An In-Depth Guide to Navigating the World of Dry White Wine, And Popular Options

Dry white wine

When the term “dry white wine” is used, it might conjure images of a warm summer day, a cool glass in hand, with an accompaniment of a delicate seafood dish. You may think of crisp, tangy Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, or perhaps a rich, full-bodied oaked Chardonnay from California. Maybe even the often underrated, … Read more

Tracking Down Old Vine Zinfandel

Old Vine Zinfandel For zealots of Zinfandel, there are plenty of vineyards and wineries in California where you can see old vine Zinfandel vines and taste old vine Zinfandel wines. Zinfandel vines in many areas of California date back to over 100 years ago. They are still thriving and producing complex wines. How old is … Read more

VinoPal is Here

Yes, the wine country is open. Tasting is outdoors and mostly by reservation. Visitors are back, but in fewer numbers. The fact is that small artisan wineries are hurting. The smaller wineries do not have the lavish outdoor tasting areas or big PR companies to promote their brand and bring in tourism. The boutique wineries … Read more

Underwater wine aging

Yes, that’s correct. One winery is experimenting with aging wine underwater. It sounds like a crazy idea, but there is a reason behind the madness. Wapisa experiments The impetus goes back to the year 2010. What happened that year was the discovery of cases of 170-year-old Champagne bottles underwater. They were from the ruins of … Read more

Why Geyserville, not Healdsburg

Old Vine Zinfandel

Geyserville is In Don’t get me wrong, I love Healdsburg and its many choices of lodging, restaurants, and shopping. But Geyserville has many advantages over Healdsburg. Not as pricey Laidback lifestyle Fewer people, less noise, and more relaxing Easy access to wineries in Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley The perfect atmosphere for the wine … Read more

Sparkling Wine Hideaway

Roederer in the Anderson Valley When wine country travelers think of California sparkling wine, Domaine Carneros, Mumm Napa, and Schramsberg come to mind. All of these are in the Napa Valley. An excellent alternate choice is the Roederer Estate in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County. It is off the radar for most sparkling wine … Read more

It is Mustard Time in Wine Country

About mustard season in wine country In the Napa Valley and Sonoma County, and in other wine regions, it is the mustard season in wine country. The Napa Valley once had an annual “Mustard Festival” that ran from January to the end of March. A whole set of events were featured around the mustard plant. … Read more

Stony Hill Vineyard Sells

Stony Hill Vineyard sells to Long Meadow Ranch Stony Hill Vineyard, one of Napa Valley’s oldest family-owned winery, has sold to another Napa Valley winery. Stony Hill Vineyard is a unique winery in the Napa Valley. Stony Hill is tucked away, hidden from the roadway. Tasting is by appointment only, and only a few visitors are … Read more

Rutherford Grill’s Veggie Burger

Veggie Burger Rutherford Grill

Rutherford Grill strikes again with its Veggie Burger One of the most popular dining spots in the Napa Valley is the Rutherford Grill. The lunch crowd includes locals, vintners and tourists. Bring a bottle of Napa Valley wine, no corkage. The Rutherford Grill has menu items that have become cult-like. These include the cornbread, the rotisserie … Read more

Using A Party Bus for Napa Wine Tours

This is a sponsored guest post by Napa Wine Tours Using A Party Bus for Napa Wine Tours The beautiful rolling hills of Napa Valley invite thousands of visitors every month, and rightfully so. This is a destination known around the world for its splendid beauty, warm weather, as well as the wine making industry. … Read more