Tag: Balletto Vineyards

Gewürtztraminer bottles leaning against a barrel

Gewürztraminer: Varietal of the Month

Gewürztraminer is a medium body, dry white wine lighter than a Chardonnay and heavier than a Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigo. Gewürz means spice in German and the grape hails from Alsace the French wine region bordering Germany. It’s a cool climate...

/ September 27, 2022
Wine & Food Affair 2022 event poster with details and blurred background of vineyards

Autumn = Wine & Food Affair

Autumn is just around the corner, and so is one of the Wine Road’s premier tasting events—Wine & Food Affair on November 5th & 6th. Picture yourself meandering along vineyard-lined roads with the autumn sun illuminating the vines bursting with...

/ September 1, 2022
Rosé bottles lined up on a fence rail with trees in the background

Rosé: Style of the Month

Overview  Rosé season is here and the annual crop of new releases practically makes me giddy. I can almost hear Ethel Merman belting out “Curtain up! Light the lights! Honey, everything’s coming up roses!” But of course I hear her sing Roses...

/ May 20, 2022
Syrah on the wine road

Syrah: Varietal of the Month

Syrah, a Rhône varietal, is a medium bodied to full-bodied dry red wine. For many years Syrah was ignored by consumers, it struggled to find it’s place at the table and stylistically many Syrah’s were pushed to the far side...

/ January 20, 2022
Bottles of Pinot Noir on a deck with blocks spelling out Pinot Noir

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
Four people toasting with wine glasses on the patio of Robert Young Estate Winery.

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
Car Hop Wine Shop web page

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 Bubbly in the fall leaves

Sparkling Wine: Varietal of the Month

Nothing makes an occasion more festive than Sparkling Wine. The pop of the cork, the rise of tiny bubbles and the gentle whoosh of foam in the glass—it’s romantic and special. But sparkling wines are not just for holidays and...

/ December 4, 2019
A tree-lined path in Sebastopol's Ragle Ranch Park

Perfect Winter Day – Marcy Gordon

Editor’s Note: Marcy Gordon is co-host of the Wine Road Podcast: The Wine When & Where of Sonoma County. When I’m not reading, researching, or recording for the podcast, I like to seek out quiet places along the Wine Road....

/ July 10, 2019