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 [...]

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 [...]

5 Must-Try Rosé Wines For Summertime

5 Must-Try Rosé Wines For Summertime

With longer, warmer days upon us, it seems like Rosé season has finally arrived.  Grab a chair in the sun and enjoy one of these bottles on a lazy Summer afternoon. Arnot-Roberts 2014 Rosé The Arnot-Roberts 2014 Rosé is made from Touriga Nacional, which is one of Portugal's finest varietals and is typically used to make Port. [...]

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 [...]

Highlights from the 2nd Annual “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure”

Highlights from the 2nd Annual “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure”

Last weekend, some of the finest local, small production wine making talent around gathered at the Veterans Memorial Building in Solvang, CA for the 2nd annual "Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure". This year, a Grand Tasting was held on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with a different lineup each day.  With 60 wineries pouring over the [...]

Exploring the Lompoc Wine Ghetto – Part 1

Exploring the Lompoc Wine Ghetto – Part 1

I've known about the Lompoc Wine Ghetto for ages, but for some reason, I never had a strong desire to visit. I had a preconceived notion that it was an easy access, multiple tasting room destination that catered to those who prefer quantity over quality. After visiting for the first time this weekend, I could [...]

Sparkling Wines for the New Year – Vertuze & Louis Bouillot Sparkling Rosé

Sparkling Wines for the New Year – Vertuze & Louis Bouillot Sparkling Rosé

 With all the celebrating that goes on at this time of year, I find myself enjoying a lot more sparkling wine and champagne than I usually do. Since I have less time to travel to wine country over the holidays, I've been exploring the world of sparkling wine at home with friends and family. I [...]