Dutton Estate Winery

Wine Club Appreciation weekend along Route 116 near Santa Rosa is a great time to get reacquainted with an amazing group of boutique wineries. A recent sunny Sunday found us with our commemorative wine glasses in hand and club medallions around our neck. Our next winery to savor: Dutton Estate Winery.

Balletto Vineyards On Wine Club Appreciation Day

Wine Club Appreciation Weekend is a big deal along California Route 116 in the Russian River AVA near Santa Rosa, California. The concept is simple: any member of a participating winery receives, for this one weekend, membership privileges at ALL participating wineries. An incredible way to learn about new wineries! Step one: check in at your club winery. For us that meant another fun visit to Balletto Vineyards.

Pinot on the River

Maya Angelou said “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Rare is the charitable event that causes more cheerful giving than a wine tasting event. The recent Pinot on the River event raised both money and spirits.

Upcoming: Pinot on the River

Good wines, good people, good times… all benefiting a very good cause. That’s just around the corner with a fun “Pinot on the River” charity event on Sunday, October 23, 2016. As autumn comes to the Russian River, an amazing fundraiser will bring together area winemakers in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County. […]

Hook and Ladder Winery

The Hook & Ladder Winery has been on our “must taste” list for several years, but a series of events have conspired to keep us away. We recently braved the savage (for California) rains to visit their tasting room. Not even pouring rain could dampen our enthusiasm!

The Carol Shelton Winery

We love visiting small wineries! Sometimes these small wineries come with big reputations. That was certainly the case when we visited Carol Shelton’s winery. She is widely regarded as the most awarded winemaker in the United States. A few tastes later we understood.

Graton Ridge Cellars

Exploring new wineries is one of our great joys. A full day of visiting previously undiscovered wineries was before us on this gorgeous autumn day in the Russian River area. We were “Tasting Route 116” and our next stop was Graton Ridge Cellars!