Sonoma Wine Tasting Prices Surge Post Lockdown

Average Sonoma County Wine Tasting Prices in 2022

Since the California stay-at-home lockdown order was lifted, the average price of wine tasting in Sonoma County rose 44% over average prices before the lockdown, according to the 2022 Sonoma Wine Tasting Report. The average price of an entry-level Sonoma wine tasting was $25.75 before the lockdown on March 19, 2020. But since the lockdown…

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Best Time to Visit Wine Country

“The odds are against every farmer. All the time,” says Samantha Dorsey, president of McEvoy Ranch on the Point Reyes Petaluma Highway. And finding a way to overcome those odds in the age of climate change and create a top-tier, artisanal product has become increasingly challenging.  Over the last three years, two of the top…

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Wine Dinner at La Mar

This Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 6pm La Mar on The Embarcadero in San Francisco will be hosting a special wine dinner with Halleck Vineyard. Executive Chef Victoriano Lopez, Sous Chef Ricardo Younis and Vintner Ross Halleck will pair cool climate Sonoma wines paired with La Mar’s award-winning Peruvian cuisine for an intimate sit-down dinner in…

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DeLoach Pinot Noir vs Three Sons Cuvee (Wine Review)

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, wine writing, wine review, Russian River Valley

Although they are based in west Santa Rosa, DeLoach has every right to call themselves a Russian River Valley winery. Sure, they also source fruit from the Sonoma Coast, North Coast and Northern Sonoma AVAs. But it is the Russian River Valley AVA they chose to use on their label.  The part of Santa Rosa…

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Acacia Pinot Noir vs Halleck Vineyard (Wine Review)

wine, wine review, wine tasting, red wine, pinot noir

If Pinot Noir were an animal, it’d be a chameleon. There seems to be no other grape that takes on its environmental surroundings quite like this highly-adaptable varietal. Preferring a cool climate, this thin-skinned grape is legendary for its versatility. It can be used to make white, red, rose, and sparkling wine of tremendous quality. …

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Food and Wine Pairing: Sonoma Whites & Pinots at AOC

Ross Halleck and Caroline Styne

The Los Angeles Wine Writers’ Group recently attended a special food and wine pairing at AOC, the restaurant featured in Condé Nast Traveler’s “50 hot tables” and on Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Wine List.” It’s credited with pioneering the small-plate tapas dining experience on the west coast.  A.O.C. is helmed by Caroline Styne,…

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Wine Events Calendar

Dinner at Gramercy Tavern in NYC

September 17 @ 6:00 pm
Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th Street
New York, NY 10003

Saturday September 17, 2022 6:00 pm 42 E 20th Street, New York, NY 10003 This will be our 12th dinner with Chef, Michael Anthony. Our…

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Josh Groban Wine Tasting 2022

September 9 @ 5:00 pm
Virtual Event

Josh Groban Wine Tasting in conversation with Ross Halleck Josh and Ross will taste and review the new release of the 2017 Find Your Light…

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Vintner Dinner at La Mar

August 18 @ 6:00 pm
La Mar
PIER 1 1/2 The Embarcadero N
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
$135

Thursday August 18, 2022 Please join us for a very special dinner at La Mar, one of San Francisco’s most popular and innovative restaurants. On…

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