SONOMA PRIDE

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It’s not much of a stretch to put Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties on the short list of the most beautiful places on earth. Mountains, ocean, farms, pastures, vineyards, impossibly steep potholed roads, blue skies unhurriedly flowing into gorgeous sunsets—that’s Northern California wine and beer country. The devastating fires that... Read more →

GARY FARRELL | Wine Reviews – New Releases: Sept. 2017

ChardonnayFeaturedPinot NoirPREMIUMRussian RiverSauvignon BlancSonomaWine TastingsZinfandel
Reviews of new wines from Gary Farrell, released in Summer 2017:      A truly superb batch of wines from this stalwart Russian River Valley winery that’s clearly on a roll makes us excited about what the 2015 vintage in northern California will bring. Exceptional balance, fruit quality and depth of expression—and,... Read more →

APERTURE | Wine Reviews – New Releases: Sept. 2017

$40 - $60$60 +Alexander ValleyCabernet SauvignonFeaturedRed BlendSonomaWine Tastings
It’s been a seriously good streak of momentum and mojo for Alexander Valley-based winemaker Jesse Katz since the last time we caught up. Let’s see… his wines are now on the menu at Napa’s The French Laundry, Healdsburg’s Single Thread, and the Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Spago Singapore… was recently featured in the Bay Area’s The... Read more →

FORCE MAJEURE | Reviews of Current Wine Releases: 2014 Vintage

$40 - $60$60 +Bordeaux BlendCabernet SauvignonFeaturedPREMIUMRhone BlendWashingtonWine Tastings
The estate vineyard of Force Majeure winery is located in Washington State’s Red Mountain winegrowing region. The majority of Washington wine production comes out of the southeast end of the state—over the Cascade mountains and far from that booming city called Seattle where a few of the most well-known tech billionaires live.  Vineyards... Read more →

Great Beer: Chafunkta Old 504

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You know those old, anecdotal, paradoxical stories about how eating habanero peppers, drinking hot beverages, or taking scalding showers during warm weather cools you down? Humans living in the vicinity of the equator grow and consume coffee and hot peppers, and rumor has it it’s hot there, so “hot to battle hot” appears to be a... Read more →