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Emmy-Award Winner Amy G and Sonoma County Winegrowers Uncork a Dynamic Partnership

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (November 9, 2023) – Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW) is launching an inspiring partnership with acclaimed 8-time Emmy Award winner, producer, and reporter, Amy G. This collaboration marks an exciting chapter for both as they join forces to elevate Sonoma County.

Amy G, renowned for her exceptional storytelling prowess and expertise in the world of broadcasting, brings a wealth of experience to the table. She has covered it all, including hard news, consumer news, medical news, and sports. Her remarkable career includes extensive work with the San Francisco Giants, where she provides player interviews, insights, and updates, and connects fans to players’ stories behind the scenes and on the field. A Sonoma County native, Amy grew up in Petaluma and has a profound respect and connection to the farming community.

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A toast to autumn: Sonoma County wines and pumpkin desserts

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As the leaves turn and the air gets crisp, Sonoma County comes alive with the flavors of fall. What better way to celebrate the season than by pairing local wines with pumpkin desserts? From Dry Creek Valley’s zinfandels to Russian River’s pinot noirs, Sonoma offers a variety of wines that can elevate your autumnal treats to new heights. Here’s a guide to making the most of this delicious duo.

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A Look At Sonoma County’s B. Wise Vineyards

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B. Wise Vineyards and its Moon Mountain Estate represent a sanctuary for wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike. B. Wise sits on top of a ridge that offers an unbelievable view of Sonoma Valley, making it a true gem in California’s wine country. Surrounded by peach, citrus and persimmon trees, this stunning winemaking haven brings the best of what both Sonoma and Napa vineyards have to offer. Moreover, it boasts a rich history and a commitment to crafting exceptional, terroir-driven wines that capture the essence of the Moon Mountain District’s unique microclimate.

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Sonoma County Wine Auction Raises $1.3 Million

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Plenty of premium wines and lively bidding raised about $1.3 million for Northern California charities at the annual Sonoma County Wine Auction last month. Organized by the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation (SCVF), the auction funds community grants for nonprofit organizations in education, health, the environment and arts, as well as SCVF’s Emergency Relief Fund.

“It is important to our local wine industry that we raise this critical funding to help create a thriving community and also help support our neighbors when they need assistance due to unfortunate circumstances,” said Mark Malpiede, SCVF president.

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Sonoma County’s boutique wineries find their sweet spot, making not too much and not too little

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“Have you tasted your wine with this dish?”

This was the question Barb Gustafson asked husband-to-be Mat Gustafson when she met him in 2004 at a Sonoma County wine event, initiating an ongoing conversation that has spanned nearly two decades.

Today the co-vintners of Graton’s Paul Mathew Vineyards are still talking nonstop about food, wine and travel, with their boutique winery as the focus of their creative pursuit.

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Healdsburg Winery Named Among Top 50 in the World, Best in North America

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Jordan Vineyard and Winery has made this year’s World’s 50 Best Vineyards list, which was announced April 12 at a ceremony in La Rioja, Spain’s premier wine region.

Coming in at No. 20, the Healdsburg winery was recognized as a “continent winner,” or the top vineyard in North America. It was the only Sonoma County winery to make the list. South America dominated the list with six vineyards in the top 10, including the winner, Catena Zapata, a Malbec-producing winery in Mendoza, Argentina. Surprisingly, no Napa Valley wineries made the top 50 this year.

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New winegrowing region proposed for west Sonoma County

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Just over 16 square miles of hills and valleys southwest of Sebastopol is the latest Sonoma County area being pursued for federal recognition as a distinct winegrowing region for cool-climate chardonnay and pinot noir.

The petition submitted Thursday to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau seeks establishment of the Sebastopol Hills American Viticultural Area. If approved it would join 18 approved subappellations inside Sonoma County, and it would also be part of the larger North Coast winegrowing region.

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Ramona Crinella, Forestville winemaker, former Coddingtown manager and clothier, dies at 84

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Ramona Crinella achieved much in — and for — Sonoma County since her birth in Petaluma to Italian immigrants in 1938.

Crinella, who died June 6, managed Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa in the 1970s and ‘80s. Prior to going to work for the late developer Hugh Codding, she was manager of an early Santa Rosa television station.

She became essential to the preservation of Santa Rosa’s grand, 1910 post office and its transformation into a museum.

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Thompson, Padilla introduce bills to spur research on smoke taint, bolster insurance protections for grape growers

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California’s Sen. Alex Padilla and Rep. Mike Thompson are spearheading new legislation that seeks to protect the wine industry from the devastating impacts of wildfire smoke, which has ruined harvests across the West Coast in recent years and cost growers and vintners hundreds of millions of dollars.

The twin bills, to be introduced Thursday in the House and Senate, are geared to address the escalating impacts of wildfire, partly by spurring more research into smoke taint — the term for damage that can befall a grape crop and its resulting wine from smoke exposure.

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Sipping and savoring Santa Rosa: A downtown wine adventure

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Wine abides in downtown Santa Rosa

We’ve been chatting about things for a little over a year now – and by chatting, I mean I’ve been throwing my opinion and taco recommendations out to the world, and that’s about the entirety of it. Speaking of opinions… I have something I gotta admit, now that we’ve known each other for awhile… I live in Wine Country, but I don’t like wine. I don’t NOT drink it if it’s offered, but it’s not my deal. I could never have another glass of wine, ever, and I’d be OK with that. HOWEVER, the theme for this month is Sonoma County wines, and if there’s anything I DO like, it’s writing about stuff, downtown Santa Rosa, and Sonoma County. So here we go!

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