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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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‘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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