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cave under the hill

Pech Merle Winery is located in Geyserville California. It has a fun relaxing atmosphere where you could hang out for hours.

Over the weekend my husband and I opened the 2013 Russian River Pinot Noir. It is a beautiful limited production hand-crafted wine.

The color was a brilliant cranberry, promising so much happiness in just a look. The nose was subtle spice. On the palate it’s bright plum, cherry and berry. The finish is velvet jam. Super smooth and sooooo delicious.



yes please

The Ledson Winery is a gem in the Sonoma Valley AVA. We love this winery and visit it often…… resulting in lots of fantastic wines for our fridge!

Today we opened a 2013 Ledson Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve from the Alexander Valley. This is not an everyday wine, we are celebrating, so we opened something special.

The color is a deep garnet and glows beautifully in the light. It has a subtle nose of wet earth, on the palate it is rich, smooth juicy fruit. The finish is tobacco and velvet. We made the right choice for our celebration, this wine was superb.



Jenner CA

River’s End is a tiny restaurant right on the mouth of the Russian River.

It was a beautiful day so we decided to go for a drive and picked this beach front restaurant as our lunch stop.

All I wanted was an order of fish and chips. It was on my mind the whole drive. I had never had the fish and chips here and was nicely surprised. The Rock cod was well seasoned and cooked perfectly. It was crispy on the out side and buttery melt in your mouth inside. The sauce was classically done, no surprises. The pickle tho… that thing was killer. I truly think it was the best thing on my plate. Not knocking the Cod, it was delicious, I ate all 3 pieces. It’s just the pickle was insanely good.

For dessert the Barkeep, Sara, suggested the Chocolate/Cardamom Ice-cream. Truly I should devote a whole blog entry to this ice cream. It was the best ice cream I have ever had. The texture was silky, smooth, sexy, velvet, unbelievable. I didn’t know it could be like that! The chocolate flavor was present on the front with the spice finishing up. I highly recommend the ice cream. A+++++++++ (wink) I have already asked my husband if we could go back this weekend just for the ice cream. He said ‘we will see.’




a wine tasting afternoon

Today we spent the afternoon at the Ledson Winery aka  The Castle. The property is spacious with lots of picnic tables out under beautiful live oaks. It also boasts 2 huge fountains for wishing and several parlors inside to sit and enjoy food from the deli on site.

Our pourer (as i know not the official name for that job, but will ask next time I’m out) was a sweet young lady who’s name is Annah. She was friendly and very knowledgeable.

She started us with the 2015 Sonoma Coast ‘Estate Vineyard’ Pinot Noir. The nose is spring time cherry, the palate is silky plums with a finish that is a bit of ‘press run’ juice and very smooth.

Our second taste was the 2014 Redwood Valley Carignane. The nose is fruity, strawberry  the palate its more fruit and silky. The finish is yet again fruity with a bit of spice. I liked this wine very much.

Next up was a side by side tasting of the 2014 Redwood Valley ‘Ricetti Lane’ Zinfandel & 2013 Russian River Valley ‘old vine’ Zinfandel from Amy’s Vineyard . So much fun. i love the doing side by sides or even just opening a bottle and pouring 6 glasses and tasting one every 20 minutes. sooooo fun to play with wine!! On this tasting I enjoyed the Amy’s Vineyard better. Both are delicious however. The Ricetti Lane Zin had a warm berry nose the palate was earthy spice with a clean herb finish. The Amy’s had a cranberry, spice nose on the palate it was smooth fruit like velvet the finish was earthy and complex.

Lastly we enjoyed (off menu) the 2014 Sonoma Valley ‘Estate Vineyard’ Cepage.  The nose was a beautiful light floral on the palate ripe fruit and plum and the finish was bold yet smooth. This wine is completely sexy. My favorite of the day.