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Jacuzzi Family Vineyards: Savoring Sonoma

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards 24724 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476 (map link) 866-522-8693 It’s a good thing we got ahead of ourselves in February, because our March was far too busy to allow for any wine tasting. I went on two separate business trips, a friend of ours was in San Francisco from New Zealand, […]

Our progress: Two months, 16 appellations. Wait, WHAT?

When we first conceived this project back in November and December, we originally thought we’d visit 20 wine appellations. Then we decided to stretch ourselves and try for 40. We added a clause stating that “we can only count Monterey County appellations if it’s December and we’re desperate” because, frankly, we thought we’d need it. […]

Lucas and Lewellen: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards 1645 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, California 93463 (map) 805-686-9336 From Mandolina, we walked straight down the block to Lucas and Lewellen. The tasting room is beautiful and elegant, with an extremely long bar that can handle many people. Tommy and Judy, the friendly, lively tasting staffers, are more than up to […]

Mandolina: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Mandolina 1665 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 (map) 805-344-3000 We told the folks at Presidio that we especially like trying wines from wineries that are offering wine in non-French styles. The folks at Presidio immediately told us to head down to Mandolina for our next tasting. While the interior decorating style of Mandolina may […]

Loring Wine Company: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Loring Wine Company 1591 E Chestnut Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436-4942 (map) 805-742-0478 We knew we only had time for one more winery. We dithered for a moment in the pouring rain, then dashed to Loring Wine Company for one reason: because their graphic design is darn cool. Little did we know that many of […]

Palmina: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Palmina 1520 East Chestnut Court, Lompoc, California 93436 (map) 805-735-2030 For the day after my 40th birthday, we decided to go to a wine area we’d never been to before. But there were so many to choose from! Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang, Santa Barbara…Then I read a great comment […]

Anglim Winery: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Anglim Winery 740 Pine Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (map) 805-227-6813 The tasting room for Anglim Winery is housed in Paso Robles’ historic train station. The rail tracks still run behind the building, and while we were there, the one Amtrak train of the day came through, as you can see by the photo […]

Ortman Family Vineyards: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Ortman Family Vineyards 1317 Park Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (map) 805-237-9009 Things looked a little dicey due to work commitments, but in the end we were able to get out of town on my 40th birthday. Our first stop was a town we’d visited on our first vacation together, Paso Robles. All of […]

Michael David Winery: In Love with Lodi

Michael David Winery 4580 W Highway 12, Lodi, CA 95242-9529 209-368-7384 When we first started planning our trip, friends told us, “You’re going to Lodi? Go to Michael David.” When I called the woman we rented a house from for the weekend, she said, “Oh, and of course, you must visit Michael David while […]

Lodi Wine Cellars: In Love with Lodi

Lodi Wine Cellars 112 W. Pine Street, Lodi CA 95240 (map link) (209) 365-6622 Lodi Wine Cellars is a team effort by several local winemakers, who have joined together to create a comfortable space at which they can all sell their wines. When we walked in, one of the winemakers was kicked back on […]