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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…

Wine Review: 2007 Pinot Noir from McKenzie-Mueller in Napa-Carneros

It may be approaching nearly a decade since picking, but this Pinot Noir is bright and beautiful. The soft tannins give way to ripe fruit, namely strawberries, passion fruit and guava. And that’s all in the nose. After letting this wine breathe for a few minutes, the summer-ripe fruit gave way to a bit of pepper and a mixture of a little cola. For the…

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…