NorthBay biz Wine

Cover Story: A Passion for Perfection

Author: M.V. Wood
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2017

David Stare, founder of Dry Creek Vineyard, is sitting across from me at his vineyard garden. His demeanor is considerate and responsible, stable and kind. But, if it were not for his passion, this iconic winery would not be celebrating its 45th anniversary; and the Dry Creek Valley would almost certainly not be known for its Sauvignon Blanc, the most planted white grape in the area.


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Cover Story: Make Me Blush

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Winemakers weigh in on the rising popularity of Rosé wine.


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Cover Story: Westside Road's Pinot Pioneer

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2014

After five decades in the business, famed wine producer Davis Bynum has few regrets.


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Cover Story: Come Together

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

Plenty of wine and food pairing events educate and entertain visitors.
 


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Cover Story: Family Matters

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2012

Winemaker and store owner Gina Gallo loves what she does.
 


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Cover Story: Better With Time

Author: Virginie Boone
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2011

     

Long-time winemakers share their stories about what’s kept them in the same place through the years.

 


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Cover Story: Mix It Up

Author: Virginie Boone
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2010

      

Across the North Bay, wineries are letting consumers get a taste of blending their own wine.

 


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Wine and Weather

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2017

There’s no argument that the wine in your glass showcases the skill of the winemaker. Yet it was Mother Nature who engineered the growing season that made it all possible. Rain at the right time and in the right amount, the absence of damaging frost, the welcome cooling from the marine layer after a string of hot days––these fluctuations of the weather all contributed to the flavors in the bottle.


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Napa vs. Sonoma

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2017

Napa and Sonoma counties are remarkably similar on paper. They appear as next-door neighbors sharing a mountain range on the map, and rivers, valleys and fertile agricultural areas define the topography of both. Yet each has its own distinct character, drawing visitors from around the world, seeking a taste of an enviable lifestyle. The big question for travelers is which one to choose.


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Keeping It 100

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2017

Scribe Winery, located at the end of a palm tree-paved Dresel Road in Sonoma, has found a way to attract the seemingly ever-elusive Millennial market. The winery, both rural and trendy, is often frequented by young wine enthusiasts, eager for Rosé all day. The relaxed vibe at Scribe removes the intimidation factor of wine, making it a popular stop for the 20- and 30-something crowd.


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Wine Trends

Author: Karen Hart
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2017

Thirteen years ago on October 4, the movie “Sideways” was released, dramatically changing the course of wine consumption for two varietals—Merlot and Pinot Noir—and underscoring the fact that there are, indeed, trends in wine just as there are trends in fashion.


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The Science of Terroir

Author: Tim Carl
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

“Terroir” is one of the most controversial words in the vocabulary of wine. For many, it holds within the ultimate meaning of wine, whereas for others, it represents an overused marketing tool with roots in mysticism and pseudoscience. Regardless of your position—and precisely because of the fervor surrounding it—terroir is a fascinating entry point into the world of wine, as well as to human physiology and psychology.


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The Down Under Influence

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

Winemakers from Australia and New Zealand are bringing new ideas and techniques to Wine Country. 


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A Food and Wine Revolution

Author: Jane Hodges Young
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

Consumers are demanding more from their wine tasting experiences, and wineries big and small are ready to serve. 
 


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All Eyes on Sonoma

Author: Juliet Porton
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

Karissa Kruse leads Sonoma County Winegrowers toward 100 percent sustainability, bringing international attention to the region. (SCW) has long been advocating for the county’s winegrape growers, while educating the community on the importance of protecting and preserving Sonoma County as a winegrowing region.


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Vineyard Vignettes: GlenLyon Vineyards & Winery, Gamble Family Vineyards, Monticello Vineyards, Merr

Author: Sarah Treseler, Christina Julian, William Rohrs
Oct, 2016 Issue

NorthBay biz visits GlenLyon Vineyards & Winery, Gamble Family Vineyards, Monticello Vineyards, Merriam Winery.
 


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2016 Harvest Fair Guide

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

Welcome to the 42nd annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Pick up a copy of NorthBay biz at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) and you'll find this schedule beginning on page 44.


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The Down Under Influence

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

Here in Wine Country, we love to hear winemakers talk about their craft—about generations of vintners making wine on their particular patch of land. And if you talk to enough people, particularly in Sonoma County, you may discover a distinct accent in the voices of winemakers who do, indeed, come from generations in the business, but in a place a world away from here, where the land, the climate, the seasons, the soils, the people and even the stars are different.


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Hidden Gems: A World Away

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

Located just a 10-minute drive from downtown Napa, Coombsville feels much more far removed than it actually is. It’s an area made up of small, family ranches and vineyards dotted throughout its oak-studded, rolling hillsides. It borders the Napa River to the west, Mt. George to the north, Imola Avenue to the south and the Vaca Range to the east, encompassing 11,000 acres of largely untouched land (only about 1,400 acres are planted to vines). Its elevation ranges from near sea level to close to 2,000 feet at its highest mountain peaks.


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Wine and Waves

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Surfing vintners see a connection between the sport they love and the wines they make.


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2015 Harvest Fair Guide

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Welcome to the 41st annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair


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A New Perspective

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Wineries with onsite lodging give guests a chance to experience Wine Country lifestyle up close and personal.


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Signature Wines

Author: Karen Hart
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

GrapeSeed partners iconic winemakers and passionate vino lovers for a unique wine club experience.


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Vineyard Vignettes: Kobler Estate Winery, Benovia Winery, Rocca Family Vineyards, Tayson Pierce Wine

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Vineyard Vignettes: Kobler Estate Winery, Benovia Winery, Rocca Family Vineyards, Tayson Pierce Wine


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Wine Tasting Made Easy

Author: Jane Hodges Young
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Debunking wine myths


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