• Top 100 Wines of 2013

    RHONE-STYLE REDS The big story for the Rhone-minded this year is a great spike in the quality of California Syrah. Not all of it by any means, but whether due to the chill of 2011 or a partial weeding-out of […]

  • Gals Who Grow Grapes in Mendocino

    Mendocino County is growing a name for itself in the wine industry and responsible for some of that growth is a few fabulous women winemakers. These gals are committed to making great wine, and their hands on approach has them […]

  • 24 Hours in Boonville and Philo

    With each twist and turn in Mendocino County, you never know what you might find or what you might see. Follow Highway 128 West to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. As you pass through tiny towns like Yorkville, population […]

  • Introducing Mendocino’s New Hot Spot… Philo?!

    A lot has changed in the microscopic town of Philo since Jim Roberts opened his inn, The Madrones, three years ago.  Prompted by financial woes of the recession, Roberts transformed the design center and office complex he’d owned for 25 […]

  • Changes in the Anderson Valley

    The Madrones is a complex on the east side of Philo that houses four tasting rooms, a bed and breakfast, a nice garden/housewares store called Sun and Cricket, and a new restaurant – Stone and Embers.  We heard that Stone […]

  • Embers Only: A Critical Five-Table Getaway Restaurant

    You’ve got a date. You’ve got your wheels. Now all you need for a monumentally sexy getaway is miles of vineyards, fluttering Egyptian-cotton sheets and a turducken pizza. Tell your phone to point you toward Stone & Embers, a postage-stamp-sized […]

  • Rustic getaway in Mendocino County

    The bucolic vineyards, sheep ranches and apple orchards of Anderson Valley often race by in a blur as drivers navigate Highway 128 on their way to the Mendocino coast. But as more wineries plant grapes in the valley’s cool climate […]

  • Stone & Embers fires up Mendocino

    The Madrones sits in the middle of nearly nowhere, a Mediterranean mansion and gardens on Hwy. 128 in Philo. But the luxury B&B complex with shops and wine tasting rooms has attracted a notable chef, Patrick Meany, who is opening […]

  • Breezing Through Anderson Valley

    If you’re making a two-nighter out of your trip, I’ll suggest the hottest new spot for lodging, winetasting and hanging out: The Madrones, in Philo. It’s just across from the Balo tasting room. Madrones proprietor, architect and designer, Jim Roberts, […]

  • Stone & Embers Offers Alfresco Dining at The Madrones in Anderson Valley

    Those who visit the rustic elegance of The Madrones’ Mediterranean compound in Anderson Valley can now linger over a casual alfresco meal at the property’s newest addition, Stone & Embers Restaurant.  A wood-burning stove is at the heart of Chef/Owner […]