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

    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 could help fill his shoes. Today St.

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

      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.

      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.

      Wine Reviews: California Chardonnay

      Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog - - 6 readers - Since our last review of California Chardonnay, more goodies have found their way to my glass. This batch includes some impressive value-driven wines and a wide range of stylistic interpretations. All wines were received as trade samples and tasted single-blind. Review: 2012 Ripe Life Wines Chardonnay “The Clambake”- California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands SRP: $17 ...

      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 bot ...

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      Sonoma: A Wine & Food Affair

      … in Sonoma County, California COST: $70 for November 1 and 2 (Saturday and Sunday) $50 for Sunday only, November 2 $30 for designated drivers for November 1 and 2 All ticket types include the Tasting Along the Wine Road calendar For every ticket sold, $1 is donated to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Tickets are on sale now! Ticket sales are non…

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      Stryker Sonoma Winery is our Wine Country Photo of the Day

      …Stryker Sonoma Winery in the Alexander Valley What a beautiful setting, especially when the Fall colors show in the vineyards, for the Stryker Sonoma Winery in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County. The tasting room is spacious with full window views of the vineyards on three sides of the tasting room. The picnic area is ideal for a secluded…

      By Joe Becerra/ Wine Country Getaways

      Sonoma peaks from out of the fog

      … Sonoma Coast Photo (c): http://www.sonomawine.com/ Sonoma County is so massive a wine region it’s really quite futile to take account of a singular, defining personality. Diversity of wine styles and viticultural approaches are what elucidate Sounty County and its 16 AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas). That much is true but the sheer…

      By Michael Godel/ Godello

      Beer Drinkers More Experimental Than Wine Drinkers?

      … to me and never has. Last Saturday I co-hosted a cider seminar in Sonoma County where we put five very different craft ciders in front of a crowd of people and evaluated them the same way we would wine: Appearance, aroma, body, flavor, finish. It was a fascinating even that was held at Tilted Shed Ciderworks‘ new tasting room. You’d swear that we were…

      By Tom Wark/ Fermentation

      Cliffs Wine Picks – Oct 20, 2014 to Oct 26, 2014

      … 2012 Siduri Pinot Noir Sonoma County 2007 Stolpman Syrah Estate Grown 2010 Turley Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard 2012 Helioterra Pinot Noir Willamette Valley N.V. Laurent-Perrier Champagne Brut L.P. N.V. Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé 1992 Theo Schmitz-Schwaab Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese Fuder #8 2010 Turley Cabernet…

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      Visting Sonoma for the Wine? The Beer?

      … Thousands come to Sonoma County to sip from the hundreds of winery tasting rooms. There's everything from Korbel with their millions of cases of bubbly to guys making a couple hundred cases a year. You might be surprised by how many come for the craft beer. Russian River Brewery and Lagunitas are the most famous, but there are a couple dozen…

      By Bob Hunnicutt/ Bob on Sonoma

      Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For October 27, 2014

      … >>find this wine<< 12 Fritz Reserve Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Crafted, for sure, but done so without at all feeling created, or manipulated. $55 A- >>find this wine<< 12 Fritz Russian River Valley Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Walking a fine line between lithe & floral, and creamy & juicy. $25 B…

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      Lynmar Estate Picnic Food & Wine Pairings

      …-diverse garden… while enjoying a unique epicurean afternoon… and what do you have? A great day. My favorite spot to take new visitors to Sonoma County for their first time ‘tasting room’ experience has long been Lynmar Estate in the Russian River Valley. When asked to visit Lynmar for their Estate Picnic Pairing recently including a tour…

      5 readers - By Sip on this Juice

      Pinot Noir & Chardonnay V: Kosta Browne Winery

      … and Nico Cueva. Kosta Browne draws on vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast AVAs in Sonoma County and Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in Monterey County. There is no tasting room, and the winery in Sebastopol is closed to the public. Under consideration today are two of Kosta Browne’s Appellation wines, the One Sixteen Chardonnay 2012…

      5 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      From Napa to Idaho: Coiled Wines’ twisted tale

      … said. “A lightbulb went off, and I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do.'” So Preston earned a master’s degree in enology and went to work in the industry. She spent time at such wineries as Clos du Bois and Saintsbury in Sonoma County, then went to work at Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa Valley. “It was a great experience,” she said. “I got to work…

      2 readers - By Great Northwest Wine
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