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Wine travel and palate exploration blog. Focused on authentic wine. Sonoma, CA. Also see travel profile @wayfaringseels

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Finally got over to the @rhoneroom and enjoyed some #Grenache from @the.grenachista. Juicy red fruits, grippy tea leaf tannins, zesty acidity - really nice wine. Great afternoon to watch the hummingbirds feed in the @figgirl garden. Cheers to clear December Saturdays in #Sonoma.
#Viognier is a perfect fall white. This one from @cinderwines in #Idaho is lighter and crisper than most California ones. Only the 2nd Idaho wine I’ve ever had, but they’re batting 2 for 2.
Caught the golden hour over @kenwoodvineyards historic Jack London Ranch Vineyard. This gorgeous slice of #Sonoma has a surprising amount of leaves still on the vine for December.
Washed down the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers with a #Rosé of #PinotNoir from @irvinerobertsvineyards in #SouthernOregon. Gorgeously colored wine with fresh strawberry aromas, fully dry, and not too tart. If you don’t drink wines from this region, you’re missing out!
Stunning watercolor sunset over #SonomaMountain through the clouds last night @hanzellfarm, overlooking the historic Ambassador’s Vineyard. Love this property and their wine. Truly the best Burgundian-style wines in #Sonoma.
Hit my 100th #California #winery in two years of living in the Golden State. Cheers to @hawkeswine for a welcoming visit at your #Sonoma salon and some delicious #Cabernet.
Our newborn was restless yesterday, so we had to bail on family Thanksgiving and the big wine lineup. Still busted out some phenomenal wines when my mom drove over plates for us. Silky, balanced @smith_madrone #Chardonnay and zippy, floral @gracewine #Grenache were perfect compliments to the Turkey day spread.
@twoshepherdswine 2013 Centime #orangewine was a perfect pairing for Dad’s homemade Pennsylvania corn chowder. Great kickoff meal for a week of family time in #Sonoma. The high acid helped cut the sweetness of the chowder; full body and texture held up to it. Just awesome #naturalwine.
What an amazing whirlwind of a week! On Wednesday my daughter was born. After several sleepless nights, a glass of wine was in order. Walked with the dog over to the #CochonWines tasting room for a glass of #GrenacheBlanc today. Recharged the wine batteries!
A friend stumped me with this Canadian #Siegerrebe, a varietal I admit I'd never heard of before. It was super aromatic with lemon zest, vanilla, gardenia, and fermenting apple cider. Oily texture, long floral finish. Almost like a funky floral Riesling. Interestingly it's a German cross of Gewurz and Madeleine Angevine. Really delicious with Indian food!
First wine opened after returning home from a forced "vacation" to Oakland had to be a #Bucklin #Grenache. Visited Old Hill Ranch and met Will the day before the fires started. Thankfully this vineyard, Sonoma's oldest, mostly survived. Grateful to have a home to return to, and ready to help rebuilding for those who don't! #sonomastrong #sonomafires
Thinking about #Sonoma while drinking a @ridgevineyards Pagani Ranch #Zinfandel. I have no idea whether this historic vineyard still exists. Waiting out the night in Emeryville, hopefully with a home to return to. #sonomafires #napafires #ridgevineyards