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Now, that’s Italian: Tasting at Guglielmo Winery

Laura Ness

Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

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Everyone knows Guglielmo Winery, perhaps for its estate Zinfandel or Petite Sirah, the latter soon to be on local Trader Joe’s shelves.  Assistant winemaker Niklas (Nik) Zorn is not just about making old world style wines from Santa Clara fruit, though. He looks far and [...]

Take advantage of spring with upcoming rides

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Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Have y’all heard? The Amgen Tour of California has unfortunately been placed on hiatus for 2020. It was always a real treat watching the pros race through our neck of the woods! Organizers maintain that a change in “business [...]

Tasting travel at Lightpost

Laura Ness

Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

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What could be better than a great Pinot Noir? How about four of them?  Hailing from as far away as San Luis Obispo and Russian River, and as near as the Santa Cruz Mountains, these wines really speak of place, and of winemaker Christian Roguenant’s eagerness to make them [...]

Year-round passport

Laura Ness

Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

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The Wineries of Santa Clara Valley have decided to discontinue their Spring and Fall Passport program in favor of a year-round Wine Trail Pass, which allows visitors a lot more flexibility to plan their visits. Instead of just two months out of the year, the Wine Trail Pass, [...]

Checking in and riding out

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It’s February! Have you planned a Valentine’s bicycle ride with your sweetheart yet? Come on, get busy! Pedal to your favorite restaurant; you’ll burn off the calories from the meal. Speaking of calories, thanks for all of the feedback concerning last month’s column. [...]

After 10 years, Ron Erskine hangs up pen

Ron Erskine

Ron Erskine is a local outdoors columnist and avid hiker.
Ron Erskine

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Time in nature is at least restorative, at best transformative. This notion has been part of me from the start. Like my nose, my toes and my bones, it was part of the original package. Scientific research has confirmed the benefits of time in nature, but I don’t know why we [...]

Happy New You

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Happy New Gear! Was Santa good to you and your bicycle? Awesome! Were you able to join in Bike Therapy’s Jingle Holiday Lights Ride five days before Christmas? Super! Is it too cold to ride? Never! Just add an extra layer (or two) and enjoy. Some of my all-time favorite spring [...]

Bidding 2019 farewell

Laura Ness

Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

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Sofia Fedotova, co-owner of Lightpost Winery in Morgan Hill, thought it would be great to commemorate their first year with a time capsule. And, of course, a party. “We had a small, wonderful reception with everyone having a great time, sharing stories, nibbling on yummy [...]

Hope from Aver Vineyards

Laura Ness

Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

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The holidays are a chance to make the world smaller as we open hearts and homes to family and friends and, hopefully, to perfect strangers as well. This Thanksgiving, I met cousins from Germany I didn’t even know I had, and unsurprisingly, we bonded over wine. It’s the [...]

Harvest comes to a close

Laura Ness

Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

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Harvest 2019 seemed endless to many. At last, it’s finally over. John Aver of Aver Family Vineyards finally brought in cinsault, mourvedre and petite sirah. Of 2019, he said, “I like the quality of the fruit, and acids and sugars seemed very balanced for the most part, but [...]
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