Tag Archives: Sonoma County

Grower and Winemaker: Ulises Valdez

Ulises Valdez American Dream

Ulises Valdez is one of California’s most prestigious grape growers, though you wouldn’t know it by just speaking with him. Despite the enormity of his accomplishments, Valdez  carries himself with great humility. An emotional speaker who gesticulates emphatically, Valdez alternates between cracking jokes (often self-effacing) and tearing up during one of the many poignant moments […]

Featured Wine: Martinelli ‘Bella Vigna’ Pinot Noir

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The Martinelli family are part of the historical fiber of the Russian River Valley. They have been growing grapes and apples in Sonoma since 1887, planting their first Pinot Noir in 1970. A landmark Russian River Valley producer, Martinelli’s extravagantly rich, beautiful textured Pinot Noirs have deliciously provoked decades of impressive scores and a reputation for excellence.  […]

Best Wine Buys from Mietz Cellars

Mietz Cellard

Don’t mention “Sideways” to Keith Mietz. If you’re not familiar, that’s the film that included a profanity laced diatribe against Merlot. “When we first opened the winery in 1989, we made Merlot from the 11 acres right outside of our winery,” Mietz recalls. “That’s all we grew and the only varietal we made for quite […]

Welcome to Green Valley

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THE MOST DISTINCTIVE AVA OF THE NORTH COAST Green Valley is one of the smallest appellations in Sonoma County. It lies in the southwestern part of the Russian River Valley, bordered by the towns of Sebastopol, Forestville and Occidental. It is very tightly delineated, both geographically and climatically, and is the most consistent of any […]

#3 Wine of 2016: 2013 Verité ‘La Muse’ Red Blend, Sonoma County

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OUR #3 Wine of 2016 2013 Verite ‘La Muse’ Red Blend  |  Sonoma County |  Wine Spectrum 98 Robert Parker 100 Points: The 2013 La Muse, like all of the 2013s, comes about one-third from Alexander Valley vineyards, 40-plus percent from Chalk Hill, and the rest Knights Valley and Bennett Valley – all high-elevation hillside vineyards. A […]