Category: Wine Review

  • Vacation trip to Lodi and Sonoma – Aug 2019 – Day 9

    Day 9 Sunday  . . . After taking a few days to enjoy the area around Windsor and to have a leisurely visit with our cousins in San Rafael, it was time to get back to wine country.  On this day’s venture we were joined by my wife’s cousin Kim.  She was quite familiar with…

  • McMinnville Wine and Food Classic 2019 aka The SiP

    [vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1567022208503{margin-top: 300px !important;}”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”400px”][vc_empty_space height=”700px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]This festival has been our favorite for years now.  We never miss it . . .except 2020.  Everything in Oregon was shut down just before this event was set to go.  A truly sad day for me.  But, this too shall pass.  And since I hadn’t gotten to…

  • Portland Seafood and Wine Festival 2019

    [vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1567022208503{margin-top: 300px !important;}”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”400px”][vc_empty_space height=”700px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]I can’t recall if this is the 4th or 5th year we’ve attended this festival, but it certainly has gotten better over the past 2 years.  The powers that be were able to acquire an additional 30,000 SQ Ft and they redesigned the food location so that waiting…

  • First Taste Oregon 2019

    [vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1567022208503{margin-top: 300px !important;}”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”400px”][vc_empty_space height=”700px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]This was my first time at this event. My wife was busy with her BFF, so I had the afternoon to myself. I was really surprised at the diversity of the participants from around the state. I got to visit some old friends and discover some new ones….

  • Thanksgiving Weekend 2018

    [vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1567022208503{margin-top: 300px !important;}”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”400px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”700px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]I am just now realizing that I have gotten a bit behind on posts. . . Several “influences” have turned my focus a bit, but I am determined to get these posted so that they are a part of my historical record of visits to area wineries.   This…

  • Vacation trip to Lodi and Sonoma – Aug 2019 – Day 6

    [vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1567022208503{margin-top: 300px !important;}”][vc_empty_space height=”200px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”700px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”400px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”700px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Day 6 Thurs  . . . Should be a great day. . at least the first part of it.  I get to attend my first ever CAVE TOUR.  I had arranged, before we left home, to participate in the cave tour at Alexander Valley Vineyards.  The…

  • Vacation trip to Lodi and Sonoma – Aug 2019 – Day 5

    [vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1567022208503{margin-top: 300px !important;}”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”1000px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”900px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”700px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Day 5 . . . This was going to prove to be a very fun and diverse wine day.  We started a bit to the south in Santa Rosa, not in a vineyard. . but in a warehouse district.  Carol Shelton Wines has more accolades than most…

  • Vacation trip to Lodi and Sonoma – Aug 2019 – Day 4

    [vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1567022208503{margin-top: 300px !important;}”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”1000px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”600px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”700px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Day 4 . . . I was very excited for this day!!  We were visiting one of the more opulent looking wineries in Sonoma County and we were going to revisit one that we ran out of time when visiting 2 years ago.  Our agenda began with…

  • Vacation trip to Lodi and Sonoma – Aug 2019 – Day 3

    [vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1567022208503{margin-top: 300px !important;}”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”900px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]DAY 3 . . . We woke fairly early as the A/C continued to struggle ALL NIGHT and it just got to be too much listening to it.  I think it was still in the low 80s at 7am . . .Not my favorite.  We quickly took ourselves on…

  • Vacation trip to Lodi and Sonoma – Aug 2019 – Day 2 cont’d

    [vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1567022208503{margin-top: 300px !important;}”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”900px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Day 2 continues after Harney Lane winery.  We traveled just a short distance up the road to Klinker Brick Winery.  This is one of the more widely known wineries that I wanted to visit to see what all the interest is about.  We rolled up to a rather rustic…