The Farms: Stone Edge Farm and Long Meadow Ranch in Sonoma

California Wine Country is as much about “country” as it is about wine. Today we set out to prove it. So with my husband, my father and my stepmom in tow, we headed down the hill in Sonoma to Stone Edge Farm.

Stone Edge Farm, as the name implies, is literally surrounded by stone. A magnificent block-long dry stack wall borders the property. I’ve walked my dogs past it for 10+ years but I never quite knew what was up on the inside. Holy cow! Read on…

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Napa Valley Winery Standouts: Part II

Thought I’d dial up the status factor and visit four of Napa Valley, CA top-tier wine producers – Staglin, Rudd, Quintessa and Corison. Needless to say, the quality of the wines at all of these wine country icons is beyond the beyond. But what make these wine country destinations interesting places to visit are the personal stories behind them. Read on…

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Napa Valley Winery Standouts: Part I

Does anybody really need to hear my two cents about a bunch of Napa Valley wineries that are right along the highway and are open to the general public? Probably not. On the other hand, part of what Booker & Butler does is edit the universe of wine country experiences down to the handful of places you might want to see. So even though these Napa California wine destinations are easy to get access to, I’m writing to tell you that they are also very much worth the trip . . . Read on…

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Girls Weekend in Sonoma

January can be a dreary time of year to visit wine country. The vines are all dormant, nothing for spring is in bloom yet and it can be down right rainy and cold. But when my best college girlfriends from Texas wanted to come to Wine Country for a visit, this particular weekend in January was what worked best for everyone. And the timing of this reunion couldn’t have come at a better time as I was just about to launch Booker & Butler. Read on…

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