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Charity vine

Laura Ness

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

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The South Valley Wine Auction held Friday, May 11, at the Morgan Hill Community Center was a great success, with more than 250 attendees. Although the final numbers are not yet in, more than $30,000 was raised for local charities. Pamala Meador, president of the Morgan Hill [...]

Rooted in Rhône

Laura Ness

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

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Did you know that Santa Clara Valley has produced premium Rhône varietals for more than 150 years? Four local wineries, Aver Family Vineyards, La Vie Dansante Wines, Lion Ranch Vineyards and Sarah’s Vineyard, recently launched the GSM Society to spotlight Rhônes crafted from [...]

Rosés all abloom

Laura Ness

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

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The blooming popularity of all things pink meant a record number of submissions to the 2018 Experience Rosé Competition, held on April 18 at Soda Rock Winery in the heart of Healdsburg’s Alexander Valley. An outstanding breadth of rosés in every possible hue, from the [...]

Rosés all abloom

Laura Ness

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

Latest posts by Laura Ness (see all)

The blooming popularity of all things pink meant a record number of submissions to the 2018 Experience Rosé Competition, held on April 18 at Soda Rock Winery in the heart of Healdsburg’s Alexander Valley. An outstanding breadth of rosés in every possible hue, from the [...]

Passport wrap up

Laura Ness

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

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Wet weather didn’t dampen people’s wine tasting spirits, as Passport sales were said to be up around 30 percent over last year. WSCV President, Karen Seeker, notes, “People enjoyed the opportunity that the month-long format offered to visit all our wineries, taste the [...]

Wine Auction

Laura Ness

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

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Pamala Meador, President of the Morgan Hill Community Foundation, says the South Valley Wine Auction this year will benefit many charitable organizations in the community for the first time in its 20-year history. The Foundation is partnering with the Wineries of Santa Clara [...]

Living the wine life

Laura Ness

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

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Jason and Janu Goelz look out over their 7.5-acre site in a Gilroy industrial park with visions far beyond sugarplums. They see nothing but possibility. About two years ago, this place was a roof tile factory adjacent to a paper plant. A helpful real estate agent turned Jason on [...]

Years long passed

Ron Erskine

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

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The East Bay Regional Parks District boasts 121,397 acres of land preserved in 73 parks, and I have visited no more than a handful of them. In an effort to trim this ignorance, I recently reached out to two East Bay friends. Margaret Campos and Beth Ludwig, two hiking buddies [...]

Pacific Flyway

Ron Erskine

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

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Prior to the intense settlement that began with the gold rush, California’s Central Valley was an immense wetland. A representative of California’s Department of Water Resources once told me that in wet winters one could nearly row all the way across it to the Sierra [...]

Calerrain tastings

Laura Ness

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

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Inspired by a growing love of California’s many wine regions they wanted to share with others, Geoff and Chantal Mace created Calerrain, a combination of “California” and “terrain.” They source grapes from the Santa Clara Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and San Benito, [...]
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