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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…

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…