photo of Nebbiolo grapes just before harvest
Wine Tasting Tips Lesser-Known Varietals Revised

The joys of wine appreciation include checking out unusual or lesser-known varietals. This means varietals that aren’t the standard Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, etc. When wine tasting Along the Wine Road or elsewhere, I find most wineries have some of the standard classic varietals, but I’m seeing more lesser-known varietals […]

Rebecca Germolus / Feb 15, 2024
From left to right: Marcy, Glen and Beth in front of a red building
Podcast Wine Road Podcast Episode 194

  Dive into the world of wine in this compelling podcast episode, which features the insightful Glen Kueffner, the Tasting Room Manager at Emeritus Vineyards in Sebastopol. With an intriguing conversation about Glen’s background and the process through which he cultivated his interest in wine, this episode provides a rich context for anyone intrigued by […]

Liana / Feb 8, 2024
Mustard covered vineyard with green hills in the background
Event Early Spring Along the Wine Road

The sweet smell of rain-freshened air is one of the joys of early spring along the Wine Road, but there are many more.   Wild Mustard in Bloom One of my favorite early spring sights is the mustard blooming in vineyards, along the sides of back roads and anywhere else it left seeds the year […]

Rebecca Germolus / Jan 31, 2024
Three people toasting with white wine in wine glasses. Blurry images of food on the table.
White Wine Guide to White Wine: Varieties, Pairings and Regions

Understanding White Wine Sometimes I feel like a walking encyclopedia of wine. Be it white, red, rosé or sparkling, friends and family ask me so many questions about wine. I don’t mind, but it also made me realize I should write down the answers in an organized fashion so even folks who don’t know me […]

Rebecca Germolus / Jan 30, 2024
Podcast Wine Road Podcast Episode 193

  During this episode, our hosts Marci Gordon and Beth Costa, get up close and personal with Mark Orsi from Orsi Family Vineyards. The trio dives into a discussion about the specialty of Orsi Family Vineyards – Italian varietals, shedding special light on their increasingly popular Barbera wine. With 11 individual varieties growing on their […]

Liana / Jan 25, 2024
Varietal of the Month Varietal of the Month – Viognier

Viognier, originally from the Northern Rhone Valley in France, is a full-bodied white wine with a rich, unctuous texture. Intensely aromatic, Viognier has good acidity, tannin structure, and relatively high alcohol. Viognier from cool climates tend towards bright citrus notes, while warm climate wines exhibit deeper floral notes and ripe stone fruit flavors. Pronounced [Vee-ohn-yay] Here are capsule reviews […]

Marcy Gordon / Jan 19, 2024
Recording studio setting with microphone, two wine glasses and a bottle of wine
Podcast Wine Road Podcast Episode 192

  Join us in episode 192 of our podcast, where we host Shane McAnelly, the esteemed Executive Chef at the Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg. After a two-year sojourn in North Carolina, Shane has returned to Healdsburg, bringing with him a renewed appreciation for Sonoma County’s vibrant community and close-knit network of local farmers. In […]

Liana / Jan 11, 2024
Red grapes in picking bins with a Colagrossi label on the bin.
Wineries My Life Before the Wine Industry, Part One

The wine industry has an allure that pulls people in—often permanently trapping them with the beautiful surroundings, lifestyle, fast-paced varied roles at wineries, and the opportunities to meet people from around the world. In the coming year, Along the Wine Road will explore the stories of people who had non-winery careers before finding their passion […]

Rebecca Germolus / Jan 1, 2024
Podcast Wine Road Podcast Episode 191

  In episode 191 of our podcast, we hosted Devin Ruddick, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Hook & Ladder Winery. The discussion centered around the evolution of wine tourism and the urgent necessity for wineries to adapt by providing unique and engaging experiences to attract visitors. Beyond the traditional wine tastings, Devin suggested […]

Liana / Dec 28, 2023
From left to right: Beth, Liana and Marcy
Podcast Wine Road Podcast Episode 190

Episode 190 of the podcast features Liana, the Member Liaison and Master Juggler at the Wine Road. Liana’s role is to provide support to lodgings and wineries associated with the Wine Road. She handles member inquiries, provides assistance with events and programs, and helps create itineraries for visitors and answers emails from Wine Road enthusiasts.  […]

Liana / Dec 14, 2023