Major Fires

California Fire Donation Resources

It was just over a year ago that fires swept through northern California wine country.  We posted a link to various resources.  Now the fires are back.  The two largest are the Camp Fire in Butte County and the Woolsey […]

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RN Estate 2012 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills

If you have a bottle of this beauty laying around, don’t hesitate to open it.  Aromas of bing and black cherries.  The palate features one of the finest, silkiest tannin finishes I’ve ever tasted.  Mid-palate of cola and spice with […]

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Nate in the barn Belden Barns 2017 Sauvignon Blanc

Belden Barns 2017 Sauvignon Blanc

We’ve written about these folks quite a bit over the years.  About a week ago we got our wine club shipment.  The pinots can wait but the lure of the Belden Barns 2017 sauvigvnon blanc ($26) proved irresistable. And we […]

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Piper at Chef Chus

Piper-Heidsieck Visits Chef Chu’s With Artisan

Our friends at Artisan Wine Depot invited us to a special food and champagne pairing on September 19. The champagne was from Piper-Heidsieck with their local expert and evangelist Kyle Kaplan.  Food pairings were from the legendary Larry Chu who […]

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Santa Lucia Highlands Hahn Visits Artisan

Hahn Visits Artisan

Long-time readers will remember our admiration for Hahn Family Wines.  We were delighted to be invited to a tasting by our friends at Artisan Wine Depot.  Hahn visits Artisan and we are there to report on the event. As always, […]

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Everyday Pinot Noir

The Sean Minor Team

Sean Minor Returns

[Editor: Mr. Minor never really left.  What went missing

Knez 2013 Reserve Pinot Noir

Major Year End Bargain From Knez

We've reviewed Knez Winery before.  They were  a major

Trader Joe’s 2014 “Petit Reserve” Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir

Available in the greater Silicon Valley area, we took

Mud House Crew Relaxing

Mud House 2014 Central Otago Pinot Noir

Artisan Wine Depot was offering a deal on Mud

Picton Bay

Two Bargains from Trader Joe

We occasionally buy some wine at Trader Joe's. But

Wine Events

Piper at Chef Chus

Piper-Heidsieck Visits Chef Chu’s With Artisan

Our friends at Artisan Wine Depot invited us to

La Pitchoune's Tracy Nielsen

Garagiste Northern Exposure in Sonoma Preview Part 2

This is part 2 of our preview of Garagiste

Walking In

Garagiste Northern Exposure in Sonoma Preview Part 1

On May 12 we traveled north to the town

Bob, Kelly, and Sarah Smerling Cabana Winery at Family Winemakers 2017

Cabana Winery and Bistro at Family Winemakers 2017

Cabana is the first of two central valley wineries

Pier 27 view Family Winemakers 2017 Stay On Message

Family Winemakers 2017 Stay True To Your Terroir

This is our overview article about the Family Winemakers

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