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: Oct. 19th, 2016 by James KnightGravensteins and grapes make peace and become friends at Horse & Plow’s new tasting room found in west Sonoma County in the... Read More
Published Date: Oct. 17th, 2016 by James KnightWine tasting has been a popular activity in Sonoma ever since Agoston “Count” Haraszthy sampled the efforts of his new neighbor,... Read More
Published Date: Sep. 30th, 2016 by James KnightLet’s discuss pink Zinfandel. Pink Zin, that’s a trepidatious topic, because my goals and responsibilities are twofold and... Read More
Published Date: Sep. 30th, 2016 by James KnightComstock Wines only sprouted along Dry Creek Road in the past year, and already they have 400 wine club members. With so many... Read More
Published Date: Aug. 12th, 2016 by James KnightThis is the comeback story of a winery that never went away. It’s often said that Laurel Glen made one of Sonoma County’s first... Read More