Little darlin, it's been a long cold lonely winter. Especially here in Oregon.
Finally, here comes the sun. And right along with it, here comes Oregon wine month!
OK, it's a bit of a Hallmark holiday, created by the local wine industry as a "state-wide month of wine tasting, wine learning and wine loving."
But at Pat The Wine Guy, we welcome Oregon wine month as an opportunity to tout some of the outstanding pinot noir, pinot gris, pinot blanc, chardonnay, tempranillo, and on and on and on produced by the...
The Pat The Wine Guy Spring Break Wine Tasting Tour was supposed to be all wrapped up.
But we took it into extra innings.
I flew down to the Bay Area to visit my son this past weekend.
Initially, we had no Saturday afternoon plans.
That lasted about 90 seconds, the amount of time it took for us to plot out a Napa/Sonoma wine tasting itinerary.
(Before we go any further, if you’re planning a trip to Napa/Sonoma...
At Pat The Wine Guy, one of our mantras is “wine you can find”.
We’ll always focus on wines that are available where you shop.
Thus, during our “PTWG Spring Break Northern California Winery Tour” (that’s a t-shirt just waiting to be printed), we visited wineries that make wine you can find in the Portland-metro area.
Our final tour stop, Ridge, was a slight exception.
Ridge wines aren’t on every shelf around town.
Those that are might be slightly above our $15-$30 sweet spot.
We stopped at Ridge anyway. And we’re glad we did.
As our PTWG spring break tour winds its way north out of Healdsburg, up Dry Creek Valley Road, past mom-and-pop "we're blending juice in our barn" set-ups, all of a sudden, boom! Statement winery on the left!
The Ferrari Carano estate, Villa Fiore, is a little bit of Italy plopped down in Northern Sonoma County. No, make that a BIG bit of Italy. A 25-thousand square foot Tuscan-style villa surrounded by five acres of meticulously-landscaped grounds and gardens. Not a blade of grass out of place. They say they...