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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…

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…

Mauritson Wines

I didn’t know what to expect from Mauritson Wines, except for the fact that at least one of their wines would be from Rockpile, a newly designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) residing on the northern end of Lake Sonoma. At least that’s what the brochure said. That was just the start to a larger world I had no idea existed. Welcome to Mauritson. It’s really…

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…

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…

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…