Varietal of the Month Varietal of the Month – Zinfandel

Zinfandel is know as the All American grape and has been grown in California since the 1800’s. Yet the grapes true roots are in Croatia where it’s known as Tribidrag. In Italy Zinfandel is called Primitivo. Although the majority of California producers label their wine as Zinfandel, you may see a few Tribidrag’s and Primitivo’s […]

Marcy Gordon / Jul 11, 2024
A kettle type grill is cooking three sausages, four kabobs with meat and vegetables, an ear of corn and three tomatoes still on the vine.
Wine and Food Pairings Best Summer Wine Pairings

Warm weather beckons us outside for grilling, picnics and sunset dinners. And, we’re always looking for the best wine pairings to accompany these al fresco meals. Here are some of the best summer pairings with delicious wines found along the Wine Road.   Pairings with Salads Rosé The combination of Greek watermelon salad and a […]

Rebecca Germolus / Jun 28, 2024
6 bottles of Sauvignon blanc lined up on a picnic table in the shade
Varietal of the Month Varietal of the Month – Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is well known for it’s spiky, lively acidity. Flavors range from lean, green and grassy, to creamy notes of passion fruit and fleshy peach depending on climate and how the wine is aged be it in stainless steel or oak. When it comes to food pairing—Sauvignon Blanc is the ultimate flex, versatile and […]

Marcy Gordon / Jun 26, 2024
The green view from a balcony with a chair and table. Through the deck railing is green grass, scrubs and a few trees, and then vineyards.
Lodgings A Room with a View

When visiting Sonoma County’s Wine Country, a room with a view might be on your must have list. Here are a few options to consider if you’re longing to sit back and gaze at nature while sipping a glass of wine.   Healdsburg Perched on a hilltop just minutes from downtown Healdsburg, Bella Villa Messina […]

Rebecca Germolus / Jun 22, 2024
Podcast Wine Road Podcast Episode 205

Today we are joined by Katarina Bonde, the owner and winemaker at West Wines. Katarina discusses her unusual transition from a background in music and software to owning a winery, shedding light on the necessary patience and collaborative spirit behind winemaking. The episode further explores unique experiences offered at West Wines, such as harvest walks, […]

Liana / Jun 17, 2024
Podcast Wine Road Podcast Episode 204

In episode 204, we get an insider’s look at Moshin Vineyards, with guest Rick Moshin himself. He enlightens us about new varietals and projects brewing at the winery, including the exciting 2023 Vermintino, sourced from Dry Creek Valley. Besides this, Rick teases other unique varietals like Chenin Blanc and Albarino, along with upcoming events like […]

Liana / Jun 17, 2024
Marcy, Mark Elcombe and Beth with wine for episode 203
Podcast Wine Road Podcast Episode 203

In Episode 203, Marc Elcombe, the Home Place Manager at Sonoma-Cutrer, provides a full-bodied exploration of the winery. Famed for its Chardonnays, he dives into the craftsmanship of the 2021 vintage Chardonnay, and the careful balance between oak and fruit flavors. This episode offers a glimpse into the passionate dedication behind Sonoma-Cutrer’s award-winning offerings. Sonoma-Cutrer […]

Liana / Jun 13, 2024
Two chilled glasses of champagne toasting with the sun setting over the ocean.
Vineyards Beyond Grapes: Discovering the Soul of Sonoma County Wine Scene

Sonoma County’s wine roots run deep. So deep that California’s oldest premium winery is located in Sonoma County, and so is the longest continuously operating family winery. Over the past 40-plus years, Sonoma County wines have broadened and deepened their reach so now you can find them almost anywhere in the United States, and in […]

Rebecca Germolus / Jun 10, 2024
A flowing fountain inside a red brick courtyard with flowers on the edges and some village-like buildings.
Itineraries Sonoma County Adventures, Experiences and Explorations

A visit to Sonoma County’s Wine Country includes superb wineries, stellar scenery, delicious dining, relaxing lodgings and so much more. It’s the “more” that’s worth exploring. It’s been a while since we tapped into all the other things that make Sonoma County the perfect playground for adults (and kids, too).     Sonoma County Coast […]

Rebecca Germolus / May 31, 2024
Marcy, Dustin Moilanen and Beth with wine for episode 202
Podcast Wine Road Podcast Episode 202

This week, Dustin Moilanen, co-founder and director of winemaking at ACTA, takes us behind the scenes of their unique winemaking process. The episode sheds light on the philosophy behind the name ACTA Non Verba, shortened to ACTA, which translates to ‘Deeds Not Words,’ aptly representing the brand’s ethos. Dustin introduces listeners to ACTA’s signature red […]

Liana / May 30, 2024
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