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BALO: INCREDIBLE WINE TASTING AND GREAT FOR BOCCE

Posted on July 16, 2018 by Admin

Article courtesy of SF Chronicle:

We are thrilled to see our listing, Balo Winery & Estate, featured in the SF Chronicle.

Balo could be a quick stop on your Anderson Valley itinerary, if you’re in a rush: Tastings are free, and are usually limited to about four wines. On the other hand, if you want to linger, Balo could be your entire afternoon. You could buy a bottle, order a plate of charcuterie and cheese and relax on one of the outdoor picnic tables, followed by a game of bocce.

The winery was founded in 2009, though vines had been planted here about 10 years earlier. Jason Drew, one of Mendocino County’s top winemakers, made the first five vintages of Balo wines. The winemaking remains solid focusing on Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines. If you’re feeling peckish but don’t want to order an entire block of cheese or roll of cured meat from Balo’s deli menu, don’t fret: Complimentary cheese and salami are always laid out at the tasting bar.


WHAT TO TRY: Balo does produce a rosé of Pinot Noir ($24), but more interesting is its blanc de noir-style Pinot ($32), a red wine presenting as a white. The grapes are taken off of their skin almost immediately after picking, so that they absorb almost no color. It’s a floral, fresh, bright wine, a nice alternative to a rosé. You’ll likely also taste a couple vintages of Pinot Noir ($38 to $45), which are balanced, quiet examples of the grape.

View the Balo Winery and Estate Listing: CLICK HERE

 

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

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News This Week: Top Sonoma County Restaurants & Your Guide to West County

Posted on May 25, 2018 by Admin

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

Wine Country’s Best Eats
The dining reservation service, Open Table, just released its list of the ten best restaurants in Wine Country. We’re happy to see that one of our favorites, Terrapin Creek, is featured among the best. The incredible (local & fresh) cuisine is just one more reason why we love living in West County!
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Lasers in the Vineyard
Automated lasers are now being installed to help deter avian opportunists (aka birds) from eating grapes. One grower reports that lasers have been significantly more effective than nets — plus they don’t harm the birds and use fewer resources. 
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Wallflowers
Cutting edge design for luxury homes is becoming more wild. Top designers are now installing hydroponic garden walls, bringing more natural and green space indoors. “Homeowners say the planted walls make a striking visual statement while improving indoor air quality and softening acoustics.” 
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Best of the West
Looking to explore West Sonoma County? This insightful guide highlights where to eat, drink, play, and stay.
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Wild Iris Retreat Open House this Saturday 11-4pm

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Admin

 

Wild Iris Retreat in Anderson Valley 

OPEN HOUSE

Date: Saturday, May 19th
Time: 11Am – 5PM
20500 Tumbling MdD Road
Philo, CA 95466

Do you love Anderson Valley? Join us at our open house this Saturday, May 19th from 11am – 5pm at Wild Iris Retreat — just 11 miles away from the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival happening all weekend long! Stop by for gourmet snacks, jeep tours and an inside view into one of the most enchanting properties to hit the market this year. Wild Iris Retreat is an exquisite 300+ acre property bordering the Navarro river with plenty of sunshine and shaded groves of towering redwoods. Featuring a large main house, two guest houses, a 90K gallon pool, a beautiful stone spa, and a dance hall, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss!

 


Learn More About Wild Iris Retreat: CLICK HERE

 

 

 

21st Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival & Exclusive Property Tours at Wild Iris Retreat

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Admin

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

Celebrating One Varietal – One Appellation

Anderson Valley is hosting a world-class wine festival featuring Pinot Noir from over 50 local producers. The Pinot Noir Festival is a weekend full of wine, live music, farm fresh gastronomes and local art.

WHEN: May 18-20, 2018
WHERECamp Navarro in Navarro, CA — 11 miles from Philo and 17 miles from Boonville in Mendocino County
WHAT: Three full days of Pinot Noir paired with delicious food, music & celebration.

Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss your chance to savor world renowned Pinot Noirs and meet the winemakers!

– Attend the Grand Tasting on Saturday only — Purchase Tickets HERE
– Purchase Tickets for all 3 days HERE

To learn more details about all of the events, driving directions and participating wineries, check out the video below and view the event’s WEBSITE.

Do you love Anderson Valley? Pair the Pinot Festival with our upcoming open house this Saturday, May 19th from 11am – 5pm at Wild Iris Retreat — just 11 miles away! Stop by for gourmet snacks, jeep tours and an inside view into one of the most enchanting properties to hit the market this year. Wild Iris Retreat is an exquisite 300+ acre property bordering the Navarro river with plenty of sunshine and shaded groves of towering redwoods. Featuring a large main house, two guest houses, a 90K gallon pool, a beautiful stone spa, and a dance hall, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Wild Iris Retreat Open House:
Saturday, May 19th
11Am – 5PM
20500 Tumbling MdD Road
Philo, CA 95466

Learn More About Wild Iris Retreat: CLICK HERE


*festival images by AV Wines

 

 

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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