2013 Olema Chardonnay – Sonoma County

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Kudos to the winemaker for such a deft touch and avoiding the buttery overoaked character so often seen in Chardonnays developed in new oak.

“Speaking” of Wine

Santa Maria Inn Wine Cellar
Well, I was funny through all levels and made it for the finals! Who knew that talking about my dating life could be so hysterical.

“Speaking” of the Central Coast – Industrial EATS

Industrial Eats Deli top - extras to purchase
While I was at it, I also ordered a glass of Ampelos Pinot Noir which was served in a heavy tumbler. I had no qualms.

How I Get Great Photos! Ztylus Case for My iPhone 6s!

Smartphones may very well be the new Nikons. Or if you have an iPhone 6s Plus like I do, even Hasselblads! (inside photographer joke).

The Intern – Movie with Wine. ish.

While there is an eyebrow-raising scene or two with Mr. De Niro and Rene Russo in this movie, there’s nothing that sets him up as a romantic lead. He’s too sweet, nice, and cheek-pinchable.

Big Horn Olive Oil Company – EVOO & Budget Clash

More Olive Oils
The flavors are amazing; they have small tasting cups that you can use to sample. That's how I ended up spending so much money. It's a plot.

Sideways 3, Chile

If this book is ever made into a movie, Chile’s tourism department will be swamped with Americans who will want to go on the new Chilean wine trail.

Pahrump Valley Winery – The Grape Stomp that Didn’t Happen!

Pahrump Grape Stomp Barrels
Bill came back into the winery, did the classic cut across the throat, and said “Everything is canceled!" Apparently they have this thing about valued customers getting skewered by lightning bolts.

Going Rogue Part 3 – Other Wineries, Stuff, and Summary

Right now I will continue to reside in Las Vegas, where except for the fact that we have had a damned eternal summer, I have called home for more than two decades. My bucket list has a crystal ball in it that stubbornly won't let me peer into the future.

Going Rogue – Oregon’s Other Wine Country. The Wineries.

Rogue River near Red Lily Winery
We got our flight and sat down at the lovely deck overlooking the scenery. Come to think of it, “The Scenery" seemed to be something that became part of everything that I did up there.

Going Rogue – Oregon’s Other Wine Country. Part 1- Arrival

Ashland is about 15 miles from the California border; it's apparently where old hippies (and young ones) go to escape the rat race.

A Day in Pahrump: My Visit to PVW

I came away with a new appreciation and excitement for the possibilities in Nevada. To be clear, we will never, ever be another California. It's not because we don't have the ability or the climate, but when over 80% of the state is in federal hands, that puts huge limitations on acreage alone.