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Beneath our souls

The Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Range are part of the American Cordillera, a continuous range of mountains that runs along the west side of the New World from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. [...]

Palate thrills

Laura Ness

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

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The Santa Clara Valley isn’t known for this grape, but in the case of Sarah’s Vineyard, chardonnay does indeed have history. The newly released 2016 Estate Chardonnay, $32, is a study in restraint. Although the nose gives away its barrel-fermented origins, the oak, 25 [...]

Savoring sips

Laura Ness

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

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Get ready to “Party Like It’s 1979,” as the Garlic Festival celebrates 40 years of family fun Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29. Genuine Iron Chef Michael Symon hosts the Garlic Showdown on Sunday, and there’s a new kids’ cooking competition, plus an electronic [...]

50 Shades of Pink

Laura Ness

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

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Rosés are here to stay. Rosés of all hues can be found in Santa Clara Valley, from pale pink to hearty red. Most are made using the saignée, or “bleeding off” method, where the free-run juice from just-picked reds is collected and fermented before the reds are de-stemmed [...]

Days of Joy

Laura Ness

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

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Tim Slater has been making wine at Sarah’s Vineyard for long enough now, he feels he’s figured it out. An engineer by trade and an artist at heart, he’s a rocket-science level brain, with the capacity to simultaneously carry on multiple conversations on various topics, [...]

Martin Ranch

Laura Ness

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

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Martin Ranch is the perfect love story. If wine is bottled poetry, Thérèse and Dan Martin have written many sonnets to one another, and to their fellow wine lovers, each with their own voice and pen. His style, under the JD Hurley label, is fresh and consumer-friendly, with [...]

Martin Ranch

Laura Ness

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

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Martin Ranch is the perfect love story. If wine is bottled poetry, Thérèse and Dan Martin have written many sonnets to one another, and to their fellow wine lovers, each with their own voice and pen. His style, under the JD Hurley label, is fresh and consumer-friendly, with [...]

Bicycling Without Bicycles

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We’ve had this discussion before. Remember? There are so many cool summer festivals and festivities coming up; you should never use “Parking is such a hassle” as an excuse for not attending. If the event is close enough, just cycle on in! If distance makes this impossible, [...]

Rancho San Vicente

Ron Erskine

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

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At the bottom of the Almaden Valley, the hiking trails of Calero County Park crisscross the slopes above the park’s namesake reservoir. If you have recently traveled McKean Road, you may have noticed some construction hubbub a half mile below the reservoir dam. Work at the [...]

Wine tips

Laura Ness

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

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We’re blessed with so many wineries—each focusing on something unique. I love discovering new sips from the Valley to share. 2017 Aver Family Grenache Blanc, $35 Part of the Family Album series, the label bears a photo of Carolyn’s parents on their wedding day in 1953. A [...]
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