Archive for the Tag 'Russian River Valley'

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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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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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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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Jim Pratt Cornerstone Certified Vineyard is the wine grape grower of the stars in Green and Russian River valleys

Jim Pratt’s (Cornerstone Certified Vineyards) been working as a wine grape grower of the stars for nearly 30 years, which also includes being a veteran of the grapevine nursery business. In 1995, Jim Pratt bought what he would later call the “Pratt Vineyard,” after a career working with Rich Kunde at Sonoma Grapevines (a Santa […]

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River Road Family Vineyards and Winery: In a Post Harvest Chardonnay Vineyard with Winemaker Joe Freeman

My partner in all things Jose Diaz and winemaker Joe Freeman of River Road Family Vineyard and Winery explore what happens to a vineyard after all the grapes of that season have been harvested. According to owner Ron Rubin, “”Quality has always been the number one priority for River Road Family Vineyards and Winery, and on […]

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Iron Horse Chardonnay ~ Always a deliciously special treat ~ Part II

Earlier, I wrote about the New 2010 Iron Horse Vineyards Chardonnays being released, with much of the content coming directly from Joy Sterling, There is a strong French influence in Joy’s life. She grew up in Paris, attended a French school and speaks French fluently. Living in Europe and traveling extensively, Joy received an extraordinary […]

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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 […]