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Taking a Hike

Taking a Hike

Sonoma County offers some of the best hikes around. Here are a couple of our local favorites: Taylor Mountain Regional Park – Panoramic views make this a great hike for those who want to see panoramic views from 1,000 feet. Open daily from 7 am until sunset. Start at 3820 Petaluma Hill Road in Santa Rosa. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park – This hike offers 25 miles located in the Mayacamas Mountains between the valleys of Napa and Sonoma. There is…

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Sonoma Valley Hikes

Sonoma Valley Hikes

Check out this article in the Press Democrat highlighting Springtime winery hikes! https://www.pressdemocrat.com/home/a1/9393576-181/sonoma-valley-wineries-offer-spectacular

Olives and the Specter of Experience

Olives and the Specter of Experience

As one passes the General Store and heads north along Dry Creek road toward Lake Sonoma grape vines carpet the valley floor and terrace the hills. Our climate which is so synonymous to the Mediterranean allows them to flourish and proliferate there. The richness of the soil, the long summer angles of the sun, the cool breath from passing creeks, these things flavor the grapes and sturdy the vines. Grapes have won the race to dominate the crop market and…

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Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga

Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga

Many years ago I lived in Calistoga for a short time and I always admired the Indian Springs Resort. It is a historic property and was definitely in need of some TLC. A few years ago the property was renovated and many new accommodations were added along with a restaurant. In January we decided to stay there to celebrate my partner’s birthday. While the property is amazing and luxurious it lacks the pretention found at many of the other high…

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Lake Sonoma Camping and Hiking

Lake Sonoma Camping and Hiking

Every Sunday morning for years I would be at the “No Name Flat” trailhead at 8 o’ clock sharp (…everyone who knows me knows this means 8:10, at least) to meet up with friends and dogs for the weekly hike around the “Half a Canoe” loop.  The hike starts out at elevation with about a half mile approach until you reach the trail proper–at this point you are treated to a spectacular vista over the Warm Springs arm of Lake…

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A Visit to Anderson Valley

A Visit to Anderson Valley

Last Spring I took a little side trip with some friends to spend a few days in Anderson Valley. We drove about an hour north from Geyserville  through beautiful scenery to get there. The region is most known for its Pinot Noirs and growing some of the best Pinot grapes around. We checked into the Boonville Hotel, run by Johnny and Marcus, two very lovely gentlemen. The hotel has a charming, rustic feel and we got to stay in some…

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine Acknowledges Sonoma County Restaurants

Wine Enthusiast Magazine Acknowledges Sonoma County Restaurants

Congratulations to local favorites Spinster Sisters in Santa Rosa and Spoonbar in Healdsburg for their inclusion in Wine Enthusiast magazine’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants! The magazine’s editors focused on eateries combining delicious and creative cuisine with  unique and interesting wine programs. http://www.winemag.com/2014-100-Best-Restaurants-in-America/The-Spinster-Sisters http://www.winemag.com/2014-100-Best-Restaurants-in-America/Spoonbar

PianoSonoma Brings a New Kind of Classical Music to Sonoma

PianoSonoma Brings a New Kind of Classical Music to Sonoma

Step into a new idea of classical music when PianoSonoma comes to town this summer, July 27-August 10. The Green Music Center will welcome this boutique chamber music festival, with approximately 20 participants, 15 Yamaha pianos, and 9 conservatory artists in tow. Highlights of the two-week festival include workshop-style lessons and rehearsals, events at exclusive vineyards, and most notably, two concerts at Weill Hall, Sundays at 3PM on July 27 and August 3. Concertgoers can expect generous helpings of the…

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It’s About the Wine…..Or is it?

It’s About the Wine…..Or is it?

When you come to look at Sonoma wines what do you see? Vineyards, big, medium, small, wineries jockeying for recognition, tourism expertise providing seamless experiences ?  I see history, tradition, mixed farms, community and a common human story that though not as  old, echoes wine regions around the world. We are the embodiment of a wine region, wherever you find it. Our local foods though they might be tagged Italian, Spanish, Greek or other, have one thing in common, wherever…

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The Great Joys of Living in Sonoma County

The Great Joys of Living in Sonoma County

One of the great joys of living in Sonoma County is sharing your home and seeing it afresh through a visiting friends eyes. My friend Claude just this week visited from Montpellier  France  and as I played tour guide the beauty and excitement that is vintage time was brought into sharp focus. Grape trucks zooming up and down the highway the vines showing brilliant gold, red and green hues and the smell of fermenting grapes wafting in the car window…

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