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After a long canoe trip down the Russian River Valley, Mike and I headed towards Occidental, where we were spending the night. On our way we passed Korbel, and decided to stop for some refreshing sparkling wine. Korbel seems to be a favorite destination for many, as the large complex was pretty busy that Saturday […]

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During our short trip to the wine country last weekend, we hit a couple of wineries in the city of Healdsburg proper. The city features a dozen (OK, I’m guessing) tasting rooms from wineries in the area. Most of them charge a tasting fee, generally around $5.

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Mike and I just returned from a short trip to Sonoma and Lake counties, where we (OK, I) did a fair amount of wine tasting. As usual, I’m going to include my notes, which I think I will divide into wine-growing region (if I can, at least) – even though we may have hit the […]

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Wines at home (again)

I just got back from another trip to the wine country (I’ll blog about it later), where I bought only a couple of bottles of wine. This reminds me that it’s time to figure out what wines I do have at home – so that at least it might encourage me to drink them. Indeed, […]

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It’s amazing to me how many wine-growing regions there are in California, and in particular, how many I have not visited in the 25+ years I’ve lived in this state. While I know I’ll never be able to visit even a fraction of all the wineries around, I would like to hit the major wine […]

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My friend Lola and I went on weekend trip to the Gold Country last weekend, and spent Sunday morning wine tasting in the Shenondoah Valley. We hit 6 wineries, had a wonderful time and discovered a new and fantastic wine growing and wine making region. Pretty much every wine I tasted was good to very […]

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Sunday night Kathy and I took our dad wine tasting in Livermore. He loves to wine taste and Livermore is the closest wine growing region to San Leandro. We hit quite a few wineries (Kathy, a non-wine drinker, was driving) and I took a lot of notes. It’s interesting that many wineries are now charging […]

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Zonin Prosecco – Brut

My friend Lola loves Prosecco, Italy’s version of sparkling wine, and she brought a bottle last time she came over for dinner an eternity ago. I liked it too, it was light and airy and fresh, so some time later I picked up a few bottles of disgustingly cheap Prosecco at Trader Joe’s. I’ve had […]

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Mike bought a couple of bottles of this wine last year when they were on sale for $20. He really seems to like it. I always feel guilty about drinking expensive wine (and for me, any wine over $10 is expensive) for the hell of it, but we don’t have enough special occasions to actually […]

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2005 Tierra Salvaje Carménère

I have nothing to say about this Chilean TJ wine, as I didn’t actually drink it. It’s a kosher wine, which I didn’t realize when I bought it, not that it matters to me. In any case, I used this wine to marinate some braised short ribs I’m making today, so I wanted to remember […]

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