Archive for the Tag 'Sonoma County California'

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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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So you’re from the media, why should I care?

[This image is of Michael-David Winery’s tasting room. It exemplifies what I’ve been saying since the beginning of my wine career… A tasting room is a farm store. If we think of wineries as an agriculture stop along the way, we have a deeper understanding of the entire wine process. Since I’m mentioning Michael-David Winery […]

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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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Winemakers worst handicap and those who detest it

Ah… Winemakers Being a champion of the underdog has always been a calling. It stems from being one myself, and it was Life Lesson # 2. Life Lesson # 1 comes at the age of two, when we don’t get our own way. We can either get over it and learn that that behavior isn’t […]

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Why Naming your winery something provocative really matters

[Image by Siegel Photography] Naming your winery something provocative really matters… It has to be done very thoughtfully, in order to have great success. Jose and I just sat with Ron Rubin, who was going to create his own wine brand. Ron is The Republic of Tea’s owner, a brand that he bought in 1994, […]

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White Wine And Wine Gadgets For Father’s Day

Let’s see…  White Wine And Wine Gadgets For Father’s Day… I’m going to start with a 2012 Simi Sauvignon Blanc just for the fun of it, because we need a white for one of the gadgets. Simi Winery was one of the very first wineries that I visited 20 years ago, when Jose and I moved […]

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What’s happening to the wine blog world?

What’s happening to the wine blog world? Attrition. It reminds me of my college classes. We’d start the year with 40 students in the class, and by the end of the semester, we’d be down to half that size. The only class that didn’t go that way, and actually seemed to grow, was the Wine […]

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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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River Road Family Vineyards and Winery’s Energetic and Talented Winemaking Duo

This is a very interesting pair of young men, whose combined talents come together seamlessly, creating a respectful symbiosis in the wine cellar at River Road Family Vineyards and Winery… All of this while they tend to winemaking. I’m really impressed by this very successful combination of talents. [Photos credited to Jose Diaz] Joe Freeman […]

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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 […]