Some of California’s oldest and smallest wineries are among the 200 located in Sonoma, the Rhode Island–sized wine region nestled between Napa and the Pacific Ocean. Age translates to history. Size can mean an emphasis on quality over quantity.
Passalacqua Winery is a clear example of both. The Passalacqua family began making wine in the 1800s, and just a year ago, the fourth generation opened a new winery. Sonoma is noted for zinfandel and bordeaux varietals, so it’s not surprising that Passalacqua’s outstanding wines are its assertive, fruit-laden Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2002, and Old Vines Zinfandel 2002, from 70-year-old vines – intense, concentrated with an aroma of cassis and spice, including black pepper. In a region where many wineries produce 50,000 to 500,000 cases annually, Passalacqua produces just 4,000, sold at the winery and through www.passalacquawinery.com.
Dating to 1878, Everett Ridge Vineyards and Winery is the second oldest winery in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Today its owners produce 5,000 cases a year, among them Sauvignon Blanc 2004, fresh and lively with a bright grapefruit aroma; Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2002, which captures the essence of this elusive grape; Dry Creek Valley Estate Zinfandel 2001, with forward fruit and a delightful berry quality; and Nuns Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2001, warm, vigorous, a terrific wine. They are sold at the winery or via www.everettridge.com.
Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves, which had its first vintage in 1999, offers one lovely wine after another. Its Big River Ranch Zinfandel 2002, from century-old vines, is exquisite, well-knit, full-bodied and deeply flavored. Belle Canyon “Estate” Zinfandel 2002 is rich and vibrant with hints of dark chocolate — a delicious wine. The winery produces 4,500 cases a year, sold on site and through www.bellawinery.com.
Edoardo Seghesio began his family’s wine business in 1895. Today, three generations work at Seghesio Family Vineyards (www.seghesio.com), a winery reborn a decade ago when it reinvented itself and reduced its output from 120,000 to 40,000 cases a year. Its most successful wines: zinfandel and Italian varietals.
Zinfandel is also the star at Mauritson Family Winery, whose history dates to the 1870s. Check out its stylish, supple Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2002 and powerful Rockpile Zinfandel 2003. Its current 5,000 cases are available at the winery and through www.mauritsonwines.com.
The Dean Galway recently opened in the western coastal Irish city, making waves in the hospitality industry. Spanning 5,000 square feet, the property incorporates historic structures of the city, including part of the 19th-century Galway Clifden railway tunnel and a 19th-century stone building.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
45 Park Lane recently opened CUT Terrace, a new alfresco dining experience created by Chef Elliot Grove. Featuring dishes from Wolfgang Puck’s CUT menu and drinks from BAR 45, Grove celebrates U.K. producers and flavors with each dish.
Just north of the bustling city of Jacksonville on Florida’s East Coast, historic Amelia Island is a slower, dreamier destination — especially for food lovers. Fresh catch is always a great place to begin, but the island also offers a wide selection of specialty food shops, brewpubs and great restaurants well worth exploring.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection celebrated an exciting moment recently when Evrima, its inaugural yacht, completed a series of successful sea trials. On June 9, in Santander, Spain, Evrima reached what is considered one of the final shipbuilding milestones prior to launch with the sea trials, a series of tests carried out when the yacht is sailing on open waters. Captain Steven MacBeath led the trials, alongside a team of senior officers, engineers, contractors and shipyard staff.
Max Beach Resort recently opened its doors in Florida’s Daytona Beach shores. As the area’s first professionally managed, short-term rental offering with enhanced guest amenities, the 12-story property sits on a stretch of East Coast beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
Through June 30, United Airlines, Chase and Visa team up to reward cardmembers who donate to select non-profit organizations celebrating and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community. These organizations include The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign and StartOut.