Modern Winemaking Techniques from Around the World

May 21, 2017 There is an inherent prejudice against advancing winemaking technology, since it is a field that is steeped with history and carefully curated handcrafting of the perfect product. Techniques are handed down through generations of vintners and winemakers, and they work well—but what if the process could be improved? Why should we continue to make the same mistakes, just because it was done by previous generations? Innovators from around the world are questioning age old customs, trying to streamline and improve traditional methods.

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Eric Ross Winery
Eric Ross Winery

Eric Ross Luscious Pinot Noir

May 13, 2017 Tucked along scenic Arnold Drive in Glen Ellen is a snug, weathered tasting room. It may not have an impressive building, but some of its wine certainly is. The interior is filled with comfortable couches and a distinctive rooster symbol scattered about the room, referencing an incident early in the winery’s history, when the forklift was moving from the barn to crush pad and nearly collided with a rooster, causing quite a flurry of squealing brakes and squawking. The proud rooster is found in the logo and on bottle labels, although my first thought was that it reminded me of Petaluma, which used to be jokingly known as the chicken capital of the world.

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Sonoma County’s Secret—Imagery Estate Winery

April 9, 2017 If you are tired of seeing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as wine tasting options, and are looking for original varietals like Tempranillo, Malbec or Viognier right here in Sonoma County, Imagery Estate is the place to be. The atmosphere is casual and fun, with couples laughing over games in the large, beautiful picnic area surrounded by vineyards and an orchard, and lively hosts ready to converse during a wine tasting flight. It is family friendly—there were well behaved children enjoying the sunny lawn areas while I was there, and a festive feel to the grounds.

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