Sonoma County

    2013 Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

    2013 Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County At its inception 30 years ago, Ferrari-Carano quickly established a reputation as a producer of world-class Chardonnay. Those of us who visited the winery back then found the Sauvignon Blanc bottlings to be similarly outstanding. Today, the yearly output of Fumé Blanc is 85,000+ cases. Clear straw color.

    11 readers - By Wine Lines

    Burrata + Wine

    Summertime means fresh fruits, veggies, and lot’s of time to spend eating delicious appetizers at local restaura ...

    8 readers - By Moxie Lady

      Weekend Wine Notes: Six Spicy, Savory Whites

      Bigger Than Your Head - - 7 readers - Need I say more? Half-a-dozen very attractive, lively, spicy and savory — some more spicy than savory, some more savory than spicy — white wines designed to quench the thirst, caress and engage the palate, and accompany all sorts of the imaginative cuisine you’re so good at creating — or, you know, a package of fish sticks from the freezer (the only form of seafood we ate when I was a child).

      The Ante Is Upped with Kenwood’s 2010 ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet

      Wine Lines - - 5 readers - We have been fans of Kenwood Vineyards’ “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon for more than a quarter-century. As with all wines that have been around for a while, some years have been better than others, and there were a few vintages when the wine did not live up to the label — but only a few. In recent years, this special bottling has been on a winning streak.

      A tasting at Verité

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 5 readers - Wonderful trip yesterday to Verité, the Jackson Family-owned property that quite frankly is killing it in Bordeaux blends. I’ve been on that opinion at least since I gave the 2006 La Muse a perfect 100 points, their first ever; but not their last, for Robert Parker recently gave no fewer than seven 100-point scores to Verité, an unprecedented fact that causes me to joke that he copied me.

      Throw Back Thursday for me: Women for WineSense

      Wine Blog - - 5 readers - It's been a long time since I've made it over the hill to attend a Women for WineSense event, but this might be the one I'm going to do. I was just invited by Marcia Macomber, and I had to write this Email of interest, but the caveat is great at this time. Not sure yet, Marcia, but I do appreciate your invitation. We're in the aftermath of a house flood ($35,000 worth of damages).

    The latest about Sonoma County

      A New Zin Tradition

      …John On Wine – A New Zin Tradition Originally published in the Ukiah Daily Journal on Thursday, August 28, 2014 John Cesano of John On Wine On a sunny Saturday in August, I spent some time in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley at the ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) Simply Summer Celebration, an inaugural event billed as “a new Zin…

      3 readers - By John on Wine - a wine blog

      2012 Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

      …Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Region: Sonoma County, California – USA Cost: $14 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: Bright aromas of lime and citrus are at the core of this Sauvignon Blanc, with layers of white flower nectar, peach, and tropical melon. The palate of the wine is fresh and alive with clean fruit flavors and a perfectly balanced fruit. My…

      By The Good Wine Guru

      The Ante Is Upped with Kenwood’s 2010 ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet

      … on a winning streak. In fact, ever since the outstanding 2007 vintage, it has been getting better and better, gradually moving up on Wine Lines’ 100-point rating scale. We just had the opportunity to assess the 2010 vintage, and we were impressed — from artist Keith Wicks’ gorgeous “Sonoma Serenity” painting, which adorns the label, to the picture-perfect…

      5 readers - By Wine Lines

      2010 Kenwood Vineyards ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

      …2010 Kenwood Vineyards ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County The painting on the label, crafted by Keith Wicks, is titled, “Sonoma Serenity.” That’s not a bad two-word description of the wine inside, a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sonoma Valley and Alexander Valley, and 4% Merlot from the Dry Creek Valley. Glass-staining…

      By Wine Lines

      Get On Up: James Brown moment + a lifetime memory + a befitting wine

      …Get On Up… What a chant… It’s no secret that I have a rock n’ roll background, long before I moved to California and segued into wine. Our friend Corinne Reichel of Respite Wines just asked us, before seeing the movie Get On Up, “Did you ever meet James Brown?” Ask about most rock and roll artists, and the answer is a probable “yes.” Jose said…

      3 readers - By Wine Blog

      Petaluma Hills Brewing

      …We have been anxiously awaiting the opening of Petaluma Hills Brewing Company. We had had their beers before at events and met some of the owners and really enjoyed the beers. We headed of to Petaluma on a date night after having some delicious sushi at Hana and a nice shopping trip to Costco. We met Austin, one of the owners sons and learned all…

      2 readers - By Moxie Lady

      Pinot Noir and Chardonnay II: Inman Family Wines

      …I wrote about Kathleen’s Inman’s wines produced under the Inman Family Wines label last year in October; check out that post for information about the history of the winery and Inman’s philosophy. Suffice to say that in this second entry in my “Pinot and Chardonnay” series, I offer a pair of wines that strike, to my palate, the perfect…

      By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Earthquake Strikes Napa Valley

      …As some of you have heard, this past Sunday, August 24th, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Napa Valley and Sonoma County. The damage was intense to many homes, historical buildings and businesses including wineries and their supporting companies. Thankfully there have been no reported deaths yet 200 injuries is nothing to ignore. My heartfelt…

      By Simple Wine Talk

      A tasting at Verité

      …-digit release price). Like Verite it is a Sonoma County blend; in three vintages the blend has varied, from Cabernet Sauvignon-based in 2009 to Merlot-based in 2010 and Cabernet Franc-based in 2011. Pierre’s daughter, Hélene Seillan, is gradually inheriting the winemaking role. 2009 Cenyth. Rich, opulent, a “Californian” wine. Oodles of blackberries…

      5 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Sonoma Wine Country Weekened!

      … for relaxing outside with some delicious Sonoma County wine! Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is the penultimate weekend of wine, food, and culinary adventures, showcasing the best that Sonoma County has to offer. This year, local Sommelier Stars are bringing their discriminating palates to bat, immersing themselves, and you, in an educational experience like…

      4 readers - By Luscious Lushes

      100 Year Old Wineries Near Healdsburg

      … and producing bulk wines. Edoardo Seghesio founded the winery and was said to be the first one to bring in and successfully grow the Sangiovese grape. It was not until 1983 that they began to bottle premium wines under their own label. Today the winery is most famous for its Zinfandel wines, and in particular the Sonoma Zinfandel that has won numerous awards…

      3 readers - By Wine Country Getaways

      Weekend Wine Notes: Six Spicy, Savory Whites

      …Need I say more? Half-a-dozen very attractive, lively, spicy and savory — some more spicy than savory, some more savory than spicy — white wines designed to quench the thirst, caress and engage the palate, and accompany all sorts of the imaginative cuisine you’re so good at creating — or, you know, a package of fish sticks from the freezer…

      7 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Fifty Wines That Shaped My Palate, 1984-2014

      … afternoon. 8. Sonoma Vineyards Alexander’s Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 1976, Sonoma County. July 27 and 28, 1985. Fine balance, harmony and integration, a sense of confidence and authority expressed with elegance and restraint. This winery was not renamed for its founder Rodney Strong until after he sold it in 1984. 9. Chateau Latour 1982, Pauillac…

      By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Throw Back Thursday for me: Women for WineSense

      … On the evening of September 11, 2014, a panel of wine industry trailblazers, including Amelia Morán Ceja, the first Mexican-American woman ever to be elected president of a winery; Herta Peju, co-founder of Peju Province Winery; and Delia Viader, owner and winemaker of Viader, will speak at "Women in Wine" to be held by the Napa|Sonoma chapter…

      5 readers - By Wine Blog