Sauvignon Blanc Smackdown Tour

Enjoy this theme tour. All the wineries will have other wines as well, so it’s not one-dimensional, in case you’re unsure Sauv Blanc deserves your entire focus. If you try all three days, it takes you completely through Napa, northern Sonoma, and out to the beautiful Sonoma coast. That’s a lot of really great countryside driving. At the end you will be in wonderful shape … Continue reading Sauvignon Blanc Smackdown Tour

Healdsburg Walking Tour

Any Walking Wine Tour in Healdsburg is bound to be more extensive than we suggest for most cities elsewhere. There are some 30 Tasting Rooms in Healdsburg. Several, such as Stephens & Walker or Pezzi-King make excellent wines which deserve attention. We suggest others, but without easily defensible reasons. Murphy-Goode is an example of winery from which I’ve enjoyed many wines over the years. I … Continue reading Healdsburg Walking Tour

3rd Generation Farmers Tour

In this 3-day weekend itinerary, wineries marked in green are open to the public. Wineries marked in red require appointments. Bullet point suggestions are drive-by viewing and/or optional stops. OVERNIGHT STAY & MORNING COFFEE:   BURLINGTON HOTEL, Port Costa DINNER: BULL VALLEY ROADHOUSE               AFTER DINNER DRINKS: WAREHOUSE CAFE Salvestrin ~ Very nice Cabs over a decade of vintages. Historic location. LUNCH: NAPA VALLEY OLIVE OIL MFG … Continue reading 3rd Generation Farmers Tour

Napa Architecture Tour

In this 3-day weekend itinerary, wineries marked in green are open to the public. Wineries marked in red require appointments. Bullet point suggestions are drive-by viewing and/or optional stops. Figure a minimum of 40 sites by which you will at least want to drive. Surely a full weekend; maybe even three or four days. A serviceable pair of binoculars wouldn’t go amiss, and a camera … Continue reading Napa Architecture Tour

Sierra Foothills: Getting There

For wine purposes the Sierra Foothills stretch 200 miles north and south along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. The eastern boundary is definitely geo-political: the contour line at 4,000 feet of elevation is, in most cases, the western border of the US National Forest. Whether or not 4,000 feet of elevation in the Sierra Nevada actually imposes a climatic limitation on grape growing … Continue reading Sierra Foothills: Getting There

Sierra Foothills – Intl. Comparison

California’s Central Coast is very much the opposite of its Sierra Foothills: Maritime climate on the coast ~ Continental climate in the mountains; minimum diurnal fluctuation at the coast ~ big daily temperature change in the mountains; very little rain in the Central Coast ~ lots of it in the Sierra Foothills; most of all a very long growing season on the coast ~ very … Continue reading Sierra Foothills – Intl. Comparison

Visiting Wineries – The Protocols

REASON TO GO Vacation visits and day trips to wine growing regions are among the top tourist attractions in California. Over twenty million visits were made in 2010. The opportunity to escape city pressures for a period of leisurely country driving is always a treat. Wineries provide depth to anyone’s experience of an area through their connection to history, climate, politics, geology, economics, psychology, biology, … Continue reading Visiting Wineries – The Protocols

Central Coast: Getting There

Technically the Central Coast AVA runs from San Francisco to Los Angeles. We have chosen, for our purposes, to treat the Region as Santa Barbara County west of Lake Cachuma, San Luis Obispo County west of the San Andreas Fault in Parkfield, most of Monterey County, and a small piece of San Benito County surrounding Hollister. We’re going to handle Santa Cruz County separately in … Continue reading Central Coast: Getting There