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Touring Wine Country

February 1, 2009
Red Wine

If you are going to be in Northern California or in the San Francisco area, a trip to the wine country is certainly something to consider. Napa and Sonoma counties are, traffic permitting, only a several hour drive north from San Francisco. While this can be done as a day trip, it’s better done as a two to four day excursion.

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Wine – The Subjective Response

January 8, 2009
Red Wine

The appreciation of wine is in it’s essence is a subjective response. While with exposure and experience one can make learned comments about the “nose” or the color or expound on the presence or absence of any one of those various wine speak attributes one hears at wine tastings, at the core, you have a very personal reaction to wine that may have very little to do with the inate qualities of the wine itself.

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Wine for Thanksgiving

November 16, 2008

It’s that time of year when anyone who writes about wine feels obligated to make recommendations for wines to serve at Thanksgiving. In keeping with that tradition, here are mine.

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“FLAYvors of Washington” Recipe Contest

April 12, 2008

Every now and then I get the hankering to enter a recipe contest.  It doesn’t happen very often, mind you, but I’ll point out that according to the Wisconsin State Journal, I have the best potato salad in the kingdom of Madison… even if they didn’t understand what it meant when I called for a […]

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Wine Country Capers – Kunde Estates, Kenwood

October 20, 2007
Kunde Estate

Day One, Winery #7: It was getting a bit late in the day by the time we made it to Kunde Estate Winery. (We found out that Kunde rhymes with Sunday.  Who knew?) The grounds of this winery are very picturesque (which explains why there were so many pictures that I took there). I am […]

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Wine Country Capers – Kenwood Winery, Kenwood

October 19, 2007

Day One, Winery #5:  By the time we hit Kenwood, our main focus was on lunch, not wine.  We called ahead to find out if they had food that could be purchased at the winery, and we were told that they had some sausage and crackers.  This worked for us, and so we left Ravenswood […]

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Wine Country Capers – Ravenswood Winery, Sonoma

October 17, 2007

Day One, Winery #4: You might be able to guess from the above images snagged off of the Ravenswood website that this is absolutely our type of wine.  We drink Ravenswood often.  They sell a terrific Zin for around $10 a bottle, and it is a staple in our cellar.  We’ve also enjoyed their Merlot, […]

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Wine Country Capers – Sebastiani Vineyard and Winery, Sonoma

October 16, 2007

Day One, Winery #3: Sebastiani is one of those solid, standby wine producers which we turn to often when in a pinch.  We honed in on their limited production, Reserve wines.  Solid and dependable, we will be more willing to order these wines in restaurants more often when seeking out a wine to go with our […]

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Wine Country Capers – Cline Cellars Tasting Room, Sonoma

October 15, 2007
Cline Cellars Tasting Room

Day One, Winery #2: I’ll preface this by saying that we love Cline Cellars wines.  Reasonably priced, you can find many of them anywhere.  We are particularly fond of the deep, rich “Ancient Vine” varieties we’ve found locally – we’ve found the Zinfandel, Carignane and Mourvedre Ancient Vines here at our local liquor store for […]

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Wine Country Capers – Matanzas Creek Winery, Santa Rosa

October 14, 2007
Matanzas Creek

Day One, Winery #1:  Matanzas Creek winery has traditionally produced one of our favorite Merlots.  We were pretty excited to find out that this winery was very near our hotel, and so we planned on making this the first stop of our winery tour, on the very first day.  We were so eager, in fact, that we […]

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