Wine Wednesday

Wine Wednesday

The Story of Stuhlmuller Vineyards

2019-01-17T02:46:24+00:00

The Story of Stuhlmuller Vineyards Since 1982, Stuhlmuller Vineyards has built its reputation as a premier grower and seller of Sonoma County’s best grapes. In the mid-90s, Fritz Stuhlmuller, the founder, decided to open a small, artisan winery after being inspired by complex wines created from his family’s vineyard. In 2000, a new winery was built at Stuhlmuller Vineyards. Today, the Sonoma County winery boasts incredible wine created by the vineyard’s world-class fruit. In the vineyards, Chardonnay fruit with a delightfully distinct taste is produced. Additionally, the Cabernet Sauvignon offers hints of sage and bay leaf with signature fruit and cocoa tastes. Stuhlmuller Vineyard’s online shop boasts a variety of their best wines that everyone will enjoy. The vineyard’s head winemaker, Leo Hansen, strives to cultivate the best grapes and wines every year. “I love the intimacy of working in a small winery,” says Leo. “You get to discover the charm and subtleties of each vineyard block. This is an amazing vineyard. As a winemaker, I try

The Story of Stuhlmuller Vineyards2019-01-17T02:46:24+00:00

The History of Russian River Vineyards

2019-01-17T02:35:12+00:00

The History of Russian River Vineyards Nestled in Forestville, Russian River Vineyards has quite a story to tell. With its founding taking place in the 1890s, the estate was built as a modest family farming business. However, over time, the small farmhouse became a roadhouse, and an old Hop Kiln style building became a winery. While the vineyard was one of the region’s first, in the 1990s, the beautiful estate became forgotten. However, in 2008, Russian River Vineyards received a second chance. Founding partners Chris O’Neill, Barbara Sattler, Giovanni Balistreri, and Anthony Austin worked diligently to restore the beautiful estate. Through their efforts, Russian River Vineyards once again operates and provides memorable experiences to all who visit. Since its reopening, countless wine enthusiasts have enjoyed visiting Russian River Vineyards. The tasting lounge is open Sunday-Thursday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the tasting room is open from 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. While reservations are not required, they are recommended due to the estate’s

The History of Russian River Vineyards2019-01-17T02:35:12+00:00

MacPhail Wines: The Little Red Wagon

2019-01-10T05:21:51+00:00

Since its first vintage in 2002, MacPhail Wines has continued to impress wine enthusiasts in Sonoma County and Mendocino’s Anderson Valley. Not only does the winery excel in its industry, but its founders, the Hess’, place significant value on both family and fun. The family believes in cherishing the simple joys in life which are symbolized by the little red wagon in the logo and interwoven within the business’ strategy. MacPhail Wines has truly become a revered winery in Sonoma County and Mendocino’s Anderson Valley. Currently, Tim and Sabrina Persson, the fifth generation of the Hess family, serve as the winery’s owners and operators. Matt Courtney, the head winemaker, has worked with the family for years and has played a significant role in MacPhail’s success. MacPhail Wines forges strong partnerships with local growers willing to join them in the pursuit of better wine. Additionally, the family uses traditional, old-world winemaking techniques with minimal intervention to deliver exceptional wines. While the family chooses to never take life too

MacPhail Wines: The Little Red Wagon2019-01-10T05:21:51+00:00

DeLoach Vineyards: Dedication to Excellence

2018-12-12T21:43:03+00:00

For over three decades, DeLoach Vineyards has been a leader in the winemaking industry in Sonoma's Russian River Valley. Its specialties include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel, and the vineyard focuses on perfecting the best combinations of soil, rootstock, and clones. In 2003, the Boisset family brought their extensive experience in sustainable winemaking from France to California. It was not long before DeLoach Vineyards became very well known and respected. In 2004, DeLoach Vineyards produced Wine Enthusiast magazine’s “2004 Wine of the Year”, the DeLoach Vineyards 30th Anniversary Cuvee Pinot Noir. In 2012, Wine and Spirits magazine named DeLoach Vineyards a Top 100 winery for the 12th time. These are just a few examples of recognition the winery has received. From its many praises, it is evident that DeLoach Vineyards is dedicated to excellence through every aspect of the winemaking process. DeLoach Vineyards offers a variety of tasting experiences for its guests and members. Due to the vineyard’s popularity, tastings are by appointment only. To schedule your

DeLoach Vineyards: Dedication to Excellence2018-12-12T21:43:03+00:00

Gift Yourself the 2018/2019 Holiday Harvest Card

2018-12-12T21:36:53+00:00

With the holiday season upon us, many of us are focusing on finding gifts for our friends and family. While it is the season of giving, it is also important to take time to evaluate and reflect on our personal needs, desires, and goals for the coming year. Giving yourself the gift of the Harvest Card will create a variety of opportunities in the new year. From great discounts on wine tastings, restaurants, transportation, and other services, you will not only save money but you will enjoy incredible experiences. Giving yourself the gift of relaxation, quality time with loved ones, and cherished memories will continue to benefit you mentally, emotionally, and physically for years to come. Click here to view our extensive list of phenomenal partners and their discounts through Harvest Card. The Harvest Card also opens up opportunities to attend exclusive events. To view our past events, click here. The 2018/2019 Annual Harvest Card membership is an investment of $99 for one card or $149 for

Gift Yourself the 2018/2019 Holiday Harvest Card2018-12-12T21:36:53+00:00

The ACORN Winery Story

2018-11-28T16:06:47+00:00

When Betsy and Bill Nachbauer started their winery in 1994, the name “ACORN Winery” seemed to be a perfect choice. The acorn is a popular symbol of prosperity, good fortune, and potential which were all desired at the inception of the winery. From the beautiful oak trees surrounding the vineyard to the oak wine barrels, the name "ACORN" was chosen and the rest has been history. In 1990, Bill decided to stop pursuing a law degree and instead chased a dream of his - winemaking. He purchased Alegría Vineyards and started diligently working in the field and learning as much about the process as possible. Betsy, Bill’s wife, decided to start pursuing this business venture with her husband. In the beginning, they sold all the grapes to other wineries but decided to officially establish their own winery, ACORN Winery, in 1994. Their first wine, a 1994 Sangiovese, released in 1996. Today, ACORN produces seven wines including: Russian River Valley Heritage Vines™ Zinfandel from the original 1890s vineyard,

The ACORN Winery Story2018-11-28T16:06:47+00:00

Wine Wednesday: Moshin Vineyards

2018-09-20T04:30:36+00:00

Moshin Vineyards, located in the beautiful Sonoma County, specializes in small-lot wines from sustainably farmed vineyards. The winery is the only four-tier gravity flow solar-powered facility in the Russian River Valley. Moshin, the original 10-acre vineyard, was planted in the early 1980s. The other vineyards include Calliope, Rosalina, and River Myst Haven. Two single vineyards include Halo’s Hill and Molinari, each planted with the utmost care. The relaxing and informative wine tastings are offered daily from 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Pinot Noir is Moshin’s flagship wine, but you may also find Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Petite Sirah there to suit your taste. Wine tasting- $15 per person, waived with wine purchase. Tasting is complimentary for Wine Club members and up to four guests. Group tasting- Groups of 8 or more are welcome by appointment only due to the size of our tasting room. Please contact us for availability and pricing. Private tour & tasting- $30 per person, subject to availability. Reservations required 72 hours in

Wine Wednesday: Moshin Vineyards2018-09-20T04:30:36+00:00

Wine Wednesday: Campana Ranch

2018-06-06T16:27:26+00:00

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 Ranch2018-06-06T16:27:26+00:00