Favorite wineries to visit

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Tasting Room Tips: To spit, or not to spit?

The Wall Street Journal’s wine reporter Lettie Teague recently let us in on a few pointers about what to do, and not to do when in tasting rooms in her article “A Winery Tasting Room Guide to Sipping and Spitting”. After reading it I though it would be a good time to add my two-cents! WineryCritic Tasting Room Tips: When to spit: According to Teague’s sources in the article, less than 1% … [Read More...]

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Best Napa Valley wineries for Bordeaux wine lovers

There's no need to travel all the way to Bordeaux when you can have some fabulous Bordeaux-style blends Stateside. Napa Valley is certainly home to Cabernet in this country, but keep in mind that most Cabernet you’ll taste is really a blend, often involving some of the other four Bordeaux varietals.  I selected these wineries not only for their fabulous wines, but also the great visitor … [Read More...]

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Best wineries in the Napa Valley for architecture and design lovers

One important thing to remember when visiting the Napa Valley is that it’s not just about the wine. All of the wineries have premium quality wines, but what really sets some apart is their impressive architecture and design. With about 400 wineries in the Napa Valley it is worth making the time to visit some of these masterpieces. Here are some of my favorites: Artesa Winery From its unique … [Read More...]

Winery of the Week

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A visit to Seghesio Family Vineyards

Brimming with history, a visit to Seghesio gives you a sense of appreciation for what Italian immigrants brought to this part of Northern Sonoma County. Seghesio can speak to four generations of winemaking, starting with founder, Edoardo Seghesio who arrived here from Piedmont in the early 1880s.  For lovers of Italian blends, and Zinfandel, this is a must do. The tasting room is in Healdsburg, … [Read More...]

Destination of the Week

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Guide to Healdsburg & Dry Creek Valley

I’m lucky enough to call Healdsburg home, and after half a year as a resident I’m finally ready to create this guide to share my recommendations. Healdsburg is such a great place to base yourself as it is smack bang in the middle of an intersection of four major appellations; Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River and Chalk Hill. There are about 150 wineries between them, not to … [Read More...]

Napa Valley Reviews

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A visit to Judd’s Hill Winery, Napa Valley

I’ve never really thought deeply about percentages but I can tell you they take on a whole new meaning when you have the chance to blend … Read More...

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A visit to HALL St. Helena

One winery I can’t stop talking about is HALL St. Helena. Unveiled late last year, the “reimagined” winery and Visitor’s Center combines … Read More...

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A visit to Sterling Vineyards, Napa Valley

When I visited Sterling, I knew getting there would be half the fun.  Sterling Vineyards has an aerial tramway that takes visitors up to the … Read More...

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Sonoma County Reviews

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A visit to Chalk Hill Estate

A bottle of Chalk Hill always brings back special memories for my boyfriend and I. On one of our first dates he brought a bottle of (no … Read More...

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A visit to Kachina Vineyards

Kachina Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley is one of those hidden gems you’ll stumble upon, but usually only because someone told you about it.  … Read More...

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A visit to J Vineyards & Winery, Sonoma

I received a warm welcome at J Vineyards. Michael, one of J’s wine educators couldn’t have been more accommodating and it turned out to be … Read More...

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