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: Aug. 11th, 2016 by James KnightThe nighttime is no time for rest during the grape harvest in Sonoma County. As more and more wineries have decided that the dead... Read More
Published Date: Aug. 5th, 2016 by James KnightPetaluma is more about butter and eggs than Cabernet, and Barber Cellars is the first wine tasting room to open in downtown... Read More
Published Date: Jul. 28th, 2016 by James KnightIt’s time to turn and taste the strange. Imagery Estate, in the heart of Sonoma Valley, specializes in making wine from grapes... Read More
Published Date: Jul. 21st, 2016 by James KnightIn tasting Benziger’s 2015 de Coelo Sonoma Coast Rosé, I like the boldness and authenticity of this light, pink Sonoma County... Read More
Published Date: Jun. 13th, 2016 by James KnightWhat’s old really is new again at Madrone Estate Winery, at least where it concerns what’s in a name. For decades, Valley of the... Read More