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An Evening of Extravagance & Enchantment at Hearst Castle!

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Some of my favorite memories go hand-in-hand with good wine, good food, and of course, good friends. A recent ‘Gatsby’ themed event at the Hearst Castle is near the very top of my list—the first of its kind at the massive compound, I’m told…

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Meet THE heritage grape of California

Fans of big reds are in for a real treat! The Zinfandel is a premium wine that’s consistently rated by Wine Spectator magazine as a Top 100 Wine in all of the World! Some of the most famous areas for planting and harvesting grapes make for Zinfandels with a fuller taste!

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Up and At ‘Em with Apple Inspired Recipes!

Autumn is a ripe time for apples. After all, Iit’s when these juicy, crisp offerings really come into their own! Here this most agreeable fruit finds itself at the center of an amazing Apple & Ham Breakfast Bread Pudding [above] from a quaint B&B I treasure in Sonoma called Camellia Inn.

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Wines

Meet the women behind the wine that just might remind you of someone you know. Who doesn’t know or have a Middle Sister! You can say that great minds thought alike when a group of creative, tenacious women pursued their passion for wine and sisterhood.

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New Wine Tasting for ALL the Senses at Jordan Winery

Journey to remote corners of the serene Jordan Estate to savor Jordan wines, olive oil and delectable cuisine—all paired with breathtaking views. Mere weeks ago, I returned from California with my visit to this family vineyard still fresh on my mind…

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Blending for Beginners at the Franciscan Winery!

If you’ve ever wondered what goes into making a wine, the Franciscan Estate & Mount Veder Winery insist that you partake in one of their blending exercises…a process that true wine makers live for!

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Kutch Winery

Pinot is Prime at Kutch Wines

Ever wonder what it would be like to throw caution to the wind and follow your dreams? Imagine deciding to leave a great paying job and starting over! A couple I know did just that.

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Franciscan Winery Wins Out!

You’re looking at one of the most beautiful heirloom tomato salad presentations I’ve ever seen! Chef Cory Strike of Franciscan Winery in Napa is a true talent in the kitchen.

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Mondavi Winery Garden

Garden to Table at Mondavi

The most incredible garden to table experience in Napa can be found at the historic Robert Mondavi Winery – a forerunner of vino in Napa Valley. Once there, prepare to peruse through the garden with the chef and select the ingredients that will be used for your dinner. Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers …

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Two Wines Not to Miss at Mondavi

No trip to Napa would be complete without stopping here…that’s for sure! The Robert Mondavi Winery, located just off Highway 29, is home to happy faces and lots of history.

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Alpha Omega Winery

Crush – Emotions are High & Semis Nearby

Harvest is in full swing in California wine country. We just returned from an incredible shoot there! You’ll soon start seeing some of our adventures on Goodtaste.tv here, but I wanted to tell you about a unexpected bit of fun.

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Nobody Knows Napa Like The Wine Sisterhood

I recently got a chance to meet up with one of the fun experts on Napa wines to not only talk about wine but also the town of Napa. Don’t overlook it when you visit the wine country…there’s a lot to see.

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A piece of heaven on Earth

A Piece of Heaven on Earth

I recently spent an afternoon with Chris Benziger touring his family’s beautiful vineyards. The Benzigers are not only farming their grapes organically but also biodynamically.

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