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Take a walk through Switchback Ridge

Take a walk through Switchback Ridge

If you haven’t heard of Switchback Ridge, you certainly need to.  Whether you’re a fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, or Merlot, you’ll find a vintage that is just right for you at this lovely winery.  The history of the winery dates back 100 years and is full of family, hard work, and dedication.  That dedication is the reason the location has survived ten decades of industry changes, prohibition, and of course, trend changes. From start to finish, Switchback Ridge has held its ground Switchback Ridge already had established vines on the land when it was purchased nearly one hundred […]

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Jul 5, 2017

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This Family of Wines will steal your heart

This Family of Wines will steal your heart

Every vineyard has that one family of wines that truly represents their values.  Whether it is a Reserve Wine Collection that simply oozes luscious aromas or a lovely rose that piques the interest in a more delicate manner, there is something to be said for a great collection, or even single wine, that showcases an estate.  That has never been truer than it is for the Von Strasser Family of Wines. How did Von Strasser start? Von Strasser could very nearly have been a hard cider operation instead of an outstanding collection of wines.  Rudy Von Strasser chose to spend […]

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Jul 5, 2017

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Calistoga AVA is showing great promise

Calistoga AVA is showing great promise

The Calistoga AVA has a variety of vineyards and wineries that are producing outstanding premium wines for the market.  Although this AVA is not mentioned as much as ones like Stag’s Leap, it certainly shows quite a bit of promise.  Fairwinds Estate Winery is one of the notable wineries that utilizes blocks from this AVA and their premium wines are some of the best in the United States. What makes Fairwinds such a great place? Fairwinds Winery is an absolutely lovely estate.  Located just off of the Silverado Trail, the estate was established in 1969 and has gained popularity over […]

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Jul 5, 2017

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Calera wines are divine

Calera wines are divine

Calera Wines, located in Hollister, is a winery that boasts idyllic scenery, delicious premium wines, and an atmosphere that takes you into another world each time you visit. Their dedication to their wines is absolutely admirable and we certainly enjoyed our visit to their beautiful estate. Calera Wines cares about their footprint Calera Wines was established by John Jensen with the main desire of establishing a winery that creates wines like no other. The estate was chosen had been unaffected by urbanization and this made it easy for them to implement off-grid farming methods that have helped to preserve the […]

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Jul 5, 2017

Our Journey

Are you feeling Independant?

Are you feeling Independant?

With Independence Day just past, many folks are still reminiscing about family, friends, and their thoughts on a variety of issues facing our country today.  Some go beyond that point, discussing issues in the entire world and wondering how things will change over the coming years.  Will they get better?  Worse?  However, with all of this going on, we, ourselves, are wondering a something.  Are you feeling Independent? What is so important about independence? The craft brewing industry is actually formed around independence.  Yes, we have standards to meet, and quality to uphold, however, it is the independent nature of the […]

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Jul 5, 2017

Our Journey

California: Leading the Wine Industry

California:  Leading the Wine Industry

  California is the largest wine producing state in the US and this sort of relegated other states in the industry to the background. Washington is the next biggest wine producer after California, with 48,000 acres of vineyard and over 150 wineries. Oregon has a relatively small input in comparison to Washington as it only has 9,000 acres of vineyards but with over 120 wineries. It’s a noble achievement for two states that had no prior history of wine production till the 1860s. Leading the country California wine makes up about 90 percent of American wine industry and production. The […]

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Jul 3, 2017

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Washington Wines are gaining popularity

Washington Wines are gaining popularity

Washington wines are made from grapes grown in the United States and sourced from a variety of vineyards.  The state currently ranks second in United States wine production, following behind California which is known as the entryway for the majority of vintners throughout history. The state has over 43,000 acres of vineyards based on figures in 2011 with the presence of over 80 wineries in the state and these numbers keep growing. Columbia AVA is the largest of 14 individual viticultural areas within the state and this AVA reaches just over the border into the state of Oregon, where more […]

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Jul 3, 2017

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Cigar City is flinging fruit!

Cigar City is flinging fruit!

Cigar City Brewing Company in Tampa Bay, Florida has long been a master of brewing. These folks have a long history of brewing behind them, considering the brewing industry has been a part of Tampa Bay for over a century. The level of dedication reached by this craft brewery is quite impressive and we’ve put together a list of some of the best fruit-filled brews they have to offer for your summer vacation in South Florida. Fruit-filled delights for hot summer nights There are plenty of Cigar City brews to choose from that will keep your night cool while the […]

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Jul 3, 2017

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What’s on tap at Cigar City this summer?

What’s on tap at Cigar City this summer?

Cigar City Brewing Company is one of the most well-known brewing companies in South Florida, and throughout the United States overall. With decades of brewing experience behind them, they have gained a well-deserved amount of popularity and loyalty within the craft brewing industry and we tip our hats to them for that outstanding dedication. For those who love Cigar City and the delicious brews they produce, we have put together a short list of brews that are currently on tap at their tasting room for you to enjoy. Bring us the brews! Cigar City has a great range of flavorful […]

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Jul 3, 2017

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Choose a second wine for your event

Choose a second wine for your event

While we’ve been spending a copious amount of time talking about all of the great craft beer on the market this season, we’ve not said very much about the great wines out there.  As the Fourth of July is, quite literally, just a few days away, we realize you may not have time to grab some of the top end wines for your events in time.  However, there are some other great wines out there as well.  As we’ve said before, there are many second wines out there that hold their own in the market very well and would make […]

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Jul 2, 2017

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