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.

    8 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 ...

      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.

      Meeting Christopher Silva of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

      A Wine Story - - 6 readers - 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 could help fill his shoes. Today St.

      2011 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

      Wine Lines - - 6 readers - 2011 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County Nearly opaque dark ruby/purple in hue, this wine has a dusty minerality in the nose, with whiffs of smoky oak, pencil shavings, coffee, blackberry and currant. In the mouth, the fruit impressions are both ample and balanced, and the medium-grained tannins suggest that the wine could evolve in the bottle ...

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      Lynmar Estate Picnic Food & Wine Pairings

      … and delicious looking at the same time. I visit Lynmar regularly. My last visit was only a month prior and the landscape was covered in tomatoes, flowers, corn, etc. A month later and the garden was covered in rows of leafy greens, hanging gourds and squash galore. I have included photos of both of the seasonal garden plantings here and it is hard…

      5 readers - By Sip on this Juice

      Pinot Noir & Chardonnay V: Kosta Browne Winery

      …, and one vineyard in the northwestern coastal area of the AVA. The wine aged 16 months in French oak, 46 percent new barrels. The color is medium ruby with an almost transparent rim; the amazingly complex and layered nose offers a seamless amalgam of cloves and menthol, violets and rose hips, with hints of loam, briers and iodine bolstering…

      5 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      From Napa to Idaho: Coiled Wines’ twisted tale

      … two levels in her wine club: Snake Charmer and Monty Python. “I’m terrified of snakes, so I’m hoping all of this will bring me good karma,” she said with a nervous chuckle. Preston’s wines are sold primarily in the Boise market, though she also has a distributor in Oregon and is taking a serious look at getting distribution in Seattle. Meanwhile…

      2 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

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

      … varieties. I opted for Bordeaux. I wrote 14 letters and got seven replies: six no's and one yes from Christian Moueix. So I went to work for him. After I left Bordeaux I worked at a factory in Australia, Lindeman's, where we made bag-in-a-box "Riesling." There wasn't a drop of Riesling in it. It was 50 percent Sultana and 37 percent Shiraz. They had…

      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…

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      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

      … The Cabernet Sauvignon of Louis M. Martini Photo: (c) To shake or to stir, that is the question. In the case of the Martini, the answer is always the former, unless Ian Fleming and James Bond are a part of the response. Author W. Somerset Maugham declared that “Martinis should always be stirred, not shaken, so…

      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

      … together. Very Good. About $22. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Now the reds, first grenache, about 100 cases annually. From Ramey Mountain Vineyard. Grenache 2011. Dark ruby, opaque; very earthy, briery and loamy; ripe, very spicy, a little wet-dog-funkiness…

      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…

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