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V Sattui Winery: Napa Valley – In Search of Snobs

V Sattui Winery www.vsattui.com 1111 White Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574 (map link) 707-963-7774 If I had to pick just one winery to have on a desert island, I’d be hard-pressed to think of a better one than V Sattui. It’s not just because the wine is good (which it is). But at V Sattui […]

Artesa Vineyards & Winery: Napa – In Search of Snobs

Artesa Vineyards & Winery www.artesawinery.com 1345 Henry Road, Napa, CA 94559 (map link) 707-224-1668 In an area with something like 400 wineries, sometimes you choose by careful planning, research and recommendations. Other times, it’s “Look at this ad. Cool building! Hey, it’s nearby. Let’s go there!” And thus we decided to visit Artesa. The ad […]

Charbay Winery & Distillery: Napa Valley – In Search of Snobs

Charbay Winery & Distillery www.charbay.com 4001 Spring Mountain Road, St Helena, CA, 94574 (map link) (707) 963-9327 The trip up to Charbay took us on a lovely sunlit drive through St. Helena and up into the hills. The road got a bit twisty, but the occasional views through the trees were stunning. Since the penalty […]

Orfila Vineyards and Winery: San Diego Sojourn

Orfila Vineyards and Winery www.orfila.com 13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido, California (map link) 760-738-6500/800-868-9463 Many boutique wineries are started by people going into a second career. Few, however, can claim a first career as exotic as Orfila’s founder Alejandro Orfila. He served in numerous diplomatic posts on behalf of Argentina including service as Ambassador to […]

Wiens Family Cellars: San Diego Sojourn

Wiens Family Cellars www.wienscellars.com 35055 Via Del Ponte, Temecula, CA (map link) 888-98-WIENS (888-989-4367) I wasn’t expecting the Wiens Family Cellars facility to be quite so large – from the name I was expecting a smaller mom-and-pop kind of operation. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but at first glance its size and style […]

Running Brook Winery: Mass Appeal

Running Brook Vineyard and Winery runningbrookwine.com 335 Old Fall River Road, No. Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747 (map link) 508-985-1998 We didn’t get very much summer in Monterey, but we had high hopes for our trip to Cape Cod. The forecast was warm and sunny! We should know by now that inclement weather follows us whenever we […]

Bent Creek: Livermore

Bent Creek Winery www.bentcreekwinery.com 5455 Greenville Road, Livermore, CA 94550 (map link) 925-455-6320 Bent Creek Winery is located in the scenic rolling hills of the Livermore Valley. It’s adjacent to several other winery tasting rooms, making it a convenient destination when you’re tasting around here. The tasting room experience here was the exact opposite of […]

Eagle Ridge Vineyard: Livermore

Eagle Ridge Vineyard eagleridgevineyard.com 10017 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA 94550 (map link) 925-443-3375 Our visit to Eagle Ridge Vineyard was exactly the kind of experience we were hoping for on this trip, and it restored our hopes for the area after our less-than-stellar experience at the first Livermore winery we visited (which shall remain nameless). We […]

Malibu Wines: SoCal Sojourn

Malibu Wines www.malibuwines.com 31740 Mulholland Highway, Malibu, California 90265 (map link) 831-636-1023 We made a trip to LA to visit some friends and see some plays. Of course, we had to find some wine along the way. Nikki did some research and found a place where it seemed we could rack up another couple appellations […]

Léal Vineyards: The Secrets of San Benito

Léal Vineyards www.lealvineyards.com 300 Maranatha Drive, Hollister, CA 95023 (map link) 831-636-1023 Léal Vineyards was a little farther away than the other wineries we visited on our San Benancio trip, but it absolutely worth the extra mileage. And to be honest, it wasn’t that far from the others. We saw their sign and turned up […]