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Discover Lamorinda AVA: The East Bay’s Best Hidden Secret

Many people are unaware that there is an AVA on the East Bay of San Francisco. The Lamorinda AVA, a hidden gem, is part of the Central Coast and San Francisco Bay AVAs. Located in Contra Costa County, the Lamorinda AVA encompasses the cities of Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda. Let’s discover more about this little-known … Read more

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Vinoce Vineyards: A Passion for Mount Veeder Cabernet

Brian Nuss’s passion for wine came from building homes on Mount Veeder. As a general contractor, he built many homes in the bay area. Building the home for comedian/actor Robin Williams finally brought Brian to Napa Valley to live. He took his first step into vineyard management when Robin asked Brian to oversee the vineyard … Read more

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Ketcham Estate: Highlighting California Women In Wine

Anytime is a good time to honor California women in wine. One woman, Allie Ketcham, unexpectedly fell into the wine business and has now created an all-women team. The winery is Ketcham Estate in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma. After meeting Allie, her vibrant personality reflects in her wines. Life took a big turn … Read more

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Alma Sol Winery: Defining Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

The sun is essential for growing grapes, and it is the soul of the winemaker’s passion that creates the fine wine from those grapes. Naming their winery, Alma Sol, John and Lisa Shaw’s interpretation of the meaning comes through with each sip of their wine. This attribute is especially true with their perception of Paso … Read more

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Matthiasson Wines: Organic Wine Growing At Its Best

Steve Matthiasson’s passion for wine began in 1995 when he was an agricultural consultant for grape, almond, and peach growers. His specialty, organic farming, brought him into the wine business through a different route. With organic agriculture engrained in his psyche, Steve wanted more. He wanted his own vineyard and established his Matthiasson Wines as … Read more

Dierberg Star Lane Winery

Dierberg Star Lane Winery: A Family’s Legacy

In 2011 I first visited the Dierberg Star Lane Winery winemaking facility. At the time, I was duly impressed with the grandeur of this iconic property. Several years after that visit, I traveled back to Hermann, Missouri, to observe Dierberg’s other production house and the philanthropy Jim Dierberg extended in revitalizing the history and the … Read more

Rodney Strong Vineyards

Redefining Rodney Strong Wines

As September and California Wine Month come to a close, one winery deserves the honor of being recognized as a pioneer and leader in sustainability while pushing forward with an innovative mindset. That winery Rodney Strong Vineyards played an essential role in establishing Sonoma County. Observing the growth and alterations made over the years becomes … Read more

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Red Wine to Spice up your Labor Day 2021

Labor Day signifies the end of summer, al fresco dining, and barbeques. As we say goodbye to summer, we often ponder which red wine will go best as a send-off of the season. Here are my Labor Day 2021 red wine selections to help celebrate the holiday barbeque fanfare. Labor Day 2021 Pinot Noir Landmark … Read more

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Smith-Madrone: The Best of Spring Mountain District

As a pioneer of the Spring Mountain District in Napa Valley, Stuart Smith has seen many changes over the years. He took an entrepreneurial leap in 1971 when at age 22 years old, he purchased the 200-acre property on Spring Mountain. From its beginning to the present day, it has been a challenging endeavor, but … Read more

Summit Lake Vineyards Wines

Howell Mountain: The Apex of Summit Lake Vineyards

One has to ask what the term summit means? Is it the top of the mountain? Is it the peak of one’s accomplishments in life? The meaning for Summit Lake Vineyards encompasses both those meanings. The winery’s location almost at the top of Howell Mountain, 2000 feet speaks for itself. Owner Bob Brakesman was one … Read more