By Steve Heimoff
Steve Heimoff takes readers on an intimate and enlightening journey of 1 of California's such a lot varied and comprehensive wine parts as he travels alongside the Russian River and talks with growers and vintners from the Cabernet kingdom of the Alexander Valley to the Pinot Noir manufacturers of the Sonoma coast. this primary complete examine the usual historical past and winemaking practices of the zone by means of one in all America's most valuable 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 historical past and geology, and half travelogue of the author's adventures in wine kingdom, A Wine trip alongside the Russian River is key studying for wine lovers--both these lucky adequate to be conversant in the area and people who 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 background 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 the various growers and vintners who've made Sonoma County recognized: Dick Arrowood, the Rochiolis, the Seghesios, Tom Jordon, Bob Cabral of Williams Selyem, Jess Jackson of Kendall-Jackson, Merry Edwards, etc. Describing how the river's formation and evolution, either items of the planet's fiery tectonic prior, in addition to the region's complicated weather, have created the opportunity of unheard of viticultural enclaves, and recounting how various humans discovered that strength, Heimoff presents a desirable clarification of why the Russian River's attractiveness as a top class winegrowing sector keeps to develop.
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To the music of a solemn dirge . . ” ∂ Squaw Rock is just north of the Sonoma County line. For me, it represents the symbolic gateway to the northern portal of the Alexander Valley, much as the Statue of Liberty is the icon for those arriving in New York City. When I am driving back to Oakland from some distant destination in the north, the familiar sight of its soaring east wall means home is near. 28 ~ C Y RU S A L E X A N D E R F I N D S A VA L L E Y ~ A few miles below Squaw Rock, there is a little clearing in a wood just oª the highway, across an old iron foot bridge with a “No Trespassing” sign.
But the Alexander Valley is no Mohave Desert, and it can be as doggedly fogged in as any other place in the Bay Area. 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.
With an outstretched chin. Pastori remembered when Geyserville had been a hard-drinking town with six hotel bars, back in the thirties. It was a di‹cult time, what with the Depression and the worsening situation in Europe, and politics were getting mixed up with local issues and rivalries. After a night of heavy drinking, the Italian Americans, down from Asti/Chianti, would get into scraps with the German Americans, who dominated Geyserville and points south. Fistﬁghts would break out in the bars and spread to the streets.
A Wine Journey along the Russian River by Steve Heimoff