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By Steve Heimoff

ISBN-10: 0520239857

ISBN-13: 9780520239852

ISBN-10: 1423731441

ISBN-13: 9781423731443

Steve Heimoff takes readers on an intimate and enlightening journey of 1 of California's such a lot diversified and entire wine components as he travels alongside the Russian River and talks with growers and vintners from the Cabernet state of the Alexander Valley to the Pinot Noir manufacturers of the Sonoma coast. this primary complete examine the normal heritage and winemaking practices of the area via one in every of America's most beneficial wine critics brings the Russian into the exalted corporation of the nice wine rivers of the world--the Loire, the Rh?ne, the Rhine, the Mosel, and the Douro. half wine guidebook, half background and geology, and half travelogue of the author's adventures in wine nation, A Wine trip alongside the Russian River is vital analyzing for wine lovers--both these lucky sufficient to be acquainted with the zone and those that have by no means been there. Heimoff publications readers alongside the size of the scenic river, from its hot, northern border with Mendocino out to foggy Jenner. He discusses the historical past and development of Alexander Valley Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, Russian River Valley and Sonoma coast Pinot Noir, Sonoma County's Rh?ne-oriented wines, old-style box blends, and different attention-grabbing wines. within the method, he introduces readers to some of the growers and vintners who've made Sonoma County well-known: Dick Arrowood, the Rochiolis, the Seghesios, Tom Jordon, Bob Cabral of Williams Selyem, Jess Jackson of Kendall-Jackson, Merry Edwards, and so on. Describing how the river's formation and evolution, either items of the planet's fiery tectonic earlier, in addition to the region's complicated weather, have created the opportunity of extraordinary viticultural enclaves, and recounting how quite a few humans learned that capability, Heimoff presents a desirable rationalization of why the Russian River's acceptance as a top rate winegrowing zone keeps to develop.

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They are not grandly trained along wires and trellises as vines in a modern vineyard would be. These feral-looking bushes make you think that they were there when pterodactyls flew overhead. 49 ~ C Y RU S A L E X A N D E R F I N D S A VA L L E Y ~ The dirt in which they grow is dry and sparse in summer, a desert ochre in color, scattered here and there with little rounded river pebbles. If you stoop down and gather a handful of dirt and sniª it, you will detect a faint scent of mothballs and candle wax, courtesy of some elemental substances that seem to work their way into the wine’s complex aroma, alongside the grapier scents of cherries and blackberries.

The Gorda runs oª the Pacific Northwest; it is being subducted beneath the North American plate, just as the Farallon plate was, in what is known as the Cascadia subduction zone. That subduction is responsible for creating the Cascade Mountains and may someday also cause the huge earthquake geologists are concerned may wreak havoc on Seattle. The Pacific, North American, and Gorda plates currently come together oª the Mendocino coast, at the so-called Mendocino Triple Junction. The junction has been migrating northward since it formed (it was south of San Francisco 16 million years ago, and oª the coast of Sonoma County 10 million years ago).

There have been summer mornings when I left Oakland (where it should have been foggy) under sunny skies, with the temperature already well into the 70s, only to find Geyserville socked in and miserably dank and cold when I arrived ninety minutes later. When conditions are just right—or, depending on your point of view, wrong—a wispy finger of fog will snake up along the Russian River in the early morning hours or flow in from Bodega Bay or San Pablo Bay and pour through gaps in the hills, reaching and inundating the flatlands.

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