Acacia Pinot Noir vs Halleck Vineyard (Wine Review)

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If Pinot Noir were an animal, it’d be a chameleon. There seems to be no other grape that takes on its environmental surroundings quite like this highly-adaptable varietal. Preferring a cool climate, this thin-skinned grape is legendary for its versatility. It can be used to make white, red, rose, and sparkling wine of tremendous quality. …

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Food and Wine Pairing: Sonoma Whites & Pinots at AOC

Ross Halleck and Caroline Styne

The Los Angeles Wine Writers’ Group recently attended a special food and wine pairing at AOC, the restaurant featured in Condé Nast Traveler’s “50 hot tables” and on Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Wine List.” It’s credited with pioneering the small-plate tapas dining experience on the west coast.  A.O.C. is helmed by Caroline Styne,…

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7 Best Small Wineries in Sonoma 

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The best small wineries in Sonoma are boutique wineries – those which make less than 5000 cases annually – are more high touch than high-tech. These places are labors of love. Wines are hand-crafted with exceeding attention and care. There’s freedom to experiment here with different styles and varietals. An approach that looks to expand…

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Impact of Climate Change on the Petaluma Gap AVA

Catapult Vineyards at sunrise in the Petaluma Gap AVA

Petaluma Gap AVA wines are said to have a bit more balance and refinement because the wind hardens and thickens the grape skins producing more tannins, which render the feeling of texture in your mouth. The microclimate produces wine with a combination of freshness, refinement and elegance with more intensity from the tannins.  But like…

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Top 7 Russian River Valley Wineries to Visit

Russian River Valley

The Russian River Valley has viticulture history unlike any other in California. Grapevines were first planted by immigrants from the Mediterranean region in the 19th century. Most were “gardens” that families used for personal consumption, using cuttings brought from their European homesteads. This is how Zinfandel, now a flagship US grape, first appeared in the…

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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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2023 Halleck Vineyard Golf Tournament

July 26, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Green Hills Country Club
Green Hills Country Club
Milbrae, CA United States
$275

June 26, 2023 Green Hills Country Club Milbrae, CA Designed by Alister MacKenzie Followed by a Vintner Dinner Minutes away from San Francisco Int’l Airport…

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The Vienna Boys Choir

November 27 @ 3:00 pm
GREEN MUSIC CENTER, SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
461 Vinings Estates Dr SE
Mableton, GA 30126 United States
$85

November 27 at 3pm GREEN MUSIC CENTER, SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY   Limited tickets are available to see this choir of boy sopranos and altos based in…

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Halleck Vineyard Vintner Dinner at Warhorse

November 17 @ 6:00 pm
Warhorse
461 Vinings Estates Dr SE
Mableton, GA 30126 United States
$148

Inner Circle members are invited to an exclusive Halleck Vineyard Vintner Dinner at Warhorse Investments in Atlanta, GA, one of the premier clubs in the…

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