Ridge Vineyards at Lytton Springs

September 13, 2009
Ridge Vineyards

We’ve been big fans of Ridge Zinfandel since the 1989 vintage which was the first exceptional Zin we had had

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J Rickards Winery

September 13, 2009
J Rickards Winery

Jim Rickards is a self confessed eccentric when it comes to wine. The vineyards are managed in a low tech, labor intensive manner. Vines are hand selected and “chip grafted” rather than nursery grown stock.

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Dry Creek Vineyards

September 13, 2009
Dry Creek Vineyard

The winery has been producing wines since 1972. Initially they produced a Chenin Blanc, later adding Zinfandel and Bordeaux varieties to their portfolio. The founder of the winery, Dave Stare was instrumental in the effort to get the Dry Creek Valley recognized as an American Viticultural Area.

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Passalacqua Winery

September 13, 2009
Passalacqua Winery

This winery is owned by a family that has four generations of winemaking history in the Healdsburg area.

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Quivira Vineyards

September 13, 2009
Quivira

The property has been a vineyard since the 1960′s, initially selling the grapes to other wineries and then producing its own wines starting in the 1980′s. In recent years the winery has become a proponent of using biodynamic practices to produce better wine while reducing the burden on the environment

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Lambert Bridge

September 13, 2009
Lambert Bridge

On a previous trip we had visited the Lambert Bridge Winery and had a nice picnic along with a bottle of their wine, and so decided to make a return visit.

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Mill Creek Winery

September 13, 2009
Mill Creek

Mill Creek is a small family run vineyard and winery founded in 1965. Seven members of the family work at the vineyard, though while we were tasting there was a member of the next generation crying in the back room.

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Alderbrook Winery

September 13, 2009
Alderbrook

The Alderbrook winery lies just outside the city on the south end of Healdsburg. The tasting room is a pleasant farm house style building surrounded by vineyards.

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Wisconsin State Fair

August 21, 2009
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Wisconsin State Fair Food – for your viewing pleasure, a photo tour of a sampling of the food stands I encountered on my way from the entrance of the fair to the location to buy the famous Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puff.

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California Wine Country 2009 – Dry Creek – Day Two

June 14, 2009
Pedroncelli Winery

One of the reasons that we were interested in headquartering our visit in the Dry Creek area was because you literally can’t turn around without encountering an interesting, Zinfandel-producing winery. This certainly proved to be true on this day.

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F. Teldeschi Winery

June 14, 2009
Teldeschi Winery

Our last stop of the day was certainly one of the most interesting. The Teldeschi’s are an old grape growing family with a long history in the area. Frank is the fourth generation of the family and the one who started the winery. He has some unique ideas about producing wines.

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Kokomo Winery

June 14, 2009
Kokomo Winery

This winery was founded by two transplanted midwesterners. We were greeted at the door by Riley, the winery dog, who while at first showed great interest in us, eventually decided that we were boring.

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Papapietro Perry Winery

June 14, 2009
Papapietro Perry Winery

Papapietro Perry is located in what can only be described as an industrial park for wineries. Six small wineries have their production facilities clustered together. With land at a premium in Dry Creek Valley, this makes sense, and doesn’t detract from the wine…

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Zichichi Family Vineyard

June 14, 2009
Zichichi Winery

In 2000 Steve Zichichi, a doctor from New Orleans and his wife purchased the vineyard and built the winery. The vineyard is planted in Zinfandel and Petite Sirah with the vines between 40 and 80 years old…

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Preston Vineyards

June 14, 2009
Preston Winery

The Prestons are proponents of organic farming and are as involved in the making of olive oil and vinegar as they are their wines. The wines themselves are mostly Rhone varieties and Zinfandel.

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