Wine & food

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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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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Life and Death Decisions

Columnist: Tim Carl
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2017

Picture this: You’re driving with your son and daughter down a particularly precarious section of Highway 1 on California’s coastline. On the left are stone cliffs and to the right is a sheer chasm to the ocean below. As you start down a steep section of road your brakes go out and, as you turn a corner, tires screeching, a group of 20 schoolchildren are crossing the road. There are only two options: Drive through the crowd of kids, or plunge you and your own children to your deaths. You have one second to make your decision.

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Joseph Swan Winery

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2017

When Swan retired from a career as a World War II pilot in Europe as well as a commercial pilot for Western Air, he developed a passion for fine food and wine. In 1967, he purchased the property and began making wine from the property’s remaining Zinfandel vines.

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Martinelli Vineyards & Winery

Author: William Rohrs
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2017

Giuseppe Martinelli was only 19 when he eloped with his 16-year-old bride, Luisa Vellutini. Young Giuseppe came from a lineage of Italian winemakers, but that pedigree didn’t satisfy Luisa’s parents, who grew and sold apples in Tuscany. But status didn’t matter to the star-crossed lovers, who escaped their families’ wrath and landed in the Russian River Valley in the 1880s. On a single hill 60 degrees steep, Giuseppe planted Zinfandel and Muscat Alexandria vines. This plot became the heart of Martinelli Vineyards & Winery, which continues to produce for the fifth generation of Martinellis.

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Wine 2017 People

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2017

Dating Insider, sonoma county in focus

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Wine 2017 Cheese

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2017

Wine and cheese are a great duo, but creating the perfect combination on your own can be challenging. Here are six pairing tips to guide you in the right direction.

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Wine 2017 Wine

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2017

California is the leading wine producing state in the United States, making about 90 percent of all American wine. The size of the state and diversity of its soils and climates mean that a vast array of fresh, seasonal crops thrive here. Winegrapes are one of 400 agricultural products produced in California, and more than 110 varieties of winegrapes are grown in the state. What’s more, the California wine community has the most widely adopted green winemaking and winegrowing program in the world and one of the few that measures and reports statewide performance. Here are few fascinating, at-a-glance facts about California wine.

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Rebranding

Author: Jane Hodges Young
Oct, 2017 Issue

The fear of getting stale has many businesses looking at freshening up their brand—a process that requires much more than a simple logo redesign or new tagline, according to Trini Amador, managing partner of BHC Consulting. BHC is a Healdsburg-based brand strategy team that develops, refreshes or consults on global brand strategy or research projects for hundreds of global, regional and local brands.

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Chasing Grapes

Columnist: Christina Julian
Oct, 2017 Issue

Nine years ago, I moved to the Napa Valley, and left a grueling job in advertising (and Los Angeles gridlock) behind me. Soon after I landed, I met winemaker Kirk Venge at a Cheers St. Helena social, and regaled him with my dreams of becoming a wine writer. He smiled that wide- mouthed grin that only a man of Kirk’s stature and size can conjure, and offered to help. A few days later I was on the trail to “chase grapes” with him. This translated into me running to keep up as we traversed hundreds of vineyards, tasting and testing for levels of ripeness and acidity, so he could determine the precise moment to pick. A couple days would turn into a season as his official grape sampler, where each day would end, hands stained, eyelids sagging, and a body beaten to the core—but ready to rinse and repeat the next day.

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Markham Vineyards

Author: Karen Hart
Oct, 2017 Issue

Located along St. Helena Highway, Markham Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley, established by Jean Laurent, an immigrant from Bordeaux, France. Laurent came to California seeking gold during the rush, but instead found his way into the winemaking business.

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October 2017 Chocolate

Oct, 2017 Issue

 While Americans consume roughly 12 pounds of chocolate each year, the benefit, unlike the chocolate, shouldn’t be in the dark. Yes, dark chocolate may be good for your teeth, and may even prevent cavities.

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October 2017 Picks

Oct, 2017 Issue

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Gorgeous Getaways

Author: Sarah Stierch
Sep, 2017 Issue

Whether perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, or tucked away amongst mountain top vineyards, there is no shortage of luxury hotel offerings in Napa and Sonoma. For those seeking a more intimate and unique experience, boutique luxury hotel and resorts are plentiful.

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Lowell’s

Columnist: Karen Hart
Sep, 2017 Issue

Dining at Lowell’s is both a culinary adventure and a beautiful surprise. Located on Gravenstein Highway in Sebastopol, Lowell’s is part café, deli and wine bar with a neighborhood feel, indoor-outdoor seating and a tranquil vibe. Proprietor Lowell P. Sheldon first opened for business in 2007, and the restaurant will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in October.

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Zialena Winery

Author: Karen Hart
Sep, 2017 Issue

Located in the heart of Alexander Valley in Geyserville, Zialena Winery is nestled in a field surrounded by vineyards and sweeping views of the Mayacamas. The winery opened its new tasting room in February and offers a study in contrasts. The tasting room features modern cabinetry, wood floors and smells of new construction, but Zialena is a fourth generation winery, rich in history and tradition.

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The Amazon Now Flows With Wine

Columnist: Tim Carl
Sep, 2017 Issue

Amazon’s recent purchase of Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion will decimate small wine and beer retail shops across the country and hasten the consolidation of wineries and distributors.

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Of Lawsuits, Pies, Supermarkets, Eateries and Hypocrisy

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2017 Issue

The Bard once suggested the smart thing to do was to kill all the lawyers. And while this seems a little violent, in the words of Bill Clinton, “I feel his pain.” So do the ranchers and farmers in Point Reyes National Seashore.

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September 2017 Oysters

Sep, 2017 Issue

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Truffles

Author: Tim Carl
Jul, 2017 Issue

In February 2017, a dog named Ilsa discovered the first-ever cultivated European Tuber melanosporum, or the Périgord truffle, in Sonoma County.

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Wine, Women & Shoes

Author: Bonnie Durance
Jul, 2017 Issue

Imagine you’re at a fancy ladies’ soiree, enjoying wine, food, shopping and wearing your most glamorous shoes, while learning about the people you’ll help each time you open your wallet. You’re immersed in an atmosphere of fun, fashion and compassion. Welcome to the world of Wine Women & Shoes (WW&S), and a new kind of fundraising event. (Gentlemen are welcome, too, of course.)

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The Ancient Practice of Biodynamic Farming

Author: Jane Hodges Young
Jul, 2017 Issue

Seeking stronger relationships with the Earth and ways to express truly unique terroirs, winemakers and vineyard owners across Napa and Sonoma are embracing biodynamics —“organics on steroids”—in record numbers. In fact, Sonoma County has more than 20 certified Biodynamic farms and vineyards—more than any other county in the United States.

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Rocking the Wine World

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
Jul, 2017 Issue

Sonoma Cast Stone in Petaluma has been making concrete fermentation tanks for eight years. Owner Steve Rosenblatt started his company 20 years ago to create concrete for custom walls, countertops and sinks––what he refers to now as the “architectural” side of his business.

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Look for Winery Acqusitions to Continue

Columnist: Tim Carl
Jul, 2017 Issue

Over the last year or so, the number of winery and vineyard acquisitions has been surging at a breakneck pace. Jackson Family wines has been on a tear, purchasing many wineries, including Penner-Ash Wine Cellars. GI Partners bought Far Niente Wine Estates, TSG Consumer Partners purchased Duckhorn Wine Co., E. & J. Gallo bought Orin Swift Cellars, Constellation Brands purchased the Prisoner Wine Co., Francis Ford Coppola purchased Silverwood Vineyard and the owners of Silver Oak purchased Ovid Winery. This is only the tip of the iceberg, with many more deals that have been completed or are near completion.

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July 2017 Tastes

Jul, 2017 Issue

The Olive Press, located in Sonoma, was the only U.S. artisan olive oil producer to take home four gold medals at the prestigious New York Olive Oil Competition in May. This year there were more than 900 entries from 27 countries. The Olive Press received gold medals for their Arbequina, Picual, Italian Blend and Mission Extra Virgin Olive Oils.

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Bucher Wines

Jul, 2017 Issue

“NorthBay biz is a great resource for seeing what is on the horizon.”

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2017 BEST Business Restaurant: John Ash & Co.

Author: Petter Westby and Cerrissa Kim
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

The Best Restaurant award for 2017 goes to John Ash & Co. Or perhaps better said, goes to John Ash & Co. again. Since the inauguration of NorthBay biz’s awarding of the Best Business Restaurant honors, John Ash has earned the top spot for restaurants every year.

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2017 BEST Business Event Venue: Vintners Inn

Author: Petter Westby & Cerrissa Kim
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

Vintners Inn has been a staple name and event venue destination at the highest level, since they opened their doors 37 years ago. Once again, Vintners Inn was voted the best business event venue in the North Bay for 2017. How does the inn manage to meet such a consistent level of excellence year-after-year? “We take great pride in constantly reinventing ourselves, and we never rest on the successes that we have achieved in the past,” Percy Brandon, general manager of Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co.

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2017 BEST Wine Tasting Room: Armida Winery

Author: Sarah Treseler
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

Brothers Steve and Bruce Cousins, owners of Armida Winery, have been working together for more than 20 years. Upon winning the award for Best Tasting Room, they knew the award wasn’t just for them.

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2017 BEST Sparkling Wine: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Author: Sarah Treseler
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

Eva Bertran, vice president of marketing at Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards, knows that the company’s win for Best Sparkling Wine didn’t come from one aspect alone. “Our vineyard and winery teams have three decades of experience grafting, farming, studying and blending Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Carneros,” Bertran says. “This depth of knowledge, combined with more than 30 years of vineyard maturity, is why Gloria’s wines are keenly better than ever.

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2017 BEST Sauvignon Blanc: Dutcher Crossing Winery

Author: Sarah Treseler
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

Voted Best Sauvignon Blanc in the 2017 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2017 BEST Chardonnay: La Crema Winery

Author: Karen Hart
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

Voted Best Chardonnay in the 2017 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2017 BEST Rosé: Balletto Vineyards

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

Balletto Vineyards has been voted Best Rosé the 2017 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2017 BEST Cabernet Sauvignon: Benziger Family Winery

Author: William Rohrs
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

Benziger Family Winery has been voted Best Cabernet Sauvignon in the 2017 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2017 BEST Zinfandel: Mazzocco Winery

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

Mazzocco Winery has been voted Best Zinfandel in the 2017 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll

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March On

Columnist: Christina Julian
May, 2017 Issue

While the future of our country feels uncertain, some things remain unchanged: we live in a time and country where we can rally when we need to. Raised alongside a brother who revered Ronald Regan and maintained membership in The Young Republican Federation until he could no longer claim the title of “young,” and reared by parents who were equally committed to the right side of the fence, I misspent my youth and adulthood being apolitical for nearly four decades.

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Modern Matriarchs

Author: Judith Wilson
May, 2017 Issue

Matriarchs have been a force since biblical times, but these days, they do more than head families and lead tribes. They’re creative thinkers and innovators who face challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that come their way to build successful businesses. Their worldview includes family, friends and relationships as well as the bottom line. And in the North Bay, they’re resourceful women who are racking up some impressive accomplishments.

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Sharing the Secrets of Success

Author: Bonnie Durrance
May, 2017 Issue

What’s special about women-owned businesses? Do certain businesses—and not others—lend themselves to female proprietorship?  NorthBay biz takes a look at six local businesses that have something special about them—something you can’t see, or won’t find on a ledger. But chances are you can feel the difference when you walk in the door. Whether it’s a clothing boutique or a sheet metal company, we found an essential set of qualities that these diverse business women share. These qualities, in new and well-established careers, bring forth success, customer loyalty and employee dedication. Here are six women, in six very different businesses, who offer insight into their success.

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

Columnist: Tim Carl
May, 2017 Issue

What could possibly go wrong?—Source Unknown Love him or hate him, President Donald Trump is already having an impact. His proposed budget would slash funding for—or completely eliminate—many aspects of the government and shift much of the focus to military spending. Many of the changes he advocates will not make it through Congress. But the ones that do, will create an impact that will be felt throughout the economy and perhaps especially in luxury goods such as wine.

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Protea, Yountville

Columnist: Karen Hart
May, 2017 Issue

Protea (pronounced pro-tay-yuh) is the genus of South African flowering plants, and in local tradition the flower represents hope and change. It’s also the inspiration behind Protea, a fast casual restaurant in downtown Yountville that opened in April last year, and is quickly gaining a five-star reputation for Latin-inspired street food.  

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Schug Carneros Estate Winery Sonoma

Columnist: Karen Hart
May, 2017 Issue

Schug Carneros Estate Winery 602 Bonneau Sonoma, Calif. 95476 (707) 939-9363 www.schugwinery.com Hours: Open Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tasting Fees: $10 for five people or under Wines Offered: 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley; 2014 Carneros Chardonnay Estate Grown; 2015 Pinot Noir, Carneros; 2013 Carneros Pinot Noir, Estate Grown; and the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Heritage Reserve. (Subject to change.) Reservations: Required for groups of six or more; call (800) 966-9365 Picnics: In the courtyard  (Starting in late April, Fri.-Sun. only.) Pets: No

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Brasswood Bar and Kitchen St Helena

Columnist: Karen Hart
Apr, 2017 Issue

If you’re looking for a romantic day-trip getaway and a fine-dining experience, Brasswood Bar+Kitchen located at Brasswood Estate in St. Helena, is the perfect place to melt into the day and enjoy the bounty of Napa Valley. I ventured there on a Sunday afternoon with three friends to experience Brasswood Estate, which opened in February last year. We began in the tasting room, sampling a few signature wines—the 2013 Estate Cabernet Franc, the 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2013 Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, poured by Gretchen Jensen, tasting room associate. Made with sustainable grapes, their wines are soft and ...

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The Ten Percent

Columnist: Tim Carl
Apr, 2017 Issue

Got competition? There are 9,091 wineries in the United States and 4,202 are in California, reports Wine Business Monthly, What’s more, nearly 39 percent of those are “virtual,” meaning they don’t have a physical place to call home and instead make wine at a custom-crush facility or through some other arrangement. What this means is there are wine producers with significantly different cost structures, all trying their best to sell wine to an increasingly saturated market

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Vanity Projects

Columnist: Christina Julian
Apr, 2017 Issue

The wine industry has its own breed of vanity projects, what I like to call celebrity winery syndrome.  As a writer on the cusp of having my first novel published, I’ve gained insight into the good, bad and underbelly of the publishing world. On the one hand you have the elusive brass ring of a writer’s world—the Big Five publishers (Harper Collins, Penguin Random House and the like). On the furthest rung from the top there exists a shady side—vanity publishers—where writers pay to play. These houses bill themselves as real publishers but in reality, are anything but, charging authors for what any reputable publisher does as part of doing business.

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Trefethen Family Vineyards Napa

Author: Sarah Treseler
Apr, 2017 Issue

1160 Oak Knoll Avenue, Napa, California 94558 www.trefethen.com 866-895-7696    Hours: 10am to 4pm daily Tasting Fees: $25 Classic Tasting ($35 Reserve Tasting) Wines currently offered:  Dry Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dragon’s Tooth (Red Blend)

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April 2017 Tastes

Apr, 2017 Issue

New items from the North Bay to delight the tastebuds

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A Conversation From 2057

Columnist: Tim Carl
Mar, 2017 Issue

“I miss all the old vineyards,” she said quietly. “Remember when there were vines and we didn’t drink synthetic wine, but it came from actual grapes?"

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Custom Crush 2

Author: Sarah Stierch
Mar, 2017 Issue

If you’ve ever dreamt of having your own winery, or you’re a winemaker without a winery, a custom crush might be the right facility to achieve your winemaking dreams. Starting out in the wine industry can be overwhelming for new winemakers and producers, especially given the cost of land, the process of building a winery, the complexity of permits, zoning, and other requirements and regulations

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Dream Weaver

Author: Jane Hodges Young
Mar, 2017 Issue

For 18 years now, Cary Gott, founder and owner of St. Helena-based Vineyard & Winery Estates, has been helping wannabe winery owners, “Cross the highways of fantasy…to the bright side of the moon,” as the song goes in Gary Wright’s 1975 hit song “Dream Weaver.”

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Showtime

Author: Christina Julian
Mar, 2017 Issue

A reality craze was born on “Celebrity Apprentice” the moment “The Donald” barked out “You’re fired!” No one could’ve predicted the landslide of expose-style film and TV that would follow (nor the creator’s ascent to the White House). While the state of the nation remains uncertain, the future of reality TV is not. With the proliferation of streaming film and television through service providers like Amazon and Netflix, the accessibility of original content feels boundless and the time ripe for wine-related programing to go mainstream. Here’s a slice of what’s coming your way.

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Sonoma Cider Taproom and Restaurant Healdsburg

Columnist: Karen Hart
Mar, 2017 Issue

Located in Healdsburg, Sonoma Cider opened its doors in October last year and is gaining a reputation for its craft ciders. Founded by David and Robert Cordtz, a father-son team who’ve mastered the art of cider making, the taproom showcases their small-batch ciders with gourmet pub cuisine, created by Dominique Rooney, executive chef and granddaughter of the late actor, Mickey Rooney. What’s a hard cider company doing in Wine Country? Says Cordtz, “Cider is a segway. It’s for people who want something different.” I planned to try the crab mac n’ cheese, and being a vino lover, I usually scan the wine list first. But at Sonoma Cider it’s all about the apples, and I was curious what cider would pair well with my favorite comfort food. 

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Something to Wine About

Columnist: Christina Julian
Mar, 2017 Issue

As my time in Napa Valley wears on, I’ve caught myself tossing around some hoity-toity wine talk of my own. I’ve also stooped to swirling and sniffing my glass with the best of them. Over Christmas I went as far as uttering the words “malolactic fermentation” in front of my parents, who laughed at me, then cornered my husband to see if he was to blame for my not-so- flattering-metamorphosis into a “wine snob.” 

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Deerfield Ranch Winery Kenwood

Author: Karen Hart
Mar, 2017 Issue

Located in the heart of Sonoma Valley, Deerfield Ranch Winery is nestled amidst 14 acres of Kenwood Wetlands and offers a striking view of the Mayacamas Mountains. Owned by PJ and Robert Rex, there’s a sense of tranquil timelessness at Deerfield Ranch, and perhaps that’s why the Pomo Indians once settled there, and why the endangered Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom plant is now thriving, along with a 400-year-old oak tree at the husband-wife team’s hilltop retreat. “Deerfield Ranch is truly a piece of heaven. It’s magical,” says PJ. Deerfield Ranch is an award-winning boutique winery known for CleanWine, which is low in sulfites and histamines.

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March 2017 Art

Mar, 2017 Issue

New products and places in the North Bay.

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Guest Column On the Fly in Wine Country

Author: Geoff Smick
Mar, 2017 Issue

This is an exciting time for vineyard operators. For those with access to an off-the-shelf Global Positioning System (GPS) unit, they can collect data in the field, upload the coordinates to a data viewer, and then visualize the data overlaid on a high-resolution drone aerial photograph in the office. The result of all this innovation is more precise and sophisticated data, which makes for healthier and more productive vineyards.

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Its All About the Fitness

Author: Sarah Treseler
Feb, 2017 Issue

Over the last few years, those looking for alternatives to standard exercise have found themselves presented with a growing number of choices, thanks to the increasing popularity of “boutique fitness.” A boutique fitness studio is, generally, a facility that focuses on group exercise in one or two nontraditional fitness areas.

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Sauced BBQ and Sprits Petaluma

Columnist: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2017 Issue

I grew up in west Petaluma, and every time I go back I’m amazed at how much my hometown has changed—especially the then-sleepy downtown, which is now a vibrant, bustling destination. Count among the now-varied dining options Sauced BBQ & Spirits, a boisterous, family-friendly joint offering Southern-inspired barbecue and smoked meats, as well as a variety of creative sides and specialties (including four housemade sauces).

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Tight Job Market

Columnist: Tim Carl
Feb, 2017 Issue

The problem with wine distributors is out of control, but that's not likely to change anytime soon.

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Bust, Pot, Boom

Columnist: Christina Julian
Feb, 2017 Issue

As I know all too well, one person's yellow is another's red.

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Good Deeds

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
Jan, 2017 Issue

Giving back to their communities is an important part of the work culture at many North Bay companies. Formal giving committees, mentoring programs and widespread participation in Human Race events and other fundraisers make sizable impacts in the meager budgets of many local nonprofits and charities.  

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LaVier Latin Fusion San Rafael

Columnist: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2017 Issue

From the moment you enter LaVier, it’s apparent careful thought was put into every detail, from the large, leafy plants that separate small dining areas for more privacy (and add a tropical feel to the space) to the spicy Latin jazz playing in the background and the uniquely crafted cuisine. Husband and wife owners Guillermo Lara and Gabriela Vieyra opened the restaurant in July 2016 after establishing their culinary reputation with LaVier Catering (which they’ve operated since 2007).   

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Hobby Loss

Columnist: Tim Carl
Jan, 2017 Issue

I don’t really envision the wholesale removal of vineyards in favor of cannabis, but I can imagine adding a marijuana crop to existing operations will be too attractive to pass up for many.

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Cork This

Columnist: Christina Julian
Jan, 2017 Issue

An informal phone conversation went from cordial to curt when I learn corkage is no longer free and ask the simple question: Why?

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There Goes the Neighborhood

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Dec, 2016 Issue

Times are changing, just ask Dick Blakeley. In 1961, his dad started a little construction business in the hills on the northern end of Calistoga on Franz Valley School Road. From this remote, forested location, the family has run the business, serving northern Napa clientele—new wineries, private homes and, occasionally, the county of Napa, without incident—until the neighborhood started to change.

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Petalumas Next Phase

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
Dec, 2016 Issue

Petaluma has come a long way since its early days as the egg capital of the world. For well over a decade, the city and residents have been proactively working to revitalize the downtown area while preserving as much of its historic charm as possible. Exciting developments continue to be in the works in and around downtown Petaluma – projects that will not only continue to revitalize the city aesthetically, but also meet the needs of businesses, tourists, residents and the general public.

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Synthetic Wine

Columnist: Tim Carl
Dec, 2016 Issue

As wine businesses continue to evolve, it's important to know what the value proposition of wine actually is for most consumers.

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Village Inn and Restaurant Monte Rio

Columnist: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2016 Issue

Village Inn & Restaurant 20822 River Blvd. Monte Rio, CA 95462 (707) 865-2304 www.villageinn-ca.com Upscale comfort food Winter hours: Fri.-Sun. 3-6 p.m. (Happy Hour); 5-9 p.m. (dinner) Entrees $16-$26 Full bar; Sonoma County wine and beer  

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Managing Growth

Columnist: Christina Julian
Dec, 2016 Issue

Despite all the turmoil swirling around the wine industry, our restaurant and hospitality scene soldiered on.

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Heibel Ranch Vineyards, Calistoga

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2016 Issue

Heibel Ranch Vineyards 1458 Lincoln Ave., #12 Calistoga, CA 94515 (707) 341-3351 www.heibelranch.com Hours: Open Thurs. through Mon., noon to 5 p.m.; or daily by appointment Tasting fees: $15 per person, two different options (waived with qualified purchase) Wines offered: Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lappa’s and Captain Bubba (red blends) and Etzio (Zinfandel dessert wine) Reservations: See hours above Picnics: No Pets: Yes

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Tasca Tasca Sonoma

Columnist: Alexandra Russell
Nov, 2016 Issue

Tasca Tasca 122 West Napa St. Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 996-TAPA www.tascatasca.com New Portuguese cuisine Noon-midnight daily Plates $15, $24 or $32 Portuguese wine, Port and Madiera; some beer, cider and cocktails

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Hedging the Future

Columnist: Tim Carl
Nov, 2016 Issue

Up until recently, hedge funds and private equity typically stayed away from wineries and vineyards. There just wasnt enough profit potential.

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Kat Doescher

Author: Sarah Treseler
Nov, 2016 Issue

Kate Doescher, Madrone Estate Winery, Lake Sonoma Winery

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So InClined

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

Fred and Nancy Cline lead a life full of agriculture and adventure.

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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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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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Pete Downs

Author: Sarah Treseler
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

Pete Downs, Family Winemakers of California

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Guest Column: Wine Country’s New Owners: What Do We All Really Think?

Author: Monty & Sara Preiser
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

So many of us are, on some level, disturbed about the continued disappearance of the traditional family winery in favor of the conglomerate.

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Wine Along with Me

Columnist: Norman Rosinski
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

This is the 18th year that NorthBay biz has been the official print publication of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

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Capp Hertitage Vineyards, Napa

Author: William Rohrs
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

Capp Heritage Vineyards 1245 First Street Napa, CA, 94559 (707) 254-1922 www.cappheritage.com Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tasting fees: $20 for 6 tastes; waived with a two-bottle purchase Wines offered: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec Rose, Muscat, Sangiovese, Merlot, Barbera, Meritage, Cabernet Sauvingon Reservations: Not required Picnics: no Pets: Yes, on leashes

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Share the Air

Author: Karen Hart
Oct, 2016 Issue

Small unmanned aircraft are on the fly and finding ways into daily life.

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Secret Sauce

Columnist: Tim Carl
Oct, 2016 Issue

I remember getting high scores and a feature story on my wine in Wine Spectator. I was thrilled and waited for the phone to ring off the hook.

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Basalt, Napa

Author: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2016 Issue

Basalt 790 Main St. Napa, CA 94559 (707) 927-5265 www.basaltnapa.com Seasonal California Cuisine 5 p.m.-10 p.m. (Monday-Thursday), 5 p.m.-10 p.m. (Friday), 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (Saturday), 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sunday) Entrees $16-$35 Nice wine and beer list, craft cocktails

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Casa Nuestra, St. Helena

Author: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2016 Issue

Casa Nuestra 3451 Silverado Trail North St. Helena, CA 94574 (707) 963-5783 www.casanuestra.com Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tasting fees: $30 for five wines Wines offered: Changes seasonally. Summer 2016: Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Meritage and Tinto (red blends) Reservations: Required Picnics: Wine club members only Pets: No

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Highest and Best Use

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Sep, 2016 Issue

I only spent a brief amount of time at McKinsey, but even so, it changed the way I think. 

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The County Bench Kitchen + Bar, Santa Rosa

Author: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2016 Issue

The County Bench Kitchen + Bar 535 4th St. Santa Rosa, CA (707) 535-0700 www.thecountybench.com New American cuisine Lunch Tuesday through Friday; Sunday brunch; dinner hours vary by day, check website for details Entrees: $12 (individual)-$70 (for the table) Extensive wine list, full bar

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So Long to Summer

Author: Christina Julian
Sep, 2016 Issue

Now a regular at the Barrel Auction, I delight in seeing what changes from one year to the next as well as reveling in those things that never do.

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Ledson Winery, Kenwood

Author: Sarah Treseler
Sep, 2016 Issue

Ledson Winery and Vineyards 7335 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood, CA 95409 www.ledson.com Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tasting Fees: $15 to $47, depending on experience chosen. Wines currently offered: Ledson makes 70 wines and tasting selections vary widely based on customer preferences. Reservations: Required for private tasting and groups of six or more. Picnics: Yes. Gourmet sandwiches and snacks available for purchase in the marketplace, no outside food please Pets: Yes

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Bounty: CropMobster

Author: Karen Hart
Aug, 2016 Issue

How a husband-wife team took the idea of “flash mob” and started an online community to support agriculture and take a bite out of hunger.

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Innovator: Free Flow Wines

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Aug, 2016 Issue

Wine on tap is changing the delivery model for by-the-glass service at hospitality outlets across the country.

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Cork vs. Screw Cap

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Jul, 2016 Issue

I love corks, but I think that has more to do with their natural origins and the fact they provide a certain level of tradition, theater and ceremony more than anything else.

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East Meets West

Author: Tim Carl
Jul, 2016 Issue

Wineries take the lead welcoming an expected increase of visitors from China.

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Treasure Hunting

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
Jul, 2016 Issue

Foraging and gleaning in the North Bay.

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Franchetti's Wood Fire Kitchen, Santa Rosa

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2016 Issue

Franchetti’s Wood Fire Kitchen 1229 North Dutton Santa Rosa, CA (707) 526-1229 www.franchettis.com Cal-Italia with an Americana twist Open 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.); 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.(Sat.-Sun.); 5-8:30 p.m. (daily) Dinner entrees $8-$22 Beer, wine, vermouths and “craftails” made with Soju liquors

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Fly Wine

Author: Christina Julian
Jul, 2016 Issue

You can only say “I’m sorry,” so many times; an offering of wine says what words can’t.

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The JCB Tasting Salon and Atelier by JCB, Yountville

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2016 Issue

The JCB Tasting Salon and Atelier by JCB   6505 Washington St.   Yountville, CA   (707) 934-8237   www.jcbcollection.com   Hours: Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.   Tasting fees: $30-$50, depending on experience chosen   Wines offered: The JCB collection of Napa Valley wines is featured in three distinct flights: the Premium Collection, the JCB Touch Interactive tasting and The Surrealist flight   Reservations: Recommended for the tasting experiences and required for parties of eight or more   Picnics: No (hampers are available to take-away from Atelier)   Pets: No

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July 2016 People

Jul, 2016 Issue

People making a difference in the North Bay.

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July 2016 Numbers

Jul, 2016 Issue

Interesting facts and figures from the North Bay

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Winging It

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
Jun, 2016 Issue

Piloting your own aircraft is like flying a time machine.

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Thomas Jefferson's Dream

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Jun, 2016 Issue

“Bringing wine to France is like bringing sand to a beach."

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Atlas Social, Napa

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2016 Issue

Atlas Social 1124 First St. Napa, CA 94559 (707) 258-2583 www.atlasocialnapa.com Small plates, global flavors Noon to 9:00 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday) and 10:00 pm (Friday and Saturday) Small plates $3-$18 Nice wine and beer list

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The Growth Bender

Author: Christina Julian
Jun, 2016 Issue

As is often the case with any addiction, I have to ask myself if this latest binge is really worth it considering the hangover that’s sure to follow.

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Trek Wine, Novato

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2016 Issue

Trek Wine 1026 Machin Ave. Novato, CA 94945 (415) 899-9883 trekwine.com Hours: Wednesday and Thursday noon-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon-10 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tasting fees: $5 for five tastes Wines offered: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, petite sirah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, sparkling Reservations: No Picnics: Yes Pets: Yes

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2016 BEST Zinfandel: Armida Winery

Author: Tim Carl
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Armida Winery has been voted Best Zinfandel in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll

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2016 BEST Sparkling Wine: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards has been voted Best Sparkling Wine in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Sauvignon Blanc: Benziger Family Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Benziger Family Winery has been voted Best Sauvignon Blanc in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Pinot Noir: Paradise Ride Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Paradise Ridge Vineyards & Winery has been voted Best Pinot Noir in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Merlot: Matanzas Creek Winery

Author: Tim Carl
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Matanzas Creek has been voted Best Merlot in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Chardonnay: Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards has been voted Best Chardonnay in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Cabernet Sauvignon: B.R. Cohn

Author: Petter Westby and Cerrissa Kim
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

B.R. Cohn has been voted Best Cabernet Sauvignon in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Business Restaurant: John Ash & Co.

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

John Ash & Co.has been voted Best Restaurant in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2016 BEST Wine Tasting Room: Ferrari-Carano

Author: Sarah Treseler
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Ferrari Carano Vineyards and Winery has been voted Best Tasting Room in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll. 

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Peter Mondavi, Sr. (1914-2016)

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2016 Issue

In February, Peter Mondavi died at the age of 101. It’s safe to say the California wine industry would be very different without him, but many may not know how far-reaching his contributions were.

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Raise Your Glass

Author: Jane Hodges Young
May, 2016 Issue

Women of the Vine provides women in the alcoholic beverage industries an opportunity to network, share knowledge and support each other.

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Fast Food Revolution

Author: Juliet Porton
May, 2016 Issue

A new breed of North Bay restaurants are out to prove that eating fast food doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality—or your values.

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Tourism From China Will Increase

Author: Tim Carl
May, 2016 Issue

On average, visitors from China spent $6,000 per person during trips to the United States, which was more than any of the other groups surveyed.

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Bird & the Bottle, Santa Rosa

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2016 Issue

Bird & the Bottle 1055 Fourth Street Santa Rosa (707) 568-4000 www.birdandthebottle.com Modern tavern fare Lunch and dinner daily Plates to share (or not): $6-$28 Full bar, nice wine list

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Wines Are Like Supermodels

Author: Christina Julian
May, 2016 Issue

Jay McInerney enchanted us with his comparison of Chablis to Kate Moss and of Monterey County Chardonnay to Pamela Anderson.

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Fun, Fit and Fifty Plus

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Apr, 2016 Issue

Keeping active, both physically and mentally, is key to healthy aging.

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Sobering News

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Apr, 2016 Issue

If we could study how consumers were acting in 1938 we might get a better idea about where things may go for us in the near term.

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Balboa Cafe, Mill Valley

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2016 Issue

Balboa Cafe 38 Miller Ave. Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 381-7321 balboacafe.com Modern bistro fare Dinner nightly; lunch Tuesdays-Fridays; weekend brunch Entrees (dinner): $13.50-$33 Full bar, good wine list  

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards, St. Helena

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2016 Issue

Joseph Phelps Vineyards 200 Taplin Rd. St. Helena, CA 94574 (800) 707-5789 • (707) 967-3720 www.josephphelps.com Hours: Open daily. Seated Exceptional Wine Experience tastings are held at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.(see website for all options). Terrace tastings are offered Monday through Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the last tasting beginning at 3:00 p.m.; on weekends, they begin at 10:00 a.m. with the last tasting beginning at 2:30 p.m. Tasting fees: $75 for a terrace tasting or $100 per person for a seated experience Wines offered: Varies depending on chosen tasting experience.The winery’s flagship bottling, Insignia, is included in all experiences and terrace tastings.Reservations: Required Picnics: No Pets: No

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March 2016 Wine 1

Mar, 2016 Issue

New wine industry technology

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March 2016 Wine 2

Mar, 2016 Issue

New wine industry technology

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March 2016 Wine 3

Mar, 2016 Issue

New news on the wine world

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On The Road

Author: Jane Hodges Young
Mar, 2016 Issue

Wine Road - Northern Sonoma County celebrates its 40th year.  

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Everything Changes

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Mar, 2016 Issue

When the only thing that is constant is change.

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Winding Up and Down the Valley

Author: Christina Julian
Mar, 2016 Issue

To change or not to change? That’s the question that dominated 2015 conversations.

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Working with Mother Nature

Author: Karen Hart
Mar, 2016 Issue

Growers are combating threats to vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties.

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Dreams and Ideas

Author: Christina Julian
Mar, 2016 Issue

Katie Hamilton Shaffer is feasting it forward, one glass, fork and fund-raiser at a time.

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Exquisite Events

Author: Kat Gore
Mar, 2016 Issue

Event rental businesses make the magic happen for brides and beyond.

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2013 Tognetti Family Winery Los Carneros Chardonnay with Wild Salmon, Fregula Sarda and Pickled Vege

Author: Alexandra Russell
Mar, 2016 Issue

2013 Tognetti Family Winery Los Carneros Chardonnay with Wild Salmon, Fregula Sarda and Pickled Vegetables

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Ca'Momi Osteria, Napa

Author: Alexandra Russell
Mar, 2016 Issue

Ca’Momi Osteria 1141 First Street Napa (707) 224-MOMI camomi.com “Heartcrafted” Italian cuisine Dinner nightly; late night menu available on weekends Entrees (dinner): $16-$32 Full bar, nice wine list

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February 2016 Tastes

Feb, 2016 Issue

Things you might not have known regarding local food and tastes.

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Evolving Tastes?

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Feb, 2016 Issue

Envisioning a future where grapes aren’t the biggest industry around here.

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Hopmonk Tavern

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Feb, 2016 Issue

Hopmonk Tavern 691 Broadway, Sonoma (707) 935-9100 www.hopmonk.com/sonoma American Comfort Food Lunch and dinner daily Entrées: $11-$23 Full bar, nice wine list    

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Wine World: California's Newest Theme Park

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Jan, 2016 Issue

Is Wine Country in danger of Disneyfication?

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Making an Impact

Author: Gerald W. Haslam
Jan, 2016 Issue

Bonny Meyer is putting her money where her mouth is in an attempt to leave Earth a better place than it was when she arrived.

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More than a Game

Author: William Rohrs
Jan, 2016 Issue

The Bay Area gears up to host Super Bowl 50 and shares the ways the event will benefit various businesses in the North Bay.

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Sir & Star at The Olema

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2016 Issue

Sir & Star at The Olema 10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Olema (415) 663-1064 sirandstar.com West Marin Cuisine Dinner Wednesday through Sunday Entrees (dinner): $15-$48 Mostly Marin wine, beer, cider and mead

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January 2016 People: Forrest Murray, Jr.

Jan, 2016 Issue

People and companies making a difference

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January 2016 Read

Jan, 2016 Issue

Books to look out for

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All That's Allowed

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Dec, 2015 Issue

Napa County is taking a hard look at winery use permits after wineries inadvertently overstep their bounds on production and events.

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Herd Mentality

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Special Wine Issue, Dec, 2015

[Robert] Parker produced a simple method that provided busy, successful people with the ability to purchase exclusive luxury items that appealed to the American palate.

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Odette Estate Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2015 Issue

Odette Estate Winery, Napa 5998 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558 (707) 224-7533 www.odetteestate.com Hours: Open daily 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. by appointment Tasting fees: $60-$165, depending on experience Wines offered: Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (when available); Adaptation Chardonnay, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon; Cade Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; PlumpJack Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay Reservations: Required Picnics: No Pets: Dog-friendly

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Pacific Catch

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Dec, 2015 Issue

Pacific Catch 133 Corte Madera Town Center Corte Madera (415) 927-3474 pacificcatch.com Seafood restaurant Lunch and dinner daily Entrées: $12-$19 Full bar, nice wine list

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December 2015 People Mike Harrison

Dec, 2015 Issue

People and companies making a difference

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Perspective 2016: Napa County

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Dec, 2015 Issue

The county comes together in rebuilding, disaster relief, ongoing success and progress.

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November 2015 Tastes

Nov, 2015 Issue

New sweet surprises from the North Bay.

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Dry Creek Vineyard

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Nov, 2015 Issue

Dry Creek Vineyard 3770 Lambert Bridge Rd. Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 433-1000 www.drycreekvineyard.com Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Tasting fees: $10-$15; varies for reserved/private experiences Wines offered: Fumé Blanc, Dry Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Meritage, The Mariner (red blend), Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah Reservations: Required for groups of six or more Picnics: Yes Pets: Leashed dogs in picnic area OK

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M.Y. Noodles

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Nov, 2015 Issue

M.Y. Noodles Graton Resort and Casino 288 Golf Course Drive West Rohnert Park (707) 703-1955 www.gratonresortcasino.com Modern Chinese Lunch and dinner daily Large plates: $16-$38 Full bar, short wine list

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Carpe Diem Wine Bar

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Oct, 2015 Issue

Carpe Diem Wine Bar 1001 Second St. Napa (707) 224-0800 carpediemwinebar.com Wine Country Cuisine Dinner Nightly Small and Large plates: $6-$24 Full bar, excellent wine list

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Let's Wine Some More

Columnist: Norman Rosinski
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

As is our habit, this Wine/Harvest Fair issue is filled with fun, facts, figures and fancy.

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Wine 2015 Pumpover Precision

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

In 2014, Vintuitive Winemaking Tools (formerly Vinnovation LLC) announced its patent-pending LOTUS pumpover head.

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Wine 2015 Picks

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Fun and useful items born in North Bay Wine Country

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Wine 2015 Fun

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Fun and interesting information related to wine

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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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Attack of the Robot Winemakers

Columnist: Tim Carl
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

There’s something to be said for technology’s role in winemaking—but nothing can replace the human touch.

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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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Gracianna Winery

Author: Tori Goldman
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Gracianna Winery 6914 Westside Rd. Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 486-3771 Gracianna.com Hours: Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tasting Fees: $15 per person for up to five wines Wines Offered: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling Brut Rosé Reservations: Required Picnics: Yes Pets: Yes

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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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People You Should Know: Heidi Kuhn

Author: Elaine B. Holtz
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Replacing mine fields with agricultural crops across the globe.

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How Many Tasting Rooms Are Enough?

Author: Tim Carl
Columnist: Tim Carl
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Normally, I lean toward the free-market side of things, but even I’m starting to wonder about the future of our downtowns.

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Paradise Ridge Winery

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Paradise Ridge Winery 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr. Santa Rosa, Calif., 95403 (707) 528-9463 prwinery.com Hours: Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tasting Fees: $15 (waived with two-bottle purchase); different fees may apply to groups of six or more and for specialized experiences Wines Offered: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Delight (aromatic white blend), Pinot Noir, Rosé, Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, The Posse (Rhone-style red blend), Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine, sparkling Shiraz Reservations: Required for groups of six or more Picnics: OK for up to six people with a purchase of one bottle for every two people; reservations required for groups of more than six Pets: OK outdoors

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September 2015 Give

Sep, 2015 Issue

Working to make our communities better

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Water: Blood in the Veins

Columnist: Tim Carl
Sep, 2015 Issue

Our water troubles could worsen before they get better.

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The Sucker Punch of Growth

Columnist: Christina Julian
Sep, 2015 Issue

Is the Winery Definition Ordinance working when it comes to growth and restrictions?

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Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2015 Issue

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards 23555 Hwy 121 (Arnold Drive) Sonoma, CA 95476 (866) 8-GLORIA • (707) 933-1917 www.gloriaferrer.com Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (wine service ends at 4:45 p.m.); tours and tastings are offered by appointment at select times each day Tasting fees: $30-$120, depending on experience Wines offered: Sparkling wine, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Reservations: Required for Bubbles and Bites Tour, Reserve Tour and Glorious Tour, and for groups of seven or more Picnics: No Pets: Yes

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Geyserville Grille

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Sep, 2015 Issue

Geyserville Grille 21714 Geyserville Ave. Geyserville (877) 857-4343 www.geyservilleinn.com Wine Country Cuisine Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri. Brunch weekends Dinner Thurs.-Sat. Entrées (dinner): $15-$21 Full bar, good wine list

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From the Publisher 2015

Author: Norman Rosinski
NBB Top 500, Aug, 2015

Game Changers: Individuals and Organizations Shaping the Future of the North Bay

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Leadership: Barbara Banke

Author: Jane Hodges Young
Aug, 2015 Issue

When taking the reins after a legend, it pays to have a strong vision of the future.

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Sustainability: Sonoma County Winegrowers

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Aug, 2015 Issue

Moving agriculture forward in measureable ways

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Personality: Jean-Charles Boisset

Author: Christina Julian
Aug, 2015 Issue

Developing wine tasting experiences for all the senses

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August 2015 Eat

Aug, 2015 Issue

New meal options in the North Bay

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August 2015 Outside Lands

Aug, 2015 Issue

A peek inside Outside Lands' food and beer offerings

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Welcome to the New Vine Wise

Columnist: Tim Carl
Aug, 2015 Issue

Tim Carl introduces himself with his first Vine Wise column.

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It's Showtime

Author: Juliet Porton
Aug, 2015 Issue

A growing list of local music venues is bringing both big-name acts and homegrown talent to a stage near you.

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Giving Gone Wild

Columnist: Christina Julian
Aug, 2015 Issue

Auction Napa Valley has another exemplary year.

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Sweet T's

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Aug, 2015 Issue

Sweet T’s 2097 Stagecoach Rd., Ste. 100 Santa Rosa (707) 595-3935 www.sweettssr.com Southern cuisine Lunch and dinner daily Entrées (dinner): $18-$41 Full bar, good wine list

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Guest Column: Your Business Name in the Clouds

Author: Roger Olson
Aug, 2015 Issue

Supporting our local air show will help in many ways.

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July 2015 People: Hidden Hero/Barry Collier

Jul, 2015 Issue

“Sue donated her body to Forbes Norris to help with research and treatment of ALS. So I called to donate 100 percent of the Syrah’s proceeds, in perpetuity, to the center.” —Barry Collier

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July 2015 Health

Jul, 2015 Issue

North Bay companies encourage a healthy mind and motion.

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The Good Earth

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Jul, 2015 Issue

A region renowned for its agricultural identity commits to preserve it.

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Sold!

Author: Jane Hodges Young
Jul, 2015 Issue

Vineyard and winery sales are on the upswing.

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The Art of Charcuterie

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
Jul, 2015 Issue

Local chefs embrace traditional techniques while creating their unique cured meats.

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Madrone Vineyards Estate

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2015 Issue

Madrone Vineyards Estate 777 Madrone Road Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 939-4500 www.madronevineyardsestate.com Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tasting fees: $15 to $50, depending on experience Wines offered: Madrone Vineyards Estate old vine Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and rosé; Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay, Barbera, Petite Sirah, old vine Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon; and Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc and Blend ’41 Reservations: Recommended for large groups and some tasting/tour experiences Picnics: No Pets: No

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Yeti Restaurant

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2015 Issue

Yeti Restaurant 190 Farmers Lane Santa Rosa  (707) 521-9608 www.yetirestaurant.com Indian and Nepalese cuisine Lunch and dinner daily Entrees: $9.99-$32.99 Full bar; beer and wine

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June 2015 Adventure

Jun, 2015 Issue

Get out and explore your communities

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Is It Time to Drop the Gauntlet on Development?

Columnist: Christina Julian
Jun, 2015 Issue

Christina hopes winery development gets under control sooner than later.

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Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2015 Issue

Jordan Vineyard & Winery 1474 Alexander Valley Road Healdsburg, CA 95448 (800) 654-1213 • (707) 431-5250 jordanwinery.com Hours: Open daily April through November (closed Sundays in December through March); tours and tastings are offered by appointment at select times each day Tasting fees: $30-$120, depending on experience Wines offered: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay Reservations: Required Picnics: No Pets: No

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Dry Creek Kitchen

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Jun, 2015 Issue

Dry Creek Kitchen 317 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg (707) 431-0330 www.charliepalmer.com/dry-creek-kitchen Wine Country Cuisine Dinner nightly Entrées: $27-$39 Full bar; outstanding wine list

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BEST Of 2015 Green

NBB Best Of, May, 2015

The North Bay leads the way in going green.

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2015 BEST Hotel for Business: Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Hyatt Vineyard Creek has been voted Best Hotel for Business in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Wine Tasting Room: Dutton-Goldfield Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Dutton-Goldfield Winery has been voted BEST Wine Tasting Room in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Business Restaurant: John Ash & Co.

Author: Cerrissa Kim
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

John Ash & Co.has been voted Best Restaurant in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Cabernet Sauvignon: Mazzocco Winery

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Mazzocco Winery has been voted Best Cabernet Sauvignon in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Chardonnay: La Crema Winery

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

La Crema Winery has been voted Best Chardonnay in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Merlot: Selby Winery

Author: Tim Carl
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Selby Winery has been voted Best Merlot in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Pinot Noir: Balletto Vineyards

Author: Juliet Porton
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Balletto Vineyards has been voted Best Pinot Noir in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Sauvignon Blanc: Dutcher Crossing Winery

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Dutcher Crossing Winery has been voted Best Sauvignon Blanc in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Sparkling Wine: J Vineyards & Winery

Author: Tim Carl
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

J Vineyards and Winery has been voted Best Sparkling Wine in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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2015 BEST Zinfandel: Mauritson Wines

Author: Cerrissa Kim
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Mauritson Wines has been voted Best Zinfandel in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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Glass Class

Columnist: Christina Julian
May, 2015 Issue

Finding the right glass for your wine can make a difference in how it tastes.

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Walt Wines

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2015 Issue

Walt Wines 380 First St. West Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 933-4440 www.waltwines.com Hours: Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last seated tasting at 5:30 p.m.) Tasting fees: $20 (one tasting fee waived per bottle purchased) Wines offered: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Reservations: For groups of six or more Picnics: Yes Dog friendly: Yes

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630 Park Steakhouse

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Apr, 2015 Issue

630 Park Steakhouse 288 Golf Course Drive West Rohnert Park (707) 588-7115 www.gratonresortcasino.com Steak and Seafood Dinner nightly Entrées: $18-$99 Full bar, extensive wine list

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Unique Territory

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
Apr, 2015 Issue

Sonoma County's newest AVAs are as diverse as the stories behind them.

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April 2015 People: Vine School, Milestones

Author:
Apr, 2015 Issue

Windsor High's School's vineyard academy academy, Earth Day at Iron Hose Vineyards and more

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April 2015 Tours

Author:
Apr, 2015 Issue

Getting around in Wine Country

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April 2015 Philanthropy

Author:
Apr, 2015 Issue

The wine industry supports the North Bay community in a variety of ways.

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Learning the Business of Wine

Author: Juliet Porton
Apr, 2015 Issue

Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute is training the next generation of wine industry leaders.

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Unique Territory

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
Apr, 2015 Issue

Sonoma County's newest AVAs are as diverse as the stories behind them.

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Blending Art and Science

Author: Tim Carl
Apr, 2015 Issue

A look at trends in the world of wine

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The New Napa Valley: Country or Cosmo?

Columnist: Christina Julian
Apr, 2015 Issue

Christina hopes that as Napa Valley’s population grows, its small town feel will remain solid.

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Instant Gratification

Author: Mike Davies
Apr, 2015 Issue

Who knew wine tasting and technology would make such a perfect marriage?

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The Health Benefits of Wine

Columnist: Steven Levenberg, D.O.
Apr, 2015 Issue

Drink up, people—but keep it moderate.

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The Perfect Day

Author: Julie Fadda Powers and Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2015 Issue

Wine Country is the ideal place to say, “I do.”

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La Taberna

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Apr, 2015 Issue

La Taberna 815 Main St. Napa (707) 224-5551 www.latabernanapa.com Spanish cuisine Open daily 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Small plates: $5-$12 Eclectic wine list

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Trotter 1/16

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Apr, 2015 Issue

2011 Trotter 1/16 Cabernet Sauvignon with Seared Ahi Tuna

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Top 500 2015 People

NBB Top 500, Mar, 2015

Meet some North Bay individuals making a difference.

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Top 500 2015 Party

NBB Top 500, Mar, 2015

Let's get this party started!

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Top 500 2015 Trends

NBB Top 500, Mar, 2015

There's always something new to think about

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Inkwells to Icons

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Mar, 2015 Issue

Change is inevitable, but the North Bay financial industry’s commitment to the community is a consistent value and an integral part of its success.  

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The Shot Heard Around the World

Columnist: Christina Julian
Mar, 2015 Issue

A look at the slow evolution of Napa Wine Country

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Better With Age

Author: Jane Hodges Young
Mar, 2015 Issue

How North Bay’s Wine Country has changed since its early days

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Cuvaison Estate Wines

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Mar, 2015 Issue

At a Glance Cuvaison Estate Wines 1221 Duhig Rd. Napa, CA 94559 (707) 942-2455 www.cuvaison.com Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Fees: $20 Wines offered: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon Reservations: Required Picnics: No Pets: Dog friendly

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City Winery

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Mar, 2015 Issue

City Winery 1030 Main St. Napa (707) 260-1600 www.citywinery.com/napa Cal-Mediterranean Cuisine Dinner nightly Lunch Th.-Fri., Brunch Sat.-Sun. Entrées (dinner): $13-$30 Full bar; excellent wine list

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March 2015 Tastes

Author:
Feb, 2015 Issue

Tickle your taste buds, North Bay!

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February 2015 Tastes

Feb, 2015 Issue

Time to tickle your taste buds!

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Growing the Culture

Author: Cerrissa Kim
Feb, 2015 Issue

Fermentation fervor inspires startups that make healthy food the old-fashioned way. 

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Commercial Drones: Will They or Won't They?

Columnist: Christina Julian
Feb, 2015 Issue

How drones just might work for the wine industry.

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Cool Water

Author: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2015 Issue

Fred Water aims to make this basic beverage hip.

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Three Sticks Wines

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Feb, 2015 Issue

At a Glance 143 W. Spain St. Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 996-3328 www.threestickswines.com Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Fees: $35-$70 Wines offered: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Casteñada (Rhone blend) Reservations: Required Pets: Dog-friendly

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Brasa

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Feb, 2015 Issue

Brasa 505 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa (707) 623-9382 www.thebrasa.com Brazilian Steakhouse Dinner nightly $7-$12 (small plates); $40 (rodizio) Full bar, nice wine list

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County Clubs, Groceries and Pot

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2015 Issue

Who’s ready for some golf, organic food and ice cream that gives you the munchies?

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January 2015 People: Second Act/Kerith Overstreet

Jan, 2015 Issue

Kerith Overstreet blends art, science and giving at Bruliam Wines.

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Killing the Goose

Columnist: Mike Martini
Jan, 2015 Issue

Let’s get real about rural Wine Country living.

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Recapture That Loving Feeling

Columnist: Christina Julian
Jan, 2015 Issue

Christina seeks out down-to-earth winery experiences in Napa.

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Big Wines, Big Hearts

Author: Stephen Ferry
Jan, 2015 Issue

North Bay wineries give back in many ways.

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The Pullman Kitchen

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Jan, 2015 Issue

The Pullman Kitchen 205 5th St. Santa Rosa (707) 545-4300 thepullmankitchensr.com Cal-Mediterranean Cuisine Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Brunch and dinner Sat.-Sun. Entrées (dinner): $14-$28 Nice wine list

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Michael Mondavi Family

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Jan, 2015 Issue

Michael Mondavi Family Animo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and porcini dusted rib eye with porcini butter and grilled porcini

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Perspective 2015: Napa County

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Dec, 2014 Issue

A year of challenge and accomplishment

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December 2014 Tastes

Dec, 2014 Issue

Time to tickle your taste buds!

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Among the Vines

Author: Jane Hodges Young
Dec, 2014 Issue

Chef Douglas Keane’s plan for a new restaurant in Alexander Valley is getting mixed reaction from neighbors.

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Small Towns, Big Biz

Columnist: Christina Julian
Dec, 2014 Issue

Christina covers some up-valley sights and sounds.

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Staying Connected After 50

Author: Juliet Porton
Dec, 2014 Issue

It may feel more difficult to meet new people as we age, but it’s not impossible if you know where to look.

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Climate Change

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Dec, 2014 Issue

Will our warming temperatures become the norm?

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Sbragia Family Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2014 Issue

Sbragia Family Vineyards 9990 Dry Creek Road Geyserville, CA 95441 www.sbragia.com Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Tasting fees: $15-$25 Wines currently offered: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel Rosé and six wine club exclusives Appointment necessary: For a seated terrace tasting or “The Ark” reserve Cabernet tasting. Walk-ins welcome for a standard tasting room experience. Picnics: Yes Pets: Dog friendly

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Vignette

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Dec, 2014 Issue

Vignette 6750 McKinley St. Sebastopol (707) 861-3897 www.vignettepizzeria.com Pizzeria Lunch and dinner daily Pizzas: $14-$19 Wine and beer

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Perspective 2015: Sonoma County

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2014 Issue

NorthBay biz shines a spotlight on the economy and culture of Sonoma County.

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December 2014 Wine

Nov, 2014 Issue

Wine facts and fun

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Small-Town Celebrations

Author: Karen Hart
Nov, 2014 Issue

How North Bay merchants ring in the holidays and spread good cheer to keep local economies thriving.

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Sonoma County’s Agricultural Roots, Part 2

Columnist: Richard L. Thomas
Nov, 2014 Issue

Rich continues a look back on our agricultural/viticulture roots, then takes a look toward the future.

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Lydia's Express

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Nov, 2014 Issue

Lydia’s Express 6761 Sebastopol Ave. Sebastopol (707) 861-9431 lydias-express.com Organic, gluten-free, vegan Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily Entrées: $6.50-$18 Wine, beer and cider

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2014 Special Wine Issue

Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2014

 

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A Passion for Perfection

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 ...

Wine and Weather

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 ti...

Napa vs. Sonoma

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 topogr...

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