Russian River Valley Region

Russian River Valley Region

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!

Carmel’s 17-Mile Drive

Carmel’s 17-Mile Drive

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

The Golden Gate Bridge

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

The Secret of How White Wine is Made

The Secret of How White Wine is Made

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

Santa Rosa’s Juicy History

Santa Rosa’s Juicy History

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

The Best Place to Store Nice Wine

The Best Place to Store Nice Wine

  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.

The Secret of Making Red Wine

The Secret of Making Red Wine

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