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Who says a punk can't grow up to love wine? Follow the adventures of Alan Baker as he enters the world of wine production and life in small-town Sonoma County CA. Check in to the Cellar Rat Ratcasts to see what he's learned thus far, and what it's like t

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Tue, 25 May 2010 16:58:10 -0800

CARTOGRAPHWINES.COM SNEAK PEAK We are working feverishly to get our new website up and operational. It's been a fabulous experience getting our first vintage of Cartograph wines to bottle. Now we are focused on getting our online store...

Bottling the First Cartograph Wines

Sun, 14 Feb 2010 10:22:52 -0800

Bottling is a loud, joyous, flurry of activity. It reflects the culmination of months or even years of work you've done on one particular wine. All the decisions about when to pick, how to ferment the grapes, what the...

Cellar Rat Cellars 2006 Wentzel Vineyard Pinot Noir

Tue, 09 Feb 2010 11:48:06 -0800

CELLAR RAT CELLARS WILL BE POURING FEBRUARY 20 AT FORT MASON IN SAN FRANCISCO We were thrilled to be awarded a silver medal for the 2006 Wentzel Vineyard Pinot noir in this year's Chronicle competition. The San Francisco Chronicle...

Cartograph is California Bonded Winery #16623

Sun, 06 Dec 2009 17:53:21 -0800

It's Official, We're a Winery! It's almost unbelievable but after months of questionnaires, finger printing, background checks, trademark battles, and registering with about a dozen government agencies, we're legit, and can start selling wine under our new label. We'll...

Some things have to be told

Thu, 03 Dec 2009 19:04:45 -0800

So it's perhaps a sign of my arrested development but I have to share the best entry in the Healdsburg police report this week. This is why I love my home town. kind of. And I SWEAR this is verbatim...

The Beginning is Near!

Fri, 06 Nov 2009 10:07:33 -0800

In the summer of 2006 I undertook a project that was the first of its kind in the wine world. It was a mashup of winemaking and what we now call social media. I called it Pinot 2.0. I...

In the Mononi Vineyard with Arista's Mark McWilliams

Tue, 13 Oct 2009 17:05:05 -0800

Early the other morning I headed out to the Mononi vineyard in the Russian River Valley with Arista's Mark McWilliams to check out the Pinot noir. It was the final day of picking the fruit from Mononi with hot...

Old Truck - New Barrels

Sat, 03 Oct 2009 11:03:53 -0800

In the proper wine biz tradition of spending money only on what really counts, I had a funny realization the other day that the two new barrels we were transporting in a borrowed truck were worth much more than the...

Floodgate Gewurztraminer Video

Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:39:49 -0800

The moon shed just a little light as we headed out to a night pick at the Floodgate vineyard in the Russian River Valley. We only were able to secure one ton of this beautiful fruit but it was...

Grafting Pinot Noir in the field

Thu, 24 Sep 2009 09:08:19 -0800

Mark McWilliams at Arista took this video of how you graft bud wood onto rootstock in the field. enjoy....

Floodgate Gewurztraminer Pick

Mon, 21 Sep 2009 11:03:20 -0800

In the very early morning hours on Tuesday September 15 we headed to Floodgate Vineyard for their first harvest of a new Gewurztraminer block. It was a cold night with the barest illumination by the sliver that was the...

Perli Vineyard First Visit

Fri, 18 Sep 2009 16:17:08 -0800

Hey folks, we made a trip up to some very remote areas of Mendocino to check on grapes a while back. Video of this spectacular site farmed by John Alden is coming soon but here's a quick look at this...

Floodgate Night Harvest Video

Thu, 10 Sep 2009 09:37:57 -0800

On September third we picked the first of our 2009 grapes. Warren Burton and the crew at Floodgate were out early in the morning and we joined them about 3AM. Night picks are so wonderful with the cool air,...

Arista First Estate Harvest Video

Wed, 09 Sep 2009 14:25:03 -0800

The McWilliams family picks their first fruit form the Arista Estate...

Cellar Rat and Arista Team up!

Tue, 08 Sep 2009 16:29:58 -0800

While living in Healdsburg, oh, way back in '05 I met a family who was just opening their doors for business on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley. Al and Janis McWilliams were seeing their long held dream...

Harvest 2009 Begins at Floodgate Vineyard 9_3_09!

Sat, 05 Sep 2009 14:45:05 -0800

After a flurry of activity trying to get licensing, grape sourcing, barrels, tank space, custom crush agreements... the list goes on... it all fell into place about a week ago, and suddenly we're hauling in grapes. What a fabulously...

It's Go Time! Floodgate Harvest Thursday

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 17:05:27 -0800

We're a go for a Thursday 3am pick at Floodgate - Sweet I'm glad we're picking at night because I wouldn't have been able to sleep knowing we were picking the next day anyway. Night picks are great, btw,...

Late Season Heat Forces Quick Decisions on Pick Dates

Sun, 30 Aug 2009 11:46:50 -0800

Making the Call on Picking Floodgate Pinot Noir I got a call early the morning of August 28th from Warren Burton saying "Hey things are moving fast. Get your butt out here to make a call on pick date!"...

Back to "Normal" in Healdsburg

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 10:59:40 -0800

Why am I sooo happy to be back in Healdsburg? So I can once again troll the local police report to make myself feel, well, normal compared to the characters getting in trouble up here... And I swear these...

Rethinking the Rethinking of Cellar Rat Cellars Labels....

Tue, 11 Aug 2009 09:47:45 -0800

Ralph Steadman's Heart of Darkness label for Bonny Doon When none other than Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon says he likes your wine label, well, you gotta pay attention. He was talking about my 05' Cellar Rat Syrah that...

Cycles Gladiatorgate

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 12:25:10 -0800

In a blatant attempt to cash in on a trending topic.... A ridiculous topic, but hey, I'm unemployed. With the Cycles Gladiator label being declared porn by the Alabama ABC, I feel the need to offer a collectors Edition...

WTF! Bob Get Over Yourself

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 13:07:25 -0800

On the eve of the 09 Wine Bloggers Conference I tripped across something I find crazy funny. There's been a big dust up between Dr. Vino and the crew at the Robert Parker hive. I love Tyler's (Dr. Vino)...

LongGuyLand Merlot

Tue, 14 Jul 2009 14:30:13 -0800

Waters Crest 2004 Private Reserve Merlot So I had my first of the New York wines that Gary V sent last night. I'm not one to be at all skeptical about wines from regions that are emerging or are not...

Hashtags for Wine Exploration

Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:30:11 -0800

How often have you landed someplace near or far and found yourself wanting a local resource to give you the scoop on everything going down? Yeah, you could scour websites but really you're looking for recommendations on interesting activities...

Wine Falling From The Sky!

Thu, 28 May 2009 10:23:52 -0800

Just made an epic trip to FedEx to retrieve a package. (would have took less time had I lounged around and ate red vines waiting for them to re-try the delivery. Lesson learned) It was worth the trip, however....

Slow is Good at Reverence Vineyard

Fri, 10 Apr 2009 13:43:13 -0800

On Wednesday, April 8th, I managed to sneak out of Crushpad for a quick visit to Reverence vineyard in Napa Valley's Coombsville region. I met up with Aaron DeBeers who is the vineyard manager, and he gave me the scoop...

Wine Widget from NY Times

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 10:16:59 -0800

Loving the new widget maker from the Times. Want this Wine and Dining widget for your site? Grab the code below....

The Waiting is Over, It's Time to Get Sticky!

Sat, 06 Sep 2008 16:33:58 -0800

On August 29th, the 2008 harvest for Crushpad began at 3AM in Grassini vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. Sauvignon Blanc is typically the first grape we pick each year, and with a little heat spell moving through California this...

Ty the Destroyer

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 12:14:03 -0800

Check out how we created a new door between the existing Crushpad winery, and our new barrel room space......

If Nominated, I Will Run, well at least I'll make a blog post

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 08:39:34 -0800

I don't know what was more amusing yesterday, learning that I was a finalist for the American Wine Blog Awards, or finding out that we are calling the Crudhpad softball team Noble Rot. I mean, c'mon, Noble Rot is totally...

New World Syrah - Wine Blogging Wednesday #30

Wed, 07 Feb 2007 18:00:00 -0800

So lazy-Arsed me can never seem to find a good reason to open all that pricey Syrah I seem to buy. OK, I have maybe ten bottles worth more than $30, hardly pricey in the big picture, but I really...

It's Alive!

Mon, 05 Feb 2007 21:30:00 -0800

Thank you all for the thoughtful inquiries here on the Rat and to my personal email. I assure you I have not been hit by a bus, at least not literally. I'm alive and doing very well in San...

Pinot 2.0 Podcast #11, Fermamentation

Wed, 22 Nov 2006 21:50:30 -0800

We're almost there... a look at the Pinot 2.0 wine as it rolls through fermentation

Ratcast #60, Mass Customization For Gentlemen Farmers

Fri, 17 Nov 2006 12:30:00 -0800

The Rat catches up with Michael Evens. CEO of Vines of Mendoza, a company that will do everything from direct ship wines from Argentina, to plant and manage a vineyard for you in Mendoza

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Ratcast#59, Pinot 2.0 Art or Science

Tue, 14 Nov 2006 09:15:00 -0800

Is winemaking an art, or is it a science? I take a trip to the lab at Crushpad to figure out what we need to know about the Pinot 2.0 must as it begins fermentation.

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Ratcast #58, Pinot 2.0 Crush and Cold Soak

Wed, 08 Nov 2006 13:39:38 -0800

The Rat Pack get the grapes back to San Francisco and then help crush and manage the must as we extract color during the cold soak

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Pinot 2.0 Podcast #10, The Winemaking Heats Up

Mon, 06 Nov 2006 18:20:23 -0800

Why does the temperature a fermentation reaches matter? Check it!

Pinot 2.0 Podcast #9, Cellar Rats and Lab Rats

Tue, 31 Oct 2006 10:00:00 -0800

Cellar rats, and lab rats getting along in perfect harmony. Check out some of the science behind the art of winemaking

Pressing the Pinot 2.0 wine to barrel

Sat, 28 Oct 2006 10:30:00 -0800

The pressed wine after being pressed and captured before pumping to barrel. This is the actual color lit by camera flash.) Exactly two weeks to the hour after we destemmed the Pinot Noir from Wentzel Vineyard into bins for...

Pinot 2.0 Podcast #8, Remembering Hydrometer #V.6873-H1

Sat, 28 Oct 2006 09:17:19 -0800

Remembering Hydrometer #V.6873-H1

Choosing barrels for the Pinot 2.0 Pinot Noir

Fri, 27 Oct 2006 11:44:09 -0800

From our two T-bins of fermented must, we will get four barrels of wine, plus topping wine. The plan was to use one brand new barrel and three neutral barrels for a total of 25% new oak. We changed...

Pinot 2.0 Podcast #7, Chillin' and Soakin'

Wed, 25 Oct 2006 16:30:00 -0800

The Pinot 2.0 juice quickly turns a deep ruby color in the cold soak phase, and the fermenting Rat Rose gathers a crowd...

Pinot 2.0 Fermentation Almost Complete

Mon, 23 Oct 2006 18:33:15 -0800

After eleven days in the winery, the Pinot 2.0 grapes are now officially wine. Fermentation is almost complete. There are two or three brix worth of sugar left in the must but it’s definitely tasting like wine, not grape...

Ratcast #57, Pinot 2.0 Harvest Day

Sun, 22 Oct 2006 09:34:41 -0800

It's Harvest Day for the Pinot Noir that will go into the Pinot 2.0 project's wine.

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Pinot 2.0 Podcast #6, From the Vineyard to the Fermenter

Fri, 20 Oct 2006 14:45:00 -0800

The Rat Pack crew processes the two tons of Pinot 2.0 Anderson Valley fruit. Watch how the sort and crush process works, and get initial reactions from the crew to the Wentzel Pinot Noir.

Pinot 2.0 Must ready for inoculation

Wed, 18 Oct 2006 08:28:20 -0800

A quick update on wine status as the grapes come out of their cold soak phase.

Ratcast #56, Winemaker David Dain

Tue, 17 Oct 2006 21:00:00 -0800

I catch up with David Dain, of Dain wines to figure out how he's launching California wines from Missouri.

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Pinot 2.0 Podcast #5, Harvesting the Pinot 2.0 Grapes

Tue, 17 Oct 2006 11:00:00 -0800

The Rat Pack picking crew shows up for an early, and cold, start to a fabulous day in the Wentzel Vineyard picking the Pinot 2.0 grapes.

Pinot 2.0 Podcast #4, Harvest Day Video Collage

Sat, 14 Oct 2006 16:00:00 -0800

A video collage of sights from around Anderson Valley, and the Wentzel Vineyard, on October 12th, harvest day for the Pinot 2.0 Pinot Noir.

Pinot 2.0 Podcast #3, The Highs and Lows of the 2006 Season

Tue, 10 Oct 2006 16:17:33 -0800

The Rat corners Crushpad president and CEO Michael Brill to ask him why he won't let us harvest our grapes;-) Rain delayed harvest twice, but we'll pick in a couple days... no fooling.

Pinot 2.0 Video Podcast #2, A Conversation With David Dain

Sun, 08 Oct 2006 09:00:00 -0800

The Rat hangs out in the cellar waiting for the rain rain to go a away, hoping to pick on Monday... And he runs into David Dain, of Dain Wines, who makes seven wines at Crushpad, including one from the Wentzel Vineyard this year, 2006.

Dr. Phil and the winos

Tue, 03 Oct 2006 10:11:19 -0800

OK, so this is simply the Kron4 site harvesting the Pinot 2.0/Crushpad press release and dropping it in their wrapper but it struck me as funny with Dr Phil smiling his shiny head off in the margin. Does this...

Pinot 2.0 Vodcast #1, What is Pinot 2.0?

Sun, 01 Oct 2006 09:44:25 -0800

The first vodcast in a series of video podcasts that document a collaborative winemaking project by Alan Baker, a.k.a. the Cellar Rat, with his winemaking group, the Rat Pack. Join us at

Ratcast #55, 2006 Anderson Valley/Mendocino Season Overview

Fri, 29 Sep 2006 16:04:01 -0800

I discuss the growing season in Mendocino, and specifically Anderson Valley, with Casey Hartlip, the vineyard manager and winemaker for Eagle Point Ranch.

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Ratcast #54, Making a Wine Plan

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 11:27:01 -0800

The Rat takes off into Northern California to seek expert assistance on how to create a winemaking plan for the Pinot 2.0 project.

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To Build a Better Ratcam

Thu, 21 Sep 2006 16:00:00 -0800

The Ratcam begins to take shape...

Pinot 2.0 - Wentzel Vineyard update #1

Wed, 20 Sep 2006 22:23:53 -0800

I won't go too deep into details since I'll be giving updates soon with audio and video but I wanted to get a few images posted from my vineyard visit to the Wentzel vineyard in Anderson Valley. This was...

This just in...

Wed, 20 Sep 2006 09:36:53 -0800

The Winemakers show is indeed going to happen, and I am not going to be on it. I knew that I wasn't since I told them I wasn't available for the times they were going to shoot. But it...

Ratcast #53, The Road to Wineville

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 08:00:00 -0800

Looking back, and forward, at the life of a rat. Let's just call it a Ratrospective. Ratrospectacle?

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Harvest Fog

Sat, 09 Sep 2006 11:08:13 -0800

OK, so I'll admit I'm driven by guilt to get a little something up since several things fell through this week, and I didn't get a podcast produced. I'll get back on schedule ASAP but with harvest kicking in,...

Ratcast #52, 2006 California Wine Grape Harvest Begins!

Thu, 31 Aug 2006 17:03:15 -0800

The 2006 wine grape harvest has begun in California! The Rat gets the lowdown from all over the state on how things are looking as the grapes start coming into the winery.

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Ratcast #51, We're a Happy Family Winemakers

Thu, 24 Aug 2006 20:30:00 -0800

Hangin' at the Family Winemakers tasting with Gary and Jeff Pisoni

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Ratcast #50, Hipsters in Wineville

Fri, 18 Aug 2006 09:30:00 -0800

The Rat grabs some tunes and wine at Slims in San Francisco while checking out the Uncorked and Unplugged tour - part rock show - part wine tasting.

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Ratcast #49, Custom Crush Your Own Wine

Fri, 04 Aug 2006 00:15:00 -0800

You want 25 cases of high-end Cabernet from a great Napa Valley Vineyard? I thought I heard you right. Just give Crush Pad a call, they'll do the rest... all it takes is about $10,000

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Ratcast 48, Hot Vs. Cold, Which Climate Makes Better Syrah?

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 08:00:00 -0800

So who says cold beats hot when it comes to Syrah growing conditions? I used to but in RC 48 I find some killer Syrah right under my own nose in warm Dry Creek Valley. OK by me.

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Ratcast #47, Hot and Cold Running Chardonnay

Fri, 21 Jul 2006 09:00:45 -0800

The Rat ventures out into the hot, sun drenched vineyards to attend an outdoor tasting comparing warm and cool climate Chardonnays from Sonoma County, CA

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Ratcast #46, Wine Tasting in Mendocino's Anderson Valley

Fri, 14 Jul 2006 09:00:00 -0800

The Rat goes looking for bubbles in Medocino's Anderson Valley, and finds some killer white wines as well

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Ratcast #45, Building a Restaurant Wine List

Thu, 06 Jul 2006 09:30:27 -0800

The Rat checks out Sauce, a hip neighborhood eatery in San Francisco, to see how they go about building their wine list, and if you can charge corkage for Two Buck Chuck

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Ratcasts Featured in August Wine and Spirits Magazine

Wed, 05 Jul 2006 09:43:23 -0800

I mentioned in Ratcast #44 that an interview I did with Heather Irwin showed up in the July issue of Wine and Sprits Magazine. Well, it was the August issue, which showed up on the shelves in late June....

Ratcast #44, Tasting Pinot Noir Clones

Fri, 30 Jun 2006 10:00:00 -0800

A side-by-side comparison of six different wines made from six different Pinot noir clones, and a visit from Dolly, my favorite cloned sheep

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Ratcast 43, Wines From Priorat and Montsant

Fri, 23 Jun 2006 08:45:45 -0800

Lured into the Priorat region, of the wine shops, by tasting amazing Priorat wines at this year's Hospice du Rhone, the Cellar Rat goes in search of bargain wines from the Priorat

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Ratcast #42, The Best Winery Visits in the Russian River Valley

Fri, 16 Jun 2006 09:00:00 -0800

The Rat tours Pinot country - the Russian River Valley - and reports on the best spots to hang

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Ratcast #41, What’s New in the World of Wine?

Fri, 09 Jun 2006 09:00:00 -0800

The Rat hits the streets of San Francisco looking for what grape varieties, and wingrowing regions, have come onto the world's stage in the past year.

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Judgment of Paris Related Stories

Tue, 30 May 2006 07:28:03 -0800

The ten wines from the 1960s-early 70s' poured prior to the Paris anniversary tasting... NPR did a nice build-out on their Web site for the ATC piece, and included links to other wine related stories. I'll drop that link...

Ratcast #40, The Thirtieth Anniversary of the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976

Fri, 26 May 2006 12:00:12 -0800

To commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of this famous tasting, the Rat sneaks into a reenactment of the famous Judgment of Paris, which proved that Californian wines could stand on the international stage and rightfully claim to be the best in the world.

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Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 Reenactment Tomorrow

Tue, 23 May 2006 17:47:13 -0800

I'll be attending the Reenactment of the legendary Paris tasting of 1976 at Copia tomorrow. This famous tasting pitted the best wines of France against the best from the upstart region of Napa Valley, California. Even the organizer, Steven...

Ratcast #39, Hospice du Rhone 2006

Fri, 19 May 2006 08:00:12 -0800

The Cellar Rat treks south to Paso Robles California to crash Hospice du Rhone 2006.

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Ratcast #38, The Rat Auditions for a Reality TV Series Called "The Wine Makers"

Wed, 10 May 2006 12:21:55 -0800

The Cellar Rat auditions for the Reality TV series "The Wine Makers"

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Ratcast #37, A Winery in the Mojave Desert?

Fri, 05 May 2006 10:45:15 -0800

The Cellar Rat crawls out of Las Vegas in the blinding morning light to visit a winery in the Mojave Desert. How could a rat resist the temptation to investigate something called the Pahrump Valley Winery, and RV Park?

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Wed, 03 May 2006 20:57:58 -0800

The Casting Call for "The Wine Makers" was a pretty odd affair. It was mostly waiting around on a noisy loading dock. I'll get a full podcast up soon but the basic gist is that we won't know for...

What Have I Done? A Reality TV Casting Call?

Mon, 01 May 2006 11:27:15 -0800

File under: Seemed like a good idea at the time Believe it, or not, I tossed my hat in the ring to be part of a casting call for the upcoming PBS reality series called The Wine Makers. And...

Ratcast #36, Smith-Madrone Riesling, and Napa Tour #2

Fri, 28 Apr 2006 08:00:00 -0800

The Rat swings through the northern end of Napa Valley, and then heads into the hills to track down some great Riesling, and also finds an amazing Cab for a bargain price...

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Ratcast #35, Frogs Leap, and Napa Valley winery recommendations #1

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 22:30:05 -0800

Come along with the Rat on the first, of two, tasting tours of Napa Valley. Ratcast #35 features an interview with John Williams of Frogs Leap Cellars.

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Ratcast #34, The First Vineyard Update of 2006

Fri, 14 Apr 2006 07:07:05 -0800

The Cellar Rat swims out to the vineyards to get an update on the 2006 growing season.

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Whoops Blogging Wednesday

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 22:32:43 -0800

I had completely forgotten about Wine Blogging Wednesday being today. I'll spare you the self-indulgent details of why I'm distracted but there it was, Tim's post over at Winecast, and I remembered that WBW #20 was, well, now. And had...

Ratcast #33, Dry Creek Valley Winery Visit Recommendations

Fri, 07 Apr 2006 09:00:46 -0800

Here are the Cellar Rat's favorite places to hang out, and taste wine in Dry Creek Valley. Check it out, and then tell us of your favs on

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Ratcast #32, San Francisco's VinoVenue

Fri, 31 Mar 2006 09:01:09 -0800

Come along and check out what VinoVenue in downtrown San Francisco has to offer, and evaluate the selection and freshness of these 100+ wines with an honest to god wine professional, not just a delittant Cellar Rat.

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Sick of it... It can stop raining now

Thu, 30 Mar 2006 14:39:57 -0800

Relentless rain a mystery Perplexing weather expected to linger as stalled jet stream drives storms into California. With 22 days of measurable precipitation this March already, and rain expected again by this afternoon or tonight and all day Friday,...

Irrepressible Spring

Sat, 25 Mar 2006 13:31:15 -0800

Despite lower than normal temps, and rainfall totals soaring well over 130% of average for this point in the year, spring is indeed coming to Dry Creek Valley. The trees are in bloom, and the vines are itching to...

Ratcast #31, Rhone Rangers Wine Tasting 2006

Wed, 22 Mar 2006 09:20:19 -0800

Strap on that big foam cowboy hat, and hop on your broomstick pony for a tour of the Rhone Rangers tasting in San Francisco with the Cellar Rat. Are these winemakers French winegrower wanna-be's, or are they creating something uniquely New World?

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Ratcast #30, The Wines of Andrew Will

Fri, 17 Mar 2006 09:00:00 -0800

The Rat wraps up his tour of Washington state wines with a visit to Andrew Will Winery on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound.

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All Wine, and No Play, Makes Johnny a Dull Cellar Rat

Tue, 14 Mar 2006 13:31:30 -0800

Other than trying to make a living here in Nor Cal, there's nothing much to do these days but watch wave after wave of cold spring storms roll through. And knowing that all the cruddy cold rain we were...

Ratcast #29, Wine Straight from the Barrel…

Fri, 10 Mar 2006 07:15:41 -0800

Take a Road trip to check out the 28th Annual Russian River Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend with the Cellar Rat, and a few thousand very close friends.

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Ratcast #28, Wines from Washington - Betz Family Winery

Fri, 03 Mar 2006 08:55:20 -0800

The Cellar Rat stumbles into the suburbs of Seattle only to find a stash of good wines, and a burgeoning wine tourism center. WHO KNEW? not this rodent.

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Energy Bar, Lucky 13

Fri, 03 Mar 2006 07:55:46 -0800

Is it posssible to knock out a rock show playing only songs that begin with the same letter? Of course it is. But will it suck? ----- Dunno, you tell me. Tonight's Energy Bar will be made up entirely...

Woodhouse Family Cellars - Wines with a mission

Thu, 02 Mar 2006 11:05:54 -0800

Top Spots - Cool places to Visit As luck would have it I bailed on a planned wine tasting side trip from Seattle to Oregon's Willamette Valley last week. It was going to take at least three hours each...

Ratcast #27, Biodynamic Wine at Ceago Vinegarden

Sat, 25 Feb 2006 08:30:58 -0800

The Rat treks even further north in California to check out Ceago Vinegarden, a winery and developing resort, in Lake County dedicated to educating people on biodynamic winegrowing.

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Northwestern-er Convergence

Fri, 24 Feb 2006 14:37:49 -0800

So I wander out of a downtown Seattle restaurant late last night with a group of broadcast geeks, and see a woman leaving a club, and strapping herself together to ride off on a Vespa with the strangest paint job...

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Wed, 22 Feb 2006 08:20:41 -0800

Spring seems to have come early in Dry Creek Valley but the warm weather that encouraged these trees to bloom passed without pushing the grapevine buds, so the risk of frost damage has lessened. For a while I had...