Albion River Inn – Northern California

 European Wines and California Cuisine

It’s the perfect marriage for this seaside village

Northern California is famous for its breathtaking scenery, undeveloped coastal drives, country bistros and eccentric art epicenters. San Francisco and Napa Valley are the bustling gateway to this part of California but take a three-hour drive north, and everything … Continue reading


Antinori blends Old and New World Wines

The story of Italy’s Antinori family history is one filled with tenacity, trials, patience, bumps, triumphs, and has withstood the test of time. In fact, more than two centuries or 26 generations ago in the year 1385. In perspective, they started their wine business in Italy 170 years after the England signed Magna Carta, during the century of the Black Plague, the Hundred Years War, the beginning of the Ottoman Empire, the Renaissance and before Christopher Columbus set sail. continue reading

A quest for perfection in California’s Wine Country

When he inherited the Champagne House in 1833, the cognoscente Louis Roederer implemented his visionary approach to cultivating his vines, aiming to master each stage of the wines creation. While other Houses purchased their grapes from outside sources, Louis Roederer put his efforts in his own vineyards and methodically acquired the finest land for expansion of his guiding principle that all great wine depends on the quality of the soil, a passion for tradition and a astute vision of the future. With this less than traditional approach, the fame and reputation of the House of Louis Roederer was established. His heir, Louis Roederer ll adopted his father’s unique approach to the production of champagne, astute estate management, and instinctive audacity. Continue reading

Ukiah Daily Journal

Calling all paddlers: Seven ways to play in Mendocino

It was a morning with dew still on it. The slightly thick salted sea air transformed the mist into cigar-like entrails that were curling their way through the maze of tall water reeds, before rising to the sky.


Fall in the vineyards.

Fall is looming, it’s time to go shrooming…Mendo style

As the season changes, fall’s cool coastal fog sifts through the Centurion Redwood trees’ branches enriching the forest floor with moisture before hugging the mountain sides and then as the rain caress the perched amber colored meadows, over 3,000 different varieties of sleeping fungi come to life. It is a blossom of Chanterelle, Porcini, Hedgehog, and Candy Cap bonanza.

Golden Gate bridge at sunset

Planning your next escape to paradise?

The sun is shining with fun and excitement. Adventurous people are checking their ‘bucket list’ with the hopes of experiencing one of their dreams.

The broad blue-green body of water called the San Francisco Bay is one of the world’s great places to sail. Strong winds and currents make it both an exciting and demanding place to sail, with astounding views all in all directions. The North Bay, South Bay and Central Bay areas alone covers over 340,000 acres in size. The San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary (Bay-Delta) is the largest estuary on the west coasts of North and South America with hundreds of species of fish and wildlife, including several endangered species and multitudes of birds that reside here as they migrate along the Pacific Flyway of North America. One third of the salmon in California pass through the bay area making it prime fishing territory. continue reading

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