Mendocino County's Laid Back Wine Country
Each wine region in California has its own unique style and personality. From the magnificent coast, to Alexander Valley, to the warm interior, serious winemakers are quietly making some of the states most distinctive wines. The mood is relaxed, knowing, and celebratory. Learn more about the regions and wines of this "off the beaten path" part of California's wine country.
Ask the Winemaker, Take a punt
The indentation in the base of wine bottles is generally termed a punt. Its origins have been interpreted many ways so here is what I know. There are suggestions that the early glass blowers had difficulty in producing a flat base for the bottle, in many instances leaving a sharp spot where the bottle was held and subsequently marking tables and benches. They found it was more stable and less likely to scratch if an indentation was left.
Ask the Advisor, Roses & Grapes
Roses in the Vineyard? Why is this? "A Rose is a rose is a rose," as on Gertrude Stein postulated as part of her 1913 poem Sacred 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.
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.
Does wine really breathe, and does it stand on legs?
Continuing in the discussion of common wine myths, let’s look at the ideas of breathing wine and “legs”. Interestingly, both have something to do with surface area.