Next time you're researching Sangiovese, please consider Villa Ragazzi's - the first Sangiovese planted in Napa Valley (1985) to a low vigor/low producing clone. www.villaragazziwine.com
As an added plus, the estate vines are also organic...And the estate Cab wine got rave reviews from Wine & Spirits! I think the Cab is GORGEOUS. Restrained, lovely.
One of my absolute favorites in Sonoma County! The Chardonnay opened me up to so much, the Grist Zin has become my guilty pleasure, and the Neighbors Pinot Noir is to die for. Highly recommend a visit to this place. Bring a picnic and sit at their outdoor tables or adirondacks, and play some bocce!
I find restaurants with Coravin offerings have saved me from drinking either poorly chosen wines by the glass offerings or the aforementioned poorly stored and cared for wines by the glass.
Wow, thanks so much. What a surprise! I walked out of the tasting room to the stack of North Bay Bohemian to see a story on wine blending. I was so surprised to see it was about Ravenswood, I can't thank you enough!
Very good James!
When describing the French who live long in spite of eating rich foods and drinking wine, why does no one mention that most is consumed with food? That's the way it was in my family, whose emigration from France was very long ago. We had a few uncles who sipped wine at other times. They did this in their cellars to avoid the frowns of their wives. But "le diner" and "apres diner" were when most people imbibed.
Damn good and they have it at Whiskey Tip in Santa Rosa, CA! Best Cocktails in town.
thanks for writing about the upcoming Bay Area grand tasting, sorry you didn't like these two samples. (One isn't a member at this time.)
The Grand Tasting will feature over 100 wineries, pouring over 500 American Rhone wines, so something for everyone, I encourage all to come try! Many of the producers are very small, and from all regions and a number of states.
Sunday April 6th, prior to the Grand Tasting are two seminars, and Saturday evening, April 5th is the Winemakers Dinner at the Generals Residence.
Board of Directors, Marketing Committee
President, North Coast Chapter
--Helping wine lovers discover American-grown Rhones--
Incredible wines and a wonderful winemaker. The 2010 Cuvee Alis is heaven in a bottle.
You won't find better made wines ANYWHERE!!!! Richard is a wine GOD and he is an amazing person as well! As they said to Mikey 'try it you'll like it!' And in this case you will most likely LOVE it!
One of the best wines you will find...make an appointment as they are friendly and fun...Oh yeah, they make amazing reds!
Thanks for this article. I look forward to Tofurky every year! There are other delicious plant-based roasts as well including Gardin Savory Stuffed Turk'y, Gardin Holiday Roast and Trader Joe's Turkey-less Stuffed Roast with Gravy. Thanks for the great ideas for pairing vino with vegan!
What did he teach in elementary school? Probably viticulture, right? Making wine is more fun, I bet. Plus, he probably gets fewer colds.
How did he get hurt? Did he let you walk with his crutches? Was it fun?
Alison makes some killer wines, and I'd recommend anyone who enjoys Pinot Noir to try her Carneros or Rodgers Creek offerings. At $19/29 respectively, they're both a great deal and display some great flavors.
"but he comes out during harvest to tool around on a tractor and catch the Calistoga Speedway's"
Neat, upon what property is running a tractor?
Is he a part-time owner operator of a modest vineyard?
Are they making money from working for his father, twice?
Or does he has ownership of this business in Calistoga.
And is it solvent?
Beautiful Calistoga building with natural light and space on the corner.
I have been to Ram's Gate at least once every few months since they opened. Really spectacular winery, with great ambiance. Unlike some others that serve small plates, their food is prepared by an in house chef and far surpasses the usual crackers and nibbles you might get. You'd expect this place to be stuffy/snobby, but there's none of that. http://www.ramsgatewinery.com
What a load of BS.
People that opposed the tasting room project won't soon forget the Schwartz's veiled threats of "turning people in for illegal structures" because of their opposition- nor the pompous blight that initiated it.
So please, drink Fort Ross wine... and be sure to toast all the little people that the Schwartz family stepped on to get there. South Africa may be the capital of blood-diamonds... and Fort-Ross is now the capital of bad-blood wine. Enjoy!
I do enjoy the spry wit of your writing style. I laughed so much when I read the article on the "lavishly spartan" Fort Ross Tasting Room. Lester is still disputing which one of us reminded you of a Berkeley Social Studies Professor... Besides the polished prose, I did appreciate your gracious comments about our wine. Do let me have your email address. Both of us were card-less when we met. I hope that you will come back to visit us when you are in the area.
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