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Exploring The Barlow & Sonoma Wines

Exploring The Barlow & Sonoma Wines

  If it’s true that familiarity breeds contempt, then I am glad I don’t live in Sebastapol. Because then I might take for granted the wonderful space that is The Barlow. Space may not capture it: The Barlow is 12 acres of an apple processing facility that have been repurposed to great advantage. The old […]

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Benovia Winery

Benovia Winery

Benovia Winery is a small oasis that feels all the more the more like a secret discovery thanks to the long, narrow road with minimal signage and twisty turns that leads to their tasting room. Of course, there are two are-we-there-yet moments along the way…and then the road ends. Thankfully, it does so at a low-slung […]

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How Long Does A Wine Keep?

How Long Does A Wine Keep?

The people who head to the store on the way home to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner have it right.   Most wine – and by “most” I mean 95% of it – is meant to be enjoyed, if not shortly after purchase, then within 12 to 18 months of the vintage […]

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Wines of Summer:  Picks from the Pro and Amateur

Wines of Summer: Picks from the Pro and Amateur

The recent portfolio tasting of a New York distributor seemed the perfect occasion to find some terrific summertime wines.  But why just offer my opinion?  I asked my friend Susan, the Amateur, to join me (the Pro.)    Our goal was to taste, talk about and take notes on as many white and rosé wines […]

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