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Review: Matanzas Creek Winery

Driving into Bennett Valley, with rows of perfectly manicured vines with leaves changing from orange to red, I gazed my eyes upon the hillsides at the top of the valley. Burnt, charred and effectively scared for years to come, I breathed a sigh of relief. Matanzas Creek was spared. But only by a few hundred feet at best. The behemoth that was the fires of…

J. Rickards Sémillon with Wine Country Journeys

I sat down with Jerry from Wine Country Journeys to talk about J. Rickards‘ Sémillon. J. Rickards is a small producer located on the northern end of Dry Creek Valley. To find them, take the 101 North up to Canyon Road. Hang a right on Chianti, and then straight on until morning. This wine sits between a Viognier and a Sauvignon Blanc. Good acidity but not…

Spend Black Friday in Alexander Valley

This is one of my favorite events of the year. For $40 if you’re a member of any of the wine clubs involved, or $45 you get to wine taste at the following Buy tickets & sign up.

What wine goes with Thanksgiving?

Oh, how I love Thanksgiving. The turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans, cranberry sauce and maybe some ham. Oh and stuffing. How could I forget the stuffing? All of those wines could wreak havoc on a wine pairing if you’re not careful. Thankfully, we have you covered. Here’s the 4 wines to pair with Thanksgiving. Zinfandel It’s really about the turkey and stuffing. The medium…

What wine goes with Halloween chocolate?

We took 3 popular chocolates for Halloween and paired them with 3 wines: 2 reds and a white wine. Snickers & Bedrock Wine Co. Albariño Reeses & Pedroncelli Winery Zinfandel M&M’s & Port. Full description will be on our patreon page at: http://patreon.com/beyondnapavalley

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…