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. 4th, 2017 by James KnightIf you know that nobody really crushes grapes with bare feet anymore, you don’t know the whole story — the old way is the new way... Read More
Published Date: Sep. 29th, 2017 by James KnightI’d nearly forgotten about my last visit to A. Rafanelli Winery’s cozy little wine cellar in Healdsburg when, during a wine tour... Read More
Published Date: Sep. 1st, 2017 by James KnightHere’s a matchup comparison of two new Francis Coppola Winery Chardonnays, one an appellation-wide release, the other from one of... Read More
Published Date: Sep. 1st, 2017 by James KnightTurning water into wine is a neat trick, but turning wine into water can save lives: Help do that by attending the annual... Read More
Published Date: Aug. 31st, 2017 by James KnightWith the cider industry in Sonoma County constantly growing, it is only fitting to have our "Wine of the Week" become our "Cider... Read More