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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…