Diversity in Sonoma
There are twelve distinct wine growing areas in Sonoma County producing a range of wines from large and small producers. Vineyards tend to be smaller here than in neighboring counties and are typically family owned. The tasting room staffs are frequently the winemakers, owners or family members and pleased to describe their philosophies, grape growing and wine-making techniques.
Ask the Advisor, Roses in the Vineyards
Ask the Advisor, Why are there roses in the vineyard? "A Rose is a rose is a rose," as on Gertrude Stein postulated as part of her 1913 poemSacred Emily, interpreted as meaning "things are what they are,". But in a vineyard a rose bush is more than just a pretty piece of visual poetry. It has a job to do.
San Joaquin Valley Wine Country
There are five million acres of irrigated farmlands planted to cotton, grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts. The majority of wine, table and raisin grapes in California are grown in this Valley. French Colombard is the leading variety with over 28,000 acres. Chardonnay is the second most planted grape with...read more.
Cottonwood Canyon Winery
Santa Maria-- At the northernmost end of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail lies the unique and interesting winery of Cottonwood Canyon. Sitting on a small hillside, the rectangular tasting facility sits above the wine caves as it looks out over the Santa Maria Valley and their cool coastal estate vineyards.
Better Wine Tasting: The Winery Advisor Tasting Room Personality Profile
As the Winery Advisor, I visit hundreds of California tasting rooms each year collecting information to prepare detailed winery profiles for the California Winery Advisor.com website. We document the wine tasting experience by cataloging the amenities, ambiances, tasting fees, pricing and wines. And, yes, we like our job. After visiting almost 600, I have found they fall roughly within five categories.