Last month we were in Santa Rosa, my wife and son returned to a treasured park only to find it surrounded by burnt out lots. The park was only grazed with crisp leaves and they were able to play their requisite basketball. However, as they put it, felt like being in a forest.
A recent article I wrote, Out of the fires: Wildflowers and Pink Winefor Valley of the Moon Magazine is a look at the natural rebirth of some affected wineries. The view above from my house during the fires, at the extreme end of southern Sonoma County, and beyond into the entire Bay Area, we all experienced the devastation from afar.
So have we, of course, been following the recovery: Great news sources are the Press Democrat special section Rebuilding the North Bay, as well as this Facebook PageRebuild NorthBay Foundation. The emblematic winery Paradise Ridge can be a reminder to us all that LOVE is leading us through!
Last week I spent a few days in the midst of Northern California’s best wines. Results have been posted and this article in the Press Democrat talks about the selection. I have shared some pictures and the list below, however there is a much more thorough list of Gold Medal Winners in the D-section of Wednesday’s PD print version. Peruse, pontificate and plan to attend the North Coast Wine & Food Festivalon June 9, to try out these fabulous wines!
North Coast Wine Challenge Winners
Best of the Best: Kokomo 2016 Pinot Noir Gopher Hills Block Peters Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Best of Show Red: Kokomo 2016 Pinot Noir Gopher Hills Block Peters Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Best of Sonoma County: Kokomo 2016 Pinot Noir Gopher Hills Block Peters Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Best of Show White: J. Rickards Winery 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Croft Vineyard Alexander Valley
Best of Show Rose: Rodney Strong Vineyards 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Best of Show Sparkling: Domaine Carneros 2013 Brut
Best of Show Dessert Wine: Sonoma Cutrer Vineyards 2015 Late Harvest Chardonnay
Best of Lake County: Cache Creek Vineyards 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County
Best of Marin County: DeLoach Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir Marin County
Best of Mendocino: Soda Rock 2016 Chardonnay Mendocino
Best of Napa County: Mudita 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Circle S Ranch Atlas Peak Napa
Best of Sonoma County: Kokomo 2016 Pinot Noir Gopher Hill Block Peters Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Just a short note to say online ticket sales ends this Friday April 20th! I will be there enjoying the stellar wines and company. Some availability already SOLD OUT so get them while you can. If not sold out, tickets to the Opening and Closing Tastings will be available at the door for $10 more. All other tickets must be purchased in advance.
Just a little trek to the State Capital over spring break and guess what we did? While the fam was out exploring Old Town Sacramento and William Land Park, I participated in this amazing competition! Here are some highlights, with links to more winners at the bottom as well as your chance to taste them for yourself. CHEERS!
Top right photo, at the Sugar Mill in Clarskburg: El Dorado winery owners Greg and Susan Boeger were honored for their family’s achievements in the California wine industry. In the background is our Chief Judge, Mark Chandler. www.boegerwinery.com; Other photos showing professional wine judges at work & play!
Best of Show Red: Double Gold 99
St. Amant Winery
2016 Touriga, The Old Soldier
Best of Show White: Double Gold 99
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Cedar Lane Vineyard
Best of Show Sparkling: Double Gold 99
2016, Pinot Noir Rose, Brut Sparkling Wine
Best of Show Pink: Double Gold 99
Santa Barbara County
Best of Show Dessert: Double Gold 98
Stephen & Walker
2012 Botrytis Chardonnay, Late Harvest
Golden State Winery of the Year
Imagery Estate Winery
Golden State Vineyard of the Year Award
Paraiso Springs Vineyard
Wine Lifetime Achievement Awards
The Bogle Family
California All Stars Awards
Signature Sonoma Valley is like no other wine event, an intimate and exclusive deep dive into the wines, terroir and people of Sonoma Valley’s historic wine region. Experience the vineyards and cellars of some of California’s most iconic winemakers, cutting-edge innovators and multi-generational winegrowers.
Want to taste a Hanzell 1977 Pinot Noir or other stunning wines from brilliant cellars? Then join me, Steve Sangiacomo and Don Sebastiani (pictured at right), plus MS Bob Bath, more star somms, and a fabulous cast of winemaking icons at the #LegendsDinner at #SignatureSonomaValley, April 7!
Event TICKETS are available to reserve individually or through the VIP weekend package. Special hotel packages and luxury transportation available on the website. Space is extremely limited – reserve now!
Ever dream of the high-altitude splendors in summertime? Bring your wines to share and enjoy the spectacular scenes of Telluride, Colorado! This marks my third year as Wine Director and I look forward to the many festive events including my educational seminars, wine pairing meals, The Grand Tasting and more!
If you are interested in joining us June 28-July 1, then please contact email@example.com to inquire about options that might suit you!
A big THANK YOU to all that took the time to vote and grant me this honor.
I look forward to seeing you at a wine event or two over the next year, but in any case be sure to check out my Wine List at Gravenstein Grill when you get the chance: Raising a glass to all my amazing supporters!
You know where I will be! Enjoy a little bubbly from MY WINE LIST to pair with the amazing menu by Chef Bob Simontacchi. Make your reservations by calling (707) 634-6142. (Then walk it off with a refreshing visit to Ragle Ranch, just down the road.)
Follow this LINK to view the special Easter Brunch menu!
Yes, YOU, but also Petite Sirah! Next weekend on Sunday March 18th get ready for the P. S. I Love You event put on by the Petite Sirah Advocacy Organization at the Culinary Institute of America’s COPIA campus in Napa.
The Petite Masters class that I will be leading is already sold out and the tickets to the public tasting that will follow are moving fast. So get yoursTICKETSasap!
For those not in the know (yet), here is a trailer for the much anticipated artsploitation film by my friends Daedalus Howell and Karen Hess. Read more about the project at the Pill Head: The Website. Set for an early-fall release date! Be sure to catch the suave fellow who portrays The Sommelier. Keep posted here or at the Pill Head Facebook Page.