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8 January, 2019

A Winter Wineland Field Guide for Field Blends

A Winter Wineland Field Guide for Field Blends
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Dining in Healdsburg - CA, Dolcetto, Other Red Blends, Pinot Noir, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Tasting Rooms in Healdsburg - CA, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA, Travel Guide for Sonoma - CA, Travel Sponsored Stays and Tours on by : becca

It’s time for a midwinter trip on the Wine Road of Northern Sonoma County! Once a year, the Wine Road puts on the Winter Wineland celebration, a delightful invitation to hit up as many of their boutique, family-owned wineries and/or major label, large-scale producers as you desire along this beautiful stretch of wine country. The
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3 January, 2019

Lodi Wine and Chocolate Festival – February 9-10, 2019!

Lodi Wine and Chocolate Festival – February 9-10, 2019!
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Fortified Wine, Garnacha / Grenache, Petite Sirah, Port, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Lodi - CA, Travel Guide for Lodi - CA, Travel Sponsored Stays and Tours, Verdelho, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

It’s 2019 already?! Farewell, 2018, and your delicious food and drink memories. Attending the Lodi Wine and Chocolate Festival for the first time was one of those memories for me. Obligatory disclaimer: My tickets were comped for the 2018 Lodi Wine and Chocolate festival as a media representative. Tickets are now available to the general
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5 December, 2018

50 Years of Cabernet: The Chateau Montelena Dream Tasting

50 Years of Cabernet: The Chateau Montelena Dream Tasting
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Napa Valley - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

Last January, I was delighted to visit Chateau Montelena for the first time on the invitation of Calhoun & Company. Obligatory disclaimer: That means the Chateau Montelena Dream Tasting was entirely free to me. Indeed, it was a media and industry event, and I was thrilled, and a bit intimidated, to be included among the
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2 November, 2018

Livermore’s Bodegas Aguirre Winery

Livermore’s Bodegas Aguirre Winery
Comments : 2 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Chardonnay, Fortified Wine, Petite Sirah, Port, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Livermore - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

The History Last spring, I had the pleasure of visiting Bodegas Aguirre Winery for the first time. Obligatory disclaimer: This was an invitation extended to media, and thus, free to me. Located in the Livermore Valley, which is a historic Californian wine region, Bodegas Aguirre is the passion project of cardiac surgeon Ricardo Aguirre. Dr.
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27 August, 2018

Caviar & Cabernet Sauvignon: Jordan Winery’s elegant pairing experiences

Caviar & Cabernet Sauvignon: Jordan Winery’s elegant pairing experiences
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne / Champenoise Style, Chardonnay, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, Tasting Rooms in Napa Valley - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

For my last post on the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), I want to highlight the caviar tasting experience Jordan Winery has developed with Tsar Nicoulai Farms. I tried both during a WBC Friday night excursion dinner, which means the food and drink enjoyed was offered at a very steep discount to me <—  Yes,
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27 July, 2018

A Tasting at Turiya Wines

A Tasting at Turiya Wines
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Merlot, Other Red Blends, Petit Verdot, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Lompoc - CA, Wine on by : becca

Obligatory disclaimer: This tasting of Turiya Wines was free to me. I spent my formative years on the Central Coast, in Santa Maria, California. While I lived there, I had no idea it was a wine-growing region. My family is conservative, religious stock – having a drink is as likely to bring forth admonitions about
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6 June, 2018

Stags’ Leap and Etude Wineries: Two Treasury Wine Estate Jewels

Stags’ Leap and Etude Wineries: Two Treasury Wine Estate Jewels
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Brandy, Chardonnay, Dining in Sonoma - CA, Other Red Blends, Petite Sirah, Red Wine, Restaurants, Spirits, Tasting Rooms in Napa Valley - CA, White Wine, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2017 on by : becca

On a pre-excursion to the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), I had the pleasure of touring and tasting at two estate wineries in the Napa Valley. As they were part of the WBC, these experiences were steeply discounted, so consider that my obligatory disclaimer prior to diving in to this blog. Or driving in, as
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3 May, 2018

Tasting along Northern Sonoma County’s Wine Road

Tasting along Northern Sonoma County’s Wine Road
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Dessert Wine, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Shiraz / Syrah, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

The Wine Road is a professional association of over 250 wineries and lodgings based in northern Sonoma County. At 40 years and counting, it’s rather long-lived for a California wine country organization! The Wine Road is also a Taste Award-winning, biweekly podcast from hosts Marcy Gordon and Beth Costa. Beth has been the executive director
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