Archive for the ‘Russian River Valley’ Category

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Thanksgiving wines with a big thank you ~ The Whites

Tweet Thanksgiving wines are a natural wine topic. During this time of year, from one year to the next, I reflect upon who’s been there for me in the past cycle… entrusting me with their stories. This blog post is more about giving thanks, than it is about Thanksgiving wines. It is more interesting, however, […]

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Acorn Winery ~ 25 years in the making and worth the celebration

Tweet Acorn Winery  & Alegría Vineyard When Acorn Winery was just a twinkle in Bill Nachbaur‘s eye, I was there to see the glow. At that time, Bill and Betsy Nachbaur only owned Alegría Vineyards, and Bill was getting itchy to see what his grapes would taste like, if he were involved in the winemaking […]

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Is your wine cellar ready for the last third of the year? Iron Horse is at the top of my list for readiness

Tweet For me, Iron Horse Vineyards has to always be “in the house.” You never know what’s worth celebrating, above and beyond the usual celebrations. Sometimes, it’s just a wonderful surprise… like finishing the last chapter of your book. That was a moment to remember and one I didn’t anticipate until it happened; and so, […]

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Sunday Sojourn ~ The Man Who Cried + A Wine Journey

Any wonderful story deserves equally wonderful wines, and so I got to work…

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Night Train to Lisbon with a fine Chardonnay

Tweet A day in the life of a wine publicist with a night train… Night Train to Lisbon ~ A Sunday Segue Searching for my comfort film A Good Year, I fell upon Night Train to Lisbon. It’s a film based on the novel of the same name. Written by Pascal Mercier in German, and […]

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Bacigalupi Vineyards ~ 50 Years of living and loving Russian River Valley

The year 2014 is a year of celebrating landmarks in the Russian River Valley, at the venerated Bacigalupi Vineyards. Three generations, including a vibrant Helen Bacigalupi, are in concert, bringing more vigor to the new family-label wines.

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Terroir ~ The Petaluma Wind Gap

Tweet I’ve been privately doing a lot of reading and writing lately about Green Valley of the Russian River Valley. Something that’s been a bit elusive for me is actually grasping exactly where the Petaluma Wind Gap originates. Everyone writes about it, but knowing exactly where it comes in is not as well pinpointed. At […]

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Meeting one’s inspiration ~ Sandra Day O’Connor at Iron Horse on Earth Day

Tweet Sandra Day O’Connor has been a very important inspiration in my life; and was an anchor for me while I was dangerously adrift in my early days of getting into the wine business… “You’ve made me cry,” she said to me. “Well, you’ve made me cry, too,” I said to her. That was a […]

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Having a Good Reason For Changing a Name, and Thomas George Winery Did

According to Jeremy, “Thomas George Estates is the manifestation of the passion and commitment of the Baker Family to continue the tradition of growing great grapes and making great wines in the unique and magnificent Russian River Valley.”

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Earth Day 2014 in Green Valley at Iron Horse Vineyards

On Earth Day 2014, come spend an afternoon in this amazing viticultural area, known as Green Valley of the Russian River Valley… One of the coolest places to be is in Green Valley…