Tag Archives: Pinot Noir

Tis the Season for Champagne — My Summer Find for Your Winter Cheer

The summer of 2016 was a game-changer for me when it came to the bubbly. That was the season I took a class on champagne and sparkling wine (A big “thanks” to my instructor Sue Slater—chair of the Culinary Arts … Continue reading

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Tasting Room Etiquette, Part 3—The Tasting Room Table Has Turned

In my first two installments on tasting room etiquette, One and Two, I wrote about customer do’s and don’ts. Well, etiquette goes both ways. This post is for tasting room hosts, although anyone can benefit. Take Your Stinkin’ Paws Off … Continue reading

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Branciforte Creek Vineyard: Complex, Elegant Pinot Noir—from the Vineyard to the Glass

The Early Days There’s a vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains that dates back to the mid-1800s. It is known today as Branciforte Creek Vineyard, and is part of one of the oldest continuously operated grape-growing regions in California—a 300-acre … Continue reading

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Bald Mountain Vineyard: The Ultimate Sandbox

High atop the Santa Cruz Mountains there’s a vineyard that thrives in nothing but near-100-percent sandy soil. That vineyard is Bald Mountain, and is owned and farmed by Jim Beauregard of Beauregard Vineyards. Located a few miles from the winery’s … Continue reading

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Coterie Cellars: Where the Wines Are Inspired by the Vineyards

As a contributing writer to WineFoodExplorer.com, I sat down with husband-and-wife team Kyle and Shala Loudon, owners of Coterie Cellars, to talk about the passion and inspiration behind their Rhône and Pinot Noir Varietals. Copyright © Wines & Vines Read … Continue reading

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Mount Eden Expands with Domain Eden and Silicon Valley Bank Financing

Mount Eden Vineyards, a 40-acre estate in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Saratoga, Calif., has a history shrouded in mystique nearly as thick as the fog that occasionally surrounds its vineyards. It is this mystique and—more important—the minimalistic, unwavering winemaking … Continue reading

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The Composition and the “Creek”: Listen, Sip and, by all Means, Weep

There are things in life that are so beautiful they make me weep. Two in particular are Adagio for Strings, a composition by the late Samuel Barber; and Branciforte Creek Pinot Noir, a voluptuous wine made by Jeff Emery, proprietor-winemaker, … Continue reading

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