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Author: Haydn Adams

Haydn is a wine professional in Northern California. He he armed with a super palate and a passport. He is constantly on the move looking for the next tasting room to try. From New Zealand to France, he is constantly in pursuit of that next great Grenache.

Ramazzotti Wines

Much of the wine world can thank the French. After all, it’s how we got the bottle sizes we have today, much of the grapes, styles and the overall general wine vibe can be traced back to France. But while the French raised wine onto pedestal levels not seen before, it’s the Italians that really make wine approachable and inviting. They created their own bottle,…

Fritz Underground Winery

Ok. I give up. Where’s the winery? No seriously. Where is it? If you’re cruising around Dry Creek, you’re probably not going to find this winery just on a whim. To complicate things, it’s truly underground, with the entire operations being housed inside of a mountain. And you thought NORAD was the only company buried underground. Welcome to Fritz Underground Winery. As much as I…

Comstock Wines

Comstock wasn’t originally on my radar. In fact, it wasn’t on anyone’s radar up until a few years ago. These days I tend to spend more time in the northern end of the valley, which would lead me to exit off of Canyon or Lytton Springs road. So even when Comstock appeared, I pretty much didn’t know of its existence because I wasn’t even passing…

Mauritson Wines

I didn’t know what to expect from Mauritson Wines, except for the fact that at least one of their wines would be from Rockpile, a newly designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) residing on the northern end of Lake Sonoma. At least that’s what the brochure said. That was just the start to a larger world I had no idea existed. Welcome to Mauritson. It’s really…

Schedule your appointment-based wine tastings as early as possible

Yes, I’m advocating that you start drinking/spitting wine as early in the day as possible. Your taste buds are the freshest in the morning. Just as you are the most refreshed in the morning, so is your tasting palate, granted you didn’t eat a huevos rancheros with ghost or habanero peppers prior for breakfast. When I know that a winery only accepts reservations as they…

The 3 keys to wine tasting

Ok. You’ve charted your course to three wineries and you’ve even picked out a restaurant nearby to stop for lunch. Now comes the time to actually step up to the bar and try the wine. While you’re there, try to focus on these three components: Smell the wine Have you ever seen fellow wine tasters swirl the wine inside of their glass? That’s due to…

What is a Meritage?

Repeat it with me. Meritage rhymes with Heritage. Once more. Meritage rhymes with heritage. Got it? Good. Ok, by now you’re probably thinking just what is a Meritage? For that answer we have to travel to Bordeaux, France (and eventually back to the US). You’ve probably heard of Bordeaux. It’s both a town and wine region in France along with the name of a type…

The sexiest grape in the world

In all the wine world, there is one grape in particular you need to get to know—she’s the sexiest grape in the world. A subtle and often overlooked grape, she has been around for hundreds of years but often has been hiding in the shadows. She hails from two of the oldest wine producing countries in the world: France and Spain. And while some of…

Rosé & the Eiffel Tower

During my trip to France, I only had 1 full day in Paris. While that may seem like a total bummer, I did drown my sorrows with 5 days in Champagne (the region) afterwards, so all was not lost. So what was I to do? In consulting countless friends and family prior to the trip, they all agreed that I had to see the Mona…

Landmark Vineyards at Hop Kiln Estates

I discovered Landmark Vineyards at Hop Kiln Estates by accident. I was driving along Westside Road (my 2nd favorite road in Sonoma, a close second to Chalk Hill), going from Korbel up to Dry Creek. Between those two wineries, there is really only one road—Westside. It’s quite beautiful, with various wineries and vineyards on either side of the road. It’s secluded but yet still populated…