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Dirty + Rowdy at 18 Reasons

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Now this is how to throw a winemaker dinner. And this how to make wine. Last night in the Mission at 18 Reasons, Dirty and Rowdy held their annual chicken dinner, and what a playful and irreverent evening it was. It started with a (very) welcome glass of sparkling which was paired with a retro-cool […]

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Drinking Alone With the Moon

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“Drinking Alone Under the Moon,” by Li Bo Among the flowers, a single jug of wine; I drink alone. No one close to me. I raise my cup, invite the bright moon; facing my shadow, together we make three. The moon doesn’t know how to drink; and my shadow can only follow my body. But […]

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International Women’s Day, Wine Harlot-style

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“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” ― Golda Meir In honor of International Women’s Day, Wine Harlots are celebrating five fabulous women. Gloria Steinem, who in […]

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The Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County

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SPONSORED POST September is California Wine Month and the Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County asked me to share some the resources they have available to visitors to Northern Sonoma County. The Wine Road is an association of wineries and lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys of Northern Sonoma County. There are […]

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Buy Napa. Drink Napa.

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“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.” ― César Chávez As you are aware, the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in 25 years occurred last Sunday, with the epicenter in Napa. Injuries were minimal, but the economic losses are estimated to be more than a billion dollars and potentially up to […]

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Masút Pinot Noir 2012

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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir Masút is a tribal word for “rich, dark earth.”  The inaugural vintage of Masút from brothers Ben and Jake Fetzer is like being enveloped in a rain forest. It’s rich dark cherries wrapped by dusky earthiness — elegant and primal simultaneously. […]

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Drink Like a Pilgrim for Thanksgiving

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“The king and high priest of all the festivals was the autumn Thanksgiving. When the apples were all gathered and the cider was all made, and the yellow pumpkins were rolled in from many a hill in billows of gold, and the corn was husked, and the labors of the season were done, and the […]

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Twisted Oak River of Skulls 2010

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“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some […]

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3CV Bank 2010

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“A night of exhilaration, of boredom and terror, in which the merest of sounds took on other forms – grew large in the expanse of darkness. After several hours the sheep gradually stopped calling to each other from across the river banks, and a brittle quiet descended. I desperately wanted to walk down to the […]

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Pepperwood Grove The Little Green Box Pinot Grigio

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If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. — Edgar W. Howe This week starts the annual back-to-school routine in most places, and not a moment too soon, or the insane asylums would be doing brisk business. If your […]

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