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Vineyards of Sonoma County – with Domaine Carneros

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The French have landed…the French have landed. Actually, with regard to California, Taittinger landed in 1987 with Domaine Carneros. Completed in 1989, the château, a gorgeous landmark in the Carneros region is literally at the crossroads of both Napa and Sonoma. The classic 18th century château-style building was architecturally inspired by the historic Taittinger-owned Château de la Marquetterie in Champagne.

Domaine Carneros boasts a couple of interesting firsts: 100% all 350 acres of estate vineyards were Certified Organic Estate Vineyards by 2005; in 2003 the winery installed the largest photovoltaic solar collection system on any winery in the world at the time, and led a series of seminars for other wineries to learn about the technology; founding Winemaker Eileen Crane is the most experienced sparkling winemaker in America, entering her 35th harvest in 2012.

Join us as we talk with Eileen about her wine and culinary background, and the stewardship that both she and the Taittinger family have provided to Domaine Carneros.

For more info:

Domaine Carneros: www.domainecarneros.com/

Related story - A Visit to Taittinger with Cellarmaster/Chef de Cave Loïc Dupont: www.graperadio.com/archives/2008/05/05/a-walk-through-the-cellars/

Sponsor: The Wine Club, Fine Wine Merchants: www.thewineclub.com

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Wines of the West Sonoma Coast

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Situated along the California coastline, the vast Sonoma Coast AVA extends from the Sonoma County border with Napa in Carneros bordering on San Pablo Bay to Marin County and the Pacific Ocean 30 miles to the West, progressing north through Sonoma County and reaching its most northern limits at the Mendocino County border. It overlaps five other Sonoma County AVAs including the Sonoma part of Carneros, a sliver of Sonoma Valley, the western part of Chalk Hill, all of Green Valley, and most of the Russian River Valley.

The West Sonoma Coast unofficial subdivision extends roughly from Jenner in the South where the Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean to Annapolis in the North and from the beaches to 5 to 12 miles inland including the first three ridges of the Coastal Range of mountains, extending more easterly in the South to include Freestone, Occidental, Green Valley and Sebastopol Hills where the coastal ridges flatten out.

Join us as we talk about this unique area and its wines. In fact, open a bottle of Peay, Failla, Hirsch, Littorai, Freestone, Freeman, or Drew and join us in a glass!

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West Sonoma Coast: www.westsonomacoast.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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Vineyards of Sonoma County – with Hanna Winery & Vineyards

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‘All I want is a small place out in the country,’ is often how it begins. For Dr. Elias S. Hanna and family, what began in 1985 as a small getaway house/farm in the Russian River Valley, morphed into four vineyard locations. Beginning with 12 acres in the Russian River Valley purchased in the 1970s, he and his children began their foray into winemaking with homemade Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. In the mid-1980s, Dr. Hanna hired a winemaker and expanded the vineyard holdings.

In the Russian River appellation, the Home Ranch on Occidental Road includes Hanna’s winery production facility, as well as the main 25 acre vineyard planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. The other RRV property is the Slusser Road vineyard is planted to Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With its cool climate, this 60-acre vineyard is all about aromatics and crisp mouthfeel. Their 88-acre Alexander Valley Red Ranch vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. And, the most recent acquisition is the Bismark Mountain Ranch. Located on the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas Mountains at elevations from 1,400-2,600 feet, the 67 planted acres of steeply terraced rocky volcanic soil are planted to Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Syrah, Petit Syrah and Zinfandel.

Today, the Hanna family owns 600 acres, 250 of which are planted, split between four different vineyards. Dr. Hanna’s eldest daughter Christine has been running the winery for over 20 years. Join us as we talk with Christine Hanna about a simpler time in the wine-growing world, and what it takes to plan for the family’s future generations.

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Hanna Winery & Vineyards: www.hannawinery.com/

Sponsor: Wine Berserkers: www.wineberserkers.com

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