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Tag Archives: Russian River (California)

• 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 […]

• Steve Heimoff’s final wine review: epitaph to a professional critic’s career

Steve Heimoff’s final wine review: epitaph to a professional critic’s career

        It is altogether fitting and proper (as Abraham Lincoln said in another context, in the Gettysburg Address) that the last wine review I shall ever write for Wine Enthusiast should have been for a Williams Selyem wine. It was the 2012 Papera Zinfandel, which I reviewed on Monday. I did not […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” at Mohawk Bend – a great idea on paper but…

“a woman walks into a bar…” at Mohawk Bend – a great idea on paper but…

So Mohawk Bend is the place du jour, the Echo Park habitat for the hip ‘n happening, the Cali-centric watering hole of hegemonic Tony Yanow who clearly wants to be Master of his Universe, the SoCal beer scene. Tony renovated a sadly decrepit theatre on Sunset, sprinkled the Yanow stardust on it and turned it […]

• Buena Vista & Gary Farrell Winery Have New Owners

Buena Vista & Gary Farrell Winery Have New Owners

Buyers hope to restore reputations of once promising, now struggling Sonoma wineries. Two of Sonoma County’s best-known producers—Buena Vista and Gary Farrell Winery—have new owners, thanks to the financially troubled Ascentia Wine Estates’ efforts to thin out its portfolio of wineries. Buena Vista, which was founded in Sonoma Valley in 1857 and is considered California’s […]

• A Booze News Favorite: Kern River Citra Wins Peoples Choice Award!

A Booze News Favorite: Kern River Citra Wins Peoples Choice Award!

The traditional kick-off event for San Francisco Beer week is the Bistro’s Double IPA festival.  This year marks the 11th year for this event and KRBC’s Citra DIPA was there along with 56 other Double and Imperial IPA’s. In addition to the professional beer judging, the drinkers get to pick their favorite every year; Russian […]

• 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 […]

• Pasadena Pinotfest: Your Chance To Taste Awesome California Pinots

Pasadena Pinotfest: Your Chance To Taste Awesome California Pinots

One of the oldest grape varieties to be cultivated for the purpose of making wine, Pinot Noir rings in the New Year for new beginnings at the Third Annual Pasadena PinotFest, sponsored by Pasadena’s top restaurant and wine bar, Noir Food & Wine.  From January 22 to February 13, Pinot Noir fans will have the […]

• Obama ups the ante with awesome wine at Chinese state dinner

Obama ups the ante with awesome wine at Chinese state dinner

The current administration continues to prove how much more wine-friendly it is than the last. That became even more evident with last night’s state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao.  The White House served three American superstars — a return to the heyday of the best U.S. wines being showcased for the world’s leaders. Though […]

• 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. […]

• 6 Bottles of Wine at $7,170 Validates Bet on Fine Vintners

6 Bottles of Wine at $7,170 Validates Bet on Fine Vintners

On a warm October afternoon, a steel- framed concrete warehouse north of San Francisco is inundated with grapes. Forklifts bearing fruit from the nearby Russian River Valley deliver their loads to a slow-moving conveyor belt. Flanking both sides, winemaking interns pick out stems and sunburned grapes as they groove to hip-hop music thumping from loudspeakers. […]

• Buy barrels of wine direct from DeLoach Vineyards

Buy barrels of wine direct from DeLoach Vineyards

Russian River, CA, – DeLoach Vineyards, part of the family-owned Boisset Family Estates and pioneer of the widely successful on-premise Barrel-to-Barrel wine program, is now extending this offering to include 3-liter and 10-liter barrels available for purchase by the general public. A long time leader in sustainable winery practices, including organic and Biodynamic® farming, DeLoach […]

• Stealth wine labels provide terrific consumer value

Stealth wine labels provide terrific consumer value

Ever hear of Rubus winery? That’s because it doesn’t exist. Rubus is a label created last year by Winchester-based importer-distributor Fran Kysela to sell surplus wine he’d been able to buy from contacts in California. Under the new label, he sells a Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon for $20, plus a Russian River chardonnay and a […]

• Regulation by CA Agency to Restrict Water for Vineyards: Cost $2 bil

A regulation proposed by California’s State Water Resources Control Board to restrict vineyards from using the Russian River, its tributaries, and connected groundwater as a source of frost protection could result in losses of business income, state and local taxes and land values costing the California economy more than $2 billion annually including $143 million […]