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Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:11

Shades of American Graffiti in Petaluma

red and black 57 Buick Century in Petaluma PicmonkeyRare '57 Buick Century captured in Giuseppe Lipari photo as it rolls through Petaluma                             

TASTE News Service, May 19, 2016 - May and June are perfect months to plan a weekend getaway to Petaluma. You can go for classic cars, craft beer or just to relax and enjoy the beauty at the gateway to Sonoma County Wine Country.

International Wine Challenge Picmonkey

TASTE News Service, May 11, 2016 - Winemakers from the USA showed they are a force to be reckoned with at the International Wine Challenge 2016, with a serious haul of medals.

Friday, 06 May 2016 19:58

May 6, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

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2015 Sauvignon Blanc


Dry Creek Vineyard

Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $18

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 10:55

New Owners Restoring Historic Jenner Inn

jenner inn 2 PicmonkeyA tranquil retreat on the Sonoma Coast

TASTE News Service, April 19, 2015 - Renovations are under way at the venerable Jenner Inn, a landmark hotel and restaurant on the rugged Sonoma County coast.

Spread over more than four acres at the mouth of the Russian River, the inn itself is a collection of historic buildings, some of which date back more than a century, to the inception of the seaside hamlet of Jenner. The unique main building was constructed entirely from redwood in about 1948 by Swedish boat-builders.

Saturday, 16 April 2016 20:12

April 15, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

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2014 Heritage Vines Zinfandel


Dry Creek Vineyard

Sonoma County

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $22

imagerydonationHR PicmonkeyImagery Estate Collection Curator and SSU art professor emeritus Bob Nugent and assistant curator Kara Sybesma, left, and SSU University Art Gallery Exhibitions Coordinator Carla Stone, right, with a piece from the collection by Tony Speirs at the winery.

TASTE News Service March 1, 2016 - The fine art gracing the labels of Imagery Estate Winery's unique wines began 30 years ago as a project between a Glen Ellen winemaker and Sonoma State University art professor.

Now, the highly regarded, 442-piece Imagery Estate Winery Permanent Collection comes full circle to Sonoma State University thanks to a generous gift from the Benziger family and a business partner, former owners of Benziger Family Winery.

Monday, 01 February 2016 14:14

January 29, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

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California Brut Rose N/V


Korbel Champagne Cellars


Suggested Retail: $13.99


“For a long time rosé wines got no respect. But things have changed. Pink wines are hot—if not that exact shade of pink.

”Korbel Champagne Cellars, which has been producing sparkling wine in Sonoma County since 1882, recently came out with new packaging for their California Brut Rosé. It embraces pinkness. New packaging technology has allowed them to envelop the entire bottle in pink. The winery defines the new bottle wrap as ‘limited edition,’ so we presume that the duration of this presentation may depend on its popularity.

Saturday, 19 December 2015 19:18

December 18, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

Dry Creek Vnyd 2013 OldVine Zinfandel bottle rgb1 Picmonkey2013 Old Vine Zinfandel


Dry Creek Vineyard

Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $32


“Some issues here could be confusing. Dry Creek Vineyard and Dry Creek Valley might sound redundant. And ‘Old Vine Zinfandel’ sounds good, but what does that really mean?

“Opening this bottle at dinner with a relative, I was asked if it had any connection to the Dry Creek Ranch golf course. It doesn’t, but the question wasn’t unreasonable since the course is located on the northern fringe of Lodi, an area south of Sacramento that is known to produce good Zinfandel.

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 10:28

Haverton Hill Creamery Honored

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TASTE News Service, December 1, 2015 - C After putting its craft sheep butter on grocery store shelves in late 2014, the sheep dairy and farmstead creamery won first place in the craft butter category in the 2015 American Cheese Society Awards.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 23:36

New flight into Sonoma Wine Country announced

Horizon Air Q400 PicmonkeyTASTE News Service, November 11, 2015 - Direct flights from Orange County into Sonoma Wine Country will begin on March 16, 2016, according to Alaska Airlines. Flights from Orange County will depart at 12:15 p.m. and arrive at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa at 1:46 p.m. Flights from Santa Rosa will depart at 12:40 p.m. and arrive in Orange County at 2:11 p.m.

John Wayne Airport will be the second airport that offers non-stop flights from the Los Angeles basin. The other is LAX. Other destinations are Portland, San Diego, and Seattle. John Wayne Airport will be convenient for travelers from beach cities of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, as well as the inland areas of Irvine, Orange, and Anaheim.

The new route will be served by Horizon Air's 76-seat Q400 aircraft, which it currently uses on all flights to Sonoma County.

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