Sonoma County

    Kudos to Sonoma Harvest Fair Winners - Hawley's Meritage and Muscardini's Cassata Cabernet

    Two organically grown wines won big at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair's Professional Wine Contest. Winners were announced Oct. 3 and both Hawley and Cassata took home medals. 1. Best of Class - Hawley's 2010 Meritage ($52) Hawley's first Meritage release - the 2010 has been on quite the winning streak.

    7 readers - By Pam Strayer/ Organic Wines Uncorked

    California Chardonnay

    California Chardonnay This year the 2012 Neyers Vineyards, Chardonnay 304, Sonoma County has remained our hands-down favorite Chardonnay from California both for flavor and price. It is not always in stock so this forces us to try other wines. Of the three wines featured in this post I would recommend the 2010 La Follette, Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma County.

    7 readers - By Aaron Nix Gomez/ Hogshead - A Wine Blog

      Weekend Wine Notes: 12 Wines I Should Have Written about Weeks or Months Ago

      Bigger Than Your Head - - 6 readers - Take your choice. Either at our backs we always hear Time’s winged chariot hurrying near OR the world is too much with us, late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers. Choice, did I say?! Or, did I say?! Heck no, it’s both, incessant, ceaseless, seemingly infinite! So, anyway, it’s difficult to keep up with all the wines I need to review, so here, today, I offer ...

      The Versatility of Zinfandel

      Bob on Sonoma - - 6 readers - California Zinfandel is an interesting wine. Premium Zinfandel is grown in diverse areas like Mendocino County in the North Coast, Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Lodi in the Central Valley, and Paso Robles on the Central Coast. Several appellations of Sonoma County are known for great Zins, such as Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, and Rockpile.

      When wine writers host public events

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 6 readers - I’ll be co-conducting a wine-and-food pairing event at Saturday’s big Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival. It’s the eighteenth time the event, which is one of the biggest in Sonoma County, has been held—and I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never gone. Everyone has told me how amazing it is, so I am totally looking forward to it.

      St. Francis Winery Food & Wine Pairing

      Vinogger - - 6 readers - St. Francis is a Certified Sustainable, family-owned winery that has been making wine in Sonoma County for over 40 years. St Francis winery is in a beautiful setting and they are dedicated to preserving the environment using solar energy and environmentally sound business practices including water conservation, recycling and use of eco-friendly packaging to preserve and protect Sonoma Valley.

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      David Ramey Q&A: "Alcohol level is not a political decision"

      … from Chemistry 1-A to an MS in enology at UC Davis. Where did you go from there? Because I hadn't taught in Colombia, I wanted to work overseas, especially in France, because those were the grapes we worked with in California. It's such an odd twist of fate that in Sonoma County with all the Italian families, we ended up making all these French…

      2 readers - By W. Blake Gray/ The Gray Report

      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…

      2 readers - By Sip on this Juice

      Patz & Hall’s Sonoma House Wine on SonomaChat

      … When I first heard that Patz & Hall were opening a new tasting room, I was more than excited. I have been a fan of their Pinot Noir for many years! Having the tasting room as close as Sonoma, California is terrific as I am able to visit often and also have a sip or two of course. In June of 2014, Donald Patz and the Patz & Hall Wine…

      4 readers - By Sip on this Juice

      When the Rules Don't Apply to You

      … for two cars to pass. Bella has been hit with what is sort of a "temporary restraining order" with a chance to come back and reapply and have the county reevaluate what should and should not happen on their property. The disturbing part of it all is their attitude because, apparently, the rules are unfair and shouldn't apply to them. The last winery to believe this was Rabbit Ridge and they were essentially run out of the county several years ago. Article from the Press Democrat…

      1 readers - By Bob Hunnicutt/ Bob on Sonoma

      Seven Martinis shaken, not stirred

      … and prevalent state of red wine. I wrote, “iconic red wines from Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley, Napa Valley and Burgundy are heavily influenced by the barrels that house megalitres of famous juice, but for the most part, the premier or grand cru grape ferment is up to the splintered task.” I’ve talked about mocha milkshakes, talcy acidity, whipped beet…

      2 readers - By Michael Godel/ Godello

      Sonoma Valley CRUSH at St Francis Winery

      …, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Syrah, Marsanne, Rousanne all living and working together. Every year, crops are carefully planned and planted by viticulturists who study the soil, grape growth and winemaking itself. Which grape varietals that the vineyard manager and owners decide to plant is an investment in time and a gamble…

      6 readers - By Sip on this Juice

      A Grant Eddie Retrospective

      …, fresh, lithe; very pure and intense; blackberries, blueberries, black currants with a vein of poignant graphite minerality; perfectly managed tannins for framing and foundation, a little austere on the finish. Try from 2015 or ’16 through 2020 to ’22. Excellent. About $27. Zinfandel 2007. 13.5% alc. Whitman’s Mountain Vineyard. dark ruby…

      3 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Wines of the Week: October 17, 2014

      …-World, old-vine wine. Scagliola Sansí Barbera d’Asti Frem DOCG 2012 15% abv | $23 A substantial Barbera with a dense core of blackberry fruits plaited with leather and tea. Top notes of eucalyptus, juniper, and spearmint add dimension and interest, but overall this wine feels a little plush and obvious. Best served with robust flavors, like roasted…

      2 readers - By Maker's Table

      Meeting Christopher Silva of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

      …Christopher Silva, CEO of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, actually grew up in Sonoma County and as a boy, bagged groceries for St. Francis winery founder Joe Martin. That relationship came in handy decades later when Silva, then a lawyer, was offered a job by Joe Martin, as the founder wanted to take life a bit easier and needed someone who…

      6 readers - By Marisa D'vari/ A Wine Story

      Galerie Sauvignon Blanc Offers Great Expression Of Terroir

      … the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She then worked at wineries in Spain, New Zealand and Chile before arriving in Napa. For the past several years, she has worked with her mentor, Chris Carpenter, the highly acclaimed winemaker for Cardinale, Lokoya, La Jota Vineyard Co., and Mt. Brave. “What you do with these wines will last forever,” Chris told her…

      5 readers - By Dennis Sodomka/

      2013 Handcraft Chardonnay

      … flavors. This medium-bodied wine is balanced with good acidity – making it refreshing by itself or perfect with food. The rich and juicy finish provides the perfect end to this delightful wine. My Review: I’ve had the chance to try Handcraft Wines before and found them to be…middling. They’re a great Tuesday-night wine – middling, affordable…

      2 readers - By George Perry/ The Good Wine Guru

      2013 What We Love The Winery Chardonnay

      … The Chardonnay was dry, medium to full-bodied with balanced acidity. It had soft tannins with crisp, rich mid-palate flavors and a long soft and silky finish. abv: 14.6% How much: $19.00 Region/appellation: Solano County and Sonoma County California. Wine makers notes: This generous Chardonnay has received the royal treatment with full malolactic…

      6 readers - By Bills Wine Wandering

      Kuhlman Cellars

      … as necessary. There is a tasting fee of $20 but besides the personal experience provided, it also includes a food pairing for each wine. There is a total number of five wines offered and four out of the five wines are made with Texas grapes and there is no surprise with the fifth wine using Sonoma County grapes. Jennifer Beckmann, Certified Sommelier…

      2 readers - By Texas Wine Lover
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