Archive for the Tag 'Pacific Ocean'

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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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Living in Sonoma County, I find myself dreaming of Sea Ranch Lodge

I need a real vacation, because this wine publicist’s house is under siege with repair people. Yesterday I posted about a flood happening in our upstairs bathroom. With water fans blowing 24/7, the “loud” white noise is now really setting in. I need a couple of days at the ocean… and again, I find myself […]

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Pacific Star Winery ~ Sally Ottoson

Few among us remind me of the Little Red Hen… You remember, “Who wants to help me sow the seeds, to grow the wheat, to mill the seeds into flour, to make the bread for us to eat?”

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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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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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Chilean wine flavors are derived from the most unique of conditions + two delicious examples

Chile’s unique and varying terroir has distinct geographic barriers: the Atacama Desert to the north, the Andes Mountains to the east, the Patagonian ice fields to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Each defined geographic point makes Chile a truly unique agricultural haven for wine grape growing. As a singular wine grape […]

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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend ~ This Labor Day Weekend

This coming September 2 – 4, 2011, another beautiful weekend festival will be set among the vines and redwoods, drawing thousands of people. The Sonoma Wine Country Weekend features over 200 wineries and chefs, and is a popular way to spend the last days of summer in wine country. It’s always hosted at the MacMurray […]

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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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The Mission Grape Played a Major Role in California Wine Viticultural History

The following was a final project that I wrote for my Enology class taught by Pat Henderson, winemaker for Valley of the Moon. After my presentation, which included a tasting of a light but flavorful Malvadino Mission wine, Pat asked for permission to use this piece in future classes… Permission granted. So, today, I’m not […]

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Things to do in wine country, non wine (sorta) related ~ Friday Fotos ~ Visit the Ocean

While visiting wine country, it’s worth it, regardless of the region you’re visiting, to save a day for the ocean. This is true for both the Atlantic and the Pacific. The Atlantic Ocean is tame, as compared to the Pacific, in the US. I say “in the US,” because while visiting Portugal, I realized how […]