Tom, Ginger, Tony, and Norma

Three Days in Sonoma County

We met my brother Tom and his wife Ginger in Windsor for three days of wine-tasting and conversation. This is the overview of our three days in Sonoma County. We discovered a  really good winery that was new to us: […]

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Bastide de la Ciselette

France Visits Artisan

Artisan Wine Depot was kind enough to invite us to their tasting of French wines imported by Martine Saunier. Several were impressive. None were flawed. Here’s what the company website has to say about Ms. Saunier: Martine Saunier was born […]

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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 we visited at Family Winemakers 2017. (Dancing Coyote is the second.) Located in East Sacramento, the official name is Cabana Winery and Bistro. According to several reviews (here and here), the […]

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Murder Ridge Logo Murder Ridge at Family Winemakers 2017

Murder Ridge at Family Winemakers 2017

Murder Ridge won our award for Most Original Name in our overview of Family Winemakers 2017. But they would not have made the list if their wines hadn’t been excellent. Let’s take a closer look at their pinot noir. This […]

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La Baia Del Sol

Artisan Does Italy

It’s been a while since we visited Artisan Wine Depot. (For a retired couple we seem to be awfully busy.) But then we were invited to a tasting of Italian wines, olive oils and imported foods. How could we say […]

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Everyday Pinot Noir

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

Luli Pinot Noir

Luli Wines Are Welcome Additions

After a tasting at Artisan Wine Depot, we were

Pali's Joanie Hudson and Tony

Pali Wines Returns to Artisan Wine Depot

We thoroughly enjoyed tasting Pali's wines in June, so

Wine Events

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

The Venue at Goldeneye Winery Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

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

Stanford Art, Wine, and Music Stanford Art and Wine Stroll 2016

Stanford Art and Wine Stroll 2016

Ah, retirement.  What retirement? We've been busy with a

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