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April 21st, 2020

Sonoma County ZOOM Backgrounds

ZOOM meetings have become a part of our daily lives in ways most of us probably couldn't have imaged just a few short months ago. If you are tired of seeking out the perfect space in your home, or you just want to give your colleagues a little virtual vacation, we have a solution for you! Download one of our Sonoma County ZOOM backgrounds and transport your meeting to a vineyard, or the redwoods, or to a beautiful beach on the Sonoma Coast! ...

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April 20th, 2020

Sonoma County ZOOM Backgrounds for Your Meetings!

ZOOM meetings have become a part of our daily lives in ways most of us probably couldn’t have imaged just a few short months ago. [&hellip ...

April 10th, 2020

First Virtual Vineyards Ceremony as World’s Best Vineyards Announces Online Event

The World’s Best Vineyards 2020, due to take place in Sonoma County, California on 13 July, will now become a virtual ceremony hosted on the same date. Organisers William Reed Business Media, and 2020 partners Sonoma County Winegrowers, hope to spread a message of solidarity with the wine tourism community across the globe by announcing the best wine destinations in the world and recognising their impressive efforts ...

April 7th, 2020

Sonoma County Winegrowers Launch Take Out, Eat In Promotion

To promote and encourage residents to support local restaurants during the county-wide shelter-in-place order, Sonoma County Winegrowers has launched the “Take Out, Eat In” promotion, a social media campaign to reward those that are ordering take out and sharing on social media. A first-of-its-kind initiative, the campaign encourages residents to share photos of their takeout meals from Sonoma County-based restaurants on Instagram and ...

April 1st, 2020

Travel & Leisure – The Best Wines to Pair With Your Favorite Types of TV Shows

Karissa Kruse wants you to drink better wine while social distancing at home. As the president of Sonoma County Winegrowers, Kruse knows a thing or two about which varietals you should be drinking any time. However, she’s got a few rather specific ideas on what you should be sipping right now as you sit at home watching TV show after TV show. Check out all of her recommended wine pairings for every type of show below ...

March 25th, 2020

Wine Enthusiast – The California Wine Industry Adjusts to the New Not-Normal

With the one-two punch of the growing coronavirus pandemic and Governor Gavin Newsom of California ordering the entire state to shelter in place, the wine industry in America’s top wine-producing state is facing the greatest challenge of its time. This comes after years of devastating wildfires tested the resilience of Californians. Restaurants, bars and tasting rooms are among the many businesses closed to limit the spread of the virus, while wineries are ...

March 18th, 2020

Travel + Leisure’s Global Vision Awards 2020: How We Chose the Panel and Honorees

Travel + Leisure’s Global Vision Awards aims to identify and honor companies, individuals, destinations, and organizations taking strides to develop more sustainable and responsible travel products, practices, and experiences. Not only are they demonstrating thought leadership and creative problem-solving, they are taking actionable, quantifiable steps to protect communities and environments around the world. ...

March 12th, 2020

SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation at Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft, a leading North Bay solar installer for over 35 years, recently completed the installation of a 193.2 kW DC solar electric system at Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery in Healdsburg, CA. This large solar power system demonstrates Gary Farrell’s commitment to reduce their energy consumption and enhance the social and environmental sustainability of its operations. Also looking to reduce operating costs, ...

February 25th, 2020

Sonoma County Named Top Travel Destination in the World by Forbes & Frommer’s

Forbes magazine and travel guidebook Frommer's have both named Sonoma County one of the best places to visit this year. Here's what they had to say. "Sonoma County offers all the elegance of Napa without the crowds," said Forbes magazine in an article listing the top 20 destinations in the world for 2020. In 1875, horticulturist Luther Burbank referred to Sonoma County as “the chosen spot of all this earth.” ...

February 4th, 2020

Wine Enthusiast – With Responsible Labor Practices and Land Stewardship, Sonoma Becomes 99% Sustainable

In 2014, Karissa Kruse, the president of the trade group Sonoma County Winegrowers, announced a goal for Sonoma County to become the first 100% certified sustainable wine region. As lofty as it sounded, a lot of people were committed to the concept. From grape growers to vintners, sustainability has long been part of the soul—and survival—of this remarkable place. Sonoma County is a vast region of more than one million acres. Just 6% of the land is planted to wine grapes, the majority of which is managed by family farmers ...

January 5th, 2020

Somm Spotlight – Jon McDaniel of Second City Soil, Chicago

Jon McDaniel is the founder & CEO of Second City Soil, a Chicago-based wine consultancy with the mission of growing Chicago’s wine culture through winery and restaurant marketing and education partnerships. McDaniel is recognized as one of the top wine professionals in the U.S., having worked in every facet of the business – from creating high-profile wine programs at several nationally acclaimed restaurants, to developing revenue-generating brand growth for numerous wineries around the world. Through Second City Soil, Jon also works with multiple wineries ...

December 2nd, 2019

SevenFifty Daily – How Vintners in Sonoma County Are Tackling Succession Planning

In a tasting room overlooking their Sonoma vineyards, the siblings who own the Robert Young Family Winery were finishing each other’s sentences. They were talking about their board of directors, which balances the interests of business and family. It’s among the strategies the Youngs are using to secure their heritage—the 317 acres of vines the family owns, on the ranch where they were raised in the Alexander Valley. The fourth-generation descendants of an 1858 settler, they have no plans to leave. “One of our claims to fame is that we’ve been here so long,” Fred Young, 66, told me ...

November 26th, 2019

Lonely Planet – Road-tripping Sonoma County’s Bohemian Highway

Set off on a journey along a road less traveled: the grapevine and redwood studded Bohemian Highway. This ten mile stretch of road winds through the rolling hills of California’s Sonoma County, the state’s largest wine producing county, with thirteen approved American Viticultural Areas and over 350 wineries. Short in length, but big in beauty, plan on meandering as you drive — or bike — the highway. You’ll roll past endless vineyards, enter magical forests that recall the region’s logging past, and cross the mighty Russian River, which gives the surrounding valley its name ...

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