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An Unexpected Duo at Dutton-Goldfield

Rightfully best-known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Dutton-Goldfield is a winery with a few tricks up its sleeve. Well, not tricky-type tricks, because that implies some kind of sleight-of-hand or tomfoolery. Rather a couple of surprises. Two unique bottles were part of a recent samples shipment the winery sent to me. (Thanks, DG.) Dutton-Goldfield 2018 [More]

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Two Recommended 2013 Sonoma Chardonnays

It’s California Chardonnay time again! Particularly a couple from the 2013 vintage in Sonoma. I was sent samples of both the J Vineyards Estate Grown (from the Russian River Valley section of Sonoma) and the Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard, which hails from the Sonoma Coast. Both of these wines see time in oak barrels. To [More]

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Touring and Tasting at Jordan Vineyard and Winery

Courtesy of the folks at Jordan Winery and Vineyard in Sonoma’s scenic Alexander Valley, I got to spend a couple days and nights hanging out at the winery and touring the over 1,200 acre (!) property. I thought it was time to flex my podcasting muscles a bit and record a show in an entirely [More]

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Sonoma Wine Country Vineyard Views: Gloria Ferrer

Couldn’t paint a more vivid picture of a Sonoma wine country vineyard than this view of some of the vines that go into making the wines of Gloria Ferrer. Though they produce still Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this California wine icon is best known for sparkling wine. I spent a couple days in the Carneros [More]

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Tater Tots and Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay: A Mouthful

Look at the way the light hits these tater tots! As I poured myself a glass of Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay (the 2011 hailing from California’s Sonoma Coast), graciously sent to me as a sample by the winery, I could not help but think of Caravaggio‘s famous work, “The Calling of Saint Matthew“. Though this image [More]

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Pair the 2011 CrossBarn Chardonnay With A Sunny Sonoma Day

How often is it that in a lineup of ultra-fancy wines I single out the least expensive as the most impressive? Not as often as I’d like, but the 2011 CrossBarn Chardonnay made my (sunny) day in Sonoma. While visiting the CrossBarn winery in Sepbastopol on a press trip sponsored by Jarvis Communications, I was [More]

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What Happens in Napa and Sonoma in January?

Leaving today on a press trip sponsored by Jarvis Communications to find out what goes on in the vineyards in January. Probably not as sleepy as you’d think. Stops along the way: Frank Family Vineyards Paul Hobbs Winery Reuling Vineyard Inman Family Wines Sequoia Grove Cain Vineyard and Winery And looking forward to seeing my [More]

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