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Tag: Sonoma

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 6/21/20

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of

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Want To Taste Wine? Sign This Waiver

As Wine Country re-opens throughout California and visitors return to tasting rooms once again, beyond mask-wearing employees and lots of

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Wine Country Reopens, Cautiously

I should probably come clean at the start. I broke the law to write this story. Here in northern California,

West of West Wine Festival: August 3-5, Occidental, CA

Cool climate has become a popular catchphrase in the world of wine, thanks, in part, to global warming trends that

2009 Dry Creek Vineyard “Heritage” Zinfandel, Sonoma County

Driving through California’s wine country, with its carefully manicured vineyards carpeting huge swaths of the countryside, it’s easy to imagine

Dry Creek Vineyard, Healdsburg, CA: Some Current Releases

Driving through California’s wine country, with its carefully manicured vineyards carpeting huge swaths of the countryside, it’s easy to imagine

2010 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, September 3-5, Healdsburg

Most people, when they come visit me in San Francisco and ask to be taken to wine country, assume that

Vinography Images: The Harvest

The Harvest This image needs little introduction. It captures the tireless work that is still going on in vineyards all

Vinography Images: Heavenly Light

Heavenly Light When I saw this photo I felt like I instantly recognized the location. Not that I knew the

Anaba Wines, Sonoma: Inaugural Releases

One of my greatest pleasures remains the surprise and delight of opening the very first wines made by a new

Vinography Images: Old Vine

Old Vine The whorls and gnarls of old vines are like fingerprints. I never get tired of looking at their

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend: September 4-6, 2009

Most people, when they come visit me in San Francisco and ask to be taken to wine country, assume that

Vinography Images: Taking Wing

Taking Wing I love great photographs of vineyards, which is mostly why I try to bring you a new image

Vinography Images: The Russian River

The Russian River Somewhere deep in the fog of this image, grapes are busy growing. This is the engine that

Vinography Images: The Sunlit Knoll

The Sunlit Knoll We tend to think of Napa and Sonoma as two distinct and separate wine regions, yet there

Vinography Images: Highlights

Highlights Vineyards become the most dramatic at the end of the day, when, like mountain ridges, they can be caught

2007 J. Rochioli “River Block” Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

It took me a long time in my evolution as a wine lover to truly understand the amount of money

Vinography Images: Below the Fog

Below the Fog While I often find myself praying for sun in San Francisco, I don’t ever tire of the

Peay Vineyards, Sonoma Coast: Current Releases

As a wine reviewer who gets paid next to nothing for his work, I have the luxury of only reviewing

Merry Edwards Wines, Russian River Valley: Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs

Meredith “Merry” Edwards drives an SUV with a license plate that matches the title on her business card: Reina de

2007 York Creek Vineyards Touriga Nacional Rose, Sonoma County

One of my favorite punching bags in the world is the sorry state of California rosé. For some reason, winemakers

Pinot on the River Festival, October 24-26, Russian River Valley

Now is a wonderful time to be wandering around wine country. The harvest is mostly complete, so there’s less chance

1996 Walter Hansel Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

One of the greatest, though imminently forgivable, crimes perpetrated by a large number of even the most knowledgeable wine lovers

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend: Aug 29-31, 2008

Most people, when they come visit me in San Francisco and ask to be taken to wine country, assume that

Vérité Wines, Sonoma: Current Releases

Formulaic is an adjective that is often leveled at some of California’s top boutique wines and their winemaking. As if