Highlights from the Garagiste Festival: Northern Exposure | Veterans Hall – Sonoma, CA

Highlights from the Garagiste Festival: Northern Exposure | Veterans Hall – Sonoma, CA

I've said it before and will enthusiastically say it again.  As far as wine festivals go, nothing compares to the California Garagiste Festivals.  From Paso Robles to Solvang to Los Angeles, the Garagiste Festivals have introduced me to some of the best wines I've ever had and have given me an opportunity to meet the [...]

Dog Friendly Wineries in Sonoma County

Dog Friendly Wineries in Sonoma County

I've been spending a lot of time recently exploring the incredible and diverse wines of Sonoma.  That also means I've been seeking out the best dog-friendly wineries in the area so our furry travel companion Booker can join us on our adventures.  Many wineries in the area welcome dogs in their outdoor tasting areas only, however [...]

LIOCO Wine | Santa Rosa – Sonoma, CA

LIOCO Wine | Santa Rosa – Sonoma, CA

My visit to LIOCO Wine in Santa Rosa couldn't have happened at a better time.  For the past few months, I've been studying for my Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) certification through the Society of Wine Educators, which has proven to be an extremely challenging, often overwhelming, and very exciting experience.  While I've loved learning [...]

Porter-Bass Estate Winery | Guerneville – Sonoma, CA

Porter-Bass Estate Winery | Guerneville – Sonoma, CA

Small, back road wineries are my absolute favorite.  Even though they may be harder to find, the reward is definitely worth the effort. Aside from the slightly more complicated journey, back road wineries offer an experience you'd never find along the main tasting routes.  Many small wineries are family owned with rich histories and deep [...]

Hobo Wine Company | Santa Rosa, CA

Hobo Wine Company | Santa Rosa, CA

As anyone who follows wine knows, 2015 was the year of the millennial and their ever-growing love for wine.  According to a recent study, people aged 21-38 drank nearly half of the wine purchased in America in 2015, and they're willing to spend a bit more to try new, unusual varietals. Gone are the days of [...]

Highlights from the Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure | The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

Highlights from the Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure | The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

One of my absolute favorite things about the Garagiste Festivals is the opportunity to discover new wines and meet the incredibly gifted people who make them. Even with a few Garagiste Festivals under my belt, I'm always amazed by how much new, little-known wine talent shows up at each event to share the fruits of their labor - some of [...]

Cholame Vineyard | San Miguel – Monterey County, CA

Cholame Vineyard | San Miguel – Monterey County, CA

With the Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure just around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to write about one of my favorite new Garagiste winemakers, Cholame Vineyard. Cholame (pronounced "Sho-Lamb") doesn't have a tasting room, so you have to catch them at festivals such as the Garagiste Festival, at local wine events, or [...]