Tag Archives: Sonoma County

• Know where your wine grapes came from? These online maps can tell you

Know where your wine grapes came from? These online maps can tell you

“I’ve been spending some time in wine country recently, renting a cabin from friends. Every morning I sit out on the deck, drinking coffee, reading, and admiring the view, which you can see in a photo below. In the time I’ve been here, the vineyard across the way has turned from sparse and brown to […]

• Sonoma County wineries’ leftovers transformed into snack food

Sonoma County wineries’ leftovers transformed into snack food

A new snack food is the first product shipped on a mass scale containing “flour” made from the milled seeds and skins of Sonoma County wine grapes. Wild California Crisps are the creation of a Santa Rosa company that won recognition at this winter’s Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The company recently began shipping […]

• Sonoma County Sets Goals Of 100% Sustainability For Wineries

Sonoma County Sets Goals Of 100% Sustainability For Wineries

There is a push in Sonoma County to adopt sustainable farming practices so that, over the next five years, every vineyard and winery can be certified as sustainable. The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission is hoping to become the first wine region in the United States to be 100 percent sustainable. Karissa Kruse, president of the […]

• Concrete wine tanks growing in popularity

Concrete wine tanks growing in popularity

For centuries, European vintners used monstrous concrete tanks to ferment and store their wines, a technique used in California’s oldest wineries before Prohibition. Now, concrete is making a comeback. North Coast wineries are trying an old technique in a new way, installing small, portly concrete tanks that look like creatures from another world. In Sonoma […]

• Wine Prices Inch Back Up

Wine Prices Inch Back Up

After years of enjoying discounts on fine wines, consumers are finding prices have begun to inch back up. They can partly blame themselves. Feeling slightly more confident about the economy, wine drinkers who traded down from mid-priced varietals during the recession are increasingly willing to pay $20 or more per bottle, according to a new […]

• Sonoma: Boooo. Plan to cut forest for vineyards

Sonoma: Boooo. Plan to cut forest for vineyards

Two proposed “timberland-to-vineyard” conversion projects that would clear almost 2,000 acres of redwoods and firs in California’s Sonoma County have some residents saying enough is enough. Despite recent declines in high-end wine sales and a glut of grape production in Sonoma County, the winemakers are investing millions in environmental studies for the projects. Napa Valley’s […]

• Sonoma County blend achieves perfect score once again

Sonoma County blend achieves perfect score once again

California’s Vérité Bordeaux blend has been awarded a perfect Parker score for two consecutive vintages. The wine, made by Frenchman Pierre Seillan, comes from Alexander Valley in Sonoma County and is the only label from this AVA to achieve the full 100 points. The 2007 vintage of the Vérité blend, called La Joie, received a […]

• Banker teams with Sonoma wine industry vets to buy wine brands

Banker teams with Sonoma wine industry vets to buy wine brands

The San Francisco investment banker Bill Hambrecht is teaming with Sonoma County wine industry veterans to buy wine brands in a venture they may eventually take public, the Press Democrat reports. The group is looking to take advantage of record-low pricing on vineyards and wineries. Hambrecht, a longtime Sonoma County vineyard owner, is partnering with […]

• Harvest takes $142 million toll on North Coast growers

Harvest takes $142 million toll on North Coast growers

The Sonoma County grape crush fell 10.7 percent last year, a significant blow to the local economy but far less than the 20 percent drop many had predicted. Still, the combination of falling grape prices and a smaller harvest in 2010 cost Sonoma County growers $88.4 million last year, according to a preliminary government report […]

• Sonoma: Mediation Now Available For Wine Industry Disputes

Sonoma: Mediation Now Available For Wine Industry Disputes

With reduced demand and prices for North Coast winegrapes—and a spreading rash of winery defaults, foreclosures and bankruptcies unsettling the business—”The last couple of years have been a challenging time for grapegrowers, wineries and other small businesses in the wine industry. In tough times, you end up with more disputes,” according to Richard Keenan of […]

• Record Auction Prices for Napa & Sonoma Cult Wines

Record Auction Prices for Napa & Sonoma Cult Wines

Number of the day $7,170 That was the winning bid for six bottles of Harlan Estate‘s 1997 Napa Valley Cabernet at a wine auction last fall in Chicago. California “cult” wines like Harlan and Screaming Eagle are drawing record prices, helping drive up the Liv-ex fine-wine index 36 percent in 2010. This is attracting more […]

• New Artisanally Crafted Moon Mountain Organic Vodka

New Artisanally Crafted Moon Mountain Organic Vodka

The best things in life are crafted, not made. Moon Mountain Vodka is the liquid embodiment of that belief. The new, artisanally crafted, USDA Certified Organic vodka is produced in the Midwest and made from only organic ingredients. Moon Mountain Vodka is triple distilled in small batches ensuring a unique character and superior quality. The […]

• Coppola's ‘wine wonderland’ ready for visitors

Coppola's ‘wine wonderland’ ready for visitors

Work crews last week were putting the finishing touches on Francis Ford Coppola’s “wine wonderland” makeover of the former Chateau Souverain winery in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. Just after Francis and Eleanor Coppola acquired the property in March 2006, he said he wanted to create a family-friendly wine resort in Sonoma County to complement the […]

• Russian River Battle Over Water Heats Up

Russian River Battle Over Water Heats Up

As government officials argue over water use in Sonoma and Mendocino, grapegrowers worry their crop will freeze. To grapegrowers, few things are as terrifying as a late spring frost that threatens to kill off vine buds just as growing season is starting. The most common form of protection is spraying the vines continuously with water—the […]

• Sonoma County: Worst grape harvest in recent memory

Sonoma County: Worst grape harvest in recent memory

The fiery red leaves dotting Sonoma County vineyards on Wednesday provided vibrant proof that the grape harvest is nearly over. But hanging underneath the colorful foliage were dismal reminders that 2010 was the worst grape harvest in recent memory, with financial losses possibly setting new records in the county. Elias Torres, a longtime grape grower, […]