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This is Wine Country – and don’t you forget it!

As summer is in full swing and what looks to be a very early harvest is nearly upon us again, this is a great time for my version of an … Continue reading

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What does a gold medal mean anyway?

These days there is no shortage of guidance on which wines to buy. There are traditional sources like writers (like me) who write and review wines for publications big and … Continue reading

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The Other Guys of the wine business

We really do have a very diverse wine industry here in the Sonoma Valley. There are the tasting rooms on and around the Plaza, the standalone wineries throughout the Valley … Continue reading

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Three great Glen Ellen tasting rooms

Being as focused as I am on the town of Sonoma proper in general — I live here, work here and for the most part play here — it’s easy … Continue reading

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Fire that grill, pull that cork

It’s the first June and by now, hopefully, you’ve uncovered, cleaned and fired up that wonderful extension of your kitchen we enjoy so much out here, the outdoor grill. In … Continue reading

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Remembering Bob Sessions

Bob Sessions, winemaker emeritus at Hanzell Vineyards here in Sonoma, a true wine pioneer, and most importantly a wonderful friend, died a week ago Tuesday after his long battle with … Continue reading

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Changes for a great friend, and my (almost) favorite Pinot event

My great friend and colleague Christopher Sawyer, who for nearly a decade was the wine director and sommelier at Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar at the Lodge at Sonoma has … Continue reading

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Interesting, refreshing wines for warmer weather

I am staring out my office window as I write this and the weather here in Sonoma is what whoever coined the phrase meant by “chamber of commerce weather.” It’s an … Continue reading

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Sonoma: More Pinot critical mass than ever

Next month will be the beginning of my fifth year of writing this column in the Sun. That realization prompted me to look back at the first column I wrote … Continue reading

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An easy guide to pairing wine and food

For a lot of reasons, pairing wine and food is one of the big “mysteries” about wine. Without getting cynical, the majority of these reasons come down to our own … Continue reading

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