Copia Re-opens

On Saturday, February 18, the DeAngelos attended the grand re-opening of Copia in Napa. The museum and educational center funded by Robert and Margrit Mondavi was ahead of its time when it opened in November 2001.  It struggled for several years before closing in 2008.  Of course there was no “there, there” at that time. … [Read more…]

Sonoma Overview

For family and friends who will be joining Judy and me for our 50th wedding anniversary at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood, CA June 4, I will be posting information about where to go, what to do, where to eat and where to stay in the area.  Much of this is already available on our anniversary … [Read more…]

Red Feather

Red Feather Winery and Vineyard 5700 Greenville Rd (between Cedar Mountain Rd & Crane Ridge Rd) Livermore, CA 94550, (925) 449-1871 One of the few wineries open in this part of Livermore on a February Tuesday. I’d describe this place as funky. They have some food bites and music on weekends but none when we were there. … [Read more…]

Black Friday at Golden GlenLyon

While many Americans were rushing hurriedly from one big box store to another, searching for that must have piece of electronics or battery operated game for the kiddies, the Kazmar Klan made its way to lovely Glen Ellen in Sonoma County. Bill and Joan Kazmar bid on a bottle of wine and won a personal … [Read more…]

Harvest Time in Napa

Today proved once again that in a former life I was a vintner, or at least a field worker. I can’t adequately describe why visiting wine country makes me so happy. It’s not just the wine tasting, it’s the whole wine experience, notably the ability to meet and talk with people like Kosta Arger, one … [Read more…]

Ira and Sheila Visit Napa

A former colleague of mine from Temple paid a visit to the SF area with his wife Sheila and friends Ken and Susie. We prearranged a meeting in the Carneros area of Napa Valley. The fog broke just in time to enjoy a glorious Napa Day. The tour started at Domaine Carneros, moved to Acacia … [Read more…]

Livermore Wines

Judy and I spent Labor Valley in NoCal’s “other” wine region, Livermore Valley. Located southeast of Napa and Sonoma but an easy 30 min. drive from our home, Livermore is a bit more rustic, dusty and ranch-like than either Napa or Sonoma. The occasion was the 28th Harvest Wine Celebration, a two-day affair that spotlights … [Read more…]