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One of our Favorite Travel Blogs


Rome By The Hour Young Bay area couple Tyler and Ruth have a terminal case of wanderlust (like us). Their travel blog Rome By The Hour is a wonderfully refreshing account of their travels, and lessons learned along the way. Of course we're honored to be featured in their guide to Healdsburg along the likes [...]

One of our Favorite Travel Blogs 2018-06-14T18:10:11+00:00

Grilled Blackberry Balsamic and Garlic Flank Steak


Ingredients 2 tablespoons blueberry balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large garlic clove 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves One 2 1/2-pound flank steak Salt and freshly ground pepper A Fantastic Way to Entertain And Delight Instructions yields 4-6 How to Make It Step 1 In a blender, combine the vinegar, oil, garlic and [...]

Grilled Blackberry Balsamic and Garlic Flank Steak 2018-05-10T21:47:32+00:00

Sonoma Barrel Weekend


It's Barrel Weekend! We're finally seeing some much needed late winter rains after a unusually dry season, but don't let that discourage you from missing out on the Wine Road's annual Barrel weekend. Many wineries in downtown Healdsburg (and Sonoma) will be offering barrel samples this and next weekend. Stop in and try samples [...]

Sonoma Barrel Weekend 2020-01-12T23:39:18+00:00

Tim’s Savory Smoked Salmon


Ingredients: 7 – 20 Salmon Filets Brine: ½ ounce pickling spices (wrapped in cheese cloth) ¼ cup rock salt, 4 – 6 cloves garlic 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 cups Portalupi Vermentino 2 cups water, 2 – 3 bay leaves Marinade 48 Hours 1 stick of [...]

Tim’s Savory Smoked Salmon 2018-02-16T17:49:31+00:00

L.Venturi Vineyard


Larry and Doreen Venturi take pride in their Italian heritage which is integral to their family, lifestyle and grape growing methods. Longtime members of the Ukiah Sons of Italy, Doreen and Larry grew up in an Italian American household working on the family ranches. Larry’s family came from the Tuscany region of Italy and settled [...]

L.Venturi Vineyard 2018-01-15T19:17:03+00:00

Las Brisas Vineyard


Our Vermentino comes from the Carneros growing regions. The vineyard is owned by the legendary Mahoney family, one of the truly dedicated growers and champions of Vermentino in California. Las Brisas Vineyard was named by the family after the winds that drive morning fog into the vineyards and cooling airflow in the late afternoon. The [...]

Las Brisas Vineyard 2017-12-07T19:23:04+00:00

Marcucci Farms


Our Zinfandel comes from a vineyard located just off Laguna Road in Russian River Valley. Owned and loved by the Marcucci Family, this vineyard began six generations ago. Phil Marcucci farms in the Italian tradition passed down through the generations. Always offering up consistent and solid fruit, the vineyard is a mainstay of the Portalupi [...]

Marcucci Farms 2018-07-24T20:35:17+00:00

Shake Ridge Ranch


Our Barbera grapes come from one of the most highly sought-after vineyards in California. Shake Ridge Vineyard is in the Sierra Foothills along a ridge 1,650–1,810 feet above sea level, overlooking the town of Sutter Creek. Renowned grower, Ann Kraemer is one of the most highly respected figures in the wine world. In short order, [...]

Shake Ridge Ranch 2018-01-15T19:00:07+00:00

Dolinsek Ranch Vineyard


In 1996, Jim Dolinsek purchased the 10.5 acres property located on Laguna road that was then planted with apples and grapes. Jim’s father coincidently used to pick cherries on the ranch in the 30’s. The ranch was originally planted by the Frati family which included Old Vine Zinfandel. The vineyard has a rich Italian history [...]

Dolinsek Ranch Vineyard 2018-02-16T17:11:48+00:00

Duck Rillettes with Cannellini Beans and Edamame


Ingredients 1 cup duck fat 3 shallots, minced 1 bulb of baby fennel, sliced ½ cup Portalupi Vermentino 4 legs duck confit, bone and skin discarded 1 tsp mustard seeds, toasted 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard For the cannellini beans 1 cup dried cannellini beans, soaked in cold water overnight 3 cups chicken stock (vegetable [...]

Duck Rillettes with Cannellini Beans and Edamame 2017-12-05T01:01:29+00:00