Archive for the Tag 'Russian River (California)'


J Vineyards 2.0

When you’re making the best, why would you bother to go after the rest? Varietal wines, that is… This is the time of shrinking shelf space. What once was, is no longer available. I learned in sales years ago that supermarket chains squeeze the daylights out of wineries, in order for wine to be on […]


An intimate, pre-release tasting at J with winemakers Melissa Stackhouse and Scott Anderson

This wine tasting, followed by lunch with their winemaking team, was arranged by my friend and PR pro extraordinaire George Rose. J’s got a great PR person working for them, but this isn’t an isolated case. Leadership at J Vineyards starts at the top with Judy Jordan. I recently wrote about Judy in a story […]


When they’re out of control

Another year, another barrel tasting, and another trip to the vomitorium… Ah, barrel tasting… It’s such a joy when they come to town. Townies hide out, by the way. People ask me, “Are you going barrel tasting?” “Ah…. no thanks.” But, that’s just me and a few of us who have been here long enough […]


Seventy Five Years Later, Who is That Eponymously Sparkling Woman?

“Wake up dear, we’re going to take a walk across the bridge today!” Imagine being six years old and your father insists that you make history with him, by walking across the newly finished San Francisco Gold Gate Bridge. Fast Forward to College… Attending Stanford University, you fall in love with and marry the perfect […]


J Wine Company is Celebrating 25 Years of Success and You’re Invited

J Vineyards & Winery, founded in 1986, is an independently-owned Sonoma County winery. Their visitors’ center and Bubble Room are located at 11447 Old Redwood Highway, just south of Healdsburg, California. The winery focuses on Brut and Brut Rosé sparkling wines, as well as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris Estate varietal wines. Their wines […]


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 […]


Why I Adore the Bacigalupis and John Tyler Wines

John Tyler Wines are located at 4353 Westside Road in Healdsburg, right in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Come taste their vineyard designate wines. Their tasting room is open daily from 10:30-5:00 p.m. Grand Opening Celebration Event Saturday, July 30, 2011,  from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. 4353 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA KR Catering […]


Tapas from Marimar Torres’ Cookbook ~ You’re Invited

Year ago, when I was at Belvedere Winery, my colleague and friend Corinne Reichel had seen an ad for the position of director of PR at Marimar Estate. Corinne knew I was qualified and was also totally misunderstood my current boss. (He’s since passed away.) Corinne really encouraged me to look into the position; but […]


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 […]


A Beautiful Day in Wine Country at Iron Horse Vineyards

After spending Earth Day at Iron Horse Vineyards, I was inspired to take the best of my images and make an image video. There are lots of country images in this one, and it’s a quick three minute walk into Russian River Valley. Jazz music (with some strings)… be prepared. It’s called: Earth Day with […]