Monthly Archives: September 2018

News This Week: August Home Sales and Auction Success

Posted on September 28, 2018 by michelle_magnus


August Market Report

Reports are showing that August sales are still increasing over previous months. And that’s not all—comparative sales and home prices are higher than last year. READ MORE

Kosta Browne Hosting New Dinner Series

Beginning in November, Kosta Browne Winery will host exclusive dinners with custom menus created by renowned chefs. READ MORE

Newest American Viticulture Area in California

Winemakers in the new Petaluma Gap AVA are getting notice for the distinctive wines that are being made in the region. According to the Press Democrat, the cool climate produces “elegant, crisp and focused wines.” READ MORE

Record Set at Sonoma County Wine Auction

The love in the air is thicker than the smoke. This year’s Sonoma County Wine Auction raised $5.7 million for charity. Enthusiasm was fueled by the focus on rebuilding efforts after last years devastating wildfires. READ MORE




News This Week: 2018 Harvest and Coastal Cleanup

Posted on September 21, 2018 by michelle_magnus


Wine News: 2018 Harvest Underway
With yields higher than 2017 and cooperative weather making harvest an abundant success, this year’s harvest has winemakers rejoicing. READ MORE

Local News: Coastal Cleanup
More than 350 amazing volunteers showed up in Sonoma County this past weekend to remove trash from local beaches during the 34th annual Coastal Cleanup Day. READ MORE

World News: Moving Back to Caves
With so little land available, essential services and new developments in Hong Kong may end up going underground. READ MORE

Design Inspiration: Bedroom Color Trends
Ready to update your bedroom color palette to get the sleep you need? Check out what’s trending and practical this season. READ MORE


2018 Wine Country Harvest Celebrations

Posted on September 18, 2018 by michelle_magnus

We are thrilled grape harvest is in full swing—full of anticipation for spectacular 2018 vintage. To celebrate the harvest and honor the hard work that goes into turning the excellent fruit of our region into world class wines, check out our favorite events in the area.

Valley of The Moon Vintage Festival
September 28 – 30, 2018
Cost: Varies

The oldest festival in California, this gathering offers a variety of events that appeal to all interests. Enjoy live music, dancing, local food and wines, grape stomping, a “light parade,” and various running races.

September 30, 2018, 11:00 – 4:00 PM
Cost: $150, $120 for wine club members

Join Kendall-Jackson for their second annual harvest celebration. Enjoy live music, exquisite wine and delicious food from local restaurants—including Single Thread and Two Birds/One Stone. Benefiting the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County, this unmissable event offers educational seminars and demonstrations that highlight local food and the local wine industry.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair
October 5-7, 2018
Cost: $5 for Gate Admission, $60 for Grand Tasting, $125 for Harvest Fair Dinner

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair is an excellent showcase for some of the stunning products that are grown and made in Sonoma County. The multi-day event celebrates the region’s top winemakers, growers, microbrewers, and artisans—plus it includes opportunities to taste award winning wines, craft beer, and excellent regional cuisine.

Seghesio Home Ranch
October 6, 2018, 10 AM – 1 PM
Cost: $75 General Admission, $60 Wine Club Member

Begin your day with a guided hike through Seghesio’s 120 year old vines up to  Rattlesnake Hill overlooking the beautiful Anderson Valley. With the most delux views in the region, you will be treated to a lunch featuring wines exclusively from Seghesio’s Home Ranch Estate.


News This Week: Wine Country Charm and Environmental Leadership

Posted on September 14, 2018 by michelle_magnus


Short & Beautiful Ride to Small Vines Wines
Try this 7.5 mile bike ride around Sebastopol to taste some great wine, and take in some of West Sonoma County’s charm. READ MORE

Open Space Protected Forever!
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors have approved an agreement to protect nearly 1000 acres of land adjacent to Tolay Lake Regional Park. READ MORE

Kitchen Design Details
Small details can make all the difference in your kitchen design. This guide will help you turn your kitchen into a stunning success. READ MORE

Carbon Free California
Governor Jerry Brown has signed a new law committing California to a carbon-free power grid by the year 2045. The law is one of part of California’s ambitious plan to fight climate change. READ MORE


Market Snapshot for September 12, 2018

Posted on September 12, 2018 by michelle_magnus

The visuals of these graphs are so interesting and illuminating and tell a story we all need to see if we are active participants in the Sonoma County real estate market.  We chose to highlight Sebastopol and Santa Rosa specifically because they represent a high (Sebastopol) and average (Santa Rosa) that gives a clearer picture of the overall marketplace. From the frenzy of the post-fire marketplace in Sonoma County to the relative ease that we see now in fall of 2018, it’s clear that our market is making a nice adjustment.  Nice because bubbles don’t work long-term.  And nice because it’s still a very strong market for Sellers and also for Buyers, who can proceed with a purchase knowing that their investment will almost surely have long-term rewards (predicted by some to gain another 4% in 2019.).  Finally, interest rates continue to be on the low side, especially when you look at them with a historical perspective of the last 20 years, so financing the American Dream at a price one can afford remains in reach for many.

Late Summer Hikes in Sonoma County

Posted on September 12, 2018 by michelle_magnus

There aren’t very many days of summer left, but there are still plenty of hot days ahead in Sonoma County. Here are some hikes that will help get you outside and beat the heat.

Sonoma Coast

The Kortum, Pomo Canyon, and Red Hill trails are all located in the same area of the Sonoma Coast, each trail offers something unique. For an easier stroll, try the Kortum—the flat trail offers 8.9 miles of hiking on the bluff above the Pacific. For expansive views hike to the top of Red Hill. From the summit you can see Napa County as well as the Farallon Islands on a clear day. Pomo Canyon is a showcase of the cooler forest ecosystems that can be found in Sonoma County, with bay trees, redwoods, and hillside streams that provide refreshing contrast to the open coastal hills.

Santa Rosa

Annadel and Spring Lake have a variety of trails to suit different hiking levels. The trail around Spring Lake is paved and offers views of the lake and wetlands along its length. Spring Lake features a swimming lagoon, a boat ramp, and boat rentals. For the more ambitious, head up through Annadel to Lake Ilsanjo. Swimming in it’s water provides a haven for hot hikers and mountain bikers.


Located on Eastside Road amongst vineyards and wineries is Riverfront Regional Park. The park is located at site of a former gravel mine, and the two abandoned gravel pits are now large ponds. The trail that loops around the second pond is mostly shaded, and has plenty of access for those who want to try their luck fishing. The Russian River forms the western border of the park and has a several good swimming holes, perfect for cooling dips. A redwood grove near the parking area is a great place for shaded picnics.

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