Terragena Off-The-Grid Winery and Vineyards

Terragena: Excelling at Off-The-Grid Wine

Discover a maverick when you meet Terragena Vineyard’s Chris Buchanan. Making a dramatic career change in 2008, Chris moved from New Orleans to Humboldt County’s Myer Flat. As a mathematical researcher, Chris was keen on creating everything from scratch. He started with nothing and ultimately developed a small limited production off-the-grid winery. It began with

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Casablanca Valley

Ritual Wines: Exploring The Rituals of Organic Winemaking

A ritual is defined as a daily action performed regularly. It can be a custom, practice, or even a habit. We all have daily routines that inspire us to get through the day. During COVID, it might be the Ritual of a virtual wine tasting. We began this practice in 2020, and it will continue

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Best Wine 2020

Year In Review: Best Wine 2020

As a wine writer, 2020 took on a different significance in terms of wine tasting.  You might say enjoying a bottle of wine brought us to a happier place.  The virtual wine tasting was the norm and still will be in 2021.  Wine get-togethers with friends are now virtual.  Looking back at the wine I

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Irvine & Roberts Vineyards Ashland Winery

Irvine & Roberts Vineyards: Expressing the Splendor of this Ashland Winery

A special place defines our memories. People we meet also characterize the location and how we remember it. Often we meet people who are so hospitable and gracious, welcoming us into their home or in the case of Irvine & Roberts Vineyards, into their Ashland winery. These traits flow into their wines. It also extends

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Ripe Life Wines Clambake Wines

Ripe Life Wines: Elevating Unoaked Chardonnay and Rosé

What does a New Jersey Clambake have to do with wines made with Mendocino grapes? In comes Mary McAuley, owner of Ripe Life Wines, a sommelier and culinary school graduate, who wanted to pair the perfect wine for her friends at a clambake. Mary decided after struggling to find the ideal wine, and with her

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Landmark Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Landmark Vineyards: The best in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Discovering wineries steeped in wine history gives us a better understanding of how our wine culture developed over the years. Landmark Vineyards represents one of those establishments that made its name with the growing interest in Chardonnay in the 1970s. The winery has since moved into producing some excellent Pinot Noir. Therefore, their wine prowess

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Rodney Strong Sonoma County Wines

Discover Sonoma County & Rodney Strong Vineyards

Building a base or a foundation is the center for any artist, musician, and also for creating wine. Those wineries that were the pioneers of the wine industry in the 1960s and 1970s laid the groundwork for California winemaking. One winery which played an important role in the establishment of the Sonoma County Wine Industry

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Lenne Oregon Pinot Noir

Lenné Estate: The Best of Yamhill-Carlton AVA

On a recent visit to the Willamette Valley, I got to visit a winery, Lenné Estate, that you might call an anomaly because of its terroir. The soils are peavine series, a soil that is moderately deep, well-drained, and forms in clayey colluvium and residuum derived from sandstone, siltstone, basalt, tuffaceous rock, and shale located

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Willamette Valley Winery - Tyee Wines

Willamette Valley Winery: Tyee Wine Cellars

From a dairy farm to growing grapes, Tyee Wine Cellars is a family-owned Willamette Valley winery.  Now in its 5th generation with Merrilee Buchanan Benson and her husband Brian Benson taking the lead on this boutique Oregon winery that produces 2000 cases of wine a year. Off the beaten path about 20 minutes from Corvallis,

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Year in Review: Best Wines of 2019

It is that time of year when I like to think about the best wines I have enjoyed throughout the year and share those outstanding wines in my year in review. Here are my favorites from 2019. Best Wines from 2019 Please note there is no particular order to the best wines I list. I

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