Williams Selyem Winery | Healdsburg, CA

Williams Selyem Winery | Healdsburg, CA

If I had to declare a favorite wine, without hesitation it would be Pinot Noir.  There are a million other varietals that I love to drink but in my mind, nothing compares to an amazing Pinot.  And this weekend I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite California Pinot Noir makers, Williams Selyem. [...]

Wind Gap Wines | The Barlow – Sebastopol, CA

Wind Gap Wines | The Barlow – Sebastopol, CA

I've noticed a trend recently of winemakers using a very minimalist approach to their craft.  By selecting the best grapes from specific vineyard sites, using wild yeasts, and remaining as non-interventionist as possible, they're allowing the fruit to express itself in an honest, unique way. An excellent example of this sort of wine making is [...]

Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery | Healdsburg, CA

Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery | Healdsburg, CA

Over the last year or so, I've fallen madly in love with Sonoma County.  In particular, the area of the Russian River Valley encircled by the towns of Guerneville, Sebastopol & Healdsburg.  From the towering Redwoods to the rocky coastline and everything in between, the natural beauty in this area is unsurpassed. The more I [...]

Truett-Hurst & VML Wineries | Sonoma, CA

Truett-Hurst & VML Wineries | Sonoma, CA

Sometimes wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma can be daunting. With so many wineries to choose from in a relatively small area, I often feel like I don't know where to begin. However, during my last visit, I felt like I found a couple perfect spots. Tucked away on a gorgeous piece of land in [...]

Inglenook (formerly Rubicon Estate) | Napa Valley

Inglenook (formerly Rubicon Estate) | Napa Valley

I have to admit that while I was interested in trying the wines of Rubicon Estate in Napa Valley, it wasn't exactly at the top of my list. I assumed that a winery owned by 5 time Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola and his family would likely be "Hollywood". I anticipated it would be a [...]

Casa Nuestra Winery & Vineyards | Napa Valley

Casa Nuestra Winery & Vineyards | Napa Valley

In early December - just before the holiday madness began - we flew up to Napa for a long, relaxing, wine-filled weekend. One of the first places we visited on this particular trip was Casa Nuestra Winery & Vineyards in St. Helena. I had read reviews on Casa Nuestra and it sounded exactly like something [...]