Tag Archives: Sonoma

• Wine & Spirits Annual List of Top Selling Restaurant Wines

Wine & Spirits Annual List of Top Selling Restaurant Wines

What do you think are the top-selling wines in restaurants? Wine & Spirits magazine ushers in April with its 25th Anniversary Restaurant Poll, an issue they’ve published since 1989. And it’s got some surprises. Editor Joshua Greene asked wine directors at restaurants all over the country to name their 10 best-selling wines in the final […]

• Spanish winery to level 154 acres of California redwoods

Spanish winery to level 154 acres of California redwoods

The Spanish Artesa Vineyards and Winery has received permission from the state of California to level off 154-acres of northern California redwoods and Douglas Fir, in order to provide cooler locations for their climate changed vineyards According to NPR, this is a battle instigated by the increasing heat of climate change and a growing public […]

• Albariño has “bright future” in California

Albariño has “bright future” in California

Spanish grape Albariño has a bright future in California, according to Spanish-born, Sonoma-based Marimar Torres of the Torres wine dynasty. Speaking at a wine dinner at Automat in London last night, Torres told the drinks business: “Albariño has fantastic potential in the Russian River Valley. “Our vineyard is in the Green Valley, the coolest region […]

• 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 […]

• Late harvest could yield superior U.S. wines

Late harvest could yield superior U.S. wines

Despite a late harvest in the Sonoma region of California and heavy rains that tore through vineyards, California wine makers expect this year’s grapes to yield superior wines. Like other grape growers in the region Saralee Kunde is coping with the impact of the delayed harvest because of the above average rainfall and cool summer […]

• 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 […]

• The Other Guys’ wine sales soar 66% in troubled 2010

The Other Guys’ wine sales soar 66% in troubled 2010

The Other Guys, a unit of the Don Sebastiani Family of Companies, saw sales soar 66 percent last year to 169,000 cases, despite the generally tough economy. The Don Sebastiani firm, based in Sonoma, said 2010’s sales explosion was led by three brands: Leese-Fitch, Hey Mambo and affiliated brands, and its Plungerhead zinfandels. Other brands, […]

• 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 grape growers eager to end 'worst season of lifetime'

Sonoma County grape growers eager to end 'worst season of lifetime'

Harvest in high gear to beat Friday rain. Mother Nature may deliver one last gut punch to grape growers before this historically dismal season comes to an end. Wet weather is bearing down on Sonoma County, and the rain expected to start Friday could deliver a fatal blow to grapes still hanging on the vine. […]

• 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 […]

• Disputed Sonoma wine region proposal changed

A dispute over the naming rights to a swath of land in the Mayacamas mountains appears to have reached its conclusion. Winegrape growers in northern Sonoma and southern Mendocino counties have agreed to amend their petition for a new American Viticulture Area on the western flank of the Mayacamas. Rather than the “Pine Mountain-Mayacmas” designation […]

• See how the other half lives: Sonoma Valley wine auction rakes in $511k

See how the other half lives: Sonoma Valley wine auction rakes in $511k

If you consider auctions a barometer of the economy, the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction showed signs of an economic upturn, raising $511,000 on Sunday, up from last year’s take of $330,000. “We’re building each year,” said Honore Comfort, executive director of Sonoma County Vintners, one of the organizations behind the auction. “We knew going […]