Richard L. Thomas




Richard is a viticulture consultant, as well as a teacher and director of viticulture for Santa Rosa Junior College. Thomas developed the state’s first full-time viticulture program at the community college level, and in 2002, was honored by SRJC’s construction of the “Richard L. Thomas Viticulture Classroom.” In addition to winning numerous awards and accolades in his field, Thomas is active with the Sonoma County Grape Growers Association and the Sonoma County Vineyard Technical Group. He also serves as a professional wine judge for the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, the San Francisco Chronicle and for New York’s International Eastern Wine Competition.



In this Issue

Are You Covered?

It’s one in the morning and you wake to see the red glow of fire through the window, or you’re driving in rainy conditions, and your car skids toward an oncoming car. Are you covered? Ca...

Family Roots

One of the oldest wineries along West Dry Creek Road in Sonoma County is A. Rafanelli Winery. Nestled on a knoll that offers a sweeping view of the valley, the rustic winery is still family-owned an...

Harvest Tunes

For those in the business of wine, music can be essential to the winemaking process. This year we asked a number of notable winemakers in Napa and Sonoma counties to share their music playlist prefe...

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