Wine Dinner on the Dunes
Recently I had the chance to participate in Lone Madrone's Dinner on the Dunes Kayaking Tour. Besides making some very yummy Rhône, Bordeaux and Italian varietals and blends, Lone Madrone’s staff is an energetic and creative bunch that put together a great event.
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.
Greg Graham -at it again
Greg Graham was the winemaker at Rombauer Vineyard since 1988 and began producing wine under his own label in 1992. He purchased a 13-acre Zinfandel vineyard in the Red Hills appellation of Lake County. The soils in the Red Hills appellation are red, rocky and well drained, and are ideally suited for the Rhone varietals.
Lone Madrone - Lonely no more
Lone Madrone is owned by the British born winemaker and former chef Neil Collins, his wife Marci and Neil's sister Jackie Meisinger. Neil has honed his craft at three prestigious central coast winery operations (Wildhorse Winery, Adelaida Cellars and Tablas Creek) before starting out on his own venture. His original winemaking experience came from the famed southern Rhone estate of Chateau de Beaucastel in the Chateauneuf-du-pape region.
Sniffing the Cork
So often in popular culture, certain beliefs and convictions make their way into popular (or popularly accepted) wisdom. Some myths are debunked and some persist and are propagated over the years.
This series will tackle a few common myths from the wine. The first installment will be about sniffing the cork.