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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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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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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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4 September, 2016

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 2

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 2
Comments : 3 Posted in : Bread Wine, Liqueurs, Other Spirits, Petite Sirah, Red Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Vodka, White Wine, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : becca

Last week, I posted Part 1 of this two-part series on the most memorable wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), based in Lodi. I also participated in the Livermore Valley pre-excursion, so those wines crop up here. And they crop up on Instagram, where I first posted this picture from our Concannon dinner:
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29 February, 2016

Scotto Cellars Heavyweight Wine

Scotto Cellars Heavyweight Wine
Comments : 5 Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Red Wine on by : becca

Scotto Cellars is a family-owned winemaking company based in California with vineyards in Amador County, Lodi, and Napa Valley. I received sample bottles of two wines in their Heavyweight line: the petite sirah and the cabernet sauvignon, both sourced from the greater Central Valley. Obligatory disclaimer: Sample means these wines were free to me, but
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20 September, 2014

Sonoma Valley Portworks Petite Sirah Port 2007

Sonoma Valley Portworks Petite Sirah Port 2007
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Petite Sirah, Port, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA, Travel Guide for Sonoma - CA, Wine on by : becca

Sonoma Valley Portworks Petite Sirah Port 2007 Clarksburg, CA During my trip last spring to Petaluma, I picked up this bottle of port in a surge of jubilation that I had found a winery specializing in dessert wines (613 2nd Street in the Foundry Wharf building). Plenty of wineries offer one or a handful of
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