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Pech Merle

Pech Merle (“pesh-mael”) translates to “cave under the hill” in Occitan. It’s also the name of a great boutique, family-owned and ran winery in Geyserville, California.


Breaking Bread Pet Nat

What an interesting time this is… as I’m sipping on and writing about Breaking Bread’s awesome Pet Nat, the entire world seems to be closing due

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Endless Crush

Do you have someone in your life who you consider just beautiful, inside and out? They’re of course visually appealing, but once you get to know them, and all of their wonderful qualities, you can’t help but find them even more beautiful? If that special someone was a bottle of


These are a few of my favorite things

Big ABV’s that purr like sweet kittens, stellar wine shops with worldly selections, some were for free, some were paid for by me, these are a few of my favorite thinnngs… When the acid bites, when the balance sings, when my liver is sad, I simply recall some of my


Zinfandel Day

Zinfandel is one of those wines I’ve always had either a big love or strong dislike relationship with. Many years ago, when I first tried Zin, I came across inexpensive grocery store bottles that tasted like cooked, grape stew jam. Then there was the sweet White Zinfandel craze, which many

Four bottles of California Zinfandel wine
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Mettler Family Vineyards

Mettler Family Vineyards, Straight Outta Lodi

Considering themselves farmers first, the Mettler family is a hands-on winery, personally managing the entire process — from growing grapes, harvesting, making the wine, to selling and trucking. They’re Certified Organic and Sustainable, all while using minimal water. With a family history dating back six

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Sweet Wine from Bordeaux

Golden Bordeaux is all about Sémillon and its versatility.

Age worthy and certainly not just a dessert wine, this sweet style of Bordeaux gives enchanting aromas of jasmine, sweet almond oil, candied oranges, ginger, honeysuckle, and ripe mango. Their gorgeous shades of gold remind me of desert sunsets, marigold

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How to Open a Bottle of Wine?

How do you open a bottle of wine? If you’re like me, you may have formed old (and technically wrong) habits, such as cranking and twisting the bottle, or slicing the foil upwards with any random knife within reach. Even though I’ve taken classes, have a WSET Certification, and have

Wine Corkscrews and Foil Cutters
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Murrieta’s Well

Murrieta’s Well is rich in history. Nestled in Livermore Valley, it’s one of California’s oldest wine estates.

A brief history timeline

1884: Louis Mel fell in love with the property, purchasing it for he and his wife 1940: Louis sold it to his friend Ernest Wente (of Wente Vineyards)1990: Phillip Wente