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.
Central Coast's Earth Friendly Wineries
The Central Coast is home to thousands of acres of vineyards that are grown with earth friendly, sustainable agricultural practices. Sustainable agriculture integrates three main goals—environmental health, economic profitability, and social equity. Here is a list of wineries and vineyards on the Central Coast who have subscribed to these practices.
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.
Uncorking Another Sideways
Bottle Shock the movie is an entertaining, albeit not completely factual look at the events leading up to the famous 1976 “Judgment in Paris”, where California wines beat out their French counterparts in a blind tasting putting California wines firmly on the wine map. It is a good romp in the vineyard and shows us what the Napa of old was like and how things have changed since.
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.