Archive for the Tag 'Russian River (California)'

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VIT 101 ~ 8 ~ COOLING TRENDS

VIT 101: With a cooling trend after a warm spell (like we’re having right now in Russian River Valley), vineyard activity slows. So, if the season came early (as it did), and grape farmers might have thought that perhaps they’d have an early harvest, things just slowed back down a bit. This is how each […]

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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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Somm navel gazing ~ the Movie

UPDATE (August 19, 2017) From SOMM: Into the Bottle, an additional opinion ~ “This initial Somm navel gazing ~ the Movie is a great introduction into the behaviors of Master Sommeliers. You’re a fly on the wall, and you might even be intimidated, but you now have the second movie SOMM Into the Bottle as […]

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Winery with guest cottages ~ Thomas George Estates Winery

Headed to wine country and want to do it in true style…  A winery with guest cottages ~ Thomas George Estates Winery is where you want to be, if you’re in Russian River Valley. I’ve long been a supporter of Westside Road, having spent my first five years in the wine business there. At the […]

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Magical Green Valley of Russian River Valley

Originally established as Sonoma County Green Valley in 1983, the history regarding Green Valley of Russian River Valley is as old as the beginning theories of Northern California’s plate tectonics. The movement of earth masses has created an ideal wine grape growing region for Green Valley… both with its bordering mountains’ Franciscan soils and its […]

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Viszlay Vineyard in the field with John Viszlay and Jose Diaz

Viszlay Vineyard in the field with John Viszlay and Jose Diaz… Being in the vineyards with a winemaker who loves what he’s doing is always such a pleasure. I’ve got a green thumb and love helping things to grow organically. Sharing that passion with someone else who loves to be part of a “growing things” […]

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Tis the Joy of the Season already… Bubbles, bubbles, and more bubbles…

Each year, about this time (the last quarter of the year, actually), all of my thoughts turn toward bubbles. This is the time of year I get out my knitting needles and begin to make things that I give away during the holidays. I have to admit that since I moved to California 20 years […]

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Blessing of the Harvest in Russian River Valley at River Road Family Vineyards And Winery

A dream realized… In the past, I’ve written about the blessing of the harvest by my friend and winery owner of Field Stone Winery, the Reverend John Staten. I’ve attended his blessed celebrations and feel/understand the importance of them. Interestingly, Jose was called upon to deliver a part of John’s program. It was so lovely […]

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VIDEO WINEMAKER SERIES ~ Viszlay Vineyard Wines by DC Productions

*Very exciting news for these videos: They’re now also being offered on Appellation America as content. John Viszlay of Viszlay Vineyards talks with Jose Diaz (Diaz Communications), in this video series of winemakers and grape growers, discussing Viszlay Vineyards’ viticultural and winemaking practices. Viszlay is located in Russian River Valley, just south of the town […]

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VIDEO WINEMAKER SERIES ~ Viszlay Vineyard in the Vines with John Viszlay and Jose Diaz

Being in the vineyards with a winemaker who loves what he’s doing is always such a pleasure. I’ve got a green thumb and love helping things to grow organically. Sharing that passion with someone else who loves to be part of a “growing things” process is so rewarding. That’s not my only relationship to John […]