Monthly Archives: February 2012

Gold Country Wines Still Bring Surprises

There are general rules of thumb about wine grape varietals and where they thrive best: Gold Country is great for Zinfandels and Barberas.  Napa is the home of the oaky and buttery Chardonnay and the sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon.  The best Pinot Noirs come from Oregon or the Santa Cruz Mountains. But now and again you […]

Deaver's 2009 Pinot Noir

Vineyard at Lavacap

A Warm Winter in Gold Country

This strangely warm winter we’ve been having in Northern California, means that weekend escapes to Gold Country don’t mean juggling snow gear or umbrellas.  The Sierra Foothills are beautiful to see, with beautiful countryside and fascinating Gold Rush era towns, like Suttercreek and Placerville, to explore.  Best of all, it’s winter and it won’t be […]

El Dorado County Passport Wine Event

The El Dorado Winery Association’s biggest event of the year, the Passport 2012, has been scheduled for the weekends of April 14-15 and April 21-22.  The Passport is two days of wine tasting and food pairings, this year with 32 participating wineries.  For a ticket price of only $65 per person, attendees can visit as many […]

Urbano Cellars

Urbano Cellars Grand Re-Opening

Yesterday was the Grand Re-Opening of their new tasting room / wine making facilities for Urbano Cellars in Berkeley, California.  The party started around 1pm and lasted well until after we departed. The party featured free tasting of five of their wines: a Chenin Blanc, Rose, 5 Barrel (a red blend), Sangiovese and a Zinfandel. […]