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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
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Vineyards What’s an AVA and Why Should I Care?

I’m often asked by wine drinkers, what’s an AVA and why should I care? The short answer is AVAs can help you figure out what type of wine you like and how to find more with similar characteristics. But there is also a longer and more comprehensive answer. In honor of back-to-school and the love […]

Rebecca Germolus / Sep 2, 2023
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Varietal of the Month Varietal of the Month: Orange Wine

Introduction  Orange wines aka skin-contact or amber wines are having a moment —an ongoing moment that started 8,000 years ago. Simply put, orange wines are white grape varieties made in the manner of red wines with extended contact on the skins, resulting in wines full of texture that are both elegant and complex as well […]

Marcy Gordon / Aug 22, 2023
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Varietal of the Month Varietal of the Month: Zinfandel

  You can’t come to Sonoma and not taste Zinfandel. Well, you could but why would you? Especially since the area is one of the premier Zinfandel growing regions where the grape has been grown since the 1800’s. Zinfandel is a medium-bodied dry red wine with a range of dark fruit flavors that include raspberry, […]

Marcy Gordon / Jul 20, 2023
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Wineries Want to be a Wine Road Ambassador?

The Wine Road just launched a new program available to folks who already love and talk about the Wine Road to become certified ambassadors. How cool is that! What Does It Mean? One definition of an ambassador is someone who is authorized to speak for or represent a government or organization. Think of a Wine […]

Rebecca Germolus / Jul 12, 2023
Varietal of the Month Varietal of the Month: Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the Noble Grapes noted for its high acidity and aromatics. Flavors range from lean, green and grassy; to creamy with notes of passion fruit and fleshy peach depending on climate and how the wine is aged be it in stainless steel or oak. Texture is the name of the game with […]

Marcy Gordon / Jun 22, 2023
Varietal of the Month Wine Style of the Month: Rosé

Are you ready to Think Pink? It’s time to roll out the Rosé and slip into the warm embrace of summertime. Although Rosé has become a year-round choice—it shines brightest in the summer. Light and lively, with flavors of strawberry, watermelon, and spice—Rosé is the crisp and refreshing choice for your table as well as […]

Marcy Gordon / May 26, 2023
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Varietal of the Month Varietal of the Month: Chenin Blanc

Have you noticed that Chenin Blanc is having a moment?  Its popularity has surged lately and seems to be on every wine list by the glass and bottle. It’s a versatile white wine with great texture that can vary in style from dry, crisp and lean, to rich and plush. It’s the signature grape of […]

Marcy Gordon / May 11, 2023
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Itineraries Best Wine Country Trip Planning Resource

When planning a Wine Country trip — be it a day, weekend or week long — you’ll most likely be searching for online resources to help you figure out where to wine taste, what to do, where to eat and where to stay. The big daunting question is where do you start to look for […]

Rebecca Germolus / Apr 11, 2023
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Wineries Stories Behind the Names

What’s in a name? Many wineries bear the name of their founder, like Frick, Foppiano or Trentadue. Others are named for a region or landmark, like Alexander Valley Vineyards, Dry Creek Vineyard, Russian River Vineyards or Mill Creek Vineyards & Winery. Then there are those names that make you wonder, what’s the story? Here are […]

Rebecca Germolus / Feb 9, 2023