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Detox Then Retox in Wine Country

Photo credit: Aubrie Pick The first time I heard of a winery offering a yoga class was in 2008, at Periscope Cellars in Emeryville, CA.  This was actually a yoga class where you sipped wine as you held various poses.  We shot a session for an episode of In Wine Country and I love the shot at the end of the woman holding the wine glass with her foot. Since then it seems that no matter where you are in American wine country you’re not far from a yoga class at a winery.  You can do your best downward dog at wineries in Temecula, CA, in the Lehigh Valley, PA wine country or along the Loudoun Wine Trail in Virginia.  The trend has also taken off in Canada, especially in the Niagara grape growing region where there’s a Yoga in the Vineyard Facebook page with 239 “likes.” In addition to yoga, you…

DRINK – Tasting the “new generation”

Now this is the way to hold a seminar…with wine tasting between and even during sessions.  Three California wine organizations held this event at Cavallo Point (in Ft. Baker on the Marin side of the Golden Gate).  The 40-something and younger winemakers were pouring their wines, and talking it up on subjects ranging from wine styles to the impact of social media.  They’re a passionate, dedicated group and their wines are worth discovering, or trying again.  Karl Wente’s wearing thong sandals, which pretty much sums up the casual laid back atmosphere for me.  One vintner said he thinks the California style is going back to the basics, with natural yeasts and fermentations. Star Lane and Dierberg Estate Winery – winemaker Nick de Luca was pouring a ’08 Dierberg Chard that was crisp and fruity, with a kiss of barrel. I’ve been to the Star Lane ranch property, in the Santa Ynez…