Archive for the ‘Russian River Valley’ Category

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Winter WINEland 2018 ~ Wine Country is Alive And Well

Join us for two glorious days along Wine Road – Northern Sonoma County as we celebrate the 26th Annual Winter WINEland! 2018. It’s right in my backyard, on January 13 and 14, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., each day. We love seeing you all, wine glasses in hand, going from one participating winery […]

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Christmas Fair and Wines to Pair ~ A Seamlessly Delicious Meal

Since November 1994, the Ultimate Thanksgiving issue from Bon Appétit holds the most delicious recipes ever for holiday meals that features turkey, chicken, goose, name the bird and here you’ll find deliciousness. And each year, I run right back to this well worn issue, to continue the journey. In fact, this magazine is the only […]

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Sonoma County’s First and Foremost Viticulturist ~ Yegor Chernykh

Who arrived in Sonoma County first to begin growing wine grape and making wines, for instance, is rarely discussed. This is perhaps because it was so fleeting, in the grand scheme of time. Yet, it’s very important to note and not be left trailing into the sunset. If we forget history, and all that jazz… […]

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What Goes Around Comes Back Around ~ A Russian Invasion

Do we really think the Russians haven’t been here before, claiming some of the United States for themselves? If we don’t think so, we need to re-think (or remember) that ASAP. Who arrived in Sonoma County first to begin growing wine grape and making wines, for instance, is rarely discussed. This is perhaps because it […]

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Exclusively Yours ~ Square Peg ~ Once in a Lifetime Winery

Travel with me on the Graton Road, in Green Valley of Russian River Valley. We’re heading toward the Forest Primeval. And, we’re feeling pretty much the way Yegor Chernykh must have felt, in 1836. Who was Yegor, you ask? An excellent question… Yegor was a Russian Agronomist, sent from his homeland to the new world. […]

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White with Fish, Red with Murder ~ a novel by Harley Mazuk

White with Fish, Red with Murder, by Harvey Mazuk, is a murder mystery set in San Francisco and Russian River Valley in 1948. Harley Mazuk’s novel is one where you imagine Art Deco influences, with Humphrey Bogart (playing P.I. Frank Swiver) and Lauren Becall (Cicillia “Cici” O’Callaghan, as a brunette) getting it on in more […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Kendall-Jackson 2014 Seco Highlands Pinot Noir

Getting out to visit a winery is always a rare treat. We moved to California from Maine, because of the opportunities. Once embroiled in work within those opportunities, however, visits are now mostly for appointments, in order to get more work accomplished. This past week, Jose and I segued back to my former place of […]

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Earth Day at Iron Horse Vineyards

Earth Day has really important significance, now more than ever, most would agree. Joy Sterling at Iron Horse Vineyards, when a significant speaker presents him or herself, has a merry band of Green Valley growers and producers gather at Iron Horse for a day of a charming celebrations. This year of 2017 is just such […]

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Constructing a soil monolith with Vineyard Soil Technologies

[Photo Credit: Lori Knapp, The Rubin Family of Wines] I just recommended Vineyard Soil Technologies in my story entitled, “Soil Monolith ~ a perfect wine gift for the winery owner…” The Rubin Family of Wines has taken advantage of their soil preserved in a Monolith, in order to educate others who visit the winery, who would […]

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December in Wine Country ~ Have a Look

[Paperwhite flowers are a typical December bloom. Photo by Jo Diaz.] The beginning of December – this season – has been beautiful weather wise and visually. I’m now in the Mayacamas Mountains, above the Alexander Valley floor. The views are spectacular… stunning, really. Perhaps this is why my devotion to blogging every day has waned […]