Monthly Archives: April 2022

  1. Visiting Napa and Sonoma: Tips to Enjoy a Different Experience

    Visiting Napa and Sonoma: Tips to Enjoy a Different Experience

    We almost didn’t write this column. We were approaching a special wedding anniversary -- which ones aren’t special? -- and we thought we’d return to Napa and Sonoma Wine Country to celebrate. We’d simply drive around to see the places that had sowed some of the seeds of who we’ve become, personally and professionally, since our first visit in 1975.

  2. By Design: A Decade in, Greenhook Ginsmiths' Steven DeAngelo Innovates By Looking Back

    By Design: A Decade in, Greenhook Ginsmiths' Steven DeAngelo Innovates By Looking Back

    The challenge for the gin lover is to find the true craftspeople of the gin world, to separate them from the herd. In that light, Greenhook and Steven DeAngelo almost belong in their own category, that of gin made not out of necessity but by design.

  3. Clos Saint-Landry White Burgundy: A Love Story, in Magnum

    Clos Saint-Landry White Burgundy: A Love Story, in Magnum

    Sometimes you just fall in love with a wine, right? If it’s a magnum and it’s a Burgundy, that helps, but we’d guess most wine lovers remember a bottle – or two, or three – that they simply fell for, regardless of price or pedigree. That happened to us recently and here’s the story, which, like any good love story, has some angst in the middle but ultimately a happy ending.

  4. Sonoma County's Three Top Appellations For Pinot Noir

    Sonoma County's Three Top Appellations For Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir is known as the heartbreak grape. A thin-skinned variety that easily succumbs to disease, it requires just the right climatic conditions to thrive: a cool climate with plenty of fruit-ripening sunshine. In places like California, where the weather can get extremely hot, the grape does well in cooler areas close to the Pacific Ocean. One place the grape has been able to shine is Sonoma County, a vast area whose topography includes more than 55 miles of breathtaking Pacific coastline.

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