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Click here to read what my clients said about this tour In October 2016 I escorted two wine tours to California.  If I say so myself, both were a great success – a revelation in many ways. The breadth and diversity of producers that we visited was possibly the greatest of any tour I have…(Read More)

California farewells


Our final day was spent in the famous Russian River Valley. Despite being renowned for top class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, there are numerous microclimates and terroir diversities that permit a wide range of grapes to thrive. First stop was to the wonderful Bacigalupi Vineyards where twin sisters Nicole and Katie hosted a fabulous visit…(Read More)

The Roederer Estate in the acclaimed Anderson Valley was at the end of quite a long journey this morning. This famous Champagne House acquired land here back in 1979 so have shown incredible foresight and judgement, as this Valley has become a really hot ticket for high quality fizz and Pinot Noir. Being California’s…(Read More)

Beautiful sunshine greeted us for another full day on our California wine tour. DRNK wines were our destination for our first visit. Situated near Sebastopol in the Russian River Valley, the winemaker is Ryan Kunde and he has created a boutique operation that makes around 3000 cases, sourcing fruit from a mix of family estates…(Read More)

Our second tour to California kicked off on Sunday with another great meal at OSO restaurant in Sonoma. Delicious tapas style dishes, some cracking Pinot Gris and Grenache, warm atmosphere and great service. The weather forecast is extremely positive despite the pouring rain that greeted us on arriving at our hotel, with temperatures getting up…(Read More)

Our final day dawned and another fascinating set of experiences awaited. We drove up into Russian River Valley and close to its border with Dry Creek valley. An utterly sensational morning unfolded at Bacigalupi Vineyards. Twin sisters, Nicole and Katie Bacigalupi hosted our visit and we took a short walk up to their Chardonnay vineyards…(Read More)

The Anderson Valley was our destination for day 4 and a very different kind of experience was in store. The Anderson Valley is reckoned to be California’s smallest and coolest wine producing area and has gained an excellent reputation for top class fizz, Pinot Noir and cool climate aromatic grapes. First of all, we…(Read More)

The famed Napa Valley was our destination on Tuesday morning and first stop was the illustrious  Chateau Montelena. This amazing Chateau was built in the 1880’s and modelled on an English Gothic style. Still family owned, this estate came to fame when its 1973 Chardonnay won first place in the famous Judgement of Paris…(Read More)

Our first full day in California was action packed to say the least! From our hotel in Sonoma we headed north towards Sebastopol and into the Russian River Valley – renowned for its Pinot Noir. Our first stop was DRNK wines, run by the young Ryan Kunde of the famous eponymous family wine estate. This…(Read More)

California kicks off


Our long awaited tour to California has begun.  I arrived last week, and based myself in San Francisco for a couple of days – managing to do their Park Run (along with a field comprising 80% Brits). We assembled at our hotel in Sonoma on Sunday afternoon,and kicked off with dinner at the OSO restaurant…(Read More)