Love Letter to American Chardonnay

Some folks shudder when they hear the phrase ‘American Chardonnay.’ For many, the reference conjures up movie-theatre butter. But instead of the butter being inside a bucket with us seated in front of a big screen with lounging chairs, it’s in a wine glass. And there is some legitimacy to

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An Alexander Valley & Dry Creek Valley Wine Weekend

One of the hardest things about visiting wine country is deciding where to visit. In a region like Sonoma that produces a wide variety of wines, I find that I’m especially torn. One of the things I’m always trying to avoid is zig-zagging back and forth and wasting precious time.

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Time to Rediscover Zinfandel, America’s Heritage Wine

Oh Zinfandel, I was wrong! Zinfandel, America’s Heritage Wine, as it is referred to by some, is literally living American history. As a person who legit went out of her way to avoid Zinfandel, my anti-Zin stance started to thaw several years ago when I attended a master class on

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Healdsburg for the Holidays

Yes, I love a sunny, lush, green vineyard with plump, ripening fruit as much as the next person. But there is something special and serene about visiting wine country in the fall and winter. This is especially true during the holidays. The added twinkle from the Christmas lights along with

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Returning to my Wine Roots Through Carneros Wine Country

“Never forget where you came from.”

Lots of people, including me.

Those of us who are “into” wine – you know us crazy folks that are writing about, studying, teaching, pouring wine, etc. – usually have a specific wine or experience that gave us that “aha” moment and took us

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Guide to Visiting the Santa Lucia Highlands

A couple of years ago, I was sent a wide variety of wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands to try. Before that, I’d only had a cursory introduction of the region, which is to say that I’d tasted a couple of wines from some of the region’s notable producers. And

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