Hop n Barley

Hop n Barley Festival, Cider Edition

[Editors note: Please welcome our new contributing author CD Schroder.  We trust that she will broaden our offerings, starting with cider.] The 9th Annual Hop ‘n Barley Festival was held at the idyllic Skypark in Scotts Valley. The festival was […]

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Why the Dinosaurs Went Extinct

At last, after centuries of “scientific” chicanery, we can reveal the true story of why the dinosaurs went extinct.

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Winemaker Greg Adams in action featured

Three Excellent Pinots From Gregory James

We wrote a brief review of Gregory James Wines in Part 2 of our Garagiste Northern Exposure preview.  We liked their wine so much we ordered half a case.  We’ve now tasted each of the three wines. We were not […]

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La Pitchoune's Tracy Nielsen

Garagiste Northern Exposure in Sonoma Preview Part 2

This is part 2 of our preview of Garagiste Northern Exposure.  We advise reading Part 1 first if you haven’t already. As an overview note, many wineries were pouring 2013 and/or 2014 vintages.  We preferred the 2013’s by and large. […]

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Walking In

Garagiste Northern Exposure in Sonoma Preview Part 1

On May 12 we traveled north to the town of Sonoma for the first Garagiste event north of Paso Robles: Garagiste Northern Exposure.  And we were not disappointed.  We found eight new wineries, each producing at least one pinot noir.  […]

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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

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

Domaine Anderson at the Festival Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival Part 2

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival Part 2

Update November 16: This article evolved into a four-part

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