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November 2022

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We especially enjoyed meeting Candice Koseba, a beekeeper, herbalist, and owner of Sonoma County Bee Company. Once fearful of bees as a child, the insects are now her passion and purpose. Concerned about bees' loss of habitat, Koseba works with Montage Healdsburg to preserve and monitor log nests and hives that dot the property. Off property, we toured Jordan Vineyard and Winery, a beautiful ivy-covered chateau on a 1,200-acre estate which has long specialized in cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. Besides grapes, there are also olive groves and acres of heirloom tomatoes, pumpkins, and other crops, chickens who live in what guide Jason Marsh calls the "Ritz Carlton of Hen Houses," and two mini donkeys, named Maverick and Goose by owner John Jordan, a pilot and former Navy intelligence officer. Jordan bought the property from his parents Tom and Sally Jordan, who had traveled widely and were so inspired by the exceptional wine estates of France that they set about creating their own estate in Sonoma County, acquiring the property in 1972. We toured the winery's grounds and barrel room with towering 6,000-gallon tanks, sipped chardonnay in the lovely library, and then, through a secret passageway, entered a private dining room where we sampled Pacific halibut ceviche, duck prosciutto, local cheeses, and two vintages of cabernet. Be sure to reserve in advance for tours and tastings. At Alexander Valley Vineyards, about 15 minutes from Healdsburg, Shasta, a golden lab, and Hattie, an Aussie doodle, greeted us as we headed for the tasting room where Tim Yeakel was our guide. Yeakel led us along ranchandcoast.com @ranchandcoast >> Jordan Winery Estate The Chateau at Jordan Winery Estate Montage Healdsburg's spaces are designed to bring nature in

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