Thanksgiving Weekend 2017

Thanksgiving weekend is one of two times during the year that are important and special in the wine industry.  Most wineries are open and active the entire weekend with special deals and opportunities.  One of those was a  special introductory class on wine appreciation.  I had hoped for something of a bit more advanced in…

Sonoma County Adventures – Day Six

8/16/17 Our journey continues with a trip out to Alexander Valley to the namesake winery.  The advice we got from our new friends Dena and Ari was that “You can’t go wrong with anything” from Alexander Valley Vineyards. Our host John was our tour guide through the many offerings from AVV and he was happy…

Sonoma County Adventures – Day Five

8/15/2017 Today we were planning to investigate a few of the more lavish looking facilities in Sonoma County.  I was interesting in checking out Chateau St. Jean and Ledson Winery.  Both of these are grand homes that were turned toward the business side of wine. Chateau St Jean was originally built as a summer home…

Sonoma County Adventures – Day Four

8/14/2017 This day brings with it a load of anticipation.  We connected with my wife’s cousin Kim and she agreed to join us for our adventures of the day as well as adding a couple of her own.  She had arranged, through another winery connection, to get to sample wines at location new to her as…

Sonoma County Adventures – Day Two

8-12-2017 Ah . .the adventure continues.  We’re a bit further down the road. . .but still in Oregon.  We just had to stop and visit with one of our favorite winemakers, and one of the most knowledgable wine person I’ve ever met, Dyson Demara of Hillcrest Vineyards.  Susan Demara literally met us at the gate…