Day trip anyone? Here’s one for the movie buff. As for places not to be missed, the Francis Ford For the wine traveler ... Coppola Winery in Geyserville definitely makes the cut.
If you’re not the Thanksgiving cook this year, if you get to sleep in and lollygag all morning while your host gets up at dawn to wrestle the bird into the oven, you will no doubt wake up feeling grateful. In Wine Country, the best way to express that gratitude is to give your host a Thanksgiving pinot.
In honor of our World Series winning Giants, uncorking sparking wine is in order. Monday night’s big win was wild and I could see quite a bit of bubbly being splashed about. As a sports fan who doubles as a wine writer, I was searching for labels, but the cameras focused on the players instead of the bottles. Go figure.
The Great Pumpkin at my house is a pumpkin pie and there’s nothing better to pair it with than a tasty gewürztraminer. Lucky for you I have just the one.
This week I picked my wines with my out of town guest. Lucky for me this guest doubles as a chef when he visits. My brother in law spoils us by making Shrimp Scampi and when we ask what we can do to help he says – in so many words – I work best solo. It gets better.
As we wrap up another week, finish up calls, meet our final deadlines and gripe to anyone who will listen, it’s time to consider our line-up of weekend wines. If you’re in a funk, this will hopefully tease you out of it.
You’re invited. You're invited. I’m planning on having a virtual party on Fridays to chronicle my “Thank God It’s Friday Wines.” I welcome you to offer up some of your own suggestions and join in the conversation, even if you just want to lament about your week. We won’t edit out cranky comments.
Here’s a spirited option: Send a bottle of the Poizin, 2008 Sonoma County Zinfandel encased in a wooden coffin. Healdsburg’s Armida Winery, which produces it, has a good sense of humor and uncorking this bottling has become a fall rite of passage for adults who absolutely refuse to outgrow Halloween. These revelers have simply traded up from door to door “trick or treats” to this “treat in a bottle.”
A house of God and vino? It’s not often that a house of vino doubles as a house of God and that’s why most people are surprised when they find out there’s a Latin Mass held in the chapel at Castello di Amorosa every Sunday. Mass, which begins at 8:30 a.m., is for early bird church-goers. Women are asked to wear veils and men, a tie.
Few people know that Guy Davis has a unique offering in his Healdsburg tasting room: an aroma tasting of Apple-ation.