Archive for the Tag 'Russian River Valley AVA'

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Verona ~ Who Are You, Anyway? ~ seconda parte #IAMarone

[The map of Italy, with the Vento region highlighted, is borrowed from the Italylogue.com Website.] My husband said to me, “You don’t know what Amarone wine is?” like I really should know. “No,” I answered, “I don’t have a clue.” With the last 25 years of my life devoted to learning about and working with […]

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Understanding Macroclimate, Microclimate, Mesoclimate, and Canopy Climates

Image via Wikipedia For all of the words that are used in writing about a vineyard’s climate terroir, there are significant differences with each. If you don’t have the luxury of a viticulture class close by, or you’re just too busy to attend a class, here’s a good primer. Vit 101 brought some interesting concepts […]

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The Promised Land ~ Green Valley Roots

Green Valley comprises 3,600 of Russian River acres of the above number…. just about a fourth of Russian River Valley, and only one percent of Sonoma County in entirety.

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Oh, la Joie, les Iron Horse bulles sont arrivés

Oh, la Joie, les Iron Horse bulles sont arrivés… a throw-back to growing up with French “Bernier” grandparents (rhymes with “Viognier”). Translated: “Oh, Joy, the bubbles have arrived.” Each year, as we head into the last quarter of the year, Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards sends a big box of her newly released bubbles […]

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Only in wine country do you go and drink Bubbly at 10 O’Clock in the morning…

And that would be at J Wine Company, on Saturday, September 17, 2011, for their 25th Anniversary celebration. Pinot Gris Jo is Born As we were leaving, Jose and I headed over to the Pinot Gris & Oysters on the Half Shell tent. The 2010 J Vineyards Pinot Gris from Russian River Valley was being […]

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J Vineyards & Winery Offers Indulgent Adventures in Wine & Food Pairing

Tasting wine and food at J Vineyards & Winery is a culinary, wine pairing adventure in luxurious flavors.  Their food & wine menu is delicately exquisite. J’s been at the forefront of the wine and food experience, since their first tasting program launched in 1999. All of their recipes have been created by in-house Executive […]

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There’s Magic in Northern California, And It’s So RAD

Map is provided with the courtesy of the Sonoma Country Winegrape Commission. In a very small area of California’s wine grape growing regions, there are three very special American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) that are resplendent with things to do, places to go, and people to see. They’re so RAD, as in Russian River, Alexander, and […]

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Vit 101: Understanding Macro, Micro, Meso, and Canopy Climates

Image via Wikipedia All  words that are used in writing about a vineyard’s climate terroir. There are significant differences with each. If you don’t have the luxury of a viticulture class close, or you’re just too busy to attend a class, here’s a good primer. Vit 101 brought some interesting concepts to me, including that […]

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J Vineyards Turns Twenty Five ~ A Shiny, Silvery Milestone

  I have to preface this with the fact that I’m currently asked, at least once or twice a week, to have someone else be a guest writer on this wine blog. Well, I tried it and it didn’t work… Not because of the content, because I had to believe in the authors’ worthiness, so […]

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Desmond Estate Vineyard ~ Hand Crafting Wines a Few Barrels at a Time

I first met the Desmond Estate Vineyard family about a month ago at The Sixth Annual Pinot on the River tasting. It was right in my back yard, as is the Desmond family. All of this is in Russian River Valley… a great place to live and work. At the Grand Tasting, held at Rodney […]