Tagged with Wine Country (California)

Cheers to Abraham Lincoln

Cheers to Abraham Lincoln

I admit it. I feel real, true love for Abraham Lincoln. I literally fell in love with him after reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, “Team of Rivals.” Then, I started reading everything I could about him, which should take a lifetime, since there are over 15,000 books written about our greatest President.  And when the … 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 Delicious History of Wine

The Delicious History of Wine

Archaeologists dug around and, with the clues they’ve found, have determined that grapes were being made into wine at least as far back as 4,000 BC. No one is sure where making wine originated, but we believe it spring up in several places around the globe at the same time.  (And, that it was probably … Continue reading

The San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area, known simply as the Bay Area, surrounds the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries in Northern California.  And also, of course, wine country. The Bay Area includes the major cities and metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, along with smaller urban and rural areas. The Bay Area’s … Continue reading

Sonoma Saved from Fire by Wine!

Sonoma Saved from Fire by Wine!

In the hot, early autumn of 1911, disaster befell a cobbler in the town of Sonoma on the main plaza.  His shop was ablaze, and the shops and hotels near him were in danger. The town had one fire truck and 100 firefighters, and they descended on the plaza.  The scene was a calamity. The … Continue reading

Art from the Napa Valley Vineyards

Art from the Napa Valley Vineyards

Featured Writer, Meredith Blevins It’s no wonder that the Napa Valley Vineyards provide an art lover’s heaven.   Between the galleries, installation art and art in various wineries, Napa is a banquet for the visual senses.  There are revolving art exhibitions at wineries, permanent and moving exhibitions, small galleries, open artist’s studios and art festivals.  Put … Continue reading

San Francisco’s Pacific Heights and the Marina

San Francisco’s Pacific Heights and the Marina

Pacific Heights is an exclusive neighborhood that hugs a hill rising 300 feet above San Francisco.  The area was developed in the 1880s after cable cars linking it with the city center were introduced. With its magnificent views, it quickly became the place to live, and elegant Victorian houses still line its shady streets.  Most … Continue reading

Wine is Shaped by the Shape of the Land

Wine is Shaped by the Shape of the Land

Variations in landforms have a lot to do with the taste of your wine.  The shape of the land, in combination with winds and moisture, creates microclimates.  And, winemakers look at microclimates to grow the perfect grapes for their style of wine. Altitude affects temperature.  Obviously, the higher you go, the cooler the weather.  This … Continue reading