Ever wonder how those corks that seal a wine bottle are made? Here is a link to an article that is subtitled "An illustrated guide to the cork production process".
Randi Rossman of The Press Democrat has a good story about the rush to get the grape harvest done before the winter rains start. Rossman reports that "By midnight Sunday, Sonoma County grape experts predicted about 80 percent of the year's overall crop would be picked.
"Sonoma County may not produce as much wine as nearby Napa, but what it lacks in volume, it more than makes up for in variety. You’ll find everything from Chardonnay to Zinfandel here, and TripAdvisor travelers love the laid-back, unpretentious vibe of the wineries. After a strenuous day of wine-tasting, spoil yourself at one of the many local spas."
Boy ....you really missed a good time if you did not make it to the Eric Ross Pinot Noir Release event this past Saturday.
For all you faithful Locals followers just a reminder that several of our wineries (Ehret and Gunfighter) recently won gold medals at the Sonoma Harvest Fair and those wines as well as many new wines are ready for your tasting pleasure in the wine room.
Yesterday I was winding down summer on the Russian River. Sitting there sipping a chilled glass of Praxis Viognier. Friends of mine just moved to Missouri and were talking about how hot it was and they were having trouble finding good wines.
Greg Northcutt of the Western Farm Express says that the California wine grape growers are reporting clear and warm harvest weather, good yields and the highest harvest time prices in decades.