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Landmark Vineyards at Hop Kiln Estates

I discovered Landmark Vineyards at Hop Kiln Estates by accident. I was driving along Westside Road (my 2nd favorite road in Sonoma, a close second to Chalk Hill), going from Korbel up to Dry Creek. Between those two wineries, there is really only one road—Westside. It’s quite beautiful, with various wineries and vineyards on either side of the road. It’s secluded but yet still populated…

Wine & The Great American Music Hall

I was stoked. The San Diego legendary singer/songwriter Steve Poltz was coming to San Francisco to play a show. Sweet! While I was exceptionally excited for the music, I generally wasn’t too excited on the alcohol selection, let alone at this venue. Poltz was scheduled to play at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, a venue I had never been to prior. To…

Nalle Winery

Don’t blink as you drive along Dry Creek Road towards the southern end of the valley. There’s a sign sitting quietly off to the eastern side of the road. Granted, it did get an upgrade fairly recently, but it’s still quiet by comparison to others along the main road. Just to the side of the sign is an unpaved road and a small locked bar…

Cast Wines

Wait. “Am I in Dry Creek or the Russian River Valley?” I thought to myself as I sat there examining my glass of sparkling wine while deciding which of the two flights of wine to taste. You can get a glass of bubbly in the valley? Now that’s a treat I didn’t expect. Welcome to Cast. Cast Winery is located on the northern end of…

Frick Winery

To say that Frick Winery is a hidden gem is an understatement. The winery has a single sign on the main road leading up to the winery measuring maybe a square foot, if that. Chances are good to great you’ve even driven past it on your way into Dry Creek by way of Canyon Rd. Yet, you’d be missing out on a diamond in the…

3 questions to ask while barrel tasting

I really enjoy barrel tasting. I wouldn’t directly equate it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but if there is ever a festive atmosphere in northern Sonoma County, barrel tasting would be it. Barrel tasting isn’t just your average wine tasting, it’s a chance for wineries to showcase their future wares straight from the source. Here’s 3 things you should ask while you’re barrel tasting:…

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…