Laura Burgess

Brewing Beer in California Wine Country

Brewing Beer in California Wine Country

All photos by Jen Pritchard I thought I’d be the one asking questions when I stepped into Amador Brewing Company’s tank-filled tasting room to experience their Monday morning brewing process. Instead, head brewer KC Sare started things off: “You want a beer?” he asked, a half-full glass of the company’s Night Hike Porter in his hand.

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Staking A Claim In Wine Country

Staking A Claim In Wine Country

The phrase “California Wine Country” often conjures images of rolling hills, perfectly manicured rows of lush green grapevines, and beautiful people sipping Chardonnay on balconies. It doesn’t evoke images of abandoned mines, dirt roads, and tree-sized grapevines with gnarly arms and wild leaves nestled between tiny towns with triple digit populations. Welcome to Gold Country.

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Why You Should Cut Sommeliers Some Slack

Why You Should Cut Sommeliers Some Slack

Let’s establish some definitions: a sommelier is a server in a restaurant who has charge of wines and their service. Sommeliers sell wine at food or booze-centric environments. A sommelier is not your wine-collecting uncle, some blogger, or your friend who just took a wine course and now has a fancy, golden “sommelier” diploma.

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Why Some Wines Are So Damn Expensive – Breaking Down The Cost Of A Bottle Of Wine [Infographic]

Why Some Wines Are So Damn Expensive – Breaking Down The Cost Of A Bottle Of Wine [Infographic]

It’s a common scenario: In search of a wine for dinner tonight, a red with a good-looking label and interesting description catches your eye. Let’s call it “Forlorn Hope Suspiro del Moro.” The bottle is in your hands–consumer research shows you’re 80% of the way to buying it – when the price tag catches your […]

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The Guide To Making The Perfect Wine Spritzer

The Guide To Making The Perfect Wine Spritzer

The wine spritzer has been around for centuries, and it’s not just a beverage for soccer moms and crazy great-aunts anymore. Recipes abound, sometimes featuring trendy ingredients like Lillet or passion fruit and it’s a great way to add bubbles to your wine with just the simple addition of club soda.

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