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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
Bottles of Rose wine lined up on a bench with a white lily in the background

Rosé: Wine of the Month

Strawberries cherries and an angel’s kiss in springMy summer wine is really made from all these things Those are the opening lines to Nancy Sinatra’s song, Summer Wine written by Lee Hazlewood. And how apt the lyrics are in capturing...

/ April 14, 2020
Row of Sangiovese bottles on a barrel head with river rocks in the foreground

Sangiovese: Varietal of the Month

Summer is the season of the grill and a great red wine for pairing with things from the BBQ is Sangiovese. Originating in Italy, Sangiovese derives its name from the Latin  —Sanguis Jovis— meaning “the blood of Jove”. This medium-bodied...

/ April 14, 2020
Sign for #SIPSonoma Wine Road

SIP Sonoma — Options Abound

As you shelter in place, you can still SIP Sonoma!

/ March 31, 2020
Grenache bottles on a fence with flowers in the background

Grenache: Varietal of the Month

Grenache or Granacha as it’s known in Spain, is a medium bodied red wine with moderate acidity, and bright red fruit and strawberry flavors. The tannin structure can range from light and smooth to more pronounced and firm depending on...

/ March 24, 2020
Panoramic view of Lake Sonoma in Northern California.

Perfect Day – Josie Gay

Healdsburg local Joise Gay knows where to go and what to do in Sonoma County and we are lucky to have her share her top selections for a Perfect Day in Wine Country. One of my favorite weekend brunch spots...

/ March 21, 2020
a panoramic view of the Links at Bodega Harbour

Perfect Day – Demian Reddy

Demian Reddy, PGA of Wine Country Golf Group, gives us his Perfect Day along the Wine Road. First up – Breakfast. Willow Wood Market Café in Graton is a favorite, Demian loves taking an early morning drive out to West...

/ March 21, 2020
fence lined path through the towering redwood trees at Armstrong Woods

Perfect Day – Harry H Wetzel, IV

Harry Wetzel, IV is Head of Operations and Family Partner with Alexander Valley Vineyards. These are his favorite spots for a A Perfect Day Out with the Family. First thing, we go to Parish Café in Healdsburg for breakfast and...

/ March 20, 2020
ACORN Winery owners Bill & Betsy Nachbaur stop by to say hello at a family of picnickers visiting their winery.

Family Friendly Wine Tasting Adventures

When parents with young kids and dogs search for family friendly wine tasting adventures, they can come up short. To lend a hand with the search, here are some of the family friendly wine tasting locations along the Wine Road,...

/ March 2, 2020
Line of Sauvignon Blanc bottles on table

Sauvignon Blanc: Varietal of the Month

Widely planted around the world, Sauvignon Blanc has an array of styles from lean and bright, to juicy and plush. Sauvignon Blanc typically offers great aromatics and flavors that range from zesty citrus, to tart apple, to creamy peach and...

/ February 24, 2020