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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.

Trattore Farms

The Grenache grape is one of my favorites. It’s beautiful, seductive and nearly impossible to find in the new world on it’s own. Yet this winery not only has the Grenache on it’s wine menu but it comes in eosé as well. Hello Trattore farms. Great to meet you. There is probably one person more passionate than me about the Grenache grape. That man is…

Pech Merle Winery

If sitting on a chair lift while sipping on some of Sonoma’s finest wine, all while wearing sandals, is on your bucket list than I have a winery for you. Welcome to Pech Merle, located in downtown Geyserville, where you can do just that and so much more. Walking into Pech Merle you’ll immediately notice two things—a chair lift and a longboard sitting in the…

Mercury Wine

At first glance you might mistake Mercury Winery for a traditional winery. There’s a collection of bottles behind the counter along with a spit bucket and crackers lining the wooden tasting room countertop. Yet about 30 seconds after seeing the usual, you begin to experience the unusual and uncommon. And that’s Mercury Winery. The winery has it’s roots in the same sort of uncommonality. Brad…

Turkey Flat Vineyards

At first glance, Turkey Flat vineyards appears as any other winery. Vineyards flanking the driveway (with the great possibility of deadly brown snakes), large eucalyptus trees around the property and a tasting room about 50ft from the general parking lot. Yet upon stepping into the tasting room and reading down the tasting sheet, I began to realize this isn’t your normal Australian Cellar Door. For…

Wolf Blass Winery

I had planned on being in the Barossa Valley over New Years’, in part because it worked out better with my schedule and trying to book a hotel in Sydney on New Year’s Eve, some two months prior, was at best laughable. If you thought getting a hotel room in New York City was difficult that time of year, try Sydney. Knowing I would be…

Nobody is really on the fence with Petite Sirah

When you talk to people about wine, most people will shrug their shoulders if they aren’t big on a particular grape. You might hear “I can drink that” or “Eh, it’s ok” to soften the blow of a wine they aren’t particularly fond of but can tolerate. Then there’s Petite Sirah. The polarizing, divisive, turn-your-teeth-purple wine seems to leave no one on the fence. The…

How to (Im)properly pronounce Viognier

 I’m really happy I took 4 years of Spanish back in high school. I admit that, living in San Diego and being nearly able to throw a rock over the Mexican-American border, that having a good knowledge of a close neighbor’s language wasn’t a bad thing to have in my pocket. Then I started to getting into wine. And wine and Mexico don’t exactly go…