Adventures in Cider | Made Local Magazine

In 2013, David Cordtz, a cidermaster and wine maker, teamed up with his son, Robert, to “reinvent” the cider industry. From apple tree to bottle, they created organic ciders for all palates, from the delicate to the intense. Five years later, Sonoma Cider is distributed in 24 states. With business success came a desire to expand. Last year, the father-and-son team opened the Sonoma Cider taproom on the same site as their production facility in downtown Healdsburg. The result is a perfect place
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Violinist Nigel Armstrong’s got the world on a string

World-class wine and food aren’t the only exports for which Sonoma is known – it’s also the hometown of internationally acclaimed classical violinist Nigel Armstrong. Armstrong returns to the Sonoma spotlight on April 23 at Vintage House, for a Sunday performance as part of the Sonoma Classical Music Society’s current season. “I’m looking forward very much to being back in Sonoma,” says Armstrong, 27, “In many ways the more I see of the world the more I appreciate having had the chance to grow
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Wishlist: 5 wineries I want to visit in England

In one week I’ll be in England! I’ll be exploring London, the Cotswolds, Somerset and Surrey for two weeks with my pals Lauren and Gail! While I’m excited to check out historic cideries and breweries, I’m really excited to see what the ever-growing English wine scene is like. Lucky for me, there is a lot of sparkling wine to taste, and many still wines which use interesting varietals like Bacchus and Seyval Blanc. In lieu of my England trip, here are five English wineries, near where we’ll be
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9 Eco-Friendly Sonoma & Napa Wines That Will Please Your Palate and Our Planet

On Earth Day, April 22, millions of people around the world will explore ways to help preserve our planet through eco-friendly practices. Wine production is no exception – Northern California is home to some of the finest biodynamic, organic, and natural wines in the world, crafted by winemakers who care deeply about the environment and produce healthy wines devoid of chemicals and additives. Click through the gallery above for nine eco-friendly Sonoma and Napa wines, and one Mendocino Chardonna
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6 Tasting Rooms to Visit Right Now in Downtown Healdsburg

The town of Healdsburg, located in northern Sonoma County, has quickly become one of the hottest destinations in Wine Country. New tasting rooms are popping up at a record pace, interspersed between world-class restaurants, art galleries, coffee shops and boutiques. Book a weekend stay at one of Healdsburg’s many hotels and savor some of Sonoma County finest wines at these five tasting rooms, all within walking distance from Healdsburg’s historic plaza. Simply click through the gallery above.
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16 Best Sonoma Wineries for First-Time Visitors

With over 425 wineries to choose from, it’s no surprise that first-time visitors to Sonoma County are often overwhelmed by the number of winery offerings. Always eager to help out a fellow oenophile, we’ve lined up a few favorite experiences – from poolside pours to sparkling wine, historic tours to food pairings – that will make any first time visit to Sonoma Wine Country special. Simply click through the gallery above. Cheers!
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5 Sonoma Session Beers for Sunny Days

Warm weather is here. In Sonoma County, that means picnics in the park, tubing on the Russian River, and barbecuing in the backyard. Nothing pairs better with those three activities than a tasty session beer, which is low in alcohol and easy to drink. Here are five local session beers to stock up that extra fridge in the garage for sunny days. 101 North Brewing Co. Golden Naked Ale (5.3% ABV) An unfiltered golden ale, 101 North Brewing Co.’s Golden Naked Ale is a straightforward beer that ge
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16 Top Celebrity Wines and Wineries in Sonoma & Napa

Wine Country has long been a playground for the rich and famous. Drawn to the glamour of Napa Valley, or the laid back, rural vibe of Sonoma County, celebrities are coming here to enjoy the good life – some of them are even making their own wine. From rock stars to movie makers, race car drivers to football players, click through the gallery above for celebrity wineries to visit and wines to sip, to get a little closer to the stars.
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