A Lynmar Horizontal

Confession: we have somehow accumulated a large number of bottles of Lynmar 2014 pinots in our Eurocave. So we’re creating space. This will be the first of several Lynmar horizontals. The wines are the Susanna’s Vineyard (Sonoma Coast, $65) and […]

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Wow Wine Country Dawn Featured Balletto Vineyards Has Great Wine and an All-American Success Story

Balletto Vineyards Has Great Wine and
an All-American Success Story

Balletto mainly grows grapes. They keep ten percent for their use. And their wines are pretty terrific. Not to mention reasonably priced. All their wines are estate grown and bottled, with a Russian River Valley AVA designation. And the best […]

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The Spire Collection Is More Than Just Maggy Hawk

Our first stop — and the motivation for this trip — was at the Spire Collection in Calistoga.  This operation is owned by Jackson Family Wines.  We’ve written extensively about Barbara Banke, Maggy Hawk, and Windracer before.  This time we […]

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Our Weekend in Sonoma and Napa

We traveled north on February 17. Our main objective was the Spire Collection tasting of wines from Maggy Hawk. A full review will be coming shortly. This is the overview of our weekend in Sonoma and Napa counties. The Spire […]

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Mud House Crew Relaxing

Mud House 2014 Central Otago Pinot Noir

Artisan Wine Depot was offering a deal on Mud House 2014 Central Otago pinot noir at $16 per bottle. (The link is to our full review on New Zealand Wine Fan.) We bought four bottles on a whim. Subtle aromas […]

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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

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

Sean and Nicole Minor Pinot Shootout at the ARtisan Corral

Pinot Shootout at the Artisan Corral

OK, we apologize to John Sturges. James and Christine were

Ankida Ridge at IPNC

Ankida Ridge Picked for IPNC

A few summers ago we were invited to a

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