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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…

The sexiest grape in the world

In all the wine world, there is one grape in particular you need to get to know—she’s the sexiest grape in the world. A subtle and often overlooked grape, she has been around for hundreds of years but often has been hiding in the shadows. She hails from two of the oldest wine producing countries in the world: France and Spain. And while some of…

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…

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…