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 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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

November 20, 2011

Napa CA Vintners Exposure Growing in Asia

We’ve all heard of counterfeit movies, counterfeit watches, and purses.  But in a very real move, the Napa Valley Vintners Association is working to prevent our California wine from being mislabeled, and sold around the world with misleading packaging – especially if it SAYS it’s from the Napa Valley AVA!  The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV)  […]

November 10, 2011

Eagles Trace Wins China Wine Awards 2011

Eagles Trace, found just 3 miles up from the Napa Valley floor won several awards at the China Wine Awards for 2011!  Latitude 38 – Estate Brown, Cabernet Sauvignon – Estate Grown both won Silver Awards, and Pinot Noir – Estate Grown – Valhalla Vineyards came in as Highly Recommended. This is especially prestigious, given that of […]

October 27, 2011

Cost of Ownership for a Vineyard in Sonoma County

Many of the clients I am dealing with are looking for a home with some land, and have not decided yet if they want  a home with an established vineyard or one that they can create their own legacy from.  To make that decision, we discuss the potential Cost (and reward) of ownership.  In that […]

October 26, 2011

Bennett Valley Appellation

Understanding the history of the land, and the climate, and the types of grapes, and production that comes from a particular area is just part of what I try and explain when I meet with a new client.  Most of the folks I work with, even if they are ready to make a 3 or […]

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