October 9, 2017 When fires began threatening areas of Sonoma County, quickly clouding them in smoke and ash, I became concerned for my favorite local wineries in Glen Ellen and Kenwood. With an evacuation ordered, conflicting reports, and wild rumors spreading, I curated a list of wineries and their statuses, based on the information that I could gather.
August 31, 2017 Benziger is a destination winery, with sprawling gardens and tram tours packed with visitors eagerly taking selfies. Their gift shop alone is larger than the average Glen Ellen tasting room. Despite their size and influx of tourists, Benziger runs like a well-oiled machine, with experienced, informed staff ready to explain the unique farming techniques used on the property.
July 29, 2017 This industrial chic tasting room at Madrone Estate is surrounded by relaxing outdoor tables in an olive grove, near cottage gardens and vineyards. Their state-of-the-art crush equipment is also used by neighbor Little Vineyards Family Winery, which borders the property.