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Thursday, April 16, 2015

First Sip Wines vs. Second Glass Wines

Some wines are great on that first sip--right from the beginning they tickle your palate. What happens when you get to the second glass of a wine? That's where it gets interesting as great first sip wines and great second glass wines are always the same.  Huh?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Reasons to Vacation in Sonoma County

Eating, drinking, hiking, kayaking, biking, driving--it's all first-class here in Sonoma County. Following are a few of the reasons we should be on your short-list of vacation spots.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Grapevines and Water

Water conservation is the hot topic in California and the farmers are in the middle of the conversations.

Most all modern vineyards are irrigated. Many older vineyards are dry farmed. Why?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Visiting Napa? Ideas on where to go

There's a question that gets asked a lot by visitors--which wineries should I visit?

There are hundreds of choices in Napa Valley and next door in Sonoma County. Yeah, this is a Sonoma blog, more or less, but Napa is right over the hill and everybody has to go to Napa at least once.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Western Drought

A few days ago the Small Business Administration approved low-interest loans to help with relief from the drought in Oregon. In March the governor of Washington declared a drought in three different regions of the state. Much of the West is experiencing a severe drought, but you hear mostly about California because of the number of people affected and the agricultural impact on the entire country.

Monday, April 6, 2015

California's Drought and Your Wine

California's historic drought has been in the news for awhile. Recently there has been a lot more press because of the governor's mandatory water cutback plans. What does this mean for agriculture and wine grapes in particular? Not much as it turns out.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Red Wine vs. White Wine Drinkers

We have some who say they drink only red wine. We have white wine only drinkers. And we have bi (those that will drink anything put in front of them especially if someone else is buying). There are those who will occasionally cross over and try a Merlot or a Chardonnay to be sure they still don't like the other side (bi-curious).

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Barefoot Wines -- a success story

Barefoot Wines has continued to grow even in a somewhat sluggish U.S. market. They hit 17 million cases of wine sold last year. Did you know they were owned by Gallo, the largest wine company in the world? Therein lies the reason for their success.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Arsenic in Wine--The Lawsuit

Some people are alarmed by recent testing showing some inexpensive American wines have high levels of arsenic. Before you dump your Sutter Home down the drain you should read this article from Forbes.

Of most interest, the people filing the lawsuit happen to have a company that will gladly test the arsenic levels in wine. Creating ones own demand? Maybe.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Visiting Wineries with Kids

You want to visit wine country in the worst way, but you have those little anchors. How do you keep everybody happy? It depends on the ages and number of the little darlings. I'll divide up the ideas below based on younger and older children. Visiting with a baby? You'll have to take turns babysitting while your spouse tastes. The best idea, of course, is to leave them with grandma.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Genetically Engineered Wine

University of Illinois research has produced genetically engineered yeast that will reduce the toxins that cause hangovers. The researchers say they can increase the health benefits by adding more resveratrol plus figure out how to make it taste better.

A win win wine. It sounds too good to be true!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Best Drives, Highway 128

I recently saw an online article from Yahoo Travel (I know what you're thinking, someone actually reads Yahoo)? Anyway, it listed the seven best under-the-radar vacation drives in the U.S. So they stayed away from roads like the Pacific Coast Highway and the Blue Ridge Parkway as these are so well-known, and busy.