Earth Day in the Vineyard

SANTA ROSA, Calif.  – Sonoma County Winegrowers announced today that more than half of all vineyard acres in Sonoma County have completed a sustainability self-assessment after just 15 months since the organization announced its bold commitment to become the nation’s first 100% sustainable wine region by 2019. This early success exceeds expectations indicating the strong commitment by Sonoma County’s multigenerational winegrowers.

Sonoma County has some of the world’s most prized grape growing areas in the world with the first vineyards dating back to the 1820s.  The region’s unique combination of rich geological history, fog patterns generated by its 70-mile Pacific Ocean coastline, and topography has given rise to 17 unique American Viticultural Areas (AVA). Each AVA offers distinct climate, soils and temperature areas perfect for growing world-class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and more. Sonoma County is also home to around 500 wineries whose wines are renowned throughout the world. In a recently released report, Sonoma County’s wine industry brought an economic impact of $13.4 billion in 2012. This includes providing 54,297 full-time equivalent jobs, directly and indirectly, from winegrowing and winemaking in Sonoma County.

Excerpt from the Sonoma County Winegrower’s Earth Day Press Release

High Tech Virgin

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 10.34.40 AM I FINALLY took a flight with my longtime friend…

We were “leaving Las Vegas”. 7 AM flight.

My friend and I are always in competition with “our teams”.  My team being Southwest Airlines and his team, Virgin America.  I like Southwest for its many destinations and frequent flights.  SWA is very forgiving if you miss your flight or want to change it. Virgin, however, does not have as many flights and charges a $75 change fee if you want to change your flight.

“His team” upgraded us to the front of the plane based on his loyalty.  All was looking pretty good to go…

And then…. once we got out onto the flight deck to take off, the captain made an announcement stating that we were turning around and going back to the gate.  We were having mechanical issues. He said we needed to “reboot” the plane. (Did he mean technical issues?)

I asked the stewardess what that might mean. I asked if it was similar to Ctrl-Alt-Del (PC) or Command C (Mac)? She said that this was “not normal” however, it was nothing to be alarmed about. Despite her trying to calm me, I still wished that I could “cut and paste” myself onto “my team’s” flight.

Save Water, Drink Wine

“Girls Night Out” with Mom and Sis in Las Vegas.  Whether your amongst the California drought or in the desert, its always a good time to conserve water… AND drink wine.  We were in LV to see Shania Twain for one of her last concerts at Caesars Palace.   And her motto would be…”Save a horse, ride a cowboy.”

RosĂ© Wines: Provence Style

Rosé wine sales are on the rise. They are dry (not sweet) and nothing to blush about.

The lighter shade of red depends on the grape used and how long the grape skins were in contact with the juice.

Grab a few rosé wines, chill them ice cold and drink them on a warm day. They have food-friendly versatility at an affordable price.

Winemakers note: Ensuring adequate anti-oxidant protection, optimal extraction and promoting aromas production are fundamental to obtain fresh, pleasant and elegant rosé wines.