Landon McPherson
Landon McPherson

About Landon McPherson

“Having grown up in Wine Country and hospitality, the launch of Harvest Card seemed to be natural. So, I created a membership program that would allow those who are not “industry” to experience Wine Country as an insider. I want all Harvest Card members to feel that they are right there with me, each and every time they have a Wine Country experience. I am so fortunate to live in such an incredible region and know that the luxury we experience daily is nothing to be taken for granted. Harvest Card was created to benefit both locals as well as our friends who visit a few times each year, to help elevate your experience.”

Hook & Ladder: The Next Generation of Russian River Valley Wines


Hook & Ladder - A Harvest Card Winery Partner The Next Generation of Russian River Valley Wines Hook & Ladder's founder, Cecil De Loach, found great success by following a simple guiding principle: Make wines that people like to drink. In order to make exceptional wine, it's helpful to start with exceptional fruit. One of the best ways to ensure the highest quality grapes is to grow them yourself. As a farmer first, Cecil remained true to the fruit he grew when crafting his wines. Continuing this tradition, Hook & Ladder wines strive to showcase the vineyards from which they are made. Cecil’s grandson, Jason De Loach, is now the winemaker. He is careful to emphasize Hook & Ladder's estate fruit, and uses a balanced approach to all elements of winemaking, from harvest to oak barrel aging. The entire Hook & Ladder family team is proud to share these hand-made estate wines with discriminating wine lovers around the world.  Hook & Ladder Wines showcase the quality and

Hook & Ladder: The Next Generation of Russian River Valley Wines 2018-08-15T19:42:41+00:00

Sonoma Celebrates Sustainability


Vintners Inn Brings Sustainability Through Green Initiative Nestled in the heart of Sonoma, Vintners Inn breathes fresh air into the community after being awarded the Environmentalist Level by California’s Department of General Services. Vintners Inn is proud to exceed all seven areas of criteria (waste minimization, reuse/recycling, energy efficiency, conservation and management, waste management, freshwater resource management, hazardous materials management, and environmentally sensitive purchasing policies) needed to reach the Environmental Level. Vintners Inn boasts environmentally friendly walking paths through the 92 acres of vineyards and vegetable gardens as key amenities for guests to enjoy during their stay, along with Bocce ball courts, Award-winning John Ash & Co restaurant, and more. The beautiful landscaping at Vintners Inn leaves something to be desired by any who are fortunate enough to visit this section of wine country. Along with the sustainability that comes with magnificent vineyards, Vintners Inn offers a truly stunning Events Center for private events including weddings. The Events Center is a beautiful space with large windows and

Sonoma Celebrates Sustainability 2018-08-10T20:22:36+00:00

Sustainability Meets Tradition at Marimar Estate


Nestled in the rolling hills of western Sonoma County, the Russian River/Green Valley appellation is a perfect microclimate for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Only 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 50 miles north of San Francisco, the site is influenced by the sea's cooling breezes and drifting fog. This is why Marimar Torres selected this privileged location to "export" the Torres family legacy of fine wines to California. Marimar came to live in California in 1975. After two years of searching, she acquired the land and began planting the vineyard in 1986. Today there are 30 acres planted with Chardonnay and 30 with Pinot Noir. The wines are made entirely from estate-grown grapes. Named in honor of the late patriarch of the family, the vineyard is unique in California because it is totally European in style. The vines are trained very close to the ground on an open vertical trellis, following the slope of an east-facing hillside; the rootstocks are phylloxera resistant; and the planting

Sustainability Meets Tradition at Marimar Estate 2018-07-24T17:26:34+00:00

Trecini Winery – Santa Rosa Wine and Tasting Room


About Trecini Winery Born and raised in Tuscany, Italy, John Vicini brought with him the passion and love of wine. Together with his wife Cathy, son David, and Dan Barwick their winemaker, they bring to you exceptional wines from the vineyard-covered hills of Sonoma County, Russian River Valley, and Rockpile Appellations. Starting in 1994, John and Cathy grew and sold their own premium Russian River grapes, until expanding their family’s business in 1999, when they introduced their own label Trecini, representing the three Vicini’s (John, Cathy, David). Trecini has grown into a premium wine company offering multi award-winning varietals of Russian River Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Russian River Pinot Noir, Russian River Merlot, Russian River Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, and Rockpile Zinfandel, and a Sparkling Zinfandel. They continue their sustainable vineyard philosophy, spare no expense on a well-managed barrel program and produce a lower alcohol wine that brings out the beauty of the wine delighting the consumer’s palette making their wine memorable and creating a thirst for more.

Trecini Winery – Santa Rosa Wine and Tasting Room 2018-07-23T15:49:47+00:00

Food + Booze in Santa Rosa – Bird and the Bottle


Food + Booze in Santa Rosa – Bird and the Bottle The Bird and the Bottle Restaurant Bird and the Bottle is a modern tavern celebrating the American melting pot, James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur semifinalists Mark and Terri Stark’s newest restaurant brings intriguing interpretations of street food to life. The menu incorporates flavors from Asia, the American South, the East Coast, Jewish comfort food favorites, and a wide variety of fresh seafood, all with chef Mark Stark’s singular style. The open kitchen, with its wood-fired grill, turns out large and small plates designed for sharing in one of three cozy dining rooms or two decks. Wines, craft beers on tap and by the bottle or growler, and signature cocktails by the glass or by the shaker to share. Located just east of downtown Santa Rosa in Sonoma County wine country. Open 7 days. The Starks Bird & The Bottle is the sixth restaurant from husband and wife team and James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur semifinalists Mark and

Food + Booze in Santa Rosa – Bird and the Bottle 2018-06-12T14:32:48+00:00

Wine Wednesday: Campana Ranch


Wine Wednesday: Campana Ranch I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Steve Bell and Sher Bell Boatman from Campana Ranch Wines, who I met for the first time at the Russian River Valley Single Vineyard Night earlier this month.  After spending five minutes with them, you feel like you’ve known them for years. They’re truly the type of people who feel that strangers are only friends that they haven’t met yet - warm, welcoming, gracious in their hospitality and they also make incredible wines. We sat on the patio at their ranch recently and enjoyed the beautiful flowers and vineyard views on one side and gardens and a horse pasture on the other. It’s truly a quintessential Russian River Valley setting to say the very least. Campana Ranch Wines is owned by Steve and his wife, Sher; unique backgrounds and intertwined paths led them to each other. Steve, who began his winery career decades ago in Napa, when there were only 25 wineries in

Wine Wednesday: Campana Ranch 2018-06-06T16:27:26+00:00

The Story of Rodney Strong Vineyards


The Story of Rodney Strong Vineyards SONOMA GROWN FOR OVER 50 YEARS Our story begins over 55 years ago, when a celebrated American dancer named Rod Strong settled in Sonoma County to pursue a second lifelong creative passion: winemaking. Rodney Strong Vineyards was the 13th winery bonded in the newly discovered Sonoma County wine industry. A trio of winemaking paths crossed when Rick Sayre joined the team as Winemaker in 1979, and again when the Klein Family, 4th generation California farmers, purchased the winery in 1989 and initiated a renewed commitment of modern artisan winemaking. Through the years, Rodney Strong Vineyards has earned the reputation for critically acclaimed Single Vineyard and Reserve wines, stand out Estate releases and best-in-class Sonoma County varietal wines. Rodney Strong received the honor of being named Wine Enthusiast’s American Winery of the Year in 2013. Introduced in 2000, each year the Wine Enthusiast honors those that have impacted the wine and spirits industry with their Wine Star Awards. With the designation

The Story of Rodney Strong Vineyards 2018-06-04T20:17:33+00:00

Pezzi King Winery – “Goda il vino! – Enjoy the wine!”


An outstanding Harvest Card Partner, Pezzi King Winery, and Vineyards is the ideal match for the Wilson family’s philosophy of producing small batches of high-quality, handcrafted wines. Ken and Diane Wilson (pictured right), the owners of Pezzi King Winery and Vineyards, specialize in the creation of boutique, small quantity wines made on a 137-acre farm set in the hills above Dry Creek Valley. At the heart of this unparalleled property are the vineyards, 65 acres of world-class Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon—which allow Pezzi King Winery to continue their commitment to the production of some of the finest wines possible while investing in the personal relationships with their clientele through private wine club participation. Visit Pezzi King in Healdsburg, California 412 Hudson Street, Healdsburg CA Phone: (866) 473-4309 Email: info@pezziking.com

Pezzi King Winery – “Goda il vino! – Enjoy the wine!” 2018-05-24T14:43:21+00:00

Willi’s Wine Bar to Reopen in Santa Rosa


I am so excited that the news of the return of Willi's Wine Bar is officially made public!  I was on the opening staff of Willi's Wine Bar in 2002 - much like most of Sonoma County locals and visitors, that restaurant has had a special place in my heart for many, many years. Gatherings, a quick glass of wine and a bite to eat before or after a concert at Luther Burbank Center, celebrations, anniversaries and dates -- Willi's Wine Bar is a treasure to wine country and we couldn't be happier to hear that it's returning.  We're ready for Willi's Part 2! Much love to Mark and Terri Stark! Check out this article by our good friend Heather Irwin of the Press Democrat. Willi’s Wine Bar, the iconic restaurant that was leveled during the October wildfires, will rise again at the Town and Country Shopping Center in northeast Santa Rosa. Stark Reality Restaurants, which owned the popular wine bar on Old Redwood Highway, has found

Willi’s Wine Bar to Reopen in Santa Rosa 2018-05-23T21:34:16+00:00

Matrix Winery – Premier Sonoma County Wine


The breadth of the Matrix estate fruit—from the foggy beds of the Russian River Valley, the highlands of the Sonoma Coast and the mountainous edges of Dry Creek Valley—gives the winemaker incredible selections of grapes. The estate fruit sources also give the flexibility to select not only the vineyards for their wines but a vineyard block or even specific rows. With a focus on labor-intensive, hands-on farming practices, we produce low-yield vineyards that result in grapes marked by astounding concentrations of flavors— thus creating wines that are powerful yet elegant. Matrix Winemaker Honored as Woman Winemaker of the Year in 2008, and winning multiple back-to-back Sonoma County Harvest Fair and San Francisco Chronicle Sweepstakes, Diane Wilson has shot to the forefront of the Sonoma County wine industry. These highly–regarded awards, coupled with dozens of 90+ scores and over 100 Gold Medals, demonstrate Diane’s strong track record as an outstanding winemaker. Diane describes her winemaking style as unorthodox. “My goal is to maximize the fruit flavor of the grape,

Matrix Winery – Premier Sonoma County Wine 2018-05-22T18:23:05+00:00
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