Farm projects at Hydeout Sonoma
Hydeout Sonoma farms grapes, olives, chickens, fruit trees, and bee hives, and is home to owls, bats, rabbits.
Spanish Priorat wine tasting, wild swarm of honey bees, and motorcycling through Morocco
Blind tasting modern Spanish Priorat Another fascinating tasting with preeminent host Don Sebastiani at the Swiss Hotel on Sonoma Plaza. Priorat is in Catalona (Catalunya), a region immediately south west of Barcelona, and directly west of Tarragona. It is rough and...
Italian wine tasting in Sonoma – Barolos
Barolos, considered 'The King" of Italian wines: Once again, at the invitation of Don Sebastiani, Sr., fellow Sonoma winemakers and somms gathered for a studious tasting. This time at the Swiss Hotel private dining room on the Plaza in downtown Sonoma. (Note: their...
Tasting 50 year old California Cabernets
The experts shock me with a surprising achievement in a crowded field of arguably the greatest California Cabernets of all time.
Sonoma after the grape harvest
What happens in Sonoma when the harvest is done? The very last tank of grapes has finished fermenting. The tank is drained of wine and placed in barrels (that liquid is called the "free run"). Then the remaining fermented grapes in the tank are moved into the press...
50 images of the Sonoma Valley Grape Harvest 2022
Growing and harvesting the fruit is half the battle. Next up is the winemaking. Every load of fruit is very carefully weighed, by law, so that each grower’s property can be carefully tracked all the way into bottle; every drop.
Sagrantino tasting panel with industry pros and collectors in Sonoma
Setting up for a blind tasting of Sagrantino Wine is to be enjoyed and everyone gets to decide exactly what they like. Wine labels, the setting, the food, the mood, everything influences how we feel about a particular wine. But a truly blind tasting is the closest we...
Umbria and Sonoma – Sagrantino, Food, and Motorcycles
Sagrantino, a wine native to Umbria, now being grown in Sonoma, and bottled under the name “Sonoacaia” (pronounced So-No-Kī-yah) by Dysfunctional Family Winery
Summer in Sonoma – Farming, Summerfest, and Rodeo
After religiously posting every month for several years, it's been nearly five months since I last posted. Below are some brief stories about farming, the Sonoma Int'l Film Festival Summerfest, and a local Rodeo. In the next few Sundays, we'll look at Sagrantino...
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