Your Guide to Livermore Valley Wines and Wineries

Mon, 06/03/2024 - 18:00 -- johnk

The History of Winemaking in Historic Livermore Valley Wine Country

Founded on April 1, 1876, Livermore is known to be California's oldest wine region. Livermore has been making and selling wine since 1849, the first winery was owned by Robert Livermore, after whom the town was named. Since then, Livermore has been a popular stopping point to visit. 

While I was traveling back to the San Francisco Bay Area after a business appointment in Tracy, CA, I stopped in at a couple of wineries, and on a napkin, I started my blog at one of the tastings. I did some wine tasting at a few wineries on that Friday afternoon seeking out some award-winning wines, and I found them. Join me on a visit to a family-owned winery or two and a little virtual visit.


This valley has become home to many award-winning wineries, Livermore is famous for making and producing wine and their farmlands. Station in the heart of the Bay Area Livermore is the ideal place to be when you want to find a place to do some wine-tasting and search for that next perfect wine that captures your attention. There are so many family-owned wineries That being said, I will be sure to author another article about Livermore Valley and its wines and wineries in a future article that will address: where to stay, what to do, get around Livermore Wine Country, where to eat, and of course the most popular wineries here.

Your Guide to Paso Robles Wine Country

Thu, 03/28/2024 - 10:14 -- johnk

Paso Robles Wine Country

California's central coast offers a lot to do for wine lovers. Let's spend a few minutes to take a look at Paso Robles wine country. Paso Robles wineries have much to offer like other California wine regions. Paso Robles wine country is about a 3-and-a-half-hour drive from San Francisco and 3 and half hours from Los Angeles.

Finding the Perfect Winery

Finding the perfect winery for your wine-tasting adventure can be overwhelming whether it be in Napa Valley or any of the many wine regions of California. Paso Robles and Paso wine present a similar challenge. Where to start, who makes what types of wine, where to eat? Do you enjoy Rhône style wines, a good Cabernet Sauvignon, or perhaps a Cabernet Franc. Don't worry; we've got you covered! View Wineries Discover Paso Hotels & Lodging Whether you're looking for a luxury hotel or a bed and breakfast, lodging in Paso Robles wine country.

Your Guide to Monterey Wine Country

Mon, 01/08/2024 - 15:43 -- johnk

Monterey's Lone Cyprus 

Monterey's breathtaking vistas, sprawling terrain, and coastal splendor perfectly complement our exceptional wines and unequaled hospitality. Discover, explore, and embrace the pride of Monterey for an unforgettable experience, and become a part of the Monterey Wines Community. Visit the Tasting Rooms of Monterey, Carmel By-The-Sea, and beautiful Carmel Valley. Enjoy Monterey's coastal beach-side charm and intimate venues to learn why Monterey/Carmel was voted as one of the top five worldwide wine destinations by the Wine Enthusiast. Carmel Valley has had a wine history since the 1800s. As you visit you will detect vineyards that peppered this rugged, rustic region. Plan Ride Stay Eat Wine Vineyards Varietals Events. Monterey's wineries and tasting rooms offer a taste of Europe on the California coast. Monterey Wine Country is unequaled for its tasting rooms and here are found in a few locations.

Cannery Row Street Sign 

History/ The Monterey AVA's


The Monterey American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a wine region located in central California, USA. Designated as an AVA in 1984, the Monterey AVA covers a vast area that includes parts of Monterey County. This region is known for its diverse microclimates and soils, making it suitable for the cultivation of a wide variety of grape varieties.

Explore the Delights of Ojai California Wineries Your guide to wineries, tastings, restaurants, and more...

Tue, 11/28/2023 - 21:28 -- johnk

If you jump in your car and drive just ninety miles north of Los Angeles, or about thirty miles from Santa Barbara, you will find another great little wine region. Ojai is accessible as an easy day trip from these and other nearby cities. Making this little town a fantastic weekend trip complete with wineries, art galleries, shops, delightful lunch spots, and restaurants.

winding road, sunset, mountains

You Are Almost There

As you near your destination, you will be greeted by the luring mountains and the citrus groves along the valley floor. There are olive orchards, orange and lemon trees, and sprawling family ranches. And vineyards surrounding it all. This community has quite a bit to offer for those who travel to this little community.

The downtown area was rebuilt in 1917 after a fire wiped out most of the original town but the buildings have been converted into modern storefronts for dozens of little shops, restaurants, and wine-tasting rooms along the town's main street. This charming town is in Ventura County and is known for its artistic community and relaxed atmosphere. Ojai is known for its relaxed and tranquil atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for a peaceful getaway. Enjoy the natural beauty and artistic culture of this charming California town.

apples, farmer's market, buy

Welcome to the Enchanting World of El Dorado Wine County.

Sat, 09/23/2023 - 16:07 -- johnk


A delicious El Dorado Wine Country set the table

Of all of the wine regions that California has to offer, there is a delightful place you will find as you travel from Sacramento toward Lake Tahoe. There you will find El Dorado Wineries, shops, eateries, and more to enjoy.

When you visit El Dorado Wine Country you are greeted by rolling vineyards, delectable cuisine, and captivating attractions await. If you are a food and wine enthusiast seeking a picturesque escape, you have stumbled upon the perfect destination. Nestled in the heart of California's Gold Country, El Dorado County boasts a hidden treasure trove of wineries, restaurants, and attractions that will leave your taste buds tingling and your spirit rejuvenated.

The Best of Amador Wine Country: Wineries, Restaurants, and Attractions

Fri, 08/18/2023 - 16:23 -- johnk

table with meal and wine glasses

Amador County wine country is a hidden gem in California that offers a unique and captivating experience for wine enthusiasts. Nestled in the Sierra Foothills region, this picturesque destination is known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and, of course, its exceptional wines. Whether you are a seasoned wine connoisseur or a casual traveler looking for a delightful day trip, Amador County wine country has something to offer everyone.

The Charm of Amador County Wine Country
Amador County wine country possesses a charm that is difficult to put into words. It evokes a sense of nostalgia, reminiscent of a time when life was simpler and wine country was still a hidden secret. This region, unlike the bustling Napa Valley, exudes a rustic and laid-back atmosphere that attracts those seeking an authentic and unspoiled wine-tasting experience.

Photo courtesy of Helwig Vineyards & Winery

A Journey to Amador Wine Country

Exploring the Delights of Sonoma County: A Guide to Wineries, Restaurants, and More

Sat, 08/12/2023 - 16:14 -- johnk


Photo by WikimediaImages Pixabay 

Sonoma County, known for its picturesque landscapes, charming small towns, and world-class wineries, is a haven for wine enthusiasts and food lovers alike. This Northern California gem has overcome challenges like devastating wildfires, emerging stronger and more vibrant than ever before. With its ever-evolving food and drink scene, Sonoma County offers a delightful experience to visitors, whether they are first-time explorers or returning guests. In this comprehensive guide, we will take you on a journey through Sonoma County, highlighting the best wineries, restaurants, and attractions to help you plan an unforgettable trip.

view of vineyard from table with bottle of wine and glasses

Image Source: Akira Yuan / EyeEm/Getty Images


Day 1: Discovering the Beauty of Sonoma County

Check-in at MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa

Santa Barbara County Wines: Exploring the Enchanting Wine Country

Fri, 08/11/2023 - 14:48 -- johnk

view of vineyard and hillside

Santa Barbara County Wines

Santa Barbara County is home to one of the most breathtaking wine regions in the world. Nestled along the picturesque California coastline, this region offers a unique blend of natural beauty and exceptional wines. From the urban wineries of Santa Barbara and Solvang to the rural vineyards of Santa Maria and Santa Ynez Valleys, there is something for every wine lover to explore. With nine wine routes to choose from, the possibilities for a spectacular wine experience are endless.

Discovering Santa Barbara Wine Country
Santa Barbara Wine Country is a paradise for wine enthusiasts. With over 100 unique wineries and tasting rooms, there is a vast array of wines to taste and explore. From classic varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to lesser-known gems to the area such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah, the region offers a diverse selection of wines to satisfy every palate.

To make the most of your visit, it's essential to plan ahead. Santa Barbara County's wine country spans over 50 miles, so mapping out a route and checking tasting room hours is crucial. Consider using the designed tasting routes, online touring map, or requesting a printed touring map to navigate the expansive wine country efficiently.

Exploring Santa Barbara County Wine Routes
Santa Barbara County offers nine distinct wine routes that showcase the best of the region's wineries and vineyards. Each route provides a unique experience, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the local wine culture. Here are some highlights from each route:

The Beneficial Effects of Muscadine Grapes for Beauty and Health

Sun, 07/30/2023 - 14:38 -- johnk



handful if Muscadine grapes

Can a grape that is native to North America prove to be a beauty secret? Can a humble grape help with a better complexion, stronger bones, teeth and more?  A not so common red wine makes for younger looking skin, healthier hair, and stronger bones. The health benefits of muscadine grapes have been known for centuries, but only recently have the grapes been a focus with a scientific approach. Here are some interesting facts on the positive effects of muscadine grapes on our health.

Muscadine grape vine


The Grapes Origin 

Muscadine is a grapevine native to the southern part of North America that has been grown domestically since the 16th century. Native American’s were eating the vines for far longer than that. The Muscadine grows naturally at a latitude in the Eastern USA from about West Virginia and Delaware all the way through the southern states as far west as Texas. 

Muscadine and Scuppernong 


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