Tag: wine & food pairings

Pinot Noir bottles on a red table cloth with corks in foreground

Pinot Noir: Varietal of the Month

Pinot Noir is synonymous with Sonoma County as one of the flagship wines of the Russian River Valley region. Light bodied with moderate to high acidity gives Pinot Noir a structure that makes it eminently pair worthy with a wide...

/ April 22, 2022

Zinfandel: Varietal of the Month

Zinfandel is know as the All American grape and has been grown in California since the 1800’s. Yet the grapes true roots are in Croatia where it’s known as Tribidrag. In Italy Zinfandel is called Primitivo. Although the majority of...

/ March 18, 2022
Malbec on the wine road

Malbec: Varietal of the Month

Malbec originated in the Cahors region of France and is one of the building blocks of Boudreaux blends. But Argentina is where the grape developed it’s following and found it’s place in the foothills of the Andes and high elevations...

/ November 18, 2021
Virtual Wine & Food Affair 2020 logo

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
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
Zinfandel bottles lined-up against a toy fire truck

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
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
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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
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