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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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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interview with Nicholas Miller from Bien Nacido Vineyards, Santa Barbara County

August 3, 2011

We had the distinct pleasure of meeting Nicholas Miller from Bien Nacido Vineyards while attending PinotDays in San Francisco a few weeks ago. BNV is a family owned and operated fine wine vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley of Santa Barbara County. The Miller family purchased the land in 1969 and began growing grapes by […]

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Clos Pegase, Napa County

June 15, 2011

I’ve been agonizing for weeks over what to write about Clos Pegase. Finally, I realized my struggle derives from the most obvious of things: there really isn’t much to criticize about this remarkable winery. Located in the northern end of Napa Valley, right across from Sterling, it makes a wine country excursion with sex-appeal. The […]

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Martinelli Winery, Sonoma County

May 25, 2011

I picked Martinelli as a wine tasting destination after stumbling across their web site. When I saw the beautiful picture of their large red hop kiln, I was sold. You see, we were traveling to Sonoma County with our friend, Chris S, who has entertained us several times with fascinating aged zinfandels from nearby Hop […]

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Rochioli Vineyards and Winery, Sonoma County

May 18, 2011

I was initially drawn to Rochioli Vineyards and Winery because of my continued enthusiasm for Williams Selyem. The later has a well-known “Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard” bottling and they use some Rochioli grapes in their “Westside Road Neighbors” pinot noir blend. Prince of Pinot writes that Williams and Selyem began buying grapes from Joe Rochioli in […]

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Williams Selyem pick-up weekend, Spring 2011

May 11, 2011

Some of us at weirdcombos were lucky to have a glorious weekend in the Russian River Valley over Mother’s Day. We spent the night at the funky cabin-in-a-redwood-forest of our great friends, Jocelyn and Devin, and did some wine tasting; we followed the Russian River to its delta on the Pacific near the town of […]

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JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles

April 7, 2011

The first thing that ever comes to mind when considering JUSTIN is why one always seems to see it written like that, in all-caps: J-U-S-T-I-N. That’s so loud and unnecessary. This place is JUSTI-fiably famous in Paso and elsewhere. The lettering is too in your face for my taste. The next thing that I always […]

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Chouinard Vineyards, Castro Valley

March 7, 2011

Hegui and I decided to go to Chouinard as part of our recent Livermore Valley wine tasting meet-up. They got an excellent review on ChowHound and they produce Rhône varieties, which we adore. Even though we’ve been, I still don’t quite know how to situate them on the map. Many of their grapes are grown […]

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