Wine Dogs … Now, Wine Trucks


Dog/wine lovers have their Wine Dogs of Napa and Wine Dogs of Sonoma books. Wine Dogs of Washington, too.

Well, step aside pups … the winery trucks are rolling in.

Wine Country Trucks of Napa & Sonoma Counties by Lisa A. Harris offers truly gorgeous photos of vintage trucks, working or not, at a variety of wineries.  And delightful commentary about each one. Continue Reading >

Drought Relief


February rains have given Napa and Sonoma some relief from drought worries.  A mid-February storm dumped an average of eight inches in those two counties.  In some places, more than 12 inches were recorded.  Hillsides are greening up and winemakers are a bit more optimistic than before.  If more storms arrive, their mood will be even brighter.  Think rain.

Wine Country Characters

Traveling around California on the hunt for terrific wines for The California Wine Club, we’re always struck by how different each wine region is.

Napa is very compact…a 30 mile long valley, brimming with o incredible wineries, mostly high-end.

Sonoma, on the other hand, is all over the place from the hot Sonoma Valley to the very cool Sonoma Coast, and everything in between. Sonoma Coast is turning out to be a world class powerhouse for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Sonoma has every terroir imaginable.

Santa Barbara is a completely different character, a mix of wine (Santa Ynez Valley, Sta. Rita Hills), Danish culture (Solvang, huge tourist draw) and gambling (Chumash casino). Take your pick!