page-header

The Blog

Have wine, will travel

Pangloss Cellars

They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, I somewhat did initially with Pangloss Cellars. The rustic typeface that sits above the door as you walk in is classic western. Think Wells Fargo. The typeface, mixed with the tasting room sitting across the street from the Sonoma Square made me think I was in for a California-western themed tasting room. And that was…

Pedroncelli Winery

Pedroncelli Winery is much like the old guy at the end of the block. But instead of yelling, “Hey, you kids get off my lawn,” he’s handing you a glass of Sangiovese and saying, “Here, have a glass.” That’s Pedroncelli. I’m really not kidding when I say Pedroncelli is old. The winery celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2017, having not moved from it’s same location…

Medlock Ames Winery

There is something majestic about driving into Alexander Valley. The multi-story buildings of nearby Healdsburg and Geyserville fade away and all you have on nearly all sides of you are vineyards. There’s only a few roads into the valley. And where the two main roads meet, Alexander Valley Rd. and Hwy 128 is where you’ll find the newer kid on the block. Welcome to Medlock…

Stonestreet Estate Vineyards

Am I at a winery or at someone’s house? How comfortable are these couches and chairs outside? How incredibly beautiful is the large sculpture of a horse? Is this real? Yep. Welcome to Stonestreet. There are two locations to taste Stonestreet’s wines. The first is the downtown Healdsburg location. The second, and more highly recommend is out off of Hwy 128 in the Alexander Valley….

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…