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Napa Valley Earthquake

Shift in Napa from earthquake to havest. Read more.

Napa Valley was shaken and stirred at 3:20 a.m. by an earthquake that measured 6.0 on the Richter scale – the most severe in northern California in 25 years. For the wine industry, at least the timing was fairly fortunate.

Authorities said more than 120 people sought minor medical care and that a child was in critical condition after being crushed by a fireplace. California governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the wake of the 3:20 am quake, which ignited fires, burst water mains, caused gas leaks and even cracked roads. Read more.

 

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Clautiere Vineyard
Paso Robles - A Winery Like No Other - Come visit this vibrant, colorful & energetic tasting room, gift shop and commercial kitchen for an unforgettable experience.
Broken Earth Winery
Broken Earth Winery, Paso Robles newest & fastest growing winery produces unique wines that are estate grown, harvested & bottled in Paso Robles.
Autry Cellars
San Luis Obispo - Handmade wine from the master Steve Autry. Lush, extracted reds and full bodied whites. Tasting room in the heart of Edna Valley.
Jada Vineyard & Winery
Visit our west side Paso Robles winery amidst the vineyards and oaks. We produce Jersey Girl Syrah, a Bordeaux blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Petite Verdot fruit, a non-traditional Rhone blend with Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot and a 100% Syrah.
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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.
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French Go Naked
On October 3, 2009 more than 700 French men and women took it all off in a vineyard in Burgundy to draw attention to how global warming will effect the French wine industry. The event was organized by
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How To Match
Here are some basic guidelines to making the right decisions when combining wine with food. The key is balance—balancing heavy foods with rich wines, moderate foods with medium bodied wines, lighter foods with light wines and sweet foods with sweet wines. Also look for complementary or contrasting flavors to make an impression on your palate (think blue cheese and Port). Ultimately it comes down to your individual tastes but here are a few tips, hints, ideas, and thoughts.
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Pairing Cheese & Wine
Wine and Cheese is like Laurel & Hardy, Guns & Roses, Bill & Hillary, and other combinations that are frequently better than the some of their parts.
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Taste for Free Maps - Sonoma
Complimentary wine tasting lets you taste for free. So if the wine does not suit your taste you won't have to pay. Here are maps of wineries with free tasting in Sonoma and links to other regional maps.
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