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Nov

2016

Places to Stay in Russian River Valley

FROM CLASSIC OLD WORLD CHARM TO MODERN SOPHISTICATION

There are plenty of places to stay in the Russian River Valley with options from classic old world charm to modern sophistication. To help you out with your Russian River trip planning we’ve gathered some details below on three great places to stay.
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17

Aug

2016

Are We Headed Toward a Wine Democracy?

WINE SCORES V. TASTE PREFERENCES

We all have unique preferences when it comes to wine. There are people who hate White Zinfandel, others dislike Merlot, and some people are “ABC” (anything but Chardonnay). While there is no right or wrong when it comes to these inclinations, it’s interesting that some wines score better than others. So what’s the average wine consumer to do when he/she cannot taste the wine in advance of purchase and is relying on scores alone? Rather than 100-point scales, with new research drinkers would only need to understand their own personal palate, which helps narrow down the overwhelming number of wine choices available in stores, online, or on restaurant wine lists.
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17

Jul

2016

What to Drink with What You Do This Summer

With this guide, you’ll be sure to make the right wine choice for your summer day

Most of you are already familiar with wine and food pairings. But, what about wine and activity pairings? Does your favorite full bodied red go with your day at the beach or would a chilled white be more appropriate? Should you bring that expensive bottle of Chardonnay to your neighbor Bob’s BBQ or to Aunt Jane’s garden party? With our summer wine and activity guide, you’ll be sure to always make the right wine choice, no matter what you have planned for the day.
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15

Jun

2016

Does Your Wine Glass Really Matter?

Is the overwhelming variety of glass shapes just marketing hype or is there science to it?

If you have been wine tasting recently, or shopping for new glassware, you may have noticed an overwhelming variety of glass shapes and styles. Some people think it’s only the wine that matters, and that the abundance of glassware is just marketing hype to increase sales. They believe that the wine will taste the same out of any vessel; whether it’s a mason jar, coffee mug, straight from the bottle, or the “appropriate” glass for that particular style of wine. However, according to Claus Riedel, the specific shape of the glass helps a wine drinker to pick up every aroma of the wine and also direct the wine to the exact part of the mouth that would allow him/her to taste that wine best.
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11

May

2016

It Isn’t Just Dirt: An Exploration of Soil Types in Sonoma County

Learn About Gary Farrell Winery's Vineyard Sources & Soil Types

One of the most important distinguishing factors of Sonoma County is the diversity of its soil types. In fact, there is a greater variety of soil in Sonoma County than in all of Western Europe. A trip through Sonoma County is a geological journey through several different geological worlds. Here we give you a brief education of soil types and an overview of Gary Farrell Winery's vineyard soils that lend to our renowned single vineyard wines.
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