Tag Archives: Sonoma Vineyards

• 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 […]

• 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 […]

• Tickets On Sale June 1 for Sonoma County’s Fab Wine & Food Event

Tickets On Sale June 1 for Sonoma County’s Fab Wine & Food Event

Wine country enthusiasts can make plans to indulge in all of the finest wine, food and festivities at the fifth annual Sonoma Wine Country Weekend set for Labor Day Weekend August 31 — September 2, 2012 as all tickets will be on sale June 1. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, the premier wine and epicurean event […]

• Raising the bar for Sonoma Syrah

Raising the bar for Sonoma Syrah

A former business partner of Kermit Lynch and ex-husband of chef Alice Waters has set his sights on realising Sonoma’s potential for top quality Syrah. Having produced the first harvest from his Sebastopol-based Baker Lane Vineyards back in 2004, winemaker and owner Stephen Singer now makes just 2,000 cases a year, split evenly between Syrah […]

• Ooops. Four Sonoma Valley wineries busted in decoy sting

Ooops. Four Sonoma Valley wineries busted in decoy sting

Tasting room employees at four Sonoma Valley wineries were cited on Saturday for serving alcohol to under-age decoys during a joint sting operation conducted by the Sonoma Police Department and the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. Officers from both agencies conducted the operation at 10 Valley wineries over the course of four hours, using […]

• Interactive Website GoVine Debuts Connecting Consumer & Wineries

Interactive Website GoVine Debuts Connecting Consumer & Wineries

In an attempt to provide the wine connoisseurs and wine investors the ultimate wine-resource, April Madden founded a first-of-its-kind integrated winery search, trip planner and social media company called GoVine. In a press release, GoVine officials explained that the company has been created with the intention of connecting consumers and wineries. The interactive portal is […]

• N. California: Weather interfering with grape pollination

N. California: Weather interfering with grape pollination

Grape growers are watching the weather reports with dread. The late-season downpour hitting Northern California is threatening to devastate this year’s grape crop, making it potentially the third weather event in the last four years to wreak havoc on vineyards. “It’s causing us a lot of frustration,” said Steve Hill, general manager of Durell Vineyard […]

• Wine Blow-out Sites Please Your Palate & Your Wallet

Wine Blow-out Sites Please Your Palate & Your Wallet

Thanks to the recession, luxury markets have suffered, among them, the wine industry; not the Two-buck Chucks of the world, but the more elegant (read: expensive) offerings from the great wine producing regions such as Sonoma, the Gironde, and Burgundy. Those bottles retailing at a price point that most of us would have to gulp […]

• Alex Guarachi, Winemaker, Importer, Wine Authority

Alex Guarachi, Winemaker, Importer, Wine Authority

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the charming, Alex Guarachi, at his office in Los Angeles. It was the day before the release of the latest Guarachi Family Wines, made by the legendary Paul Hobbs, and the anticipation of their reception from the wine world was palpable. As it […]

• Lion Nathan USA Acquires Macrostie Winery & Vineyards

Lion Nathan USA Acquires Macrostie Winery & Vineyards

Lion Nathan USA is proud to announce the acquisition of California’s Sonoma-based MacRostie Winery and Vineyards. Established in 1987, MacRostie Winery and Vineyards has earned acclaim for its portfolio of elegant cool-climate wines. The MacRostie portfolio focuses on Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and includes vineyard-designate wines from the highly regarded Wildcat Mountain Vineyard. […]

• Cult Winemaker, Kistler, Strives for Finesse

Cult Winemaker, Kistler, Strives for Finesse

OUT here in Sonoma County south of the Russian River, where a rolling ocean of vineyards surrounds a few surviving Gravenstein apple orchards, the growing season is typically long and warm. Grapes customarily bask in the ripening sun until they practically burst with sweetness. The challenge is to prevent the grapes from ripening too much. […]

• 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 […]

• A Tale of Two California Wineries – One New, One Old

A Tale of Two California Wineries – One New, One Old

This is a history and tasting notes for two California wineries. One, the Hearst Ranch Winery, released its first wines earlier this year. It is located in the Central Coast. The other, Husch Vineyards, was founded in 1979. It is located in the northern part of the state in Mendocino County. So in that respect […]

• Most Sonoma Wines Must Say 'Sonoma County'

Most Sonoma Wines Must Say 'Sonoma County'

On Sept. 24, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law AB1798, the Sonoma County conjunctive wine label initiative. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, with a three-year phase-in period.  Wineries must comply by Jan. 1, 2014. What does this mean for Sonoma County wineries? Nothing, if wineries don’t designate one of Sonoma County’s 13 […]

• CA Legislature Approves Bill for Sonoma County Wine Labels

CA Legislature Approves Bill for Sonoma County Wine Labels

SACRAMENTO – The State Legislature unanimously approved legislation authored by Assemblymember Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) to establish a conjunctive labeling law for wines labeled with winegrowing areas located in Sonoma County. “Sonoma County’s economy depends on a vibrant wine industry,” said Evans. “Hundreds of wineries and thousands of winegrape growers are counting on the governor […]