The Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County

by Nannette Eaton on September 1, 2014

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September is California Wine Month and the Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County asked me to share some the resources they have available to visitors to Northern Sonoma County. The Wine Road is an association of wineries and lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys of Northern Sonoma County. There are over 200 wineries and 50 lodgings that are part of the Wine Road. September is an amazing month to visit Sonoma, the weather is at it’s prime, and harvest is at it’s peak.

Only an hour from the Golden Gate bridge, the Wine Road is an easy day trip or a great weekend getaway. From the airports SFO or OAK it’s about a two-and-a-half hour drive, depending on traffic. The Santa Rosa Airport has Alaskan Air providing non-stop flights to Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and San Diego. The flight from San Diego is under two hours and once you land in Santa Rosa, you can be wine tasting within 15 minutes (not like we are counting or anything.) A great perk with Alaskan Air is the Wines Fly Free Program. If you are flying out of Santa Rosa you are allowed to check one case of wine for free — fewer baggage fees give you more money for wine. (Do you notice a theme here? It’s always about the wine.) During the September California Wine Month, select wineries are offering a complementary wine tasting with a current Alaska Airlines boarding pass.

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With over 200 wineries to visit, and 50 choices of where to sleep, where do you start? Begin with checking out the Wine Road website. The website has a wealth of information of what to do, see and stay. There are maps to help orient you,  tour guide suggestions and ideas of where to shop and sleep, restaurants to dine at, as well as a comprehensive list of wineries. Trying to select from over 200 wineries can be overwhelming, but the Wine Road has you covered with their Wine Road Concierge service. This is a free service, you fill out the details of what type of experience you are looking for and your budget, and Wine Road Concierge will recommend places they think will please your expectations. The Wine Road won’t book the reservations for you, but it’s a great place to get ideas, whether you are a newbie or a Wine Road regular.

The Wine Road has an app for that, allowing you to source all the Wine Road information on your iOS or Android mobile devices at your fingertips. There is a dedicated blog, Along the Wine Road with posts about things of interest and current promotions. The latest is a play on the DiVinci Code — the Wine Road announced the daVintner’s Code with hidden secrets at each of the Wine Road members locations. Track down the secret, document the scene and post on social media with the hashtag #WRdaVintners and you’re in the game! If you want to connect with the Wine Road on social media, like the Wine Harlots, the Wine Road is everywhere. Be a fan on Facebook, follow on Instagram and Pinterest, and on Twitter you can follow the main Wine Road account and you can be an insider by following the Executive Director, Beth Costa.

Wine Harlots say hit the road in September, the Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County, that is.

For more details about the California Wine Month in other regions, click here.

Merriam Vineyards The Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County Photos courtesy of the Wine Road ©2014.

Full disclosure per FTC Act 16, CFR 255. Wine Harlots have always believed in transparency, even before it was mandated. This post was sponsored by the Wine Trail who paid for an article to be written about the Wine Trail and the California Wine Month. Wine Harlots retained editorial control of the contents.

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Buy Napa. Drink Napa.

by Nannette Eaton on August 28, 2014

“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.” ― César Chávez

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As you are aware, the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in 25 years occurred last Sunday, with the epicenter in Napa. Injuries were minimal, but the economic losses are estimated to be more than a billion dollars and potentially up to four billion dollars.

We are profoundly grateful that no lives were lost in the earthquake, together let us insure they don’t lose their livelihoods.

How can you help?

Buy Napa wine. On a consumer level, purchasing Napa wine will provide economic support to sustain the wine industry and off-set the losses. And you’ll get to drink some excellent wine. Doing good never tasted so delicious.

Visit Napa. Although the images of the damage have been shocking and stunning, most business are in operation less than a week after the earthquake. Napa relies on tourist dollars, and it’s beautiful in September and October, visit Napa — you’ll have the time of your life and at the same time supporting Napa and the people of Napa. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Donate. The Napa Valley Food Bank is running low on donations, and the Red Cross is always providing services when crisis arise. Your donations can be made to the National Red Cross or be dedicated to the Napa Chapter.

 Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2014
Image captured at the Rutherford Dust Society Day in the Dust event.

#BuyNapa #DrinkNapa #NapaStrong

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The Hangover and the Memory of Love

by Nannette Eaton on August 25, 2014

“Now I am sober and there’s only the hangover and the memory of love .” — Jalal ad-Din Rumi

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The image is a tear-sheet photographed at the domicile of Miss Vicky Wine in Bordeaux. Monsieur Vin, besides having excellent taste in wine, shares morning-after melancholy  from Rumi.

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2013
Original image courtesy of Cabernet d’Anjou.

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Let Us Forget…

by Nannette Eaton on August 11, 2014

“Let us forget, with generosity, those who cannot love us.” — Pablo Neruda

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The image is a tear-sheet photographed at the domicile of Miss Vicky Wine in Bordeaux. Monsieur Vin, besides having excellent taste in wine, proffers enlightened relationship advice from Neruda.

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2013
Original image courtesy of Cabernet d’Anjou.

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