Wine Club Alternative – Naked Wines

November 6, 2017
Winemakers are scientists and artists; giving them the freedom to explore without worrying about marketing or crafting a brand allows them to try new ideas and create what they have a vision for. Naked Wines fills a niche for directly supporting winemakers, allowing them an opportunity for expression and the ability to start their own label. They add approximately 300 wines per year from independent winemakers.

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Secret Ravine Vineyard & Winery
Secret Ravine Vineyard & Winery

Secret Ravine Vineyard and Winery in Gold Country

October 24, 2017
This was my first venture into Gold Country, and despite the challenging traffic through Sacramento, I discovered the area to be a woodland wonderland. After researching boutique wineries in the area, I was attracted to the name “Secret Ravine” and drove out on a whim. The roads led through delicate meadows and mottled groves with farmhouses and an unassuming driveway.

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Glen Ellen and Kenwood Wineries Stand Together

October 14, 2017
The crush was interrupted on Monday morning by a spreading cloud of smoke and wildfires springing up around Sonoma County, sweeping through with such speed that many families had to escape without any belongings. In the resulting cacophony of reports, rumors spread that the Glen Ellen Village Market was in flames and Chateau St. Jean had burned to the ground. Panic set in with fire visible in the hills, causing clogged roads and false stories due to the lack of access for compiling accurate reports. Nearby hotels filled with evacuees, while others fled to relatives, friends, co-workers, or shelters; the adventurous drove to campgrounds that were out of immediate danger to spend the night.

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