors, the pepper and spice, and everything nice. Well, you should make it you mission in life to come to San Francisco in January.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Trouble for Craft Beer?

Craft beer's wild growth over the past ten years might be seeing some settling out. I guess at some point there just had to be too many IPAs out there.

It was just announced that Hanger 24 out of Southern California is laying off about half of their smallish production staff. They aren't huge, nor are they a tiny brewery selling everything out of their brewery, and there's the problem.

Monday, January 7, 2019

What Wines to Drink in the New Year

Here it is a new year and we make resolutions to lose weight, call mom more often, don't date losers, etc. None of that works and we get frustrated so I'm here to make it easy with ideas for drinking wine. Many of us are stuck in the Chard/Cab or maybe Sauv Blanc/Pinot Noir rut so let's look at what wine changes we could make this year.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Wine Predictions for the New Year

A new year is upon us and this means all of us "experts" have to tell you what's going to change this year. The good news is you'll forget it all 12 months from now so there's no need to actually be good at predicting the future.

So here goes nothin'

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Sonoma County Oceanfront Bars

Traversing the Pacific Coast Highway offers many great views. However, if you're driving your attention is (hopefully) on the winding road. How about stopping and enjoying a drink along the ocean? Sounds relaxing.

Following are some places to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the Pacific traveling from south to north along Highway 1. The first three are in the Bodega Bay area; the last is about an hour farther up the coast.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Off the Radar Sonoma County Eateries

Sonoma County is definitely known for fine dining. Many places are well known by visitors -- Single Thread, Girl & the Fig, Glen Ellen Star, Willi's Seafood, etc. The following list maybe isn't quite so well known, but will give you a real taste of Sonoma County and what the locals enjoy every day. Many of these places are nothing fancy, are off the beaten path, and none will break the bank.

Friday, December 28, 2018

A Few Legal Changes for Alcohol Coming?

There are items on the legal side that may be coming to alcoholic beverages, including wine, in the next few years. These are related to public health and safety concerns.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

2018: The Year in Craft Beer

This was another high growth year for craft beer in the U.S. A few things stand out:
1) The number of small breweries made a huge increase.
2) That increase is not matched by a growth in craft beer sales.
3) The haze craze (the hazy, juicy beer style) is huge.
4) The switch from bottles to cans.

Monday, December 24, 2018

What Wine to Leave for Santa

Santa Claus has got a very long night ahead of him. Sure, you might put out some cookies, but what about something to wash down those sugary baked goods?