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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…

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…

The 3 keys to wine tasting

Ok. You’ve charted your course to three wineries and you’ve even picked out a restaurant nearby to stop for lunch. Now comes the time to actually step up to the bar and try the wine. While you’re there, try to focus on these three components: Smell the wine Have you ever seen fellow wine tasters swirl the wine inside of their glass? That’s due to…

What is a Meritage?

Repeat it with me. Meritage rhymes with Heritage. Once more. Meritage rhymes with heritage. Got it? Good. Ok, by now you’re probably thinking just what is a Meritage? For that answer we have to travel to Bordeaux, France (and eventually back to the US). You’ve probably heard of Bordeaux. It’s both a town and wine region in France along with the name of a type…

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…

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:…

Nobody is really on the fence with Petite Sirah

When you talk to people about wine, most people will shrug their shoulders if they aren’t big on a particular grape. You might hear “I can drink that” or “Eh, it’s ok” to soften the blow of a wine they aren’t particularly fond of but can tolerate. Then there’s Petite Sirah. The polarizing, divisive, turn-your-teeth-purple wine seems to leave no one on the fence. The…

How to (Im)properly pronounce Viognier

 I’m really happy I took 4 years of Spanish back in high school. I admit that, living in San Diego and being nearly able to throw a rock over the Mexican-American border, that having a good knowledge of a close neighbor’s language wasn’t a bad thing to have in my pocket. Then I started to getting into wine. And wine and Mexico don’t exactly go…