Author Archives: rednikki

Miraflores Winery: The Road to El Dorado

Miraflores Winery 2120 Four Springs Trail, Placerville, CA 95667-8881 (map link) 530-647-8505 My coworker Jenna has been recommending the Sierra Foothills non-stop since we started this project. We just hadn’t managed to make it out there, and I thought there was no way it could be as great as Jenna said. I hereby renounce […]

Cordiano Winery: San Diego Sojurn

Cordiano Winery 15732 Highland Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92025-3535 (map link) 760-480-6673 Sheila at Orfila recommended two other wineries to us, one of which was Cordiano. “Make sure to get the pizza!” she said. On paper, Cordiano didn’t look that far away, but it couldn’t have felt more distant. We drove down a narrow, […]

Longshadow Ranch: San Diego Sojurn

Longshadow Ranch 39847 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591-5039 (map link) 951-587-6221 I’ve been very busy with work lately. Since I am the planning member of our relationship, that means we went into this winery trip without a plan. Fortunately, the day before our outing, I saw my colleagues Devian and Carmella, and they immediately […]

Travessia Urban Winery: Mass Appeal

Travessia Urban Winery 760 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 (map link) 774-929-6534 When we said we planned to go wine tasting in Massachusetts, reactions ranged from disbelief to pity to offers for mental counseling. Comments ranged from a polite and cautious “It’s not what you’re used to” to a disparaging “Well, I know […]

Charles R: Livermore

Charles R Vineyards 8195 Crane Ridge Road, Livermore, CA 94550 (map link) 925-454-3040 I had a sense even before we began rolling down the driveway to Charles R that we were going to like the place. Why? Awww, yeah. Not only is it a wrought-iron arch with the name of the winery, but the […]

Our terrible experience at a nameless Livermore winery

I hate slamming wineries on the Internet. I really do. But our first tasting in Livermore was, without a doubt, the worst wine tasting experience we’ve had in the entirety of the Appellation Trail project. Every time we go out tasting, Mike and I wonder whether the tasting room experience affects our palates. Our experience […]

Calera Wine Company: The Secrets of San Benito

Calera Wine Company 11300 Cienega Road, Hollister CA 95023 831-637-9170 Calera Wine Company is named after a calera, or limekiln, that is located on the property from the time when it was a limestone mining operation. The book “The Heartbreak Grape,” about owner Josh Jensen’s drive to create the perfect Pinot Noir, was written […]

Pietra Santa Winery: The Secrets of San Benito

Pietra Santa Winery 10034 Cienega Road, Hollister, CA 95023 (map link) 831-636-1991, ext 202 Just a short drive down the road from De Rose, Pietra Santa Winery came into view. And what a view! The winery, which looks like a historic mission but was actually built in 2005, is surrounded by steep hills that […]

Armida Winery: Savoring Sonoma

Armida Winery 92201 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448 (map link) 707-433-2222 I first discovered the wine Poizin while visiting Luke and Mary while they still lived in Sonoma. We were dining at the aptly named Zin Restaurant at the time. I fell in love with it then, and somehow managed to score a few […]

Unti Vineyards: Savoring Sonoma

Unti Vineyards 4202 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448 (map link) 707-433-5590 Mary and Luke used to live in Sonoma; in fact, Mary cooked at a fabulous little restaurant in Healdsburg called Bovolo. While she was there, she got plugged into the wine scene in a big way, and learned about many of the […]