Minnesota Visits Domaine Jean-Louis Chave – Hermitage

A question came up at our Chave tasting in Minnesota: “If we’re in France, can we visit?”  Erin answered that they aren’t really set up for visitors, but if we would be in France to send her an email.  If she would be available, she would be happy to have us visit.  Lucky us, we … Continue reading

La Morra to Barolo Vineyard Walk

Barolo, Barolo, or Barolo which one do you mean? Barolo DOCG – Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (controlled designation of origin guaranteed) the official Italian government sanctioned area which can produce wines with the “Barolo” designation. Barolo – the name of one of the communes (or towns) within the area prescribed as the Barolo … Continue reading

Idiot’s Grace Vineyard Walk

Last week (May 15), I had the opportunity to take a walk in the Idiot’s Grace Vineyard in Mosier, OR.  Memaloose Wines has two properties: Mistral Ranch and Idiot’s Grace.  All their wines come from one of these two estate vineyards,  both located in the tiny Columbia Gorge AVA.  I love the opportunity to see … Continue reading

Elegance in a Glass: Evesham Wood & Haden Fig Winery Visit

It’s the middle of January and -10°F here in Minnesota today.  I’m not complaining, but it does get me thinking about warmer days!  We had the opportunity to visit the dual home of Evesham Wood and Haden Fig wineries last spring on a visit to the Willamette Valley.  On a cold winter day, photos of … Continue reading

Sonoma Images

I recently had the opportunity to spend a weekend in Sonoma – November, after the grapes are in and crush is mostly over.  Here are a few images from the Russian River Valley and the Dry Creek Valley.

“Our Grand Meander” Walla Walla – Mannina Cellars

Mannina Cellars is a new winery for us.  A Minneapolis friend (thanks, B.J.!) who knows our interest in food-friendly wines highly recommended we visit them while in Walla Walla.  As a wine touring destination, Walla Walla still has that “diamond in the rough” quality.  You won’t see signs like “Tour Bus Parking.”  The area still … Continue reading

“Our Grand Meander” Dundee – Anne Amie Vineyards

Anne Amie is a pretty large winery by Oregon standards: about 15,000 cases per year.  Our friend, Anissa, had recommended them and suggested we take the tour, so we decided to give it a go. The Anne Amie winery sits on top of a large hill, surrounded by vineyards.  As we drove up, we could … Continue reading

Upcoming Oregon/Washington Winery Trip

We’re headed out for a week-long trip to wineries in Willamette Valley, Lyle Washington, and Walla Walla Washington.  OK, there’s also Parent’s  weekend at Whitman College in Walla Walla where our son is a student. We’ll be visiting some of our favorites and a few new ones.  The wineries are right in the middle of … Continue reading

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