Tag: Sonoma County

This wine is bottled at the source

This wine is bottled at the source

As we continue to taste our way across the wineries of Sonoma County, we have learned so much about the history of this fascinating wine region and the families that have helped it become one of the country's best sources for wine. Two learnings in particular stand out. First, the influence of Italian immigrants on … Continue reading This wine is bottled at the source

Natural wine: not just for hipster somms

Natural wine: not just for hipster somms

If you are even casually interested in wine, you have surely read articles or blog posts extolling the virtues (or highlighting the downsides) of "natural" wines. For every wine enthusiast that champions natural wine, there is a wine spectator that thinks it is undrinkable swill. For those of us that are lucky enough to live … Continue reading Natural wine: not just for hipster somms

A winery close enough to walk from home

A winery close enough to walk from home

They say life comes full circle and I am starting to believe that. When we first started coming to the Russian River area of Sonoma County 15 years ago, one of the very first wineries we visited was the appropriately named Russian River Vineyards. I would be lying if I said it was the wine … Continue reading A winery close enough to walk from home

An orgy of wine nerds and bloggers

An orgy of wine nerds and bloggers

Starting tonight, we will be one over 300 attendees at this year's Wine Bloggers Conference - WBC17.  This annual event brings together wine producers and reps, bloggers, PR professionals, social media gurus, wine tourism experts, and other wine nerds.  Although it is our first time, the conference is celebrating its 10th anniversary; for this event, … Continue reading An orgy of wine nerds and bloggers

This river is Russian, not rushin’

This river is Russian, not rushin’

Visitors to Northern California wine country who enjoy nature and a modest amount of exercise should carve out a few hours to paddle the picturesque and serene Russian River.  For more than a decade we have made it a goal to canoe the river at least once a year; this year we found ourselves a … Continue reading This river is Russian, not rushin’