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Tag: Wineries

Bonny Doon Winery

Wine has an austere to it—high society, with royalty and the upper-class. Wine must be this way or that way. Labels with scripted type, falling leaves and chateaus help seal the deal that this commodity is not designed for commoners. Then there’s Bonny Doon. Toss out your expectations before walking through the tasting room door in Davenport, a few miles north of Santa Cruz, California….

Review: Matanzas Creek Winery

Driving into Bennett Valley, with rows of perfectly manicured vines with leaves changing from orange to red, I gazed my eyes upon the hillsides at the top of the valley. Burnt, charred and effectively scared for years to come, I breathed a sigh of relief. Matanzas Creek was spared. But only by a few hundred feet at best. The behemoth that was the fires of…

Review: Cairdeas Winery

One of the best parts about the Chelan wine region is you never quite know what you’re going to get with each winery in terms of varietals. While there seems to be no staple grape of the region, there seems to be a staple wine region to which the grapes predominately come from—France. Welcome to Cairdeas Winery. Cairdeas digs deep into the terroir of France…

Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards

It’s a long way to Tipperary, It’s a long way to go. It’s a long way to Hard Row to Hoe, For it’s surely a place you’ll want to go. Ok, so that song doesn’t exactly go like that, but it’s of a similar theme. Hard Row to Hoe’s name, is just what you were thinking. The name is based upon the fact that once…

Rock Wall Winery

I often times refer to Alameda as the island. Because, literally, that’s what it is, in the heart of the same named county. I love Alameda for it’s throwback approach. It’s a mixture of wartime and 2017. The houses and some of the buildings are relics of the great wars. There’s a decommissioned military base with large warehouses that house, among other things, a winery….

Thomas George Estates

I have a bit of an obsession with driving along Westside Road in the Russian River. Once an open and expansive road through the southern parts of Dry Creek Valley, the road starts twisting and turning, diving ever so deeper into the heart of the Russian River. Large swaths of trees flank both sides of the road, all the while patches of vineyards dart out…

Zialena

“No, turn left! That’s River Rd.,” my tasting partner exclaimed as we both tried to figure out exactly where Zialena exactly was. Just as I was about to make that left, a little A-frame sat on the side of the road providing a much needed sign (literally) to head straight to get to the winery. And with that, we’ve arrived. Welcome to Zialena. For all…

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…

Pangloss Cellars

They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, I somewhat did initially with Pangloss Cellars. The rustic typeface that sits above the door as you walk in is classic western. Think Wells Fargo. The typeface, mixed with the tasting room sitting across the street from the Sonoma Square made me think I was in for a California-western themed tasting room. And that was…