Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail: A Sip of History by Laura Ness The Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail is officially open for business and you’re invited to explore it any time you are in need of some fine wine, poured in unpretentious settings, often by humble winemakers who still believe in doing things by hand.
Santa Clara Valley’s 20-plus wineries will soon benefit from the visibility of a new signage program directing visitors throughout one of the state’s oldest viticultural regions. Earlier this year, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Route. It will feature 70-plus directional signs bearing the logo of the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley that
Wines of Danger: Sabrine Rodems Keeps Some Wicked Company Starting your own wine brand is a bit like diving full clothed and blindfolded into a pool of unknown depth. It’s not just scary, it’s incredibly risky, even if you already sort of know what you’re doing. Ask Sabrine Rodems (Wrath, San Saba) what it’s like
Mendocino: A Dragon With Two Tails by Laura Ness The Mendocino AVA is huge, more for its climactic variation than its total land area: Wine Institute figures indicate it spans 275,200 acres, encompassing ten distinct sub AVAs, with two more pending. The total area planted to vineyards is currently 17,000 acres: compare that to 40,000
West of West: Where the Fog Doth Rest: by Laura Ness Think of some of your favorite Pinot Noir producers from the Sonoma Coast: names like Littorai, Dumol, Failla, Flowers, Fort Ross, Hartford Court, MacPhail, Peay, Ramey and Siduri. Then add many that might be new, perhaps Alma Fria, Baker Lane, Ceritas, Freeman, Furthermore, Gros
Taste Our Terroir: Livermore is a food and wine pairing event held yearly on the last Thursday of July. The event brings the wineries and restaurants of Livermore together in a vibrant celebration of the marriage of food and wine. You can taste the dedication and passion behind the pairings that were worked on ardently