Mendocino County's Laid Back Wine Country
Each wine region in California has its own unique style and personality. From the magnificent coast, to Alexander Valley, to the warm interior, serious winemakers are quietly making some of the states most distinctive wines. The mood is relaxed, knowing, and celebratory. Learn more about the regions and wines of this "off the beaten path" part of California's wine country.
How to Taste Wine, without spilling it on your shirt.
Wine tasting is not the same as just drinking it. To experience the true flavor of a wine requires that you pay attention to your senses of sight, smell, touch, as well as taste.
The way I look at it is that if I am paying $10, $20 or even $50 or more for a bottle of wine, I want to make sure I squeeze every nickel of taste out of that wine. It's not pretentious--it's being frugal!
Cottonwood Canyon Winery
Santa Maria-- At the northernmost end of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail lies the unique and interesting winery of Cottonwood Canyon. Sitting on a small hillside, the rectangular tasting facility sits above the wine caves as it looks out over the Santa Maria Valley and their cool coastal estate vineyards.
Paso Robles - 200 Wineries!
The Paso Robles region has been growing grapes and making wine since the Mission period in the late 1700's. In the past 10 to 15 years the area has seen a surge in quality grape production and wine making facilities. 217 bonded wineries reside here but almost 60% of the grape production is sold outside the county.
Wine Country After Dark
A recent trip through the north coast wine region resulted in some great new winery finds, a couple of good meals and some wonderful wine country hospitality. We found our days full, but our evenings a little on the quiet side until we ventured 25 minutes north of Calistoga to the wine village of Middletown, in Lake County. Here we found what we were looking for.