Sierra Foothills Wine…Some Delicious Examples

I admit, we had a preconceived notion about the Rotary Club Wine Fundraiser, Festa di Vino last weekend.  My friend Susan had scored a couple of tickets, and we were fairly sure it would feel a bit like a church crab feed or maybe even dinner at Mimi’s—Rotary Club, Shriners, Elks, Moose,  that sort of…

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US Wine Label Laws–Fact #2

As mentioned in previous posts, an AVA (American Viticultural Area) is a geographic designation for grape growing regions in the United States.  Areas typically have unique topographic and climatic conditions which can have an effect upon terroir.  These AVAs often have specific reputations, thereby, creating a desire upon the part of many winemakers to identify their…

Cool Sacramento Wine Digs

If you local wine geeks are like me, you have enjoyed your wine around town in many places!  Who doesn't love 58-degrees, Ella, Sellands, their friends' homes and gardens, the house-red at One Speed, or a glass of Ladera at Tuli—I've loved those spots and so many more.  One place I always enjoyed was L-Street; I would spend most of my…

Vineyard Fun Down in the Clarksburg AVA!

Had a great day down at Heringer Estates Vineyard and the Sugar Mill in Clarksburg.  Weather was perfect, setting was gorgeous.  Did some fieldwork on an upcoming story I'm writing for Edible Sacramento's Fall 2011 Issue.  Got to meet Mike Heringer, the dynamic winemaker for this microwinery located down in the Delta.  Tasted about a…