Carlisle 2012 spring pick-up event, Sonoma County

March 28, 2012

I adore the wines from Carlisle. Aside from my delight with the name (see previous Carlisle post here for more info on that) I like how their wines taste—and I have to admit that I’m a bit tickled to finally be on their purchasing list after waiting what seemed like, well, a while. I’m sure […]

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Vino Vino, San Jose

February 22, 2012

Vino Vino is an amazing find in San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose. This tiny, unpretentious wine bar should be the model for the locavore wine lover. I’ve lived in the Bay Area coming up on nine years now and I cannot ever recall encountering a wine list that had more labels from […]

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David Bruce Winery, Santa Cruz Mountains

February 15, 2012

David Bruce is sort of a mystery winery, nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains between San Jose and, you guessed it, Santa Cruz. I write “mystery” even though the WC tasting crew recently enjoyed a lovely afternoon there simply because I’m struggling to learn more about the winery and its practices for this post. For […]

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Robert Young Estate Winery, Sonoma County

December 21, 2011

We were originally turned onto Robert Young by our good friend, Ben. We went for a wine country excursion there about six or seven years ago. He recommended them as it was our first trip ever to Healdsburg and Anderson Valley and we didn’t know what to expect. Robert Young really made an impression. Sadly, […]

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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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