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

Rosé 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.


15 yr Pinot Noir – 1999 Chateau St. Jean, Durell Vineyard

Well, I needed something a little more exciting than the game on Super Bowl Sunday.

After the first quarter, I went to the library section of my wine cellar and pulled a 1999 Château St. Jean Pinot Noir from the Durell Vineyard. I then made a phone call.

I made it to my girlfriend Margaret’s home in time for the halftime show. We were going to brave the rest of the game together.

Margaret is a vineyard grower and appreciates a fine wine and a good game. We settled for one of the two.

After opening the bottle, I no longer paid attention to the game clock or scoreboard. Up front the wine was smooth and rich. The exciting part was that this wine was only gonna get better.

(The first twenty minutes is a good time to take the first analysis and compare it to the second twenty, and so on until finished. The biggest changes come after the first 20)

The nose was soft and elegant. On the palate, it still held the black fruit, cherry, and spicy flavor the back label hinted of its youth.

About 12 minutes into the first quarter (of the bottle) the wine set off a funky smell. It was short, not sweet and then back to its excellence. This wine had only a hint of a fumble. The rest of the bottle was as cosmic as Bruno Mars meeting Parvina Venus.

This wine was a champion. A 15 year champion! Margaret added the bottle to her wall of fame. It stands with the other champions on Wine Memory Lane.


Experience Heaven on Earth while at Kohler Resort

One of two destinations associated with the luxury resort, the American Club, Blackwolf Run is a golf course complex in Kohler, Wisconsin. According to GOLF Magazine, the River course at Blackwolf Run “must be considered the nation’s finest public-access course of modern times.” The site of multiple US Women’s Opens, Blackwolf Run, designed by architect Pete Dye, consists of 36-holes– the River course and Meadow Valleys course, separated by the meandering Sheboygan River, flowing east to Lake Michigan. The “extremely penal” 18-hole River course features bent grass, elevation changes and additional water hazards to comprise 7,404 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Although the fairways are more forgiving on the Meadow Valleys course, elevation changes on the back nine and the greens through the open meadow are considered a challenge. Both the River and Meadow Valleys courses received the coveted 5-star ranking from Golf Digest.
The American Club Resort is also associated with the Whistling Straits complex in nearby Haven. The Straits course replicates ancient seaside links courses of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Kohler Waters Spa was awarded the 2013 Five-Star Award by Forbes Travel Guide, one of only 35 of these distinctions worldwide. In addition to massage, facials and traditional body treatments, the spa offers craniosacral and energy therapies using muscle testing and tapping techniques performed by a BodyTalk technician to combat stress and clear imbalances. The year-round co-ed area has a glass-enclosed rooftop deck with whirlpool, fireplace and lounge.
A soothing space offering drop-in classes, Yoga on the Lake is the premiere local studio. It has energy-efficient heated floors to loosen muscles and floor-to-ceiling bay windows overlooking Wood Lake. Boutiques and specialty shops at Woodlake Kohler offer apparel, furnishings, toys and collectibles. There’s cuisine to meet any taste when dining in the Village of Kohler. From gourmet breakfast buffets to full-course dinners, the American Club resort has nine distinct dining establishments. Offerings include traditional Midwestern, Italian and British Isles fare, micro-brews, homemade desserts, ice creams and a chocolatier.
The American Club is one luxurious destination the golf enthusiast won’t want to miss!