As well as contributing the wine-of-the-week pick to inside-sonoma, James Knight writes the "Swirl 'n' Spit" column for the North Bay Bohemian, Sonoma, Napa, and Marin County's alternative newsweekly. As well as developing an appreciation for aromatic nuances in the genteel atmosphere of the tasting room, he's dragged hoses and traversed vineyards for wineries in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lodi, and Rheinhessen, Germany.A 5th generation Sonoma County resident, Mr. Knight grew up among visits to wineries, which he thought would make excellent redoubts in the aftermath of seemingly immanent thermonuclear war. Although he first studied wine-like beverages under the tutelage of Bartles and Jaymes, he did not get serious about wine and spirits until, in Portland, Oregon, a freak flu left him with the temporary inability to enjoy beer. Armed with a dog-eared copy of Idwal Jones' Vines in the Sun, he left the rain-sodden city in a '63 Chevy, determined to get back to the land, and grow... potatoes. Several misadventures later, he started a vineyard, in a contrarian gesture to the customary pattern of professional success followed by an easygoing wine country lifestyle.Mr. Knight has permanently reserved spaces in his heart - or on his palate - for amazing Zinfandel, good Riesling, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, and persists in believing that Syrah and Grenache and blends thereof may provide some of the more exciting wines of the near future, or the one after that.
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Published Date: Mar. 30th, 2017 by James KnightThroughout Sonoma County we see green and white signs that say “Sonoma County Sustainable” posted next to vineyards. What do they... Read More
Published Date: Mar. 20th, 2017 by James KnightDebra Mathy journeyed far and long to find a vineyard and winery to call her own, scouting out opportunities in Europe, the... Read More
Published Date: Mar. 17th, 2017 by James KnightDuring your next visit to Forestville, stop into the small and quaint Indian-influenced Jigar Wines Tasting Room, owned by Jigar... Read More
Published Date: Mar. 16th, 2017 by James KnightThere was no drought where wine is concerned in 2016, as a flurry of new wine tasting rooms opened within the last year across... Read More
Published Date: Mar. 14th, 2017 by James KnightOne of the tastiest events fills the Grace Pavilion each year with delicious fermented beverages—the Battle of the Brews, which... Read More