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Russian River Valley Part 5: Exploring Laguna Ridge

Situated south of the Russian River, the Laguna Ridge neighborhood is composed of soft rolling hills full of mostly Goldridge soils. The neighborhood is certainly warmer than Sebastopol Hills, but not quite as warm as Middle Reach....

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Top 5 Gourmet Burgers in Napa Valley

That’s right, I’ve been on the hunt for the best gourmet burgers that Napa Valley has to offer and I’ve compiled a fantastic list. Is it just me or does Saint Helena have the lock-down on burgers? I know there’s more than just these five, but surely this is a good start for all you burger lovers out there!...

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Italy Meets Napa Valley: An Interview with Michelin Star Chef Stefano Masanti

I’m always curious how chefs get their start. Did they always dream of becoming a chef? Truth is, when I ask this question, I almost always get the same response from chefs: no, but they grew up with a parent or grandparent who spent a lot of time in the kitchen. And not coincidentally, many come from families who have a history of chefs throughout their lineage....

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Stewart Cellars Finds a Home in Yountville

During a rainy autumn week in Napa Valley, a blue, sun-filled sky opened up for a visit to the new Stewart Cellars “home” in downtown Yountville. Having officially opened in August 2016, the Stewart family has begun to welcome guests with open arms into their new home and locals are already buzzing about the exquisitely designed Nomad Heritage Library, elegant Tasting Hall and local-friendly Gather Café....

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5 Best Pizza Places in Sonoma County

Being a self-confessed, wood-fired pizza lover—and having recently been inspired by Lisa Perrotti-Brown’s “Five Best Pizza Places in Napa”—I felt compelled to represent Sonoma County. Now, this list isn’t necessarily comprised of pizza parlors, but rather it is a list of pizzerias, wineries, bistros and restaurants that serve some of the best pizza in all of Sonoma County....

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Felton Road Part 2: The Single Vineyards & Blocks

In Part 2 of Lisa Perrotti-Brown's interview on-the-ground in Central Otago, New Zealand at Felton Road Vineyard, winemaker Blair Walter explains the subtle differences between the single vineyard and block wines....

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The County Bench: Santa Rosa's Newest Culinary Hot Spot

When a new restaurant opens in town, you can be sure I am ready to make a visit. The downtown Santa Rosa restaurant scene has steadily been on the rise with recent additions to its already very eclectic and pleasing array of culinary options....

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Russian River Valley Part 4: Exploring Sebastopol Hills

Of course, the Russian River Valley (RRV) is a cool winegrowing climate, but the Sebastopol Hills neighborhood is cooler than most of the appellation’s neighborhoods. Located on the south/southwest side of Sebastopol, this area is influenced heavily by the winds and fog that blow from the Pacific Ocean up through the area known as the Petaluma Gap....

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Five Awesome Coffee Roasters in Santa Rosa

In Northern California, it's easy to be a coffee snob, because the coffee here is just that good. We have so many local roasters that really producer top-notch beans. In Santa Rosa alone, I have a hard time deciding which coffee shop I want to go to sometimes, because the local roasters all compete at the same level. And then, expanding the boundary to neighboring cities, the options just become endless....

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