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Virtual Wine & Food Affair 2020

The Wine Road just announced it is hosting a virtual Wine & Food Affair this year. What does this virtual event look like, how can you participate, and why is it so important that you do? Virtual Wine Tasting When...

/ October 6, 2020
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Merlot: Varietal of the Month

After years of being maligned due to the preferences of a grumpy character in the movie Sideways, Merlot is back. Again. Merlot never went away really, it’s just been patiently waiting for you to rediscover its many charms. Dark and...

/ September 29, 2020

Multi-generational Family Wineries – Part 2

Last month’s blog began this series on multi-generational family wineries along the Wine Road. We’ve had great feedback from so many folks who’ve enjoyed learning about the rich histories of these family owned and operated businesses. Time now to explore...

/ September 1, 2020
Chardonnay bottles in a row on a table with Paradise Ridge,Jigar, Dutton Estate, Sbragia and Gary Farrell

Chardonnay: Varietal of the Month

Chardonnay is one of the world’s most planted white grapes. Its many styles, from creamy to bright, oaked or unoaked , make it a versatile choice for a variety of pairings. Chardonnay is typically full to medium in body and...

/ August 26, 2020
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Multigenerational Family Wineries – Part 1

Once common, multigenerational family wineries are a dwindling breed. But, along the Wine Road you can still find dozens multigenerational family wineries. So many in fact, it will take us awhile to explore them all. Almost A Century Old We’ll...

/ August 4, 2020
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Pinot Noir: Varietal of the Month

Here in Sonoma County, in the Russian River Valley and along the Sonoma Coast, we have some of world’s best vineyards and growing conditions for producing classic Pinot Noir of elegance and complexity.

/ July 27, 2020
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Zinfandel: Varietal of the Month

It’s getting hot in here! So let’s open up all the Zin’s! Although Zinfandel originated in Croatia where it’s known as Tribidrag—the grape is embraced as All-American and has been grown and cultivated in California since the 1800’s. This medium-bodied...

/ July 1, 2020
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Enjoy Wine Tasting Again

Ready to venture out and enjoy wine tasting again? Please keep reading. They’re Open By the end of May, a few wineries had reopened their doors for tasters. Others needed more time to retool their tasting venues to accommodate social...

/ June 29, 2020
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Giving Back During Tough Times

Even with their tasting rooms shuttered, wineries along the Wine Road found ways of giving back during tough times—tough for them and those around them. Wine Purchases Translate to Needed Donations Even before the shelter in place order, winery tasting...

/ June 2, 2020
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Reconnect to Wine Country

Ready to reconnect to Wine Country? Is your wine supply a bit depleted after weeks of sheltering in place, aka SIP? I’ve found my wine cellar is missing many of my favorites after the holidays, and now weeks of SIPping...

/ May 5, 2020