Russian River

    Fall colors in wine country

    … at Hanna, a glass of their Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc goes quite nicely. Heading south from Hanna, just a short distance, is the Field Stone Winery. Things here are very laid back. This is one of our favorite picnic spots. It is very rustic but the vineyards stretching to the west are just so beautiful. I shot the photo above on the Alexander…

    3 readers - By Joe Becerra/ Wine Country Getaways

    SonomaChat 25th Twitter Chat Anniversary Oct22

    … by searching the #sonomachat hashtag on twitter, and can view past conversations Use hashtag all week to chat, ask questions or give out tips, advice and PLEASE post photos. SonomaChat Ambassadors: Past Guest Host List: Future Guest Hosts 2014: Nov. 5th – Russian River Growers Association Nov. 12th – Stryker Sonoma Nov. 19th – Thralls Wines Nov. 26th – Holiday Edition – Thanksgiving Dec. 3rd – Halleck Vineyards Dec. 10th – J Vineyards & Winery Dec. 17th – Winery Geek App at Wine Country This Week…

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    Weekly Interview: Blair Poynton

    … Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Blair Poynton, the director and winemaker at Jed Wines. Blair Poynton Blair hails from Perth in Western Australia – located just a few hours’ drive along the coast from Margaret River. So, Blair explained to me, youngsters in Perth…

    5 readers - By Albert Pak/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

    Weekly Interview: Timm Crull

    … and passion shone when I interviewed him. Check out the interview below the fold. What is your general winemaking philosophy? Spend more time in the vineyard. The most important thing is to grow great grapes. Whatever the necessary steps are to insure the highest quality – do it! Because of our size and scale, we choose to focus on making great…

    6 readers - By Albert Pak/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

    Take a drive on Westside Road – wine, trees and river

    …. This road begins on the outskirts of Healdsburg and winds its way to Russian River Road. Take Russian River Road to the tiny resort town of Guerneville on the Russian River. Westside Road spans two wine appellations, the Dry Creek Valley and the Russian River Valley. Two wineries we like in the Dry Creek Valley on this road are Armida Winery and Mill…

    5 readers - By Joe Becerra/ Wine Country Getaways

    Three from Viluko Vineyards

    … into what this operation was all about. Viluko Vineyards is located on the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas Mountains, between the Russian River and Sonoma Valleys, with 37 acres of CCOF-Certified organic vineyards planted on a 500 acre estate, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay planted above the fogline at between 600-1,100…

    2 readers - By George Heritier/ Gang of Pour On Wine

    Nine Wineries You (Probably) Never Heard of…But Should

    …, juicy red and white editions, packaged in 1 Liter milk bottles(!), (I believe two liters are also available) just as Marina Portalupi used to do in Piedmonte and even after she moved to Sonoma. They even deliver them, ala the old-style milk trucks, to Sonoma County doorsteps, when you join their Luna Apassionata Wine Club. Despite winning numerous…

    1 readers - By The Pour Fool

    Crispy Sea Bass with Soba Noodles

    … to the skillet, skin side down, and cook over high heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Flip the fillets and cook until just opaque throughout, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer the soba and bok choy to shallow bowls and top with the fish, skin side up. Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and serve. Recipe courtesy of Chasing Venus Chasing Venus Sauvignon…

    1 readers - By WineStyles

    Simi, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California, 2005, 15.5% abv

    …Start with two wine geeks – one with a broken finger suffered on a recent trip at the Simi winery and one with extreme WSET pre-exam stress. Throw in a Friday evening and three bottles of Simi Russian River Valley Chardonnay from 2011, 2010 and 2005 and all of a sudden you two very relaxed wine geeks and a small party. Three bottles? Well, we…

    15 readers - By winellama

    WBC 14: Best Wines

    … creeping moss and stoniness that was present from sniff to finish. Wildflower honey, peaches, and a floral nose made for a refreshing, complex glass. 4. Davis Bynum Dijon Clone 115, Russian River Valley This delicious wine, the best of the red wine liveblogging competitors, had a finish to die for. It was subtle on first sip, which belied…

    15 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell

    Benziger Winery Biodynamic on SonomaChat

    …, the wines did too. THE WINES - Click Here for more on their Wines UPCOMING EVENTS - The Pinot Experience: We welcome you to this exclusive, by-appointment seated Pinot Noir tasting where our Pinot Guides will take you on a journey from our Sonoma Mountain Ranch down the Russian River and out to Sonoma Coast. Your Pinot Guide will describe these…

    4 readers - By Sip on this Juice

    MacPhail Winery at The Barlow on SonomaChat

    … on their Wines UPCOMING EVENTS - 11th Annual Pinot on the River in Healdsburg, CA Saturday, October 26th, 2014 We always look forward to this fun-filled weekend of Pinot Noir. Join us for Sunday’s Pinot Noir Grand Tasting, with over 100 wineries plus guest Artisan Food Vendors all on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza Square. It’s a Sonoma County wine weekend…

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    Recent Sips of Pinot Noir

    … Recent Sips of Pinot Noir 2013 Alta Maria Carbonic Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 13.0% alc., $24. A Cru Beaujolais style Pinot Noir made with 100% carbonic maceration of whole cluster grapes without crushing or pumping over the free draining juice and bottled 4 months after harvest. · Light garnet color in the glass. A little funky upon opening…

    7 readers - By PinotFile