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About the Russian River - California's most diverse and beautiful wine region. Part of Sonoma Country which many say has emerged as the premier wine region of the world. Sonoma Country has more vineyards and appellations than Napa to the East, thirteen appellations in all. With this vast number of microclimates and soils to work with, from the hot valley around Cloverdale to the cool vineyards of the Sonoma Coast, the area's winemakers will always be the avant-garde of wine-creation and storytelling.

"It is often said that If a grape grows well anywhere, it grows well somewhere in Northwest Sonoma County."
In-Depth with Christina Pallmann
An in-depth interview with Christina Pallmann, Winemaker, Fritz Winery, Dry Creek Valley.
“You really don’t need to know where you are going until you’re thirty”, sound advice, Christina recalls of her mother. And, accordingly, in her thirties, Christina Pallmann was offered the prestigious position of winemaker at Fritz Winery in Sonoma’s Dry Creek working closely with Merry Edwards for her first two years. We spent a charming evening at Christina’s home in Healdsburg, California, discovering how she came to this point in her life, receiving 91 pts from Wine & Spirits for the Fritz Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2004 and 90 pts for the Fritz Russian River Pinot Noir 2004 Clonal Select. ... (read more)

By RussianRiverTravel.com Writers
John Haggard & David Defries

Westside Road - A trip along Westside Road is a must of any wine visit to the Russian River. Compared to driving through Tuscany for its magnificence, the winding two lane road goes through the heart of the wine country, over rolling hills, across the Russian River, through redwood forests and to many fine wineries.

Look for the Cheese - The same climate that blesses farmers is shinning through in the cheeses of Sonoma Country. Visit Sophie's Cellars in Monte Rio for local cheeses, concierge service, and a selection of hard-to-find wines. www.sophiescellars.com

Suggested Reading - A Wine Journey along the Russian River - by Steve Heimoff, West Coast Editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Wine Experts
Sophie's Cellars - Sonoma Wine & Cheese Market
Featured Tasting Room
Complimentary Tasting. Open Daily 10-5
Go Wine Tasting. Great wineries to visit.
View Wine Country Events
There are events taking place year round on the Russian River. View the official directory to what is happening.
A Wine & Cheese Excursion
Plan the ultimate wine and cheese tasting day! From cheese to mushrooms to beef and berries, it isn’t just the grapes that grow well in the Russian River watershed.

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