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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.

Review: Cairdeas Winery

One of the best parts about the Chelan wine region is you never quite know what you’re going to get with each winery in terms of varietals. While there seems to be no staple grape of the region, there seems to be a staple wine region to which the grapes predominately come from—France. Welcome to Cairdeas Winery. Cairdeas digs deep into the terroir of France…

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards

It’s a long way to Tipperary, It’s a long way to go. It’s a long way to Hard Row to Hoe, For it’s surely a place you’ll want to go. Ok, so that song doesn’t exactly go like that, but it’s of a similar theme. Hard Row to Hoe’s name, is just what you were thinking. The name is based upon the fact that once…

Lake Chelan AVA

It’s a common perception that the entire state of Washington is lush and green, where the landscape is constantly shrouded in a light mist or rain. Yet the minute you cross the cascades on your way to central Washington, the landscape turns from green to a golden brown. For the rest of the state, east of the cascades, is arid and dry. The mighty Columbia…

Rock Wall Winery

I often times refer to Alameda as the island. Because, literally, that’s what it is, in the heart of the same named county. I love Alameda for it’s throwback approach. It’s a mixture of wartime and 2017. The houses and some of the buildings are relics of the great wars. There’s a decommissioned military base with large warehouses that house, among other things, a winery….

Thomas George Estates

I have a bit of an obsession with driving along Westside Road in the Russian River. Once an open and expansive road through the southern parts of Dry Creek Valley, the road starts twisting and turning, diving ever so deeper into the heart of the Russian River. Large swaths of trees flank both sides of the road, all the while patches of vineyards dart out…

Zialena

“No, turn left! That’s River Rd.,” my tasting partner exclaimed as we both tried to figure out exactly where Zialena exactly was. Just as I was about to make that left, a little A-frame sat on the side of the road providing a much needed sign (literally) to head straight to get to the winery. And with that, we’ve arrived. Welcome to Zialena. For all…

MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

The Russian River is known for three things: Chardonnays, Pinots, and wineries tucked away, up roads flanked by redwood trees, or buried up in the pines on the top of the mountain. A majority of wineries are missing something the neighboring regions of Dry Creek Valley & Alexander Valley have: tasting views. Yet MacRostie defies the norm. Welcome to MacRostie Vineyards. MacRostie Vineyards sits on…

Foley Sonoma Winery

While I have a propensity to describe Alexander Valley as a bit like the central valley in the way the topography goes, it does have a few differences (ok, so maybe more than a few differences). Namely a few rolling hills, to which one of them is where Foley Sonoma sits atop on. Welcome to Foley Sonoma. While you may think a winery sitting atop…

Wine Review: McKenzie-Mueller 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

(part 3 in a 3 part series) Ah, the quarterback (ok, I promise no more football analogies). I figured I’d leave the biggest one for last. This is a Cabernet through and through. On the nose it’s earthy with some plums and mushrooms. But upon another whiff, you also get undercurrents of milk chocolate and floral scents. I think it proves that while he may…

Wine Review: 2012 McKenzie-Mueller Petit Verdot

Oh, the Petit Verdot. It’s one of the Bordeaux family of grapes, though it seems to be the middle child. The Cab and Merlot are the quarterback and running back of the wine world while the Malbec is the kicker and the Cabernet Franc is on special teams. The Malbec gets called in on random occasions to finish the job on a blend and the…