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
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
Marcy, Carol Shelton and Beth with wine for episode 201
Podcast Wine Road Podcast Episode 201

In Episode 201 of the podcast, revered winemaker Carol Shelton delves into the creation and features of her new favorite wine, her 2022 Coquille Blanc. Carol also unveils her fondness for the art of food and wine pairing, alongside the distinct attributes of Coquille Blanc, underscoring her dedication to and mastery of her craft. In […]

Liana / May 22, 2024
6 bottles of Rosé on a table
Varietal of the Month Wine Style of the Month – Rosé

MAY 2024 —Wine Style of the Month Rosé OVERVIEW: It’s that time of year again. Time for the new releases of Rosé—the summer favorite and year round delight. Light and lively, with flavors of strawberry, watermelon, and spice—Rosé is the crisp and refreshing choice for picnics and barbecues but also easy to pair with a […]

Marcy Gordon / May 21, 2024
Richard Ross, Marcy and Beth with wine for episode 200
Podcast Wine Road Podcast Episode 200!

In this milestone 200th episode of The Wine Road podcast, hosts Beth and Marcy, along with guest Richard Ross, discuss the show’s success, the significance of sound quality, and their favorite wines. They reflect on the evolution of the podcast, the chemistry they’ve developed as co-hosts, and the impact the podcast has had on their […]

Liana / Apr 26, 2024
four large glasses filled with red wine, held by four people, but can only see their hands.
Wineries Toast to Taste: Exploring the Ultimate Wine Tasting Experience in Sonoma County

Everyone hopes for the ultimate wine tasting experience when anticipating a trip. Research and planning take a lot of time, so I hope this blog can lend the guidance you’ve been seeking.   Wine Tasting Experiences in Sonoma County The Wine Road in Northern Sonoma County offers everything to create the ultimate wine tasting experience […]

Rebecca Germolus / Apr 11, 2024
Beautiful view of vineyard, trees and mountainous hillside
Wineries My Life Before the Wine Industry, Part Two

In part one of My Life Before the Wine Industry, we explored the lives of two people impassioned with their new careers. This time you’ll meet four more people who found their paths to the winery industry in different ways, but the common theme continues. The beautiful surroundings, wine country lifestyle, fast-paced varied roles at […]

Rebecca Germolus / Mar 29, 2024
Varietal of the Month Varietal of the Month – Merlot

Merlot—It’s hard to believe this is the first time we have reviewed Merlot for the Varietal of the Month! Merlot practically needs no introduction; it’s one of the Noble grapes, and one of the most planted grapes in the world. Perhaps you heard of Merlot in a movie that made the grape fall out of […]

Marcy Gordon / Mar 21, 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
Aerial view of the Russian River Valley showing the fog heaviest over the river and then drifting into the surrounding land.
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