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28 January, 2018

Cheese and Wine Pairings at Chateau St. Jean

Cheese and Wine Pairings at Chateau St. Jean
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA on by : The Gourmez
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Chateau St. Jean is one of Sonoma’s most well-known and beautifully kept-up wineries. Last October, the fires that attacked wine country reached Chateau St. Jean. I was relieved, as were many wine lovers, when we learned that the estate’s main buildings had survived with only ash and smoke removal needed. As part of a Wine
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30 May, 2016

A Winemaker’s Downtown Sonoma Afternoon

A Winemaker’s Downtown Sonoma Afternoon
Comments : 2 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Belle de Blanc, Dining in Sonoma - CA, Restaurants, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA, Travel, Travel Guide for Sonoma, CA, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Let’s begin this blog post from the end! Farewell, Sonoma! Had a great time tasting your wares with grower Henry Matthes! Blogs coming soon…. _____ #winelover #CAwine #whitewines #rhône #sonoma #norcal #travel #landscape #nature #grapes A photo posted by Becca Gomez Farrell (@thegourmez) on Apr 21, 2016 at 4:05pm PDT If you read my blog
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25 May, 2016

An Intro to Henry Matthes Vineyards

An Intro to Henry Matthes Vineyards
Comments : 3 Posted in : Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, White Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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I met Henry Matthes, a winemaker and grower, at a party for our mutual friend, Peter Nowack, founder of OneGoodDay.Org, a nonprofit that funds microgrants for people with terminal illnesses to see their family and have one last good day together, whatever form that may take. Peter has been in the Bay Area wine scene
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8 July, 2015

Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013

Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013
Posted in : Merlot, Red Wine, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Pickberry Vineyard Merlot 2013 Sonoma Mountain, CA Plump cherries on a slate board with mild blue cheese and sautéed mushrooms. The cheese deepens as the long finish continues…and continues…and continues. If only cherries and blue cheese were a better combination. I should have ordered brie! My Quini Profile: My Quini Flower: Which means I award
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10 February, 2015

Crowdpleazin 2013

Crowdpleazin 2013
Posted in : Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Crowdpleazin 2013 Sonoma Valley, CA Crowdpleazin is a fantastic, affordable option from celebrated winemakers Ken Deis and Derek Rohlffs. It’s manufactured under the NakedWines.Com label, which I’ve talked about in the past, although it’s been a bit since my last review. I’m also an affiliate with NakedWines.Com for full disclosure purposes. Being an affiliate doesn’t
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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, Travel Guide for Sonoma, CA, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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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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18 July, 2014

WBC 14: Best Wines

WBC 14: Best Wines
Comments : 3 Posted in : Chardonnay, Events, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz / Syrah, Teroldego, Touriga Nacional, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : The Gourmez
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This is the first of several posts covering my experience at the Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC14) held in Buellton, CA, last weekend. I’ll feature one per week, likely through August, and why not start with what’s most important to me? Naturally, that’s the wines themselves. Over the course of the conference, I tasted around 70
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28 January, 2014

Homewood Winery Merlot Port 2010

Homewood Winery Merlot Port 2010
Posted in : Fortified Wine, Port, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Homewood Winery Merlot Port 2010 Dry Creek, CA I picked up this bottle on a recent sojourn to Sonoma from the one vineyard we ventured to on a quick day trip to the region. I thought the merlot port delicious in the tasting room, and I’m interested to see how it stacks up when drunk
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23 January, 2014

A Foodie Day Trip to Sonoma

A Foodie Day Trip to Sonoma
Comments : 2 Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Dining in Sonoma - CA, Restaurants, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA, Travel, Travel Guide for Sonoma, CA, Wine on by : The Gourmez
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My first visit to Sonoma took place a few days before Thanksgiving 2013. It was a quick jaunt into the winery-laden countryside not so far from San Francisco. The downtown area is very cute, full of alleyways and courtyards that hide a range of stores and tasting rooms. Of course, I managed to eat and
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5 January, 2011

Three Knights Russian River Merlot 2006

Comments : 5 Posted in : Merlot, Red Wine on by : The Gourmez
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Three Knights 2006 Russian River Valley Merlot Sonoma, CA Prunes and strawberries dominate the nose. There’s a crushed mint flavor that accentuates the wine’s primary notes of pepper and a bright berry somewhere between blue and boysen. Plenty of dry mouth left when the wine’s been swallowed.