A visit to Ravenswood Winery

Tucked into foothills of Mayacamas Mountains, on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma, Ravenswood is an understated winery (compared to a few of its other siblings), with a cozy tasting room, nice patio overlooking the vineyard, and a small team.  Of course, knowing that the winery is owned by Constellation Brands, had set my […]

A visit to Franciscan Estate

Most people have never tasted 100% of the same varietal.  It might sound strange but despite the label, MOST wines are really blends.  Take a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for instance, unless it says it is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, it is not. When you see Cabernet Sauvignon on the label it means it has to […]

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 Opus One Winery

A winery I’ve long wanted to visit is Opus One.  Elegant and iconic, the low-lying, pyramid-like structure on Napa’s Highway 29 is a beacon for those that know the wines, and those that don’t. American and French flags proudly wave side by side over the entrance, symbolizing the Mondavi and Rothschild partnership.  I couldn’t wait to […]