Vinography Images: First Light

The first rays of morning light strike a vineyard in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA, high on the northern coast of Sonoma County. Home to only a handful of wineries, this small growing area overlooking the chilly Pacific Ocean produces some of the most profound Pinot Noirs made in California, and (insider tip here) the best Pinotage made in the Western Hemisphere.

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Valley of the Moon Festival Tasting: October 8, Sonoma

We are definitely back in the swing of things when it comes to wine tasting events. Wine Country is open for business, and crowds of people drinking wine are no longer the scary propositions they once were.

So you’ll be seeing more notices of large public wine tasting events here on Vinography again, for the same reason I’ve always written about them. Such events are the single best way for anyone interested in wine to educate their palate and discover new wines to love. Not to mention the fact that some of these events can be a lot of fun, with great food, music, and more.

Which brings me to the upcoming Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival. Put on by the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Winegrowers, this event is actually two-day set of activities, including fancy dinners, the annual Sonoma Grape Stomp (which is just what it sounds like), and the Grand Tasting, which is what I’m here to tell you about. You can learn more about the other activities on the event’s website.

The event culminates in a walk-around tasting featuring between 30 and 40 wineries outdoors in the old Sonoma Barracks on Sonoma Plaza. Various food vendors will be on hand offering bits and bites, and it will certainly be a lovely way to spend a Saturday evening, especially if the weather is good.

2022 Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
Grand Tasting Event
Saturday, October 8th
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sonoma Barracks – Sonoma Plaza
2 West Spain Street
Sonoma, CA 95476 (map)

Tickets for the grand tasting will run you $125 until September 20th, after which the price will go up to $150. Local Sonoma residents can get tickets for $95 under early-bird pricing. As with all such public tastings, I recommend darker clothing to avoid accidental wine stains, making sure to have food in your belly, and spitting so you can actually learn something.

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Vinography Images: Dark Harvest

Workers move like ghosts against the lights illuminating a night harvest in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. Night harvests help keep grapes cool, preserving their flavors and giving winemakers the option to start fermentation exactly when they want. With many white grapes harvested already, producers are beginning to bring in Pinot Noir and other early ripening grape varieties as the 2022 harvest ramps towards its peak in mid-September and early October.

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Vinography Images: Pile of Rocks

Lake Sonoma sits as a backdrop of blue against the vineyards of the Rockpile AVA in Sonoma County. Known for its robust and fruit-forward Zinfandels, Rockpile may be California’s most sparsely planted AVA, covering 15,000 acres of which only 160 are planted. The AVA features shallow iron-oxide soils, and elevations that push above the fog layer, making for very warm growing conditions.

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Vinography Images: Corrugated Zin

Corrugated rows of Zinfandel vines seen from the air stand out against the dusty earth that gives Dry Creek Valley its name in Sonoma County. Despite its proximity to the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley and many areas of Sonoma County are facing increasingly dire restrictions on water usage in the wake of ongoing drought.

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I’ll Drink to That: Winemaker Patrick Campbell

There’s a new episode of I’ll Drink to That! available. Episode 490 features a conversation with Patrick Campbell, the former owner and winemaker of Laurel Glen Vineyard on California’s Sonoma Mountain. Patrick is the owner of Tierra Divina Vineyards, a grouping of wine brands sourced from grapes grown in Argentina and California. This episode also features shorter appearances from Mike Chelini (formerly of Stony Hill Vineyard), Ray Coursen (formerly of Elyse Winery), Randall Grahm (Bonny Doon Vineyard), Joel Peterson (formerly of Ravenswood Winery), and David Rafanelli (A. Rafanelli Winery). Erin Scala provides a background to the pivotal 2005 United States Supreme Court ruling of Granholm v. Heald in this episode as well.


Patrick Campbell has multiple lifetimes worth of interesting stories to tell, and luckily this interview is stuffed with several of them. The early move from Harvard Yard to a Zen Buddhist Community in Sonoma. The unlikely purchase of an iconic vineyard. The pruning lessons in a rain deluge. The market machinations, perils, and rewards of handshake grape contracts. The peculiarities of making wine by figuring it out on your own, year after year, without university training or a family background in wine. Jetting off to Chile and then taking an epic car ride over the Andes Mountains to Argentina, stumbling into a wine culture of another era. And then back to the United States, with a pivotal and consequential case before the Supreme Court. This episode is all over the globe, and a special trip of its own.

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I’ll Drink to That is the world’s most listened-to wine podcast, hosted by Levi Dalton. Levi has had a long career working as a sommelier in some of the most distinguished and acclaimed dining rooms in America. He has served wine to guests of Restaurant Daniel, Masa, and Alto, all in Manhattan. Levi has also contributed articles on wine themes to publications such as The Art of Eating, Wine & Spirits magazine, Bon Appetit online, and Eater NY. Check out his pictures on Instagram and follow him on Twitter: @leviopenswine

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Introducing the Healdsburg Wine and Food Experience, May 20-22

Seeing the resumption of wine and food events warms my heart. But in addition to the perennial events that many of us are used to attending, new events that have been dreamed up during the pandemic are beginning to surface. The latest and perhaps most exciting of these events is the upcoming Healdsburg Wine and Food Experience.

The little town of Healdsburg has long been the wine and food mecca of Sonoma Wine Country, but other than a few wine tasting events, the city has never hosted a star-studded, full-on food and wine event. Until now.

The weekend of May 20th, celebrity chefs and wine experts from around the country will be offering cooking demonstrations, seminars, and various dining experiences, all accompanied by wine tastings, cheese tastings, and musical performances. It’s all being orchestrated by a bunch of alumni from the Aspen Food & Wine Classic who seem to be bringing the same sensibilities to this experience.

The event’s Grand Tasting takes place on Saturday, May 21, and will feature wines from Sonoma, Napa, and select international producers along with food from local artisans and celebrity chefs alike.

Those who are willing to spend enough can experience some truly exceptional dining and wine experiences, including meals at Single Thread, a VIP magnum party, and more. It’s the first time this event has been held and it promises to be quite the experience.

First-Ever Healdsburg Wine and Food Experience
Seminars and Grand Tasting: Saturday May 21, 2022

Seminars: 11:30AM – 1:00 PM
Grand Tasting: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Healdsburg Main Plaza
Healdsburg Ave & Matheson St
Healdsburg, CA 95448 (map)

General admission tickets start at $200, which includes admission to the Grand Tasting event, seminars, and one optional add-on experience. VIP packages start at $2500 and go up from there depending on just how much luxury you want to experience. Tickets should be purchased in advance, as I would expect this event to sell out some time in the coming weeks.

Image of Montage Healdsburg courtesy of the resort.

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Vinography Images: Sonoma Swells

The rolling hills and morning fog look like ocean swells in Gallo’s Two Rock Vineyard just outside of Cotati in Sonoma County. Just north of Petaluma along Highway 101, this stretch of Sonoma County still sees some cooling from nearby San Pablo Bay.

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Vinography Images: Spring Silhouettes

The dark shapes of old Zinfandel vines are silhouetted against the bright yellow of mustard flowers in bloom at Beason Ranch in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. The first Zinfandel was planted in Dry Creek Valley in the mid-1870s, and within a decade or so it had become the dominant grape in the valley. As a result, the region holds a number of vineyards exceeding 100 years of age.

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Vinography Images: Frost Fighter

The slope of a vineyard curves smoothly against the sky towards a low point occupied by a frost fan at Kistler Vineyard in the mountains above Sonoma Valley. Frost fans keep the cold air from pooling in the lowest points of a vineyard which can lead to damaging freezes.

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