pinot noir

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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interview: at home with Jennifer Waits and Brian Mast of Waits-Mast Family Cellars

August 31, 2011

Some of us from the weirdcombos tasting crew had the distinct pleasure of catching up with Jennifer Waits and Brian Mast of Waits-Mast Family Cellars for a fun Q and A and wine tasting. We’d been trying to plan this meeting for several weeks following the recent San Francisco PinotDays, but had been stymied by […]

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2007 Calera Pinot Noir Reed Vineyard

August 17, 2011

I’m all about Calera pinot lately. Their 2008 central coast pinot was a delight, and a real bargain. The 2007 Ryan Vineyard was breathtaking. I’ve heard that 2007 was an especially good year for California pinots in general. It shows here in this Reed Vineyard bottle, also from Mt. Harlan. My fascination with pinot noir […]

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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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7th Annual Pinot Days San Francisco Pinot Noir Festival: cheers!

June 22, 2011

I’ve still got pinot noir on the brain, and, what with Hegui’s charming niece, Juliana, coming into town for a long weekend, what a better opportunity to explore my passion and have fun at the same time than at the 7th Annual Pinot Days pinot noir festival. Held at Fort Mason, parking for the grand […]

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