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Top 10 Best of Barrel Tasting

Here are my Top 10 Best of the Wine Road Barrel Tasting, some snapshots from yesterday’s trek through the Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander valleys. You may find yourself in the copy, so check it out.

By | March 7th, 2010|6 Comments

Barrel tasting? What’s your route?

Barrel tasting? What's your route? The Wine Road Barrel Tasting this weekend is a Spring rite of passage that appeals to the procrastinator as well as the planner.

By | March 4th, 2010|2 Comments

A hunter of grapes and game

Van Williamson, the winemaker of Edmeades, has a feast in his freezer that would shock most of the civilized world. In he has a stash of food that comes from tireless hunting and gathering: pheasant, geese, ducks, abalone, sardines, albacore, halibut, salmon and venison.

By | March 3rd, 2010|2 Comments

Sheep in the vines

If you’re driving along Hwy 12 in Kenwood today, keep your eyes open for roaming sheep -- 69 of them to be precise -- in the vines at Landmark Vineyards.

By | February 26th, 2010|2 Comments

A Speakeasy in Healdsburg?

“Prohibition, The Speakeasy Wine Club” will open its doors in March and this clever 30-seat wine bar will feature a clandestine entrance – through a telephone booth, no less -- and offer Sonoma County’s most sought-after wines and boot-leg-style beer. It will take you back to the roaring 20s and tight-lipped 30s.

By | February 24th, 2010|1 Comment

A TV show for millennials?

The offspring of the baby boomers, ranging in age from 21 to 31, are the target market for a new food and wine pilot called “Wine Uncomplicated.” Scott MacLeod, a producer with Meritage Entertainment, will begin shooting the 22-minute episode in Sonoma April 7 through 10th.

By | February 23rd, 2010|1 Comment

Alsace sipping

I had a sneak preview of some Alsace varietals that will be poured this Saturday and Sunday at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville. If you’re planning to go, here’s a quick hit list of some of the most striking:

By | February 17th, 2010|2 Comments

Hardy Wallace has a new gig

Hardy Wallace has a new gig. The former Murphy-Goode social media dispatcher has agreed to do sales and marketing for Kevin Kelley’s Natural Process Alliance and Salinia labels in Santa Rosa. He was offered a marketing position at Murphy-Goode but declined.

By | February 15th, 2010|2 Comments

Hardy Wallace has a surprise

Hardy Wallace has a surprise. The Murphy-Goode social media dispatcher has left his digs and has taken up new residence at another Healdsburg winery, Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate.

By | February 15th, 2010|0 Comments

The goodwill economic indicator

The Naples Winter Wine Festival -- the goodwill economic indicator -- raised $8 million this year, up from last year’s take of $5 million. Does that mean today’s economic climate has more people budgeting goodwill? You bet.

By | February 3rd, 2010|0 Comments