Wine Tasting Near Bodega Bay: Top 8 Tasting Rooms

Docks at Bodega Bay

It’s now the perfect time of the year for wine tasting near Bodega Bay. This amazing area lies on a San Andreas Fault line. There’s been more recent geological upheaval here than in all of France, which sits on the relatively stable Eurasian plate. All this seismic activity has created an incredibly diverse, mineral-rich soil…

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Wine Festivals: 2022-2023 Calendar

Wine Festivals Reopening Post Lockdown

After a two-year lockdown, life is finally opening up again. So we scoured the web to put together this endemic 2022-2023 Wine Festival Calendar. It features 11 California Wine Festivals, including 4 in Sonoma and Napa, and 2 in Santa Barbara. Plus Nantucket, Oregon, and Colorado wine festivals, and a wine festival reopening in France….

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Sebastopol Wine Tasting Experience at Halleck Vineyard

For more than 20 years, we’ve been hosting Sebastopol wine tasting experiences at our estate. We’re just inland from the majestic Sonoma Coast about 20 minutes from Bodega Bay or 15 minutes from the Barlow.  Our Sebastopol wine tastings aren’t held in a traditional visitors center or hospitality tasting room. Rather, we welcome you and…

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Top 12 Sebastopol Wine Tasting Spots (with Map)

The Barlowe in downtown Sebastopol offers an eclectic mix on wine tasting rooms, restaurants and shops.

For over one hundred and fifty years, the town of Sebastopol has been known as a farming and agricultural center of northern California. Once a plum and apple growing industry, the area is now a diverse paradise of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and of course, rolling green vineyards.  But despite the terrior’s excellent predisposition to harvesting…

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Celebrated Sonoma and Sebastopol Wineries Reopen

Guests enjoy the hospitality of Sonoma county winemakers and an event by Sonoma County Tourism.

Two years after the global pandemic effectively crushed tourism for Sonoma and Sebastopol wineries, tasting rooms are opening again. The lights are coming back on. And visitors from all parts of the globe are raising a glass to celebrate the return of relative normalcy. To welcome Los Angeles-based travelers out of their homes and back…

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Sweet vs Dry White Zinfandel Wine Tasting (Review)

Sweet and Dry White Zinfandel Wines from Halleck Vineyard and Sutter Home

Ross Halleck and Harris Miner are back at the estate in Sebastopol for a sweet and dry White Zinfandel wine tasting, and discussing about their differences, similarities, and pairing possibilities. One one side of the table, we have the wine that has come to be synonymous with White Zinfandel over the years, Sutter Home White…

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New Zealand vs California Sauvignon Blanc

Wine, Bottle, Reviews, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, Wine Pairing, Marlborough, White Wine

California Sauvignon Blanc is like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in many ways. But the two varietals from different regions deviate in some respects as well. In this wine review, Ross Halleck and Harris Miner are in Sebastopol wine tasting and discussing the popular Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, comparing to the Halleck Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, judged…

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Château Ste. Michelle Gewürztraminer Vs Halleck Vineyard (Wine Review)

In this wine review, Ross Halleck and Harris Miner are in Sonoma wine tasting and talking about New World Gewürztraminers from the Russian River and Columbia Valley appellations. First on the list is 2019 Château Ste. Michelle Gewürztraminer from Washington’s Columbia Valley, and then we’ll move on to the Halleck Vineyard Dry Gewürztraminer Callendrelli Vineyard…

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Sonoma Coast vs La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir (Wine Review)

Wine, Bottle, Reviews, Pinot Noir, California, Wine Pairing, Monterey

In this wine review Ross Halleck and Harris Miner are in Sonoma wine tasting and enjoying two California Pinots; La Cream Pinot Noir from Monterey and Halleck Vineyard Hillside Cuvee from Sonoma Coast. La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir Tasting Notes La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir is one of the most popular wines in the world….

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Inside the Best Wine and Cheese Tasting Sonoma Has to Offer

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir plays well with middle-of-the-road, semi-soft cheeses.

These pairing suggestions from certified wine educator Jim Laughren and award-winning author offer an inspiring alternative to the cheeses we serve at our Sonoma wine tastings in Sebastopol. California Pinot Noir Wine and Cheese Pairings Whether the occasion calls for an impromptu mid-afternoon respite on a sunlit porch or a fully-fledged wine and cheese board as…

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