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Russian River Vineyards, Forestville, CA The Sun also Rises
January 2, 2013
by Vesta Copestakes
The weight of too much debt carries with it a cloud of failure that is both perceived and feels very real. There are those who fall from the burden of their own decisions and never get up again…and those who stumble over obstacles in their path to step confidently onto level ground again. Russian River Vineyards, with its successful Corks Restaurant, has experienced the cloud of bankruptcy hiding their sun of success, and are now standing in full light.  How did they pull that off? Through persistence and personal commitment to their vision.
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Wine Club Wine Banter - By John Haggard -March 2017
March 1, 2017

With the Dungeness crab season fully underway I thought we might take a look at a few wines to pair with crustaceans, shellfish, standing rib roast, prime rib and even your favorite desserts. 

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Yeast on Grapes Wine Banter - By John Haggard - February 2017
February 2, 2017

With the Dungeness crab season fully underway I thought we might take a look at a few wines to pair with crustaceans, shellfish, standing rib roast, prime rib and even your favorite desserts. 

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Yeast on Grapes Wine Banter - By John Haggard - January 2017
January 4, 2017

With the Dungeness crab season fully underway I thought we might take a look at a few wines to pair with crustaceans, shellfish, standing rib roast, prime rib and even your favorite desserts. 

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Chris Morano, Fountaingrove Inn Concierge Wine Country Hotel Concierge - Chris Morano -Awarded Top Honor
November 25, 2016
Mr. Chris Morano, Chief Concierge at Fountaingrove Inn | The Steakhouse @ Equus in Santa Rosa has received the 2016 Excellence in Lodging & Hospitality Award for a Lodging Staff Person by the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA). 
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Bear Republic  Brewing Company Bear Republic Pace Car Racer MEDALS at Great American Beer Festival
November 16, 2016
It’s a remarkable occasion when every four years, our media spotlight turns to the legions of dedicated athletes who ascend out of relative obscurity and shine amidst Olympic intensity. A medal of any kind is sacredly cherished by the beneficiary, and internationally regarded as a symbol of hard work, talent, and perseverance.
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Yeast on Grapes Wine Banter - By John Haggard - November 2016
October 26, 2016
by John Haggard

New Discoveries

The simple joy of discovering wines produced slightly differently than one is accustomed to truly brings excitement and passion back to all the senses.

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Yeast on Grapes Wine Banter - By John Haggard - October 2016
September 28, 2016
by John Haggard

This year’s harvest is going to be lighter than what might be considered a normal vintage, however, after so many years of drought it’s to be expected. Smaller berries yield a higher quality and in turn we can expect another excellent vintage.

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Harvest Fair 2016 Harvest Fair Celebrates the Bounty of Sonoma County, September 30 – October
September 1, 2016
The 42nd annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair, September 30 – October 2, will draw Bay Area locals and visitors from across the globe to the Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.
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SARAH PIAMPIANO of San Rafael Sonoma County Ironman-Vineman Triathalon winners announced
July 30, 2016

 Nearly 2,000 Athletes Converged in Windsor to Participate in 140.6 Mile Triathlon

Warm conditions did not slow down Kyle Buckingham (ZAF) and Sarah Piampiano, who both used impressive bike and run splits to take home the crown at the inaugural IRONMAN®  Vineman triathlon. Buckingham finished with a time of 08:27:58, while Piampiano dominatedthe women’s field with a 09:19:05 finish time, nearly 45 minutes faster than second place.

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Winery events cause traffic problems on rural Sonoma County roads Sonoma County Winery Events Facing Changes in Rules
July 16, 2016
July’s winery events study session by the Board of Supervisors was a step in the right direction, as local officials try to balance wine industry interests with a growing backlash by concerned citizens.
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Winery Wedding Winery Event Center Workshop NEW TIME July 12
July 11, 2016

Winery Events Study Session
July 12, 2016

Location: Board of Supervisors Chambers
575 Administration Drive
Time: As early as 2:10 p.m.

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Yeast on Grapes WINE BANTER - By John Haggard - July 2016
June 29, 2016
by John Haggard

Recent scientific studies have been showing that microbes differ from vineyard to vineyard, and many are introduced naturally during the wine-making process to influence the flavors we all enjoy sipping in our wines, and some microbes produce wines that truly are a cut above all others.

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Jim Town Store WINE BANTER - By John Haggard - June 2016
May 27, 2016
by John Haggard

Sparkling Sonoma

Sparkling wines aren’t just for anniversaries and weddings, they can be enjoyed any time of the year. Whether you’re a purist or you prefer a splash of orange or fresh peach juice in your sparkling wine Sonoma has a wide range of sparkling wine houses to choose from and an abundance of flavors.

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Jim Town Store WINE BANTER - By John Haggard - May 2016
May 1, 2016
by John Haggard

2015 is another extraordinary vintage, low yields are producing finer qualities of wine. Vintage releases for white wines and roses are only months away. Red wines, seven months to two years.

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Barrel Tasting WINE BANTER - By John Haggard - March 2016
March 1, 2016
by John Haggard

When guests come into my tasting room, one of the first questions I ask often throws them for a loop. They might say they like a “big red wine” or a “bu-tery chardonnay” but what I do to help discover their palate is to ask, “if you were to pick a berry, what would you pick? Would it be a blackberry, blueberry, a raspberry or strawberry” – and oftentimes, they’re taken a-back as we’re talking about wine. 

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Sonoma County Restaurant Week coming March 9-15 Sonoma County Restaurant Week Coming March 9-15
March 1, 2016

Restaurants across the County showcase special menus at fixed prices throughout the week

Sonoma County Restaurant Week will be held March 9th -15th and will feature a wide variety of restaurants and culinary options that feature local ingredients at great prices. Participating restaurants are located throughout the County from the heart of Santa Rosa to the bustling squares in Healdsburg, Windsor, and Sonoma, and the waterfront of Petaluma and the Coast.

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Chris Morano, Fountaingrove Inn Concierge Wine Country Hotel Concierge - Chris Morano -Awarded Top Honor
January 3, 2016
Mr. Chris Morano, Chief Concierge at the Fountaingrove Inn, Hotel and Conference Center, has been named Outstanding Lodging Employee of 2015 by the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA).  Morano was presented with this prestigious honor at the annual CH&LA meeting and Stars of the Industry awards luncheon.
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winter vineyards Russian River Valley WINE BANTER - By John Haggard - January 2016
January 3, 2016
by John Haggard
Some Wines for Winter-time
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Old Dry-farmed vines Sonoma and Napa County Dry Farmed Wines
December 8, 2015
Here’s a touchy subject! I keep asking experts on wine to recommend dry-farmed wines. Why? After years of drought people keep telling grape farmers that they need to dry-farm their grapes. If it were so simple there would be no reason to water any vines. But it’s not a matter of withholding water. Not every property, soil type, climate zone, etc. is suitable for dry farming. The methods to do this successfully are actually quite complex! You can’t just say “dry farm” to a farmer without getting a smile that says “you don’t know what you’re talking about.” 
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