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Foot Stomping and Wind Gap 2016 Trousseau Gris

If you know that nobody really crushes grapes with bare feet anymore, you don’t know the whole story — the old way is the new way at some of Sonoma County’s most in vogue wineries.

During the harvest season in Sonoma County, most grapes are de-stemmed and crushed mechanically, of course, and the trend is toward increasing technical sophistication: new sorting machines scan thousands of individual grape berries at a time, recognize under-ripe grapes by their digital profile, and eject them with targeted blasts of air.

Cider of the Week: Tilted Shed Ciderworks Lost Orchard

With the cider industry in Sonoma County constantly growing, it is only fitting to have our "Wine of the Week" become our "Cider of the Week" feature when necessary. 

Now don’t confuse the Lost Orchard with Angry Orchard. Not that there’s anything wrong with the wild success of nationally distributed cider brands in recent years — it’s all good, great, we love it that the category is growing, say artisanal cidermakers like Tilted Shed’s Ellen Cavalli and Scott Heath.

Fogbelt Brewing Company Wet Hop Festival September 3, 2017

This Sunday, Sept. 3, Fogbelt Brewing Company hosts the second annual Wet Hop Festival in Santa Rosa, in Sonoma County.

Commercial hop growing in Sonoma County was, until very recently, a thing of the past, told in black and white photographs of men and women in wide-brimmed hats and white dresses, and the occasional old timer’s story of late summers spent in hop camps along the Russian River in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Biggest Wine Event: Taste of Sonoma in Rohnert Park

Taste of Sonoma is all it promises to be: No other event presents quite the number of wineries from across Sonoma County’s many appellations, matched with so many the culinary temptations from restaurants, chefs, and artisan makers. And it’s all in one beautiful location that’s easy to walk a lap or two around, glass in hand (or swaying in wine glass lanyard, if you have the skills), in one sunny afternoon.