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By John Souerbry | Broker in Palo Alto, CA
  • California Lifestyle Properties - Casinos

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in California, Entertainment & Nightlife in California, In My Neighborhood in California  |  May 25, 2014 9:59 AM  |  380 views  |  No comments

    California lifestyle properties casinosWhile there are no California lifestyle properties that specifically serve casino communities, many of our real estate clients inquire about casino locations in Northern California.  Whether you prefer the excitement of Vegas-style gambling or the relaxed atmosphere of a local card room, here are Bay Area casinos that cater to local and regional gaming enthusiasts.  Some offer top flight entertainment, fine dining and overnight accommodations.  Click on the casino’s name to visit their web site.

    Bay Area Las Vegas Style Casinos

    These are Las Vegas style casinos located in the immediate Bay Area (Silicon Valley, East Bay, Wine Country).   Click on the city in the casino’s address to view homes currently for sale there or click >> Northern California Real Estate << to search for California lifestyle properties of all types throughout the entire Bay Area.

    A.  Cloverdale Rancheria  Highway 101, Cloverdale, CA – in development, will update when open

    B.  Graton Resort & Casino  288 Golf Course Drive West, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

    C.  River Rock Casino  3250 Highway 128, Geyserville, CA 95441


    Casinos Within Driving Distance

    Here are Las Vegas Style casinos located within about two hours from most Bay Area locations.  Several are within an hour of northern East Bay and Wine Country.

    Cache Creek Casino Resort  14455 Highway 16, Brooks, CA 95606

    Coyote Valley Casino  7751 North State Street, Redwood Valley, CA 95470

    Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort,   12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642

    Red Hawk Casino  1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville, CA 95667

    Sho-Ka-Wah Casino  13101 Nokomis Road, Hopland, CA 95449

    Thunder Valley Casino Resort  1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln, CA 95648


    Card Rooms and Other California Casinos

    There are too many local card rooms in the area to keep up with, most refer to themselves as casinos.  Please try these links to find locations for card rooms, table game facilities and other Las Vegas style casinos throughout California.

    500 Nations – guide to Native American gaming facilities nation-wide

    Indian Gaming – “The National Information Site of the American Indian Gaming Industry”

    Gaming Guide (Northern California) – California casino and card room guide

     

    For a list of our other California Lifestyle Properties pages, click here.

  • Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc - Back On Top in Napa Valley!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in California, Entertainment & Nightlife in California, In My Neighborhood in California  |  March 26, 2014 4:10 PM  |  757 views  |  No comments

    2013 Round Pond Sauvignon BlancNot long ago, Round Pond Estate was the top pick of my chilled summer wines with their 2010 Sauvignon Blanc.  With release of their 2013 vintage, they're back on top.  The 2013 release brings back the clean, crisp balance of fruit and acidity that peaks at the perfect summer drinking temperature.  Remarkably, this is an affordable wine for regular sipping.  Priced at $24.00 for tasting room visitors and $21.40 for wine club members ("Pondies"), you'll want to stock up.

    When in wine country, put this central Napa Valley tasting room at the top of your “must see list."  But call several days ahead, tastings are by appointment only and are not just a flight poured at the bar.  The 2nd floor open-air veranda overlooking vineyards on three sides is one of the most pleasant tasting venues in the valley.  Several tours and tastings are offered, from a quick sip to a full flight paired with a complete lunch.  While there, also check out the olive oil tasting room across the road, reservations required.  See their web site for more information:  www.roundpond.com.

    Round Pond Estate

    875 Rutherford Road, Rutherford, CA 94573

  • At Home In Wine Country: Signorello Estate Metá and Uvaggio Red Wine Blends

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in California, Entertainment & Nightlife in California, In My Neighborhood in California  |  February 25, 2014 9:45 PM  |  502 views  |  No comments

    Signorello EstateA year ago I shared a wine adventure at Signorello Estate in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap district with a few notes about their 2011 Seta white wine and 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  This past weekend I stopped in again to sit on the terrace by their infinity edge pool, sip, and enjoy the view of Napa Valley below (note: terrace seating for tastings is reserved for Signorello’s Bacchus Society members only).  Appreciation for two Signorello red blends came out of this tasting – their 2011 Metá and 2010 Uvaggio.

    Metá (“half”) is an even share of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Syrah aged in barrels of 50% new French oak.  A rich blend that could easily age several years, though I found it opened up nicely after letting it breathe for just a half hour.

    Signorello Estate Uvaggio and Meta red wine blendsUvaggio (“blended wine”) turned out to be my big hit of the winter wine adventure season.  If you’re looking for a smooth-sipping red with a big bold finish, this is it.  Uvaggio is an excellent blend of my three favorite reds:  34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Franc.  Unfortunately, Signorello produced just 94 cases and Uvaggio is sold only to their wine club (Bacchus Society) members.

    Stop in at the tasting room and try Signorello’s full bodied red blends.  You may find yourself joining an excellent wine club.

     




    Signorello Estate
       4500 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558

    Telephone 707-255-5900  http://www.signorelloestate.com/

    Tasting Room open Monday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm

     

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    John Souerbry is a Wine Adventurer whose fearless explorations originate from base camps in Northern California’s Silicon Valley and in Wine Country.  When not knee-deep in urban jungle, swamp or vineyard, he shares tall tales and tasting notes in his Wine Adventure Journal, practices real estate, plays something that by appearance loosely resembles the game of golf, tries to fish, loses his shirt at poker, sips wine and scotch, and is a student of American Kenpo karate.  John is not affiliated with any wine industry establishments and his opinions regarding wines and wine-related destinations are completely his own.  Caveat lector.

    Shameless business plug:  Wine Country, Silicon Valley, East Bay Real Estate

  • Tasting Local: Wooden Valley Winery & Vineyards

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in Fairfield, Shopping & Local Amenities in Fairfield, In My Neighborhood in Fairfield  |  October 2, 2013 6:46 PM  |  907 views  |  No comments

    Wooden Valley Winery and VineyardsSuisun Valley is Napa Valley’s eastern neighbor.  It’s bounded to the west by the hills that separate these two wine-growing regions, to the south by the Sacramento River delta at Suisun Bay and Grizzly Bay, to the east by the sprawling city of Fairfield and Travis Air Force Base, and to the north by the wooded hills that eventually reach the shores of Lake Berryessa, less than an hour’s drive on twisting country roads.  The floor of Suisun Valley is planted primarily with vineyard and a few olive orchards in between.  About a half dozen vineyards bottle their own fruit and one of the gems I discovered on a September afternoon was Wooden Valley Winery and Vineyards.

    This wine adventure began as many of the better one’s do – searching for a local tasting room to hang out in until time for dinner.  On this evening I had reservations at Mankas Steakhouse, Suisun Valley’s contribution to outstanding wine country dining and only about 10 minutes from base camp (more on this great restaurant another time).  Wooden Valley Winery and Vineyards is easy to find on Suisun Valley Road.  The tasting room is larger than you might expect and the staff is certainly as knowledgeable and friendly as you’ll find for a 1,000 miles in any direction.

    Wooden Valley grows grapes for themselves and other wineries on about 12 local vineyards they call “ranches” within the Suisun Valley AVA.  While many wine growing regions credit vineyard soil and topography for the quality of their wines, Wooden Valley acknowledges its excellent climate (“suisun” means “west wind” in the local Native American dialect) as well as its rich soil.  Suisun Valley is part of the North Coast Appellation, an ultra-premium growing region that includes neighboring Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.

    Wooden Valley 2010 Suisun Valley Cabernet SauvignonWooden Valley currently offers several varietals, including chardonnay, gamay, reisling, pinot noir, zinfandel, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.  I especially liked (and took home) the 2010 Suisun Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which at $21 at the tasting room holds its own against more expensive competitors to the west.  It’s aged 20 months in American and French oak and very smooth for its age.

    Stop by the tasting room for some fun conversation and great wines.

     

    Wooden Valley Winery & Vineyards

    4756 Suisun Valley Road, Suisun Valley, CA 94534

    Tasting Room open 7 days, 11am to 5pm

    Phone: (707) 864-0730

    http://www.woodenvalley.com/

     

    PLEASE COMMENT!

    I appreciate your comments and wine adventure recommendations.....

     

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    John Souerbry is a Wine Adventurer whose explorations originate from base camps in Northern California’s Silicon Valley and in Wine Country.  When not knee-deep in jungle, swamp or vineyard, he shares adventures in his Wine Adventure Journal, practices real estate, plays something that by appearance loosely resembles the game of golf, tries to fish, loses frequently at poker, sips wine and scotch, and is a student of American Kenpo karate.  John is not affiliated with any wine industry establishments and his opinions regarding wines and wine-related destinations are completely his own.  Caveat lector.

    Shameless business plug:  Wine Country and Silicon Valley Real Estate

  • Tips For Spending A Day In California Wine Country

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in California, Entertainment & Nightlife in California, In My Neighborhood in California  |  September 8, 2013 9:40 AM  |  1,102 views  |  No comments

    Tips For Spending A Day In California Wine CountryTips For Spending A Day In California Wine Country

    There are few adventures as pleasurable as spending a day in California wine country.  The Golden State is blessed with a dozen or more wine regions that make many of them close enough for a fun day trip or a quick weekend get-away.  As a year-round resident of the Bay Area, I have the opportunity to cruise some of the world’s finest vineyards and wine-producing areas on a regular basis.  Through trial and error, I’ve picked up some helpful tips for spending a day in California wine country that I hope will make your next visit a lot more comfortable and enjoyable.

    Whether we begin our adventure by waking up in a wine country luxury hotel or start our adventure from home, there are a few simple things we can do to make our time in wine country more productive and less stressful.  I realize that some of us are planners and some of us prefer to fly by the seat of our pants, so the ideas I’m sharing today are for operating somewhere in between.

    Tip #1:  Identify “must see” places and plan your route accordingly.  Days in wine country should be unhurried and relaxing, so we shouldn’t be disappointed if we don’t make it to every place on our list.  That’s ok, we’ll be back.  But remorse from “I can’t believe I made it all the way to wine country and didn’t go to …” can be reduced by putting the “must see” places first on our itinerary.

    Tip #2:  Make reservations.  Some wineries are not open to the general public but do offer tours and tastings by appointment.  Wineries with public tasting rooms also provide premium tours and tastings, some with food pairings.  Most require reservations made several days in advance.

    Tip #3:  Unless we’ve hired a limo, we need a designated driver if we’re doing a lot of wine tasting.  As a back-up, we should have with us the phone numbers of one or more local cab companies.  All tasting rooms will call a cab for you if needed.

    Tip #4:  Plan to eat.  Meal breaks help us pace our wine intake and reduce “tasting fatigue.”  Better wine country restaurants are typically packed during the summer, so make reservations.  The better restaurants in Napa Valley and Sonoma County are often fully booked for several weeks out, sometimes months, on summer weekends.

    Tip #5:  Pack a day box or bag that includes:

    • Wine country maps and guides, plus notes we’ve made about places we want to see (see my notes on Winery Quest Pro for iPhone below)
    • Camera
    • A notebook or cell phone app for writing tasting notes
    • Cell phone with GPS or a hand-held GPS unit
    • A sweater or jacket and long pants
    • An umbrella (I go wine tasting regardless of the weather)
    • Bottled water (the alcohol in wine causes dehydration)
    • A picnic kit with ground cloth, paper plates, napkins, wine glasses, utensils

    Tip #6:  The day before your wine adventure, fill the car with gas, go to the ATM, and do any other errands that would detract from your day in wine country.

    I hope that you found these tips for spending a day in California wine country helpful.  I’d like to hear from anyone who has additional tips to share.

    Photo:  Tasting Room - Leoness Cellars (Temecula, CA)

     

    EXTRA:  Wine Country Adventure Apps I Use On My iPhone

    Have you ever driven through wine country late in the afternoon and wanted to stop in just one more tasting room, only to find that many of them have closed?  Do you pull off the road and frantically search through guide books trying to find something still open nearby?  I have a faster, easier solution for you.  I recently added Winery Quest Pro to my iPhone and I was surprised by how well it works.  The product is basically a large database of wineries throughout California.  For each winery it provides its address, phone number, tasting room hours, wines produced, price ranges, web site, and other useful information.  But the best part is that you can find wineries near you by selecting a wine producing region and tapping on “Go To Map.”  A Google map pops up with wineries shown by name and color coded icon to indicate if the winery is private, open to the public, has a picnic area, and other features.  Just click on a winery’s icon to access its information page.  You can also create trip logs with tasting notes and save a list of favorite wineries.  Check it out at the App Store.

    A very handy iPhone app for taking notes while tasting at a winery or at home is Wine Notes.  In addition to having fields that support quick entry of just about any feature of a wine you’d want to describe, you can also take a picture of the label to insert in your notes.

  • Green Valley Homes Holding A Labor Day Weekend Open House

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Fairfield, Home Buying in Fairfield, In My Neighborhood in Fairfield  |  August 31, 2013 8:28 AM  |  540 views  |  No comments

    Green Valley Homes Holding A Labor Day Weekend Open HouseThere are three Green Valley homes holding a Labor Day Weekend open house in this beautiful area in western Fairfield, CA.   Click on the address included in the listings below to view details of each of the Green Valley homes for sale.  If you would like assistance during your open house visit or more information about any of these homes, use the form below to contact me directly or use the “Request More Info” tab on the listing page.




    Green Valley Homes Holding A Labor Day Weekend Open House


    GREEN VALLEY RD, FAIRFIELD, CA 94534
    GREEN VALLEY RD, FAIRFIELD, CA 94534
    $1,280,000 
    Bedrooms: 5
    Bathrooms: 3
    Sq. Ft.: 2,964         Open House on Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    1562 ROCKVILLE RD, FAIRFIELD, CA 94534
    1562 ROCKVILLE RD, FAIRFIELD, CA 94534
    $860,000 
    Bedrooms: 3
    Bathrooms: 2 full | 1 partial
    Sq. Ft.: 2,450              Open House on Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    676 PERIDOT PL, FAIRFIELD, CA 94534
    676 PERIDOT PL, FAIRFIELD, CA 94534
    $369,000 
    Bedrooms: 3
    Bathrooms: 2 full | 1 partial
    Sq. Ft.: 1,805
    Open House on Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Click this link to view all Green Valley homes currently for sale: Green Valley Homes For Sale.

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    John A. Souerbry & Associates  Call John direct: (707) 317-0280  (BRE 01370983)    

  • Land As Sole and Separate Property - Men's Ownership Rights

    Posted Under: Agent2Agent, In My Neighborhood  |  June 26, 2013 11:57 AM  |  645 views  |  No comments
    is a man always wrongIf a man stands alone in the woods and speaks...
      - on land he purchased fee simple prior to marriage
      - that is designated as his sole and separate property
      - that is allocated to him per a pre-nuptial agreement
      - and is paid current on all taxes and assessments
      - and there is no woman there to hear him

    ... is he still always wrong?
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