excursions

Carlisle Winery and Vineyards, Sonoma County

December 14, 2011

It seems quite appropriate to be writing about Carlisle the day after an eight-hour Twilight marathon with my BFF, Jasmine. We met at a local movie theatre to see Breaking Dawn Part 1 (for her, the second time; for me, the fourth) then walked to my place where we happily sat through Twilight, New Moon […]

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Stephen & Walker Trust Winery Limited, Sonoma County

December 7, 2011

Stephen & Walker Trust Winery Limited is a totally different kind of wine country excursion. Located on the Plaza in downtown Healdsburg, this is more like visiting a bar/shop than “wine country” per se. In that sense, it is less romantic and visually stunning than the typical weirdcombos tasting adventure. Nevertheless, this is a place […]

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Hanna Winery and Vineyards, Sonoma County

November 30, 2011

Founded by Dr. Elias S. Hanna, a cardiologist, in the 1970’s, Hanna is truly a magnificent wine country experience. Located in Alexander Valley quite near the charming town of Healdsburg, this place has everything: stunning views, great wine, marvelous hospitality and that wow-factor which all combine for an amazing experience. We on the weirdcombos tasting […]

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DeLoach Vineyards, Sonoma County

November 23, 2011

DeLoach was our first stop on our Sonoma County wine tasting weekend in late October. I’ve been holding off publishing the story for Thanksgiving week in particular for various reasons—mostly we’ve been distracted by all the wine-tasting private events that we’ve had the pleasure to enjoy lately. But this week seems particularly apt as the […]

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Littorai Wines client appreciation tasting, 2011, Sonoma County

November 16, 2011

I don’t know how I initially heard of Littorai, and it’s bugging me. Perhaps I read of them at some point? Certainly, since joining their members list, I’ve been seeing the name everywhere: kind of like when you buy a new car and suddenly you notice that same model all over the road. James Laube […]

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Williams Selyem pick-up weekend, fall 2011

November 15, 2011

Okay, I admit it: I’m a Williams Selyem fan. I first heard of them from a dear friend, Kathleen. She’s a real estate agent to the stars, collects tons of fabulous local art and best of all, buys entire wine cellars off Craig’s List for fun. We love her! I’ll never forget that stunning champagne […]

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Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley

November 9, 2011

Castello di Amorosa is one of those Napa Valley wine country excursion places that’s so attractive to tourists that it doesn’t even matter whether or not you enjoy wine. We went with my folks on their recent visit to San Francisco from Virginia. My dad likes wine tasting but mom’s not too into it. That’s […]

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Dutton-Goldfield, Sonoma County

November 2, 2011

Well, truth be told, I didn’t know a thing about Dutton-Goldfield before we went for a wine-tasting visit the other day. I simply wanted to go because I liked the name of the place. Is that so wrong? Located in the Russian River Valley in Sebastopol, they’ve a smart tasting room in front of their […]

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Matanzas Creek Winery, Sonoma County

October 26, 2011

Matanzas Creek was the last winery that we visited with my friends, Karen and Veronica from Reno, NV, on our recent three-day Sonoma wine tasting weekend. I’m starting with this one first for the blog simply because to me it was the most lovely and serene of the seven that we visited, and has a […]

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Littorai Wines dinner at the Fifth Floor Restaurant in the Palomar Hotel, San Francisco

September 28, 2011

I’m thrilled to report to you all in blog-landia this super fun dinner, meet-the-winemaker experience that Hegui and I enjoyed last week. Littorai has become famous in California for Burgundian-styled Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Just this month, they were given high praise in Wine Spectator’s annual California pinot noir run-down. And the Fifth Floor Restaurant […]

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