The Pacific Ocean is wild and glorious, but for waterplay head to the Russian River. It’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing day on the water. During the hot summer, riverside beaches are popular with families, gay couples, straight couples, dogs, kids, and everyone else. The Russian River welcomes everyone!
This is the drive that takes you past famous Pebble Beach and more luxurious houses than you can shake a stick at. It is, of course, a golfer’s dream. But it is so much more. You enter on a private road off highway one and there you will pay a toll of $10. You feel … Continue reading
The Golden Gate Bridge is THE landmark in San Francisco. Walking or biking across the bridge is part of the San Francisco experience. And, even if you don’t get the chance to cross the bridge, you’ll probably see it during your visit to the city, wherever you are. Here are the best views, and also … Continue reading
We’ve all been to parties, or seen movies, where the host pops a bottle champagne. It spills all over, everyone laughs, and a joyous time is had by all. Okay, it’s fine to do that if you have an extra bottle or three of champagne around, because that bottle was strictly theater. When you open … Continue reading
Here is a shocker: White wine is made from white grapes. (There is an exception. Black grapes may be used if they’re not crushed and are pressed immediately.) After the sediment in the juice has settled, fermentation follows. The exact temperature and time varies with the style of wine being made. First, the grapes have … Continue reading
Lombard’s crooked street is a postcard-perfect image that conjures up images of San Francisco around the world. First, why is Lombard so crooked? Safety. Actually, that’s not a large enough word, but it’s the bottom line. The grade is naturally steep, and after more than one tumble, a property owner suggested the switchbacks in 1920. … Continue reading
The first permanent European residents that we know about in Santa Rosa were the Carrillo family and their Santa Rosa homestead. They were the in-laws of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, the man who settled the Sonoma pueblo and Petaluma area. Vallejo’s name is written all across the North Bay. He was a true and good force. … Continue reading
An environment that gives a constant temperature is the most crucial factor for keeping your wine in great shape. A cave is perfect. Fluctuations in temperature can harm wine. Taking out a nice bottle for company and realizing its gone south is a disappointment, to say the least.
When you buy wine from a wine store ask a few questions: 1) If it doesn’t say on the label, what grape variety is the wine made from? 2) How long will the wine keep? 3) Should it be chilled or decanted? 4) Will the shape of the glass affect the taste? 5) What foods … Continue reading
The whole process of making red wine is similar to that of making white wine—but maybe a little more complicated. Here is how it is differs: The grape skins are kept in constant contact with the fermenting juice. This gives a much greater depth of flavor and color. Fermentation, lasting from 10 – 30 days, … Continue reading