Flickr Photo: Romp thru the Redwoods

A footbridge across one of the many small creeks at Henry Cowell Redwoods.

Happy winehikers, cavorting along a woodsy path on a late-September morning. These folks joined me last year; would you like to join me this year? If so, you’ll find all the details on my Romp through the Redwoods page.



Flickr Photo Download: Heart’s Fire 2006 Petite Sirah

You're not ready for the trail until you're ready for the trail.

The husband-and-wife teams of Kristin & Brian Link and Julie & Dan Scheve of tiny Heart’s Fire Winery of Campbell, California will be bottling their 2008 wines during tasting hours this coming Sunday. If they’re lucky, their labors will be complete by Labor Day!

You can consider yourself lucky, however, because Heart’s Fire Winery invites the public to stop by and enjoy their 2006 and 2007 wines and see what’s involved in getting all their 2008 wine ready for consumption.

Heart’s Fire is open on the first Sunday of each month for tasting and purchases. This Sunday, September 6th, they’ll be open from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. They’re also available for private tastings by appointment by calling (408) 858-1155 or sending an email to

For more information and directions, please see the Heart’s Fire Winery website at

Heart’s Fire Winery
165 Cristich Lane, Unit K
Campbell , CA 95008

If you love Zinfandel and Petite Sirah and you’re sticking around town this weekend, I recommend visiting!


Flickr Photo Download: The 2006 Township 7 Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2006 Township 7 Cabernet Sauvignon by winemaker Bradley Cooper.

Winemaker Bradley Cooper of Penticton, British Columbia, produces exquisite wines from the south Okanagan Valley, including this delicious handcrafted small-lot Cabernet, of which he made 752 cases.

I simply adore this wine’s cherry, coffee and cola overtones, especially when enriched by a broad silkiness on the palate and an enduring finish that will cause you to delay brushing your teeth too soon. Lovely with red meats or on its own, here’s a special, affordable Township 7 Cabernet that you should be drinking.

Price: $25.99 per bottle / $311.88 for case of 12
Heat: 13.9% ABV
Where to purchase: contact the winery.

Disclaimer: this bottle was a sample, stolen fair and square from the winemaker when he wasn’t looking. ;^)