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Russian River Valley Part 6: Exploring Santa Rosa Plain

As the name suggests, the Santa Rosa Plain neighborhood is the flatter region of the Russian River Valley. Most of these vineyard sites are heavily dominated by the clay-based Huichica soil series....

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Belly - Left Coast Kitchen and Tap Room

I’ve been living in Santa Rosa for four and a half years now, and I am continually impressed by the ever-evolving food and drink scene in our town. New restaurants have made the downtown scene a happening place and since 2013, Belly Left Coast Kitchen & Tap Room has been a staple for the local nightlife crowd....

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The Nuances of Single-Block Wine: Black Kite Cellars

In the world of California wine, a single-vineyard bottling denotes that 95% of the fruit must be sourced from that vineyard. But what then, does it mean when a bottle is made from a single block? Blocks can be any size, but are individually designated for their distinct terroir....

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Costeaux French Bakery: An Iconic Fixture in the Healdsburg Community

Throughout the years, the bakery changed hands and names many times, but one thing remained: its presence in the community and consistent supply of wonderfully delicious fresh breads and baked goods....

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The Wild Side of Central Otago

Curtis Marsh pairs a wild venison back strap from an 8 pointer stag bagged by Central Otago winemaker, Tim Kerruish—cooked with local wild thyme—with the wild-fermented Folding Hill Orchard Block Pinot Noir 2013 from Bendigo....

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Why Wine Bars? A Spotlight on Willi’s Wine Bar

Living in wine country, one might wonder why visit a wine bar when you can go directly to the source? With hundreds upon hundreds of wineries in Northern California, the temptation to visit different regions, appellations and wineries is great. But if it’s a widespread view of varieties across California appellations you are looking for, then wine bars are really where it’s at....

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Hugged By Life: Behind the Scenes at "Live in the Vineyard"

Nine years ago, long-time friends and collaborators Claire Parr and Bobbii Jacobs founded “Live in the Vineyard” because, Parr says now, “our artists needed to be hugged by life.”...

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Amplify the Autumn

Over the past couple of years, I’ve developed a fondness for natural wines. And by natural wines, I don’t mean foul-tasting, positively odd, aquarium-water-like wines, which is what I thought all natural wines tasted like until I had a good one....

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Handline Brings Locavores Fresh and Tasty California Cuisine

With a line out the door at 7pm on a Friday night, just 15 days after their grand opening, it is safe to say that Handline Coastal California in Sebastopol has received a warm welcome from the locals...Handline brings tasty, fresh California cuisine to locals at an affordable price in a fun, friendly atmosphere—plus, they’ve got plenty of craft beer and local wine to wash it all down!...

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