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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Halleck Vineyard Sebastopol Winery © Mark Wegner

Halleck Vineyard: Discover the First Sebastopol Winery

The art of giving is part of the intrigue for Halleck Vineyard because philanthropy and outstanding wine go together in Ross Halleck’s mind. There is more to the story of Halleck Vineyard as they develop a community through wine, making this small Sebastopol winery a gem of discovery as you become part of Halleck Vineyard

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Joseph Jewell Humboldt County Pinot Noir

Delve Into Humboldt County Pinot Noir with Joseph Jewell

You do not often think of Humboldt County as a location for wine. Just north of the Anderson Valley, the area is thriving with agriculture, so why not wine. In comes Adrian Manspeaker, who grew up in Benbow, a town in the southern part of Humboldt County. After moving to Sonoma and starting his winery,

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Discover Michigan Wine

Discover Michigan Wine

Michigan has always had a place in my life. My mother was born in Detroit, and many of my relatives live in different parts of Michigan; therefore, my life has been filled with stories of Michigan family adventures. I was a teenager when I visited relatives and went out to their lake house. Today as

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Gary Farrell Pinot Noir

Gary Farrell Pinot Noir: Highlighting Its Virtues

Discovering the pioneers of wine regions and how they set the stage for today’s wine experience is part of what intrigues us to visit a winery. Gary Farrell’s legacy lives on as winemaker Theresa Heredia strikes her own balance with the Gary Farrell Pinot Noir. This article will focus on eight Pinot Noir offerings at

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Labor Day 2020 Wine

Labor Day 2020: Four Wines to Enhance a Barbecue

As Labor Day 2020 comes our way, I think of a day spent with family and friends. On this day, Americans typically enjoy a barbeque with some wine. I think of red wine with this type of meal. To celebrate your Labor Day 2020, here are four Italian red wine suggestions to make your meal

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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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Papapietro Perry Wines

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Comes Alive At Papapietro Perry Winery

Steering his way to Sonoma County, Ben Papapietro, along with his partner Bruce Perry traversed the roads on a journey from the family garage to their winery in Dry Creek Valley. Along the way, Ben maneuvered his way via a truck working for the San Francisco News Agency; the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle. No

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