A visit to Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery

I couldn’t help being wowed as soon as I arrived at Ferrari-Carano. What greeted me was a glamorous Italian mansion surrounded by festive bright red flowers, fountains, lush gardens, and miles of golden vines.  Visually this is very impressive and one of the most stunning estates in Dry Creek Valley. I arrived in the tasting […]

A visit to Simi Winery

A historic winery, definitely worth visiting for this reason is Simi Winery in Healdsburg.  This is one of the best value tours you’ll do.  For $15 per person you’ll get a tasting of four wines and an insight into the early days of California’s wine industry. On today’s visit my guide, Randy conducted the Historic […]

A visit to J Vineyards & Winery

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 one of the day’s most inspiring visits. Located about 3 miles south of Healdsburg, in the Russian River Valley, J is a destination not only for sparkling wine lovers, but […]

A visit to Iron Horse Vineyards

I really didn’t know if I’d come to the right place. Driving up the windy, unsealed road was making me a bit nervous. Putting my faith in my GPS I ventured up the small hilly driveway and, sure enough, arrived at Iron Horse Vineyards. Located in Green Valley, part of Russian River Valley in Sonoma […]

A visit to Kunde Family Estate, Sonoma

  It didn’t surprise me that Kunde’s main tasting room bar was crowded when I arrived. Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley on Sonoma Highway at Kenwood, Kunde Family Estate is a favorite with visitors to Sonoma. It also helps that the winery was a location for many scenes of the film Bottleshock, […]

A visit to St. Francis Winery, Sonoma

It’s not every day you can sit down to an elaborate seated 6-course wine & food pairing at a winery. But at St. Francis this is one of their most popular experiences. With dishes that rival what you’ll find at any top restaurant, I quickly understood why people come here and why they continue to […]