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Bell Winery

“Wine is grown in the vineyard…we are merely stewards of nature while the wine is in our cellar.”  Anthony Bell .   I had driven by this sign on Washington Street in Yountville many, many times, but had never taken the opportunity to visit Bell Winery.  Huge mistake!  When I was invited by Maggie Bernat, their …

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Thumbprint Cellars

    You’ve decided to visit the little town of Healdsburg, CA, the undisputed #1 small town in America, according to Travel & Leisure Magazine.  Where to start?  That is the question.  With over 25 tasting rooms within walking distance of the town square, it can be a bit of a challenge to choose.  Let …

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Bennett Lane Winery

At the northernmost point in the Napa Valley, nestled just between the Vaca and the Mayacamas mountain ranges, sits Bennett Lane Winery.  It was a mere 9 years ago that owners Randy & Lisa Lynch purchased the land and built their winery, and what a meteoric rise they have had!  An astonishing 34 90+ point …

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Mike Grgich…A Legend turns 90

I recently had the great honor of being invited to have lunch with Mike Grgich.  This year he turned 90, and the one year long celebration of his birth and accomplishments is in full swing. From humble beginnings in Croatia, he came to America in 1954 with a dream…to make the finest wine in the …

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Sonoma’s Buena Vista Winery

The sign at the entrance reads, “Our future is our past”, and Buena Vista has quite a past!  Before there were vineyards in every valley in northern California, before Napa, Sonoma, & Mendocino were counties known all around these United States, before Northern California’s wines became some of the finest and most famous in all …

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Bourassa Vineyards…Celebrate Life!

That’s the motto of Vic Bourassa and his amazing staff at Bourassa Vineyards.  I recently attended the Spring “pick up party” for his wine club members, and it was fabulous!  It seems that Vic, in addition to owning and operating the winery, is a top notch cook.  He grilled burgers, sausages & peppers, & there …

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