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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 the […]

Liana Gaffney / Feb 8, 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 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 an […]

Liana Gaffney / Dec 28, 2023
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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
Four Bottles of Orange Wine with an orange Stuffed animal
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
From left to right: Beth, Keith and Marcy in front of a red building. Frame to the right is the Hallberg Blanc bottle
Podcast Wine Road Podcast Episode 181

In the 181st episode of our podcast, we were joined by Keith Hammond, a winemaker at Emeritus Vineyards. For our wine of the day, Keith brought along a white wine, intriguingly made from Pinot Noir. This unusual style is not common, but it certainly is enjoyable to drink. The wine displays elements of Pinot Noir, […]

Liana Gaffney / Aug 10, 2023
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Podcast Wine Road Podcast Episode 180

In this enlightening podcast episode, our host sits down for a fascinating chat with Gio Balisrteri from Russian River Vineyards. They delve into the historical backdrop of the vineyard, Gio’s unique approach to winemaking, and the distinctive tasting events available at the winery. Gio shares insider details about his Bacigalupi Chardonnay, emphasizing the role of […]

Liana Gaffney / Jul 27, 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