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Sonoma County Harvest Fair Winners

Posted on October 01, 2014 by Mark Stevens

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2014 marks the 40th year of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair and the results of the professional wine winners are in! The wine competition is the largest regional wine competition in the United States and the awards are deemed highly regarded. Below are the three Sweepstakes winners for wine in Sonoma County. An entire list of winners can be found here. Congratulations to all 

Sonoma County Harvest Fair 2014

 Sweepstakes White

Selby 2013 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc at $15 

Sweepstakes Red

Balletto 2013 Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir at $42 

Sweepstakes Specialty Wine

Windsor Vineyards Sonoma County Blanc de Blanc at $32

 

Also worth noting, Sonoma county celebrates the its top winemakers, growers, microbreweries and culinary artists. Congratulation to the honorees! 

Other Awards

Outstanding Young Person in Agribusiness Award

Lise Asimont of Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Excellence in the Craft Beer Industry Award

Bear Republic Brewery in Healdsburg

Excellence in Food Production Award

Bloomfield Organics in Petaluma

Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County Agriculture Award

Al Cadd, Healdsburg Grape Grower

Radio Interview

Posted on September 26, 2014 by Mark Stevens

Last week I had the pleasure of being a guest on the talk show, Real Estate 360 on the Wall Street Business Network.  I had the chance to elaborate on my current listings which span across Sonoma, Mendocino, and Napa counties as well as the Peninsula and Central California.  There was wine business talk as well as gushing about some of my favorite wines.  If you would like to hear the program in its entirety click here. Thank you again to the entire RE360Radio Team!

Sonoma County’s Laid-Back Side

Posted on September 05, 2014 by Mark Stevens

Sonoma County offers a diverse collection of wineries that appeal to a wide spectrum of visitors.  If you are looking for an over the top sparkling visit, Sonoma County has you  covered with some of the most luxurious wineries here: 10 Luxury Wineries in Sonoma.  If your style is more laid-back, don’t worry, most wineries in Sonoma County have that down to earth vibe.  As a visitor or native, make sure to give all types of a wineries a try. I promise, they won’t disappoint.

Truett Hurst Winery: Located off of Dry Creek Road, Truett Hurst Winery is the perfect place to go and relax for any occasion. Whether you are enjoying a glass of zinfandel by the creek or walking the 5 acres of gardens, this winery hits the nose for a laid back feel.

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 Kokomo Winery: When visiting Kokomo Winery you are sure to run into one of owners/winemakers talking with quests and pouring wine behind the tasting bar. This casual tasting room is located in the same space as the cellar creating a lively and interesting atmosphere, especially near harvest.

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Red Car Winery: Walking into Red Car Winery there is an instant feel of being in a friend’s living room. With a comfortable couch in one corner and a table with card games in the other; it provides a great environment to relax and have fun with friends over some wine. 

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Dutcher Crossing Winery: Dutcher Crossing Winery, also located off of Dry Creek Road, offers amazing views of the valley. Enjoy a tasting with the attentive tasting room staff and then take your lunch out to the picnic benches to soak up the sun.

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Landmark Vineyards: Sitting at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain in the Sonoma Valley, Landmark Winery encompasses the leisurely style of wine tasting. With choices of where to relax; either in the tasting room, beautiful courtyard, or grassy lawn near the pond, there is something for everyone.

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 Hook and Ladder Winery: There are two great locations to visit Hook and Ladder Winery, the main tasting room off of Olivet Road or on Main Street in Sebastopol.   The Olivet location offers a gorgeous outdoor setting to relax or take on a game of bocce ball with fellow tasters. 

HookLadder_0McPhail Tasting Lounge: One of the Macphail Tasting Room’s is conveniently located at the Barlow in Sebastopol. You have a choice to sit at the bar inside or sit at tables under umbrellas outside for your tasting. Stop in while you are out and about in Sebastopol, it doesn’t get more laid back than that!

MacPhail Joseph Phelps Vineyards: If you are headed out to the Sonoma Coast make sure to stop by Joseph Phelps Vineyards in Freestone. Outdoor seating for your tasting and one-on-one attention from the staff provides a relaxing vibe.

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Red Lake Ranch for Sale

Posted on July 14, 2014 by Mark Stevens

Nestled amongst rolling hills and unique microclimates, Red Lake Ranch offers spectacular views, and is surrounded by award winning wineries, producing world-class wines.

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An exceptional opportunity in the Howell Mountain appellation, the property showcases 40.05± total acres, ideal for an estate or winery site. 7± acres of vineyard are planted to Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes, with an additional 3-5± acres plantable.

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A stunning, private, 20± acre-foot licensed lake provides peace and tranquility, and houses a variety of animal species, including large mouth Bass. The property is great for equestrians & adjoins the protected land trust to Mt. Saint Helena.

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If you would like more information about this property, please contact me at Mark.Stevens@SothebysRealty.com or 707.322.2000.

48 Hours in Healdsburg, CA

Posted on July 03, 2014 by Mark Stevens

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Healdsburg is a small town located in the heart of wine country, just 70 miles North of San Francisco.  It is surrounded by rolling hills of vineyards and is home to amazing restaurants, shops and events.

There is so much to experience when visiting Healdsburg, and it can become very overwhelming when deciding where to go, what to see, and most importantly what to eat and drink!  Whether you are visiting for a wedding, a girl’s trip, or a romantic getaway, it is always nice to have a plan.  I have put together a helpful guide of suggestions for where to stay, restaurants to eat at, events and wineries to go to during your quick trip. Cheers!

Where To Stay?

Depending on your budget or style, there are many options to choose from to rest your head at night.  Make sure to make reservations as soon as you know when you’ll be visiting wine country as hotels are usually pretty full year round.

891 Grove St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

707.433.4277

198 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

707.433.0300

1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA

800.258.4003

219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA

707.431.2202

Day 1:

Assuming you are arriving to town around the time of check in at a hotel or bed & breakfast (3pm), you must be ready for a refreshment! Head on over to Hawley Winery. It is right off the square of Healdsburg, the tasting room is open until 6pm and they have a variety of wines to enjoy. Not into wine? Check out Bear Republic Brewing Co. for one of their many craft beers or their delicious homebrewed root beer.

If you are visiting on a weekend, you might want to make reservations for dinner at either Zin Restaurant or for a more upscale dining experience, Dry Creek Kitchen. If you’re looking for something a little more laid back try Healdsburg Bar & Grill where you can enjoy dining outside if it’s a warm evening. 

Day 2:

Good morning! If you’re searching for a breakfast option or just some delicious coffee, Healdsburg has you covered. If you’re wanting to fuel up for the day make your way to Costeaux Bakery where there are plenty of breakfast options. They also sell “boxed lunches” if you plan on snacking at a winery later on in the day. If you’re more of a coffee & bagel morning person, check out Flying Goat Coffee.

Now onto the wineries! If you would like to plan out your own day, The Wine Road has all the information you will need to do so. I would suggest visiting no more than four wineries so that you can truly experience each winery to its fullest and not overdo it with too much alcohol. Plan on electing a designated driver, or hire someone to drive you from a licensed group such as Beau Wine Tours.

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Lunch Options:

If you are planning on taking a lunch and snacks with you for the day I suggest stopping at Big John’s Market or grabbing one of those boxed lunches from Costeaux. The Dry Creek General Store is also an extremely popular lunch stop for locals and visitors combined. Whatever your choice may be, don’t skip lunch while wine tasting!

Depending on the time of year and days that you are visiting Healdsburg, you can take part of some popular events as well:

Events

  • Annual Winter Wineland, January
  • Annual Barrel Tasting, March
  • West Wines Guided Vineyard Walk & Tasting, 10:30am (repeats every Saturday in the summer until August 31st)
  • Tuesday in the Plaza, 6pm-8pm May-August
  • Saturday Farmer’s Market, 9am-12pm May-November
  • Wednesday Farmer’s Market, 3:30-6pm June-October
  • Annual A Wine & Food Affair, November

Day 3:

On your last day I suggest not going overboard with wine tasting, leave that to your second day. Since you are probably leaving early-mid afternoon, I highly suggest a one-stop shop, Partake by Kendall Jackson is a wonderful experience where you can indulge in a food and wine pairing and relax in the lounge until you have to leave town.

I know that you will have an amazing time whenever you decide to visit Healdsburg; these are just suggestions on how to plan your escape to the wine country. Enjoy!