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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

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

Switchback Ridge Wines - Grand Reserve Wine Credit Card

Grand Reserve Wine Credit Card Meets Switchback Ridge

What do the Grand Reserve Rewards, a World Mastercard wine credit card, and Switchback Ridge Wine have in common? Grand Reserve Rewards gives you points toward specific wine-oriented products and experiences. Switchback Ridge is one of the winery participates partnering with this credit card. This wine credit card caters to the wine enthusiast and fine … Read more

Livermore Valley Concannon Vineyard Historical Plaque

Concannon Wines: Making an impact on the Livermore Valley

A winery’s history plays an essential factor in the wines created today. This legacy is the foundation that the forefathers of each winery give to the present day owners. How the current generation interprets what is handed down impacts on both the grapes and winemaking process. It can also make or break the continuing success … Read more

Rose Wine from Ascension Cellars and Theopolis Vineyards

It is a Rosé Wine Kind of Day

I think Rosé describes the best type of wine to enjoy during the summer months. Something about Rosé wine speaks to warm weather, days filled with sunshine, outdoor eating, and barbecues. Perhaps its refreshing crispness or the flavors of summer fruits like strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, and stone fruits like peaches, apricots, and nectarines help define … Read more

Artisan Uprising Wine

Artisan Uprising: Two brothers’ unique style of making wine

The name of a winery is not just a form of branding, but it can have significant meaning in describing the philosophy of each wine producer. Such is the case with David and William Vondrasek, owners/winemakers of Artisan Uprising. They are artisans in their own right, and like many small boutique wineries, they are rising … Read more