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.  This is a small, rustic, appointment-only winery with a focus on organic wines, that is well worth making part of your trip. As I drove up the hills towards the winery, […]

A visit to CADE Estate Winery, Napa Valley

Sleek and modern, CADE Estate Winery on Napa’s Howell Mountain may be off the beaten path for most, but for the true wine enthusiasts out there, this is a superb example of a winery leading the way in sustainable architecture, organic farming and fine wines. As one of the newer members of the PlumpJack group, […]

A visit to Long Meadow Ranch Winery

You can’t miss Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead while driving through St Helena.  The bustling Farmstead Restaurant and historic Logan Ives House tasting room is popular with locals and visitors. But going behind the scenes on their “Full Circle Experience”, it’s easy to see why this winery above so many others recently won the […]

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 […]

A visit to Château Pontet-Canet, Bordeaux

My visit to Château Pontet-Canet, in the Pauillac (“Poyac”) region was certainly one of my most unique and memorable visits in Bordeaux.  This is a 100% biodynamic and 100% organic certified winery that makes wines that even Robert Parker can’t fault. Both the 2009 and 2010 vintages received perfect 100-pt scores. Pulling into the driveway I […]