Lucky 13th Pigs & Pinot

Top Winemakers & Chefs ... The 13th annual Pigs & Pinot weekend hosted by Chef Charlie Palmer is about a month away and the already talent-filled line up tied a bow on the event in the form of Winemaker Tom Rochioli and Chef Chris Cosentino. Both icons will be pouring and cooking for the Friday [...]

By | February 17th, 2018|Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Lucky 13th Pigs & Pinot


KJ Wines Heading North...  In 2017, Randy Ullom reached a milestone – 25 years working for the Jackson Family – in the same year Kendall-Jackson celebrated 25 years producing America’s number-one selling Chardonnay. With that kind of experience Ullom was a natural pick to represent Kendall Jackson at the upcoming Vancouver Wine Festival, one of the best wine fests [...]

By | February 5th, 2018|Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Kendall-Jackson

Ram’s Gate Winery

Potpourri of Tastings... Any winery starts with a vision. No doubt, no one starts out to make undrinkable plonk with a tasting room that resembles uncle Joe’s rec room. Unfortunately it happens. Thankfully, not too often in Napa and Sonoma. Especially so at Sonoma’s Ram’s Gate Winery. Only in biz since the fall of 2011, [...]

By | January 22nd, 2018|Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Ram’s Gate Winery

Healdsburg Survives Too

Tasting Tour .... While Santa Rosa took it in the teeth in the recent fires, it’s important to remember that a lot of Sonoma counties were relatively untouched, including much of Santa Rosa. Let wine lovers know it’s perfectly safe and welcomed abundantly to come back and taste some Sonoma wineries. In that vein, the [...]

By | January 12th, 2018|Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Healdsburg Survives Too

Check Please

Leslie Was Delightful... To the T-Vine Winery we go where Leslie Sbrocco, host of PBS’ Check Please, is hosting a tasting of Calistoga Wineries finest. A Petaluma resident, don’t know if this should go under Napa or Sonoma, ha ha, doesn’t matter… But it was fun to get the ebullient TV host to do the [...]

By | September 12th, 2017|Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Check Please

Comstock Wines

Bocce, Pizza, Wine ... Bob and Sandy Comstock have been selling grapes for over a decade. But they always wanted their own tasting room. So in August 2015, they opened a nice, expansive facility and tasting room, debuting their own wine label at the same time.  Complete with an outdoor pizza oven and bocce ball court, visitors can book [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Comstock Wines

Limerick Lane Wines

 Wine Man, Family Man... You want some kicks?? How about a walk thru of a 100-plus-year- old winery, 10 minutes from downtown Healdsburg? We’re talking Limerick Lane Wines. If you love Zinfandel wines like the Insider does, then you owe it to yourself to go down to Limerick Lane Wines and may be lucky enough to partake in some very nice [...]

By | August 15th, 2017|Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Limerick Lane Wines

Tenth Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

Notes from the 10th Pebble Beach Food and Wine Fest... Thurs night was a total blast with great food snacks and awesome after party where the booze was flowing like water... Friday afternoon, a return to The Inn at Spanish Bay, where gorgeous fairways and greens line right up with the Pacific Ocean… so gorgeous, [...]

By | April 26th, 2017|David's Travels, Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Tenth Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

Pebble Beach Festival

Extravaganza's Engaging Co-founder.... It was a kick to converse with David Bernahl, Monterey’s Restaurant 1833 owner and co-founder of the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival which is coming up on its 10th anniversary next week.  David was bubbling over with the enthusiasm about food and wine that I try to bring to the Insider. [...]

By | April 16th, 2017|David's Travels, Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries|1 Comment