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From “on the air” to “in the vineyard”: the story of Bangor Ranch Vineyard & Winery

Date: Thu, Apr 4, 2013 Wine Tasting

If you’ve ever traveled Highway 70 north out of Sacramento and Marysville in the Spring, chances are you’ve seen carpets of wildflowers serenading you as you drive past the Sutter Buttes and into the hills east of Oroville. But did you know that the area is home to one of California’s newest wine regions?  Formed … Continue reading

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Sunday, April 21st Winehike: Goodspeed Trail to Gunsight Rock

Date: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 Wine Tasting

7 strenuous miles, 1900′ elevation gain, Spring wildflowers + Sonoma Valley wine tasting Meet: 9:00 a.m. Hike: 9:15 a.m. Duration: approximately 4–5 hours How to confirm your attendance: Simply add a comment at the bottom of this post.* Sugarloaf Ridge State Park & Hood Mountain Regional Park 2605 Adobe Canyon Road Kenwood, CA (707) 833-5712 … Continue reading

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Setting group expectations when you haven’t yet hiked the trail

Date: Wed, Mar 20, 2013 Wine Tasting

Sunday morning I read a post on WildernessDave’s blog that delved into how diffident you can feel when you’ve decided to host a group hike but haven’t yet explored the trail you’re going to be hiking. As Dave recounts: We got an early start on a cold morning just as the sun was coming up. … Continue reading

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Saturday, April 6th: Wildflower Hike & Wine Tasting at Picchetti Ranch

Date: Sun, Mar 17, 2013 Wine Tasting

4 easy miles with options for additional mileage; early Spring wildflowers Meet: 9:30 a.m. Hike: 9:45 a.m. Duration: approximately 3–4 hours How to confirm your attendance: Simply add a comment at the bottom of this post.* Picchetti Ranch & Winery 13100 Montebello Road Cupertino, CA (650) 691-1200 After a short drive up a winding mountain … Continue reading

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Going to the high country? Eat your liver & onions first.

Date: Thu, Mar 14, 2013 Wine Tasting

Reblogged from Winehiker Witiculture: So you want to ramble the ridges, shred the bowls and bag the peaks? And you want your body to deliver peak performance under more extreme environmental conditions than you’re used to at sea level? And you want to impress your friends, too? Ever hear of “hypoxia?” Some call it mountain … Continue reading

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Trip report: Spring serenity at Briones Regional Park

Date: Tue, Mar 12, 2013 Wine Tasting

The day after a snowstorm, folks who ski tend to reference sunny, clear-blue skies as evidence of a bluebird day. If I can extend that term to include my hiking adventures, then I’ve recently enjoyed two bluebird days – one at Big Basin Redwoods back on February 24th, and the other this past Sunday at … Continue reading

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Trek, eat , and enjoy

Date: Thu, Mar 7, 2013 Wine Tasting

Reblogged from Kalaag nimo!: After the climb that we had in Mt Sembrano last February, I kept on thinking of which Mountains to climb next here in Philippines. So i came up with 2 mountains which is i’m pretty sure that it’s not gonna be an easy one. First one is Mt Banahaw which is 7,119 … Continue reading

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Sunday, March 24th: Vista Grande Loop, Sunol Regional Wilderness

Date: Mon, Mar 4, 2013 Wine Tasting

6.1 moderate miles, 1700′ elevation gain, early Spring wildflowers Meet: 9:30 a.m. Hike: 9:45 a.m. Duration: approximately 3–4 hours How to confirm your attendance: Simply add a comment at the bottom of this post.* Sunol Regional Wilderness The end of Geary Road Sunol, CA (510) 635-0135 THE HIKE A trip to Sunol is a trip … Continue reading

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Historic Silcox Hut on Oregon's Mt. Hood

Date: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 Wine Tasting

Reblogged from Climb to Fight Breast Cancer's Blog: Looking up at majestic Mt. Hood, from historic Silcox Hut, is a different point of view. I never tire of shooting photos on the mountain. I do try, however, to change up where and how I capture images to add interest and variety. Utilizing elements in the … Continue reading

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Phoenix rising: The New Winehiker Witiculture Blog.

Date: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 Wine Tasting

No doubt many of you recall the frustrations of the 2008-2010 economic downturn. Housing bubble, financial crises, stock market woes, massive unemployment hitting home for so many of us. The course of my life and career were certainly on a parallel: I found myself scrambling for a paycheck – almost any paycheck that I could … Continue reading

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Saturday, March 9th: Loop of the Briones Crest, Briones Regional Park

Date: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 Wine Tasting

6.8 moderate rolling miles, with scenic ridgetop views Meet: 9:30 a.m.Hike: 9:45 a.m. Approximate hike duration: 4-5 hoursHow to attend: Click the Join button on this Facebook event*. Briones Regional ParkBear Creek Valley EntranceOrinda, CA(888) ... Continue reading

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Sunday, February 24th: Meteor Trail Loop Hike at Big Basin State Park

Date: Sat, Feb 2, 2013 Wine Tasting

Sunday, February 24th: a moderate 6-mile loop w/ 400+ feet elev. gain Meet: 10:30 a.m.Hike: 10:45 a.m. Approximate hike duration: 3-4 hoursHow to attend: Click the Join button on this Facebook event*. Big Basin Redwoods State Park Visitors Center2... Continue reading

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