A hundred miles east of both San Francisco and Napa Valley and 40 miles east of Sacramento grow some of the country’s oldest grape vines—one dating to 1869. Welcome to Amador County, home of California’s Shenandoah Valley AVA, famous for its “old growth” zinfandel vines. Its Barbera and Rhone varietals are renowned as well. Here, vineyards stretch from 1,200 to 2,400 feet above sea level. The rolling hills feature sandy clay-loam soils derived from decomposed Read More
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bird box in vineyard
You may already be aware of the importance of sustainable agricultural practices for the longevity of our land, wildlife & communities. These practices minimize the use of pesticide and chemical fertilizers, protecting our waterways and topsoil; maintain wildlife habitat by setting aside acreage for wild plants and animals; and include efforts to reduce water, energy use and recycle material goods in all aspects of the business (aka vineyard & wineries). Discover our favorite local wineries Read More
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This past weekend I made a nesting box for the Western Bluebird. This species is a one of my favorites—their color is stunning and they are a pleasure to watch as they swoop and dive to catch insects. Over time, I have found that creating and/or preserving space for wildlife in my own backyard isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Putting out bird feeders and making nesting boxes are just the tip of the Read More
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EACH WEEK WE COLLECT TOP LOCAL NEWS AND RECENT REAL ESTATE STORIES “Best Of” Sonoma County Awards Award recipients—including Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery and Cowgirl Creamery (our fav)—were honored at the Luther Burbank Center on Wednesday evening. READ MORE Explore Marin County Find out the best places to eat, drink, play, shop, and stay. READ MORE Best Remodeling Projects of 2018 Remodeling Magazine just announced their awards for the best remodeling work in the past Read More
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It was a perfect day for a harvest party in Sonoma County’s signature wine town, Healdsburg. And it was my first. My lucky break came when my boss, Mark Stevens, asked if I wanted his ticket. A scheduling conflict had come up, and alas, he couldn’t attend. I had to think about it for about half a second, then told him I would take one for the team and go. (Later, Eric Flanagan said Mark Read More
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