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St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards


Posted on Dec 20, 2017

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The view at St. Francis Winery.

St. Francis Winery and Vineyards has for a long time been on our list of favourite California wineries. We  can still remember the 1996 St. Francis Reserve Merlot, the wine that tuned us on to St. Francis and the wine that turned us on to Merlot! The fruit-forward and beautifully textured style of that wine remains the house style today.

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In Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, just outside the town of Healdsburg, sits a 1200-acre winery featuring a yellow Chateau, covered in vines, perched at the top of the estate. If you didn’t know better, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had stumbled upon a winery in Bordeaux, France rather than one in California wine country. Jordan Vineyard and Winery not only conjures up this feeling when gazing upon its stunning property, it also evokes Old World tradition with each sip of their wine.

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The White Wines of Rias Baixas

The White Wines of Rias Baixas


Posted on Dec 5, 2017

We recently attended the Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa, California. One of the breakout sessions was a 90 minute seminar on the wines of Rias Baixas in Northern Spain. Rias Baixas is known for making delicious, aromatic white wines from the indigenous Albarino grape. It was a breakout session we had to attend.

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Comstock Wines: Open for Business  

Comstock Wines: Open for Business  


Posted on Nov 29, 2017

Dry Creek Valley healdsburg

The view at Comstock Wines

We have been visiting Sonoma Valley wine country for more than 15 years, long before AdVINEtures ever existed. And while we’re still a long way from getting to all the wineries in the region, nothing excites us more than a new discovery, which on our most recent trip was Comstock Wines.

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Chateauneuf du PapeChâteauneuf-du-Pape is the historic and beautiful wine region of France’s Southern Rhone Valley. It is rich in history and the wines that it produces can be among the very best in France and the world. Typically, it is a region known to produce wines that are bold and full-bodied, but they also make wines of great finesse. Last year, we were lucky enough to tour and taste at Chateau de la Font du Loup, one of the top producers of the more elegant style CDP wines.

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ROCO Winery: Serious Fun

ROCO Winery: Serious Fun


Posted on Oct 25, 2017

Willamette Valley Oregon

Winemaker Rollin Soles

AdVINEtures has been fortunate enough to meet some of the world’s truly great winemakers. And while many people equate wine with a certain amount of snobbishness, our experience is that generally winemakers view themselves first as farmers and are among the most down to earth people you will ever meet. And you’ll be hard pressed to find a winemaker less pretentious then Rollin Soles of ROCO Winery.

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