Archive for the ‘Terroir’ Category

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Green Valley of Russian River Valley and the Petaluma Wind Gap

[This photo is of a weather station at The Rubin Family of Wines, in Green Valley of the Russian River Valley. Fog is hanging in the background.] Terroir Green Valley of Russian River Valley is comprised of the following small towns, which are all bordered to the west by the California Coast Ranges. Sebastopol is […]

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Bordeaux ~ You Can Bank On It ~ partie cinq

In northern California, two well known appellations exist: Napa and Sonoma. They’re separated by a mountain range, the Mayacamas. (The Mayacamas Mountain name is thought to originally means “the howl of the mountain lion.” Lions still do exist on this range, you can be sure of that. I’ve seen my own and was wowed.) Sonoma […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Windrun Wine’s Pinot Noir

Mark Oliver, a partner of Windrun Wine, located in Santa Barbara County, emailed to ask if I’d like to taste his Pinot Noirs. As his company is a négociant wine brand,  there’s a lot of freedom to choose wine grapes that are grown in the finest vineyards, which makes the most sense to some.  Windrun Wine […]

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Terroir, what’s the big deal?

If you ask anyone in France, “What’s terroir all about?” not only will that person tell you in words, but his hands… and even his entire body… will go into action.  A word created by French vignerons, you can bet your bippy that it means something, and it’s worth writing about it for the uninitiated. […]

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Number 7 reason why consumers might want to pay top dollar for wine

Sean Piper, of Napa Vintage Wines, just posted the following on his Facebook page: “Dear Wine Consumers: You don’t have to pay top dollar for wine, but there are reasons you might want to.” Of course – it got my creative juices flowing about what would be number 7. Doesn’t something provocative do this to […]

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Terroir ~ The Petaluma Wind Gap

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 least, […]