All posts by: markstornetta

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June 15, 2012

Sonoma Mountain Appellation

Sonoma Mountain is perhaps one of the best known land marks in Sonoma, but most people only see if from a distance!  Four million years ago, an east-facing slope of Sonoma Mountain blew open, sending molten rock and hot ash raining out over the upper valley.  Remnants of the eruption are everywhere:  large obsidian boulders, […]

California Appellations, Vineyards
May 31, 2012

900 Caton Court, Sonoma, CA 95476

Fantastic Custom Home! Overview Maps Photos Market Stats $449,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 1,850 sqftLot: 7,405 sqft Location 900 Caton CourtSonoma, CA 95476USA To get updates on open home dates and other property events, please click the “Like” button below: Mark Stornetta Alain Pinel Reealtors(707) 815-8749mark@markstornetta.com Listed by: Mark Stornetta […]

May 21, 2012

Napa Valley Memorial Day 2012

It’s hard to believe that summer of 2012 is upon us, but here we are… so what am I going to do over Memorial Day weekend? I’m sure I am not the only person realizing how close the holiday already is, so here is a list of some of the best activities in Napa Valley that are […]

Vineyards, Wine Country Lifestyle
March 1, 2012

Carneros Appellation

The Carneros-SonomaAppellation is situated at the southern end of both Sonoma and Napa Counties and encompasses portions of both.  Known for it’s summer fog, warm days and a long growing season that is helped by the cooling effect of the Pacific Ocean.   The Carneros wine region is an independent American Viticultural Area (AVA).  This […]

California Appellations, Vineyards
January 23, 2012

Sonoma Harvest 2011

The reports coming in on the “Wine Harvest of 2011” are pretty good!  There were some patchy weather items, but from the comments being made, it ended on a good note!  The additional time on the vines is said to create complex flavor profiles, and there were some who used different winemaking techniques to create […]

Wine Country Lifestyle
January 9, 2012

Nuns Canyon Vineyard for Sale

I have several vineyards listed for sale in Wine Country!  As people are searching for information, they might expect to find ALL vineyards listed as Napa Valley – although it’s a very large geographic footprint, and the grapes grown in Sonoma, St. Helena, Kenwood, Napa and Calistoga differ largely from each other too! Nuns Canyon […]

Napa Vineyards For Sale
December 15, 2011

Vine Terms You Should Know Napa Vineyards For Sale

When purchasing a property in Sonoma or Napa Valley that incorporates a Vineyard, you will be looking at what types of grapes are growing in each vineyard (some properties have 3 or 4) and what types are flourishing in adjacent lands.  You will also be looking at the Age of the Vines and the production […]

December 5, 2011

Understanding Sonoma Valley Appellation

There are close to 65,000 acres of grape production in Sonoma County covering 13 different AVA’s.  The American Vintner Association classifies each area based upon the types of grapes grown in a specific area, the climate of that area and the soil (and about 12 to 15 other items!).   Another way to think about the […]

California Appellations
November 29, 2011

Starting A California Wine Vineyard

Many of the buyers interested in California Wine Vineyards are also looking at “unimproved” land that might be suitable to start a vineyard, as opposed to purchasing one that is already established.  We find that these buyers are generally in one of 2 camps.  Either they are looking for a “Deal” and feel that they […]

November 25, 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley vs Sonoma

The grape growing areas of Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley are similar.  They both run from the South Coast to the North, and they both benefit from the hills, rain and historical care given to the vines placed in their care.  So it’s not surprising that these unique areas (AVA’s), which are IDEAL for growing […]