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How to Enjoy Lake Sonoma

How to Enjoy Lake Sonoma

Lake Sonoma was created in 1983 by the construction of the Warm Springs Dam. At capacity, the lake covers 2,700 acres and offers 50 miles of coastline. Managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, over 17,000 acres of lake and surrounding recreation area offer a wide variety of activities, including hiking, mountain bike and horseback riding, boating, camping, fishing and hunting. More than 40 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails meander around the two main arms of the…

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Best Rated Drop Zone in California

Best Rated Drop Zone in California

As previously noted in this blog visitors to Sonoma County frequently offset their comfortably sybaritic (adj. fond of sensuous luxury or pleasure) wine tasting hobby with pulse-raising weekend projects like—heaven forbid—an Ironman triathlon, a  marathon, a century bike ride, or a muddy, hilly, chilly, OCR (obstacle course race). Those seeking something — how should I put this? —less terrestrially encumbered… some endeavor requiring less of a struggle with the laws of the universe and more simple cooperation with them, might…

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A Meandering Ride through Wine Country

A Meandering Ride through Wine Country

We had a cyclist couple in the tasting room last Saturday who had both, the day before, completed the grueling Geysers ride – an unforgiving 18 mile, 3,000 ft climb followed by a steep and very technical descent. Locals was the half-way stop on their “recovery” ride, a thirty mile loop starting in Healdsburg and meandering through Dry Creek and Alexander Valley. Now this route is manageable for all but the most novice rider – a couple of hours at…

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Marigold Indian Bistro

Marigold Indian Bistro

Uddab Timilsina, the best Indian chef in the North Bay, is back, this time in Sebastopol Ca, over at his new restaurant Marigold Indian Bistro. He’s originally from Nepal and has the knowledge and ability to pull together ideas from many of the dozens of culinary traditions of India. This restaurant uses the freshest ingredients and local meat and organic poultry; I recently tried their Kale Bhaji appetizer (organic kale, ginger onions fritters coated in a chickpea batter), Lamb Saagwala…

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Two-day side trip to Mendocino

Two-day side trip to Mendocino

On a recent trip to California from the East Coast, I was lucky enough to be able to take a two-day side trip to Mendocino.  What a treat!  The drive from Geyserville (my home base) to Mendocino set the tone right from the start.  For anyone that has not had the opportunity to take Highway 128 from Cloverdale to Mendocino I highly recommend it.  Be prepared to take your time and enjoy.  The road is small and very windy.  At…

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Bodega Bay’s Glorious Cultural Legacy

Bodega Bay’s Glorious Cultural Legacy

Stepping into the soft sands of Bodega Bay’s stunning shores and gazing out into an endless horizon, it’s easy to see why this gem on the coast of northern California entices so many visitors from around the world. From gorgeously adorned architecture to delicious cuisine, festive allure and some of the most beautiful beachscapes on this side of the Pacific, Bodega Bay is a number one destination for many visitors who are craving the ultimate seaside escape with a little…

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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

A Taste of Geyserville Tour – New Summer Tour!

A Taste of Geyserville Tour – New Summer Tour!

An hour’s drive north from San Francisco, surrounded by miles of vineyards lies Geyserville, the perfect getaway escape.  It’s the gateway to the Alexander Valley, a California American Viticultural area, home to 26+ outstanding wineries. The town is rustic, the vibe casual…but don’t let that fool you. Serious wine and food happens here. Tour Details Price:  $49 Start Time: 11:00 a.m. Available:  Thurs- Sun. by reservation only Price Includes: All food, drink and tasting fees! Duration: 2.5 hours. Tour ends approx. at 1:30 p.m. however we have…

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Geyserville Visitors Center

Geyserville Visitors Center

“Oye! Oye!” The Geyserville Visitor’s Center and Museum (located in a cozy room tucked beside Harry Bosworth’s iconic store) is open Friday through Saturday from 12:30 to 4:30PM. Now up to a searing 7 patrons per day from starting point of around 4, attendance is now certainly hitting its stride. The room is crammed floor to ceiling with agricultural curios including a triptych display of antique barbed wire; sundry collectibles donated by venerable Geyserville families; and some beautifully delicate Pomo…

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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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