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News This Week: Kosta Browne Sale and Wildfire Lawsuit

Posted on July 20, 2018 by Admin

EACH WEEK WE COLLECT TOP LOCAL NEWS AND RECENT REAL ESTATE STORIES HOT OFF THE PRESS FOR YOUR WEEKEND CLICKING PLEASURE.

Kosta Browne Sold
Duckhorn Wine Company purchased Sebastopol’s Kosta Browne Winery. The deal includes a tasting room in the Barlow, 170 acres of vineyards and inventory. READ MORE

Wine Storage for Everybody
Looking for better ways to store the wines you love? Here are some great ideas for how to create wine storage for a variety of homes. READ MORE

July Gardening Tips
Discover top tips for gardening in July―the perfect time to put in some extra work to keep gardens looking great for months to come. READ MORE

Santa Rosa Sues PG&E
The City of Santa Rosa is suing PG&E for financial damages caused by last year’s October wildfires. READ MORE

*Feature image courtesy of gardenista.com

Local Farmers Markets in Sonoma County

Posted on July 03, 2018 by Admin

Sonoma County has a ton of really great farmers markets that provide fun and easy access to seasonal bounty. Whether you visit a market for your weekly shop or hope to have fun and discover something new, our local farmers will not disappoint.

Buying directly from a producer is one of the best ways to support our farmers. We are surrounded by world-class growers and vintners of the wine industry ― and we also enjoy incredible agricultural diversity maintained by dedicated, intelligent farmers and ranchers. Our agricultural history is rooted in hops, potatoes, eggs & apples. To this day, our farmers grow a variety of veggies and fruits with plenty of organic and sustainable options. Ranchers generate world-renowned dairy products and sustainably raised meat.

The diverse farmland that we have here in Sonoma County is healthy, productive, and can weather natural and human changes that occur. Small growers discover what works best on their farms, and can select varieties that are unique to this region and their specific microclimate.

Our local farmers markets offer an amazing selection of fruit and vegetables, outstanding local artisanal foods, and the chance to meet dedicated farmers and artisans. Below are some of our favorites.

Healdsburg Farmers Market
Saturdays 8:30 am – noon, May 5 – November 24
Tuesdays 9 am – 1 pm, May 29 – August 28
The Healdsburg market happens twice a week, but there tends to be a better selection on Saturdays ― this usually means bigger crowds. Either day you will find fresh produce, prepared food, meat & dairy, and great crafts.

West End Farmers Market
Sundays 9:30 am – 2 pm, May 6 – October 28
Several farmers markets pop up all around Santa Rosa throughout the week, but the West End Market is our top pick. Located close to downtown, with a great neighborhood vibe, this market has plenty of vendors for all your shopping needs ― including a beer garden and live music for entertainment.

Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market
Fridays 4 pm – dusk, June 1 – October 26
This market takes over the town on Friday afternoons. In addition to the great selection of organic produce, prepared food, and crafters, live music accompanies the market every week. The last market of the year is a mini-festival that includes Taiko drumming, a cake walk, and Day of the Dead crafts. Find more info about Occidental here.

Sebastopol Farmers Market
Sundays 10 am – 1:30 pm, year-round
It can feel like most of Sebastopol comes out to shop at the farmers market, which is a testament to how good it is. There is a delicious selection of hot food at the market, great farms with beautiful produce, live music, and open lawns for picnicking and play.

Petaluma Farmers Market
Petaluma East-Side ― Tuesdays 10 am – 1:30 pm, year-round
Petaluma Walnut Park ― Saturdays 2 pm – 5:00 pm, May 12 – Nov 17
Petaluma Theatre District ― Wednesdays 4:30 pm – 8 pm, June 6 – August 29
With three excellent markets to choose from, Petaluma has you covered. All the markets have a great selection of fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, fish, hot foods, and artisanal goods.

Discover more markets in Sonoma County: CLICK HERE

Images courtesy of:
www.sonomamag.com
www.sonomacounty.com

Wine Feature: Pinot Noir

Posted on June 26, 2018 by Admin

Our corner of Northern California is responsible for some of the best Pinot Noirs in the world. Pinot Noir grapes thrive in the low fertility soils and Mediterranean climates in several of our local AVAs, including Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley. Winemakers in the area use these world-class grapes to produce many outstanding wines including Pinot Noir, sparkling wines, white Pinot Noir, and Rosé.

About Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is usually a light red still wine. People unfamiliar with this varietal may expect the lighter color will mean less flavor, yet the full and complex flavors will leave them surprised. The flavor profile can shift as it ages — what starts out as tart red fruit mellows out over time. Pinot Noir can be paired with many different foods; it is light enough to be served with fish and can also highlight heartier food like grilled meat.

Russian River Valley AVA
The Russian River Valley is a highly sought after appellation for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. This AVA is made up of 15,000 planted acres situated in the geographical heart of Sonoma County. Located just 10 miles away from the Pacific Ocean, the weather is characterized by morning fog, warm days and pleasant evenings. The relatively cool weather encourages grapes to ripen slowly, establishing balanced acidity and a distinctive flavor profile.

Anderson Valley AVA
Pinot Noir thrives in the unique cool weather microclimates of Anderson Valley. A number of wineries in this region produce world-class sparkling and still wines; and several ultra-premium wine growers sell their sought-after grapes to winemakers in Napa, Sonoma and elsewhere in the USA.

While summer days are long and dry, with temperatures occasionally topping 85 degrees, a cooling fog rolls down the valley most evenings, slowing the vines’ metabolic activity. This daily Pacific Coast influence is responsible for a long growing season, which allows the grapes to ripen evenly and develop elegant flavors.

 

Check out two of our properties that will bring you to the heart of these premier Pinot Noir regions.

Wild Iris at Tumbling McD Ranch

 

Winner’s Circle Estate

Peacetown Summer Concert Series

Posted on June 19, 2018 by Admin

In just a few weeks, on the 4th of July, the Peacetown Summer Concert Series starts up in Sebastopol. This free concert series is a celebration of the season, great music and the peaceful intentions of the town. You’ll find people from all over the area gathering in Ives Park for this fun-filled opportunity to meet up, dance, sing, and enjoy the warm summer evenings.

The summer concerts happen every Wednesday from July 4th thru September 12th. The family-friendly celebration kicks off at 5pm and features a variety of musicians ranging in styles from Mr. Music & The Love Choir to Soul Fuse (Funk & Soul) to Poor Man’s Whiskey (Blue Grass). Bring a picnic or take advantage of delicious options from food trucks. Local beer and wine is for sale at select vendors.

The concert series is funded by donations from local residents and businesses, and is produced by the Mr. Music Foundation.

Here’s this year’s line-up – we hope to see you there!

*Concert schedule and image courtesy of peacetown.org.

Community Highlight: Occidental

Posted on May 29, 2018 by Admin

Occidental is a quaint community located on the western edge of Sonoma County, fifteen minutes south of the Russian River. A short drive west through the redwood-lined hills brings you to the beautiful Pacific coast. In the small town, you will find many shops and restaurants as well as an eclectic mix of locals. Occidental was originally a logging town with its own railway, and is now home to ranchers, winemakers, artists and young families. The small town is the heart of the local community, with multiple generations calling it home.

Discover our favorite places to eat and shop as you get to know this gem in Sonoma County:

Restaurants

Howard’s Station is an all around favorite. Situated in the original train station, locals and tourists alike have been enjoying breakfast and lunch at Howard’s for decades. The food is hearty and creative, comforting, and will keep you coming back for more.
Barley and Hops is an eclectic tavern with rotating local beer and wine, elevated pub fare, and live music.
Negri’s has been serving family-style Italian dinners since 1943. The restaurant features delicious homemade favorites — and a full bar including classic and modern cocktails.
The Union Hotel also features family style Italian dining. They offer coffee and fresh pastries in their attached cafe in the morning.
Hazel is one of Occidental’s newest additions. The food here is quintessential California cuisine.
El Mariachi serves up delicious Mexican fare. This tiny cafe has a generous patio where you can soak up the sun while savoring the excellent fare.

Shopping

Sonoma Fine Wine features the best wines of the area.
Hinterland makes sustainable adventure clothes for everyone.
Hand Goods is a gallery showcasing local artists and makers. Founded in 1970, the selection includes paintings, pottery, textiles, and jewelry.

Events

Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market takes over the town on Friday afternoons from June through October. There is a great selection of organic produce, prepared food, and some local crafters. Not to be missed!

There are plenty of other shops to explore in Occidental, including two grocery stores, a yoga studio, a small town hardware store, and several galleries.

Check out the properties that we have listed near by:

445 Gold Ridge Road

1295 Jonive Road

 

*Featured image of Occidental taken from Hand Goods.

News This Week: Solar on Every Home & Outdoor Living

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Admin

EACH WEEK WE COLLECT TOP STORIES HOT OFF THE PRESS FOR YOUR WEEKEND CLICKING PLEASURE.

Solar Coming to a Home in Your Future
On Wednesday, the California Energy Commission voted unanimously to approve a mandate that all new homes built in California include solar panels. The mandate, which goes into effect in 2020, is the first of its kind in the USA.
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Sonoma County Changes Rules to Spur New Housing
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a rules adjustment on Tuesday that is aimed at increasing housing in the County. There will be several changes, including those affecting granny units, single room dwellings and tiny houses. “‘Let’s allow for the maximum amount of flexibility,’ (Supervisor) Zane said.’”
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Single Women Lead Men in Home Buying
New data from The National Association of Realtors shows that single women account for 18% of home buyers, more than twice the proportion of single men. The trend may be fueled by the fact that “single men appear to be more concerned than women about having to relocate.”
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Outside is the New Inside
2018 design trends are all about outdoor living. “This year it’s really about making your outdoor space function like an interior space for all things fun, lounging, and entertaining.” In addition to outdoor spaces, this year will showcase deep colors and beautiful materials.
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