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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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‘Conveniently hidden’ on the Plaza

“Conveniently hidden in the historic Sonoma Plaza…” I saw that phrase a week or so ago as part of someone’s email signature and thought it was both clever and really … Continue reading

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Patz & Hall has a new Sonoma home

A winery that you probably didn’t even realize was a local Sonoma winery has now made its move to our valley complete with the opening of a very cool new … Continue reading

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Wine and chocolate is not the point

As you read this, it should be right around Valentine’s Day. Undoubtedly, you have been hearing about a slew of “perfect wine pairing” opportunities for this “most romantic of days.” … Continue reading

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An enduring jewel on the hill

Of all the wineries and vineyards I have visited around the world in my decades of writing about wine, there have been a few that I can honestly say profoundly … Continue reading

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Two great Sonoma events you need to attend

Get ready for a great month of wine events in February here in Sonoma. Two events in particular are really worth your time if you want to taste the best … Continue reading

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Visiting a different kind of island…

In the latest installment of what has become a loosely-structured series of reports from off the island of Sonoma, I had the opportunity recently to do some “island hopping.”  I … Continue reading

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Great gifts for the wine lovers on your list

It’s that time of year when on top of all of the other gift-buying challenges you face, you’ve got someone on list who loves wine. You can always buy him … Continue reading

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Notable updates: Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar

For many people, locals and visitors alike, the Carneros Bistro is not the first place they think of for a respite from the rigors of holiday shopping or just grabbing … Continue reading

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