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    It would be an understatement to say that the Lady and I love the country of Spain. We’ve been twice together and I’ve been one additional time, on top of those adventures. Indeed, two years time we hope to take the pilgrimage of Camino del Santiago, during my sabbatical from work. The people, the food, the landscapes, and of course the WINE…all of it continues to pull me bac ...

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    St. Francis Winery Food & Wine Pairing

    St. Francis is a Certified Sustainable, family-owned winery that has been making wine in Sonoma County for over 40 years. St Francis winery is in a beautiful setting and they are dedicated to preserving the environment using solar energy and environmentally sound business practices including water conservation, recycling and use of eco-friendly packaging to preserve and protect Sonoma Valley.

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      Sonoma Valley CRUSH at St Francis Winery

      Sip on this Juice - - 6 readers - Each year, the changing colors of the leaves in the vineyards signal a start to harvest. Not only is this a great chance to taste through the wines of last season, it is also a time for many winery guests to sample fresh pressed juice or tour a “crush” pad. I learned to use a refractor for the 1st time on a Sonoma County CRUSH tour.

      Patz & Hall’s Sonoma House Wine on SonomaChat

      Sip on this Juice - - 5 readers - When I first heard that Patz & Hall were opening a new tasting room, I was more than excited. I have been a fan of their Pinot Noir for many years! Having the tasting room as close as Sonoma, California is terrific as I am able to visit often and also have a sip or two of course. In June of 2014, Donald Patz and the Patz & Hall Wine label and Sonoma House were our 1s ...

      Chestnut Oak in Full Bloom

      Virginia Wine Time - - 5 readers - We always look forward to trying new wineries especially those that seem to have making quality wines at the top of the agenda. These days we frequently encounter the “events first” philosophy in which hosting weddings and parties seem to trump making wine. At Chestnut Oak Vineyard, we encountered a tasting room still in construction but good wines already in the bottle.

      Lynmar Estate Picnic Food & Wine Pairings

      Sip on this Juice - - 5 readers - Each season ushers in a bountiful new crop of food from the garden. There is a wine for that. People who love to eat are the best kinds of people. Here in Wine Country, when we eat together, we also like to drink together. Take away the conventional dining room & insert a view of majestic hills covered in vines and framed by an edible bio-diverse garden… while enjoying ...

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      TasteCamp At Hudson Valley: Cider

      …. It is refreshing and tasty, the type of dry cider I prefer. They also make a Belgian Abbey Cider and Bourbon Barrel Reserve, though I didn't get a chance to taste them. The origins of this cider are a bit vague, and online searches have uncovered some different information. The Peconic Bat Winery, located on Long Island, created The Standard Cider Company…

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      Maryhill Proprietor’s Reserve 2011 Tavola Rosso

      … A blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, this is indeed a sturdy red table wine. The tannins are dense and chewy, the fruit submerged beneath barrel flavors of toast, caramel and nougat. I would be remiss to not make sure any visitors to Maryhill also knew about Sam Hill’s Stonehenge, a roadside attraction around a mile east…

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      Keswick Vineyards

      … Keswick Vineyards is one of our favorite wineries. We try to visit them each time we travel to Charlottesville. During our last visit to Charlottesville over the Columbus day weekend, we were able to stop by Keswick to see what was new. We elected to do a tasting of the current offerings in the tasting room. As is always the case, we started…

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      Woodinville Wineries: Fidélitas

      … the wines. Randy mentioned that Fidelitas makes big wines – and while the wines were good, they were not the big wines I was expecting. Here is what I tasted: 2013 Fidelitas Klipsum Vineyard Semillon Red Mountain – Nice, clean fruit, sweet nose, dry on the palate. Drinkability: 7 2011 Fidelitas Malbec Columbia Valley – cut through acidity, a food wine…

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      Woodinville Wineries: Guardian Cellars

      … poured – 2013 Guardian Cellars Entrapment Chardonnay. From the get go, this was a delicious wine – chablis-like nose with the hint of gunflint and minerality, round, powerful, medium to full body and perfect vanilla profile. It’s been a while since I had such a beautiful rendition of Chardonnay. Drinkability: 8 There were two more people…

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      Lynmar Estate Picnic Food & Wine Pairings

      …-diverse garden… while enjoying a unique epicurean afternoon… and what do you have? A great day. My favorite spot to take new visitors to Sonoma County for their first time ‘tasting room’ experience has long been Lynmar Estate in the Russian River Valley. When asked to visit Lynmar for their Estate Picnic Pairing recently including a tour…

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      SonomaChat 25th Twitter Chat Anniversary Oct22

      … by searching the #sonomachat hashtag on twitter, and can view past conversations Use hashtag all week to chat, ask questions or give out tips, advice and PLEASE post photos. SonomaChat Ambassadors: Past Guest Host List: Future Guest Hosts 2014: Nov. 5th – Russian River Growers Association Nov. 12th – Stryker Sonoma Nov. 19th – Thralls Wines Nov. 26th – Holiday Edition – Thanksgiving Dec. 3rd – Halleck Vineyards Dec. 10th – J Vineyards & Winery Dec. 17th – Winery Geek App at Wine Country This Week…

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      Chestnut Oak in Full Bloom

      … will feature estate grown grapes crafted by Eiserman. The tasting began with a very fruity 2010 Rose that was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Manseng. At 1% residual sugar, it was a pleasing sipper. Three vintages of Petit Manseng were next on tap, and these included pours from 2009, 2011, and 2012. These were all quite distinctive growing seasons…

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      Patz & Hall’s Sonoma House Wine on SonomaChat

      … When I first heard that Patz & Hall were opening a new tasting room, I was more than excited. I have been a fan of their Pinot Noir for many years! Having the tasting room as close as Sonoma, California is terrific as I am able to visit often and also have a sip or two of course. In June of 2014, Donald Patz and the Patz & Hall Wine…

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      Woodinville Wineries: Sparkman Cellars

      … the wineries I visited in Woodinville, this was the only winery which was on my original list. It was also mentioned by someone at one of the previous wineries as the place to visit. I barely finished explaining to Randy, a gentleman at the tasting counter, that I’m a wine blogger and I would like to taste through the wines, as I was literally attacked…

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      Woodinville Wineries: Des Voigne Cellars

      … This post is a continuation of the series about my winery experiences in Woodinville, Washington. Here are the links for the first three posts – introduction, Elevation Cellars and Pondera Winery. … and I entered the world of music at the Des Voigne Cellars. Soft jazz music was playing in the background, as I was greeted by the big white dog…

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      Sonoma Valley CRUSH at St Francis Winery

      …? Overall, my day, the experience, the people, the wines and the food were all on par with the best that Sonoma County has to give visitors to show off all that we have to offer in this bountiful tourist travel destination. Raising my glass to my next visit to St Francis. Chin Chin …

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      Woodinville Wineries: Pondera Winery

      … A to the building B, and I entered the tasting room of Pondera Winery. I was greeted by Mel, one of the three owners of the Pondera winery. Pondera is focused on Bordeaux varietals, and it achieved a substantial recognition as a Bordeaux blends producer. As we were woking through the tasting, Mel proudly showed me a collection of gold medal-winning wines – 7…

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      The Spirits of Volunteerism

      … and their advocates look to their own state laws to see what kind of risks they might be exposed to. Hans Walter-Peterson in the Finger Lakes has mentioned the situation in recent issues of the Finger Lakes Vineyard Update newsletter, and we are recently in receipt of his clarifications as to how this may impact New York producers. Further…

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      Woodinville Wineries: Elevation Cellars

      … – but very friendly in any case. We started tasting from 2013 Elevation Cellars Imperium Riesling Lawrence Vineyard Columbia Valley AVA. The Riesling had a very interesting profile with a touch of sweetness and some interesting minerality – it was actually resembling the Washington Riesling I didn’t appreciate during the pro tasting at WBC14 – however…

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