Adventures in the Bay Area

Our recent adventures have been pretty amazing.  There is always somewhere new to visit in the Bay Area and old favorites that you want to return to.  One of my favorite things we have been doing regularly is relaxing at the Tuesday Night Farmer’s Market in Sonoma Square.  Great music, wine, and produce!

Sonoma Farmer's Market

 

We have also been making it a priority to explore the beaches of Sonoma County.  Fort Ross State Beach is amazing.  Be sure to pack some chairs, an umbrella, and a picnic!

Fort Ross State Beach

 

We also has the chance to attend Rhone Rangers at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco.  We had a great time sipping through California Rhone wines!

Rhone Rangers San Francisco

 

After years of wanting to visit the wine Promised Land, we finally made it to Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant in Berekeley.  An epic wine shop that should be on everyone’s wine bucket list!

Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

 

And, one last pic from the Sonoma Coast.  We already have another trip planned for next week!

Sonoma Coast

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Rhone Rangers San Francisco – June 10-11, 2016

Hey Bay Area…Rhone Rangers is coming to town this week!  This year, there will be over 60 wineries in attendance for Saturday’s Grand Tasting along with a winemaker dinner & auction on Friday evening.  Rhone Rangers is a non-profit organization dedicated to “advancing the knowledge and enjoyment of Rhone wines produced in America” and they do a fantastic job.  The San Francisco event will be held at The Golden Gate Club at The Presidio and showcases some of the best Rhone winemakers in the US (think Bonny Doon, Two Shepherds, and Tablas Creek).  A complete list of the Friday and Saturday’s events are below!

Rhone Rangers

Friday, June 10

Winemaker Reception, Dinner and Auction – Winemakers pull out all the stops from library wines to barrel samples for the reception and dinner catered by Girl & the Fig Caterers. The auction will have you at the edge of your seat as you bid for rare and unique items only found on the auction block. Tickets are limited to the first 180 persons. Reception begins at 5 pm with dinner at 7 pm.

The list of wineries for the winemaker dinner are:

Anglim, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Caliza Winery, Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Pomar Junction Winery, Qupe Wine Cellars, Ridge Winery, Rune Wines, Summerwood Winery, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Tenet Wines, Terre Rouge, Thacher Winery, The Withers Winery, Westwood Wine Estate

Saturday, June 11
Saturday Pass – Spend the day with the Rhone Rangers and kick off your Saturday with a seminar moderated by Sunset wine editor, Sara Schneider. Join the Rhone Rangers for an in-depth look at Syrah with a panel of winemakers who push the conventional styles of Syrah across California and beyond. Join us for a lively discussion and tasting of up to 10 Syrah wines and taste the difference. Then spend the afternoon VIP style at the Grand Tasting, which gives you an early start to tasting more than 60 Rhone wineries. Seminar begins at 11 am followed by VIP Grand Tasting.

The list of seminar wines:

Bonny Doon Vineyard, Caliza Winery, Crux, Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Qupe Wine Cellars, Rune Wines, Skinner, Stolpman, Tenet Wines, Terre Rouge, Westwood Wine Estate, Wrath

VIP Grand Tasting – Membership has its privileges especially when it comes to VIP status at the Rhone Rangers San Francisco event. In addition to an early start to the tasting of more than 60 Rhone wineries, VIP ticket holders will have access to a special lounge area featuring unique wines, appetizers and seating. VIP guests may enter at 1:30 pm.

Grand Tasting General Admission – Join the Rhone Rangers for their annual celebration of American Rhone wines during the grand tasting. Enjoy wines from more than 60 Rhone Rangers wineries from 2:30 – 5:30 pm.

Weekend Pass – The Weekend Pass includes one ticket to the Friday, June 10 Winemaker Reception, Dinner and Auction AND one Saturday Pass.

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Gamay Time – Raisins Gaulois 2014

While I definitely don’t need a reason to sip Gamay, the recent warm weather in Sonoma is making it even easier to reach for a light-bodied red.  My house red for this summer (and for many of the past few summers) is Marcel Lapierre Raisins Gaulois.  This 100% Gamay comes from organically farmed, young vines in Morgon and Beaujolais.  There is as little intervention as possible in the winemaking process which allows this wine to be a pure expression of the Gamay grape.

Domaine Marcel Lapierre Raisins Gaulois
Domaine Marcel Lapierre Raisins Gaulois

 

Raisins Gaulois pours a bright ruby color in the glass and offers aromas of jubilant, red fruit. In each sip, there are tastes of tangy raspberries, cranberries, and red cherries followed with a juicy finish.  Refreshing, lively, and delicious!  Best enjoyed slightly chilled. (12% alcohol, $13.99)

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