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Shannon Ridge Part II; Don’t Miss Them!

A few weeks back we introduced the wines from Shannon Ridge to you with much fanfare and a few typos! This week we are back with more from this wonderful Lake County winery.Clay and Margarita both grew up in wine country and worked in the wine industry but it was an...

For Dad on Father’s Day

For taking me to hockey practice at awful times of day, and not getting upset when I didn’t want to go anymore: for putting up with a full on, hardcore rock band blasting away in the basement while you were trying to watch the Twins broadcast: for driving out to a bar...

Torres Tradition: Torres Value

The Torres Family has been making wine in the Penedes region of Spain for 145 years! They have expanded their holdings and production with the succession of each generation and now make wine not only in their home base of Barcelona but all across Spain, Chile and...

These Farmers Make Good Wine!

Every now and then I find a wine or a winery that gets me excited about the wine business and makes me want to share the news with everyone! This is one of those times. Clay and Margarita Shannon and their wineries, Vigilance and Shannon Ridge are just what the doctor...

I’ve Got a Bad Case of Spring Fever!

Belinda Jensen says we are behind in our precipitation and I haven’t seen the sun for near a week so I am very much ready for some warmer spring weather!!! It’s time for asparagus and ramps and I found a handful of Morels. I just about have the garden set for summer...

Happy Memorial Day

Here’s hoping you have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend. This a time when folks enjoy some time outdoors, work on projects around the house and hopefully get the grill smoking. We also want to remember the reason we are enjoying this time off and all the freedoms...

A Rugby Lover’s Other Passion: Matua

Bill Spence still looms large at about 6 feet 5 inches of height. His passions are viticulture, winemaking and New Zealand’s national sport, Rugby. Driven by the wine bug, he and his older brother Ross began growing grapes in West Auckland in 1969. They were the first...

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

What a great spring we are having! It’s about time. We have put up with so much of a challenge from the elements it sure feels nice to get some pleasant weather. Speaking of putting up with challenges, your mother has been dealing with you for a while and if you’re...

Cline Family Values

Fred Cline learned his love for farming and winemaking from his maternal grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi (of pump and spa fame). On Jacuzzi’s Oakley, California farm, Fred helped him produce Zinfandel, Mourvedre, and Carignane for personal consumption. After graduating...

Ionian Splendor

On the beautiful Ionian coast of Calabria lies the Southern Italian DOC of Ciró. In this ideal area for viticulture nestled between sea and mountains, grapes have been grown and wine has been made for a thousand years. The local cuisine is spicy and sea inspired. The...
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