Lamorinda Vineyard Los Arabos Vineyards © Los Arabos

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

Vinoce Mount Veeder Wine © Cori Solomon

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

Aridus Tasting Room Wilcox © Aridus Wine Co

Discover Arizona Winery Aridus Wine Company

From the vineyard to the winery, innovation to traditional style, Lisa Strid does it all as winemaker of Arizona Winery Aridus Wine Company in the Willcox AVA. She is the backbone of both the winery and custom crush facility. Her goal is to “usher the grape from vine to bottle.” Scott and Joan Dahmer purchased … 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

Casablanca Valley

Ritual Wines: Exploring The Rituals of Organic Winemaking

A ritual is defined as a daily action performed regularly. It can be a custom, practice, or even a habit. We all have daily routines that inspire us to get through the day. During COVID, it might be the Ritual of a virtual wine tasting. We began this practice in 2020, and it will continue … Read more

Best Wine 2020

Year In Review: Best Wine 2020

As a wine writer, 2020 took on a different significance in terms of wine tasting.  You might say enjoying a bottle of wine brought us to a happier place.  The virtual wine tasting was the norm and still will be in 2021.  Wine get-togethers with friends are now virtual.  Looking back at the wine I … Read more

Margerum Wine Company

Margerum Wine Company: A taste of Santa Barbara

A trip to Santa Barbara must include wine tasting, and a must-stop tasting room in the Santa Barbara wine scene is Margerum Wine Company and Barden Wines. Doug Margerum has been a fixture in Santa Barbara from his days of owning the Wine Cask, but the inviting ambiance of the tasting room in its modern … Read more

Long Meadow Ranch Wines

Long Meadow Ranch: Full Circle Farming At Its Best

Long Meadow Ranch is a pioneer in the concept of full circle farming.  This notion plays a vital role in every aspect of their enterprise. This family-owned agricultural estate grows grapes, olives, fruits, and vegetables produces wine and olive oil as well as raises cattle, sheep, and chickens. Combining organic and sustainable practices to achieve … Read more

Year in Review: Best Wines of 2019

It is that time of year when I like to think about the best wines I have enjoyed throughout the year and share those outstanding wines in my year in review. Here are my favorites from 2019. Best Wines from 2019 Please note there is no particular order to the best wines I list. I … Read more