Sauvignon Blanc Smackdown Tour

Enjoy this theme tour. All the wineries will have other wines as well, so it’s not one-dimensional, in case you’re unsure Sauv Blanc deserves your entire focus. If you try all three days, it takes you completely through Napa, northern Sonoma, and out to the beautiful Sonoma coast. That’s a lot of really great countryside driving. At the end you will be in wonderful shape … Continue reading Sauvignon Blanc Smackdown Tour

Sonoma – U.S. Comparison

Central Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Compared to the Burgundian grape varieties from the Central Coast, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Sonoma have resiliency. They’re reliable. The long hang-time of the Central Coast gives those wines a luxuriant softness, like velvet. Sonoma makes a more mannerly wine, respectful, good posture. Like denim. One would never say of a Sonoma Chardonnay, “too fruity”.  Sonomans know fruit … Continue reading Sonoma – U.S. Comparison

Sonoma – International Comparison

White Burgundy Chardonnay in Sonoma County doesn’t have trouble ripening. So, relative to white Burgundy, one can assert the fruitiness argument. That argument sort of misses the point, however, about Russian River Chardonnay.  Relative to other New World Chardonnays, those from the Santa Rosa Plain are like Corton-Charlemagne is to other white Burgundies: they have an I-beam for a backbone. At the northern end of … Continue reading Sonoma – International Comparison

Sonoma History

First there were Pomo Indians. Peaceful, self-sufficient Native Americans, who for 3,000 years developed techniques of weaving reeds into some of the most beautiful and functional containers ever seen. Some of their baskets were designed for holding liquids, and they would even weave small boats for crossing rivers. Then, and this is important, there were Russians. The first vinifera grapes in Sonoma County were planted … Continue reading Sonoma History