Geyserville Visitors Center

Geyserville Visitors Center

“Oye! Oye!” The Geyserville Visitor’s Center and Museum (located in a cozy room tucked beside Harry Bosworth’s iconic store) is open Friday through Saturday from 12:30 to 4:30PM. Now up to a searing 7 patrons per day from starting point of around 4, attendance is now certainly hitting its stride. The room is crammed floor to ceiling with agricultural curios including a triptych display of antique barbed wire; sundry collectibles donated by venerable Geyserville families; and some beautifully delicate Pomo…

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PianoSonoma Brings a New Kind of Classical Music to Sonoma

PianoSonoma Brings a New Kind of Classical Music to Sonoma

Step into a new idea of classical music when PianoSonoma comes to town this summer, July 27-August 10. The Green Music Center will welcome this boutique chamber music festival, with approximately 20 participants, 15 Yamaha pianos, and 9 conservatory artists in tow. Highlights of the two-week festival include workshop-style lessons and rehearsals, events at exclusive vineyards, and most notably, two concerts at Weill Hall, Sundays at 3PM on July 27 and August 3. Concertgoers can expect generous helpings of the…

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A Trip To Jenner and the Sonoma Coast

A Trip To Jenner and the Sonoma Coast

If you find your going to be up in Sonoma County during the next month or so think about a drive down Hwy 116 to the coast to Jenner where the  Russian River meets ocean. The Steelhead are running and you can actually watch the harbor seals catch them right at the mouth of the river.  Lots of bird activity too as small crabs are washed ashore.  The Rivers End Restaurant has a perfect lunch or dinner time view of all…

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Wine Road Weekend

Wine Road Weekend

So I just had my first Wine Road event and it was AWESOME! Talk about a trial by fire, day three of my employment saw the bar five deep, the music classic sing along rock and hungry punters over the moon with Porchetta and Polenta from Diavola.  The morning started with Bill and Doug decking the place out (pictured)  and I organized the food table, brushed up on how the day would unfold with Carolyn,  and at 11am we opened…

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It’s About the Wine…..Or is it?

It’s About the Wine…..Or is it?

When you come to look at Sonoma wines what do you see? Vineyards, big, medium, small, wineries jockeying for recognition, tourism expertise providing seamless experiences ?  I see history, tradition, mixed farms, community and a common human story that though not as  old, echoes wine regions around the world. We are the embodiment of a wine region, wherever you find it. Our local foods though they might be tagged Italian, Spanish, Greek or other, have one thing in common, wherever…

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The Great Joys of Living in Sonoma County

The Great Joys of Living in Sonoma County

One of the great joys of living in Sonoma County is sharing your home and seeing it afresh through a visiting friends eyes. My friend Claude just this week visited from Montpellier  France  and as I played tour guide the beauty and excitement that is vintage time was brought into sharp focus. Grape trucks zooming up and down the highway the vines showing brilliant gold, red and green hues and the smell of fermenting grapes wafting in the car window…

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Napa Valley Olive Oil Company

Napa Valley Olive Oil Company

One of my favorite little adventures to do around the area is to go to a little white barn in Napa. In this Amazing little barn just south of St. Helena is the Napa Valley Olive Oil Company. I have been going to this place since I can remember. It is where my dad would take my sister and I for our day trips. We would all pile into the car and go up and over the Myacama’s into Napa…

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The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

Most visitors are afraid of going off of the beaten path. There are plenty of vineyards to see from highway 101, but there is also urban sprawl. No great views of what makes Sonoma County great; the rolling hills, the rivers and creeks, and the great groves of redwoods and oaks. Sometimes it is good to take your time. Take a back road. Next time you are up in Sonoma County, pull out your green wine road maps and get…

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Got Coffee?

Got Coffee?

When starting off your day of wine tasting, getting a good jump on the day is important. I think a good cup of coffee can help shape your day from being tired and dreary in the morning to be full of energy and ready to face the day. Depending on where your day starts gives you many options for an amazing cup of local joe. Starting up in Cloverdale, the coffee shop Plank is the coolest place to go. Located…

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The Sea Ranch Chapel

The Sea Ranch Chapel

Take 101 to River Road Guerneville exit and follow until it until it hooks up to Hwy 116 in Guerneville, follow Hwy 116 to Jenner then turn left and you are on Hwy 1.  This is a very windy, beautiful drive.  Sea Ranch is at the 55.5 Hwy 1 marker.  The Chapel (non-denominational)  was built in 1985 from local natural materials by craftsmen and artists.  A San Diego based artist  (Hubble) was one of the craftsmen/artists and is known for…

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