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5 Sonoma & Napa Wineries for Merlot Maniacs

Merlot is back, baby. The delicious, easy drinking varietal of red wine, rich with silky, savory goodness, suffered a blow when the movie Sideways declared pinot noir king in California and merlot the not-so-cute stepchild of the wine world. Sales plummeted due to the “Sideways effect,” but things are on the up and up around here. Merlot sales are on the rise and, I admit, after years of being a pinotphile, I’ve become a merlot maniac. Whether you’re looking to branch out, find yourself bored o
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17 Wines You Must Try at the North Coast Wine & Food Festival

We love any excuse to celebrate the food and wine bounty of the North Coast region, and on Saturday, June 9, we’ll do just that at The Press Democrat’s North Coast Wine & Food Festival at SOMO Village in Rohnert Park. Over 60 award-winning wineries, pouring 90 Gold Medal wines, and 20 acclaimed chefs, serving up delicious bites, will be the stars of the show. It’s a must-attend event for any wine lover seeking to discover the best wines from Sonoma, Napa, Lake, Marin, Solano and Mendocino count
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John Ash & Co. and Seismic Brewery Team Up to Create New Beer Pairing Experience

Sonoma County may be a wine lover’s playground but, in recent years, the region has also evolved into a mecca for microbrew maniacs. While wine and food pairings have become old hat for some, Sonoma Beer Country is now serving up a new kind of duo. On Tuesday, May 15th, Santa Rosa restaurant John Ash & Co. will team up with Seismic Brewing Co. to create combinations of beer and food that even the pickiest gourmands and beer nerds should enjoy. During a “special beer pairing dinner,” John Ash so
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The War on Straws Comes to Sonoma

First it was the plastic bag, now it’s the plastic straw. A favorite way to sip everything from soda to shakes, plastic straws have recently gained a bad reputation for their negative impact on the environment. So much so, that Oakland is considering a proposal to ban food vendors from serving plastic straws unless requested, while Berkeley is considering a full out ban on plastic straws. And now, the war on straws has come to Sonoma. ZeroWaste Sonoma County is leading the local fight against
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Sonoma Vintner Jean-Charles Boisset Launches Wine-Based Vodkas and Gin

Like a little caviar or truffle with your vodka? Or perhaps a touch of wine with your gin? Then eccentric vintner and ultra-luxury lover Jean-Charles Boisset has an elixir just for you: JCB Spirits. Boisset’s recently launched line of spirits comprises three vodkas and a gin, all distilled from pinot noir and chardonnay grapes from the Côte d’Or in Burgundy. The new spirits collection includes not only a classic vodka and botanical gin, but also two uber-fancy vodkas: one infused with French ca
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French Flea Market Brings Paris to Sonoma

Oui! Annual favorite fête the “French Flea Market” returns to Cornerstone Sonoma on May 26 and 27. This year’s market will feature over 30 antique and vintage dealers showcasing handpicked wares sure to fascinate even the fussiest of Francophiles. Hosted by Cornerstone’s French-inspired boutique Chateau Sonoma, the weekend aims to transport visitors to a classic Parisian flea market, such as Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. Rummaging flea markets is a tradition for the French who, with Gallic in
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Signature Sonoma Valley 2018: What Not to Miss at This Year's Event

The event, which offers a “deep dive” into the wines, the land and the people of the Sonoma Valley region, will include the participation of vintners and winemakers from over 30 wineries, hosting parties and exclusive dinners, and providing rare access to special, limited wines. “Our goal is to educate, inspire, and delight our oenophile guests with once-in-a-lifetime experiences that showcase our world-class wine region,” shares Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance’s Executive Director Ma
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Camp in Style at New Mendocino "Glamping" Site

After a long day of wine tasting in Anderson Valley, hiking the coastal trails, and nibbling on fresh caught seafood in Fort Bragg, you can now go “off the grid” at a new “glamping” site just south of downtown Mendocino. Mendocino Grove, the latest addition to the North Coast glamping scene, bills itself as a campground that offers a “modern camping experience” for those of us who like the idea of washing our tired, hiked out body in a luxurious hot shower and then drying our skin with a nice,
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Sonoma International Film Festival Announces 2018 Lineup

The Sonoma International Film Festival has earned a reputation for blending Wine Country lifestyle with world-class films from around the world. This year’s festival, which takes place March 21-25, will feature 110 films from 18 countries and 200 filmmakers. The festival will celebrate food, wine and film and, in the wake of widespread sexual harassment and assault accusations in the movie industry, it will also explore gender roles in Hollywood.
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