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Livermore: It’s not just for Nuclear Secrets Anymore

California wine. Now-quick, what do you think of? Napa? Sonoma? Santa Barbara or Paso Robles? Yes, yes, yes and…oh, yes. But these are not the only areas growing wine in the state and of course, even in this economy, places like Temecula in the south, Lodi in the north and Lake County in the north continue to produce some quality wines.

Livermore vineyards. Photo credit: vinodiary.com

So does Livermore. Yes, the Bay Area city with the name that reminds you of Midwest dinners tossed with onions and high tech science laboratories where government agents with names like Mr. Green and Mr. Black do strange and secret  Read the full story

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Is it time for a winemaking intervention?

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For the forty years I have been involved with wine there has been one story on the fringe operating in the background never in the spotlight and always conversed about in hushed tones among serious enophiles, always there yet never spoken of and even as I begin to write this I feel I may have unearthed a subject better left alone.

Those of you who know me personally know this is a serious fault of mine.  If I have a pain, I keep poking at it, as if that might make it better somehow.  What I do know about that theory is that if it doesn’t kill you it will probably get better. A real big emphasis on the probably, just like I probably will not make many friends with this column but it is time the truth was told. Head on over to Wine Bytes,  my wine blog on OregonLive,  to check out my latest post here.

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New Friends Worth Knowing

On the next segment of this California road trip we will talk about the wonderful visit we had to Napa Valley to visit a property we have driven past but never knew its past.

On this trip, we made some new friends during our visit to Titus Winery in Napa Valley. I reviewed their Cabernet Franc most favorably in one of my previous posts and found the opportunity to visit the winery compelling. The Valley was beautiful on that day and I was ready to taste some wine. Having already consumed some crock-pot tamales from a gas station balanced with an Odwalla “Mo Beta” it was “breakfast of champions” I say. We pulled into Titus ready for anything.

At first, we wondered if we had turned into the right drive. There was no entrance sign and none of the usual disclaimers seen at tasting rooms, because this was not a tasting room. Seems these forty acres have been here for quite a while and one look at the giant gas engine powered fans to thwart off frost; you know there have been vines here for fifty years or more. The farmhouse that represented the main structure on the complex appeared as it was fifty years ago almost untouched and seemingly a million miles away from the intersection of Deer Park Road and Silverado Highway. Read the full story

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Monterey Wine Festival: October 16 & 18

On Thursday, October 16 from 7:30-10:30PM, the Monterey Wine Festival will kick off its 32nd annual event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Wine enthusiasts as well as wine buyers and media are welcome to the event, which will sponsor over 300 wines and gourmet food samples from local restaurants. Tickets are only $99.

On Saturday, October 18 from 4-9 PM, the festival continues at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. More than 600 wineries will pour at the event accompanied by gourmet food samples, live music, educational seminars and a live wine auction.
Tickets are only $99.

Both events have a lot to offer and they are a great venue for wine lovers to sample many wines at one location while educating themselves by conversing with winemakers and wine industry professionals. At $99 per event, how can you afford to miss it?

If you live afar, be certain to check out hotel and airline deals through online sites like TravelZoo, Hotwire.com, Hotels.com, Travelocity.com & Expedia. Also, check out the Inns of Monterey, which is walking distance to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The hotel is offering a complimentary pass to the Monterey Wine Festival happening either October 16th or October 18th (check directly with the hotel for details at 800-554-5542).

Marc and I will be there and we are really looking forward to attending the event for the first time. If you plan to be there, let us know; we’d love to meet up with you at the event!

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Vaynerchuk Versus Proctor or Pride and Prejudice in Napa

A couple of posts back I mentioned the entity known as Crushpad to introduce another exciting option wine enthusiasts have for procuring custom made premium quality wine. After reading the following post, it may become an idea that not only sounds advantageous but also an idea whose time has come.

The reason I mention this option again is there is a current debate about the fall of the great Napa region’s reputation and Read the full story

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