Wine of the week: Pomelo, 2015 California Sauvignon Blanc

Pomelo, 2015 California Sauvignon Blanc, 13%, $12. ★★★★

This sauvignon blanc is refreshingly crisp, with a range of flavors — grapefruit, lime zest and white peach. While it has a lot going on, it still manages to be light on its feet. It’s an incredible find for the price point.

Tasty ALTERNATIVES

Martin Ray, 2016 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 13.8%, $15. ★★★★: This New Zealand-styled sauvignon blanc is top rate. It’s grassy, with notes of grapefruit, mineral and zesty lime. It has crisp acidity and great balance. But what’s most appealing is that it’s edgy.

Carlisle, 2014 Sonoma County The Derivative White Wine, 13.8%, $28. ★★★★1/2: This is a striking white with an impressive range. It has aromas and flavors of green apple, lime and honeysuckle. This could be called Old Vine White, with grapes harvested from vines that date back to 1886. Knockout. read more at pressdemocrat.com

 

Sonoma County This Week: Crab, wine, beer and chocolate and scones

Three wineries that won 2016 Preservation Awards from the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation will host the first annual Preservation Icons of Sonoma Tour and Wine Tasting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 28 in the Sonoma Valley.

The event includes tours and tastings at Buena Vista Winery, Pangloss Cellars and Three Sticks Winery, lunch at the Sonoma Depot Hotel and coffee and sweets at the Maysonnave House at the end of the day.

The tours each last 90 minutes and focus on architectural restoration and preservation along with wine tasting. Tickets are $225, with proceeds going to benefit the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation. eventbrite.com.

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Francis Ford Coppola unveils new restaurant in Sonoma County | The Press Democrat

Francis Ford Coppola announced Monday that he will locate his new restaurant at the Virginia Dare Winery in Geyserville, the acclaimed director’s latest endeavor in building up Sonoma County’s culinary scene.

The restaurant will be called Werowocomoco (pronounced Wero-wo-como-ko) and will open on Nov. 5, featuring dining fare that Coppola said would be “inspired by the culinary traditions of the earliest inhabitants of North America.”

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Things to do this week in Sonoma County, Oct. 20-30 | The Press Democrat

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/entertainment/6206063-181/things-to-do-this-weekReady for some fun? We have a few ideas. This weekend, enjoy a live performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Funkendank Oktoberfest beer and music festival, Petaluma’s River Heritage Celebration and more. It’s all in our list of things to do!

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Get outside this week in Sonoma County | The Press Democrat

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/6131314-181/get-outside-this-week-inSCIENCE SATURDAY, OCT. 1

Santa Rosa: Free hands-on activities for youth at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake Regional Park, 393 Violetti Road. This month’s topic is health ecosystems. $7 parking. Visit parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov.

NUESTROS PARQUES, OCT. 1

Sonoma: A bilingual naturalist leads a free family walk 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Maxwell Farms Regional Park, 100 Verano Ave. Enjoy a potluck picnic after the walk. Call Irma Cuevas, 707-657-3783, for details. $7 parking.

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS, OCT. 8

Glen Ellen: Create wondrous and magical light painted photos of Beauty Ranch with Ray Mabry from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road. Meet in the museum parking lot. $50 includes parking. Bring a digital single lens reflex camera, wide angle lens, cable release or 10-second timer, remote trigger and sturdy tripod. Call 707-938-5216 for details.

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Sonoma Harvest Fair releases list of medalists | The Press Democrat

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/6066461-181/sonoma-harvest-fair-releases-listThe judges for this year’s Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition have made their final recommendations, and 94 percent of the wines entered will receive some type of medal.

Judging for the competition was held from Tuesday to Thursday at the Showcase Cafe at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and reflected the growing quality of entries, said Bob Fraser, who oversees judging for the competition.

About five years ago the competition created a new category, double gold, to reflect wines that stood out beyond the then-current grading scale, he said.

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Wine of the week: Amici Cellars 2014 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/5900085-181/wine-of-the-week-amiciWine of the week: Amici Cellars 2014 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Amici, 2014 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 14.2% alcohol, $25. ★★★★

A bright, vibrant sauvignon blanc with notes of honeysuckle, citrus and jalapeno. The rich flavors are balanced with crisp minerality. Zesty finish. Striking.

Tasty ALTERNATIVES

Matanzas Creek Winery, 2015 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc, 13.8%, $22. ★★★★: This has a gorgeous range of flavors — pink grapefruit, lime and mineral. Bright acidity. Crisp finish. A standout.

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2016 Sonoma County Fair is in Full Swing

http://www.sonomawest.com/sonoma_west_times_and_news/news/sonoma-county-lights-camera-fair-for-another-week-and-two/article_dbb5b052-5452-11e6-a722-b34276bfb837.htmlWine Country Racing is part of the bonus week of fair festivities again in 2016. The Sonoma County Fair kicked off on July 22 and lasts until Aug. 14 with fair food, musical acts, livestock auctions, carnival rides and games.

Most of the hard work is done as the 4-H and FFA livestock auctions wind up this Saturday at the Sonoma County Fair, which opened last weekend at the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. 2016 Sonoma County Fair is in Full Swing

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Sonoma County Wine of the Week: Olema Pinot Noir

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/5747608-181/wine-of-the-week-olema Olema, 2014 Sonoma County Pinot Noir, 14.2% alcohol, $20. ★★★★

The Olema is surprisingly supple. What sets it apart is its texture, its gorgeous red berry aromas, and its great concentration of Bing cherry fruit on the palate. Layered notes of cocoa and spice are in the mix. This pinot comes full circle with an impressive, lingering finish. A smart pick.

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What’s Happening This Week in Sonoma County

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/home/5732637-186/things-to-do-this-weekThere’s plenty of reasons to get out and about this week. Here’s what’s going on around Sonoma County. This Saturday and Sunday is the 26th annual Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic in Windsor. Friday through Sunday, Sonoma celebrates Gay Wine Weekend. On Sunday, celebrate dad at the Father’s Day “Show & Shine” Car Show in Santa Rosa. And the Sonoma-Marin Fair comes back to Petaluma June 22-26. All this and more is in our list of things to do. read more at pressdemocrat.com

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