Last week the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission rolled into Chicago to promote its regions’ many wines. For those of you who have enjoyed wines from Carneros, Russian River Valley, Santa Rosa, and others, these are all wines produced in Sonoma County, which runs along California’s Coast, an ideal growing location for many types of wines. Sonoma County produces award-winning wines and is especially known for producing Chardonnay, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel varietals.
Folonari Pinot Nero 2009 is a lighter-bodied Pinot Noir, which is exactly what you would expect from a wine made from this grape that hails from northern Italy. If you’re looking for Rafting Tara Pinot, look elsewhere. If you want a light wine with lovely berry flavors and a mid-palate lift that easily pairs with most foods, look here. It’s also available for $17 per box at Shop-Rite Liquors Pearl River Wines, 46 North Middletown Road, Pearl River, NY 10965; 845.735.2023 .
3 craft IPAs paired with 3 unique pork dishes by Chef Joe O’Donnell. Each dish has been prepared using the beer it accompanies: Korean pork belly tacos with Avery IPA, house-made arepas stuffed with chicharones and queso fresco with Racer 5 IPA, and slow-braised pork shoulder sliders with chipotle BBQ and apple slaw with Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA.
Relaxing treats beckon the moment you set foot in Santa Rosa, Sonoma’s largest city entrenched right smack in the Sonoma Wine County. Your social trip planner will suggest indulging in Santa Rosa’s art and culture or may even challenge you to a cycling tour. Whether you choose one or both, you will definitely enjoy the city’s old brand of hospitality combined with urban art, recreation and wine.
It’s a comfortable place that makes you want to stay and hang out whether you’re with friends or alone. For me, the atmosphere of a bar is as important as the beer. I don’t care if a place has hundreds of the best beers in the world, if it feels uncomfortable, I only want a pint or two before making my escape. The Dray makes you want to linger, and a lot of that has to do with Travis and Jamie. They’re friendly without phoniness and knowledgeable about beer without pretense.
Most Sauvignon Blanc wines have a crisp dry flavor but some can be sweet. In the U.S., The Sauvignon Blanc can also be know as the Fume Blanc and is very popular with picnics. Sauvignon Blanc wines can be a great addition to a meal of fish, shellfish, chicken and pasta.
It resonates a sweet vibe that pleases the most pretentious of palates. It has low tannins, so the acidity is not overwhelming. When aged, the strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavors produce an excellent bouquet.
I believe fly fishing is the most rewarding sport there is to those who truly understand and embrace it. It can be a time for complete solitude and reflection, a means of stress/tension reduction from the rigors of the daily grind or a time of fellowship with friends and/or family. I have found it to be one of God’s most awesome blessings.