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
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
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
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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
Man, all dressed in blue with a red-faced watch, has a wine thief inserted in a wine barrel in one hand and a wine glass in the other hand.
Event Top 10 Reasons to Attend Barrel Tasting 2023

Here are the top 10 reasons to attend the Wine Road’s Barrel Tasting, the weekend of Friday, March 3rd through Sunday, March 5th. Reason 1 – Rare Opportunity This is a rare opportunity to taste and learn about wines being served directly from the barrel. Some wineries will also be pouring a previous bottled vintage […]

Rebecca Germolus / Jan 17, 2023
Wine barrels along a cellar wall
Event Wine Road Events 2.0

So what does Events 2.0 mean? The Wine Road made some changes to ensure it holds safe, socially distanced wine tasting events. We loved the Wine Road events of past years, and wondered if these changes had taken away some of the enjoyment and magic of these events, so we decided to take deeper look. […]

Rebecca Germolus / Jan 31, 2022
Winemaker removing wine from a barrel with a wine thief during Barrel Tasting.
Wine Tasting Tips Creating the Ultimate Barrel Tasting Experience

The annual Wine Road Barrel Tasting is just days away, and attendees always seek the ultimate Barrel Tasting experience. Here are some tips to help you create that ultimate Barrel Tasting experience. Let’s Start with Some Details The focus is to taste newbie wines directly from the barrel before they are bottled, meet the winemakers […]

Rebecca Germolus / Feb 5, 2020
Fall vineyard view along the Wine Road
Wineries How Can I Help? Deliberate Tourism

“How can I help?” is a question wineries along the Wine Road are hearing from wine lovers concerned about the recent wildfire that burned though parts of Sonoma County. How can you help?—deliberate tourism. Deliberate Tourism Works Deliberate tourism is supporting a region, especially after it has experienced a natural disaster or other hardship. After […]

Rebecca Germolus / Nov 5, 2019
Barrels and tanks at a cider facility
Guest Bloggers Check out our Neighbors – Something a little different than wine

Get on Board the Craft Beverage Barrel Bus Kick-off the second weekend of barrel tasting early a little differently ~ cider, beer & sprits oh my! On Thursday, March 9th get on board the Barrel Bus with Sonoma Cider, Bear Republic Brewing Company, and Alley 6 Distillery to celebrate barrel-aged craft beverages!    This is […]

Beth Costa / Mar 8, 2017
Barrel Tasting time along the Wine Road
Events Time to Buy Wine Futures

Barrel Tasting is the perfect time to buy wine futures along the Wine Road. Are you ready? If you want to make the most out of barrel tasting, have a game plan of where you want to go, how and when to avoid crowds, and how to find the wines you’ll like to buy as […]

Rebecca Germolus / Feb 21, 2017