Russian River: Articles on California's Russian River Wine Region

IntoWine Interviews Bohemian Vineyard's Sue Cleary

Bohemian Vineyard LogoIntoWine recently caught up with Bohemian Vineyard owner Sue Cleary to discuss their venture into winemaking: 

What inspired the name Bohemian Vineyard?

Bohemian Vineyard is located on Bohemian Hwy in Freestone Valley.  Bohemian means a free spirit and artist which we thought would be the perfect name for our unique wine.

Bohemian Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 - IntoWineTV Episode 133

"Cult Wines of Crushpad" - IntoWineTV host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Loren Sonkin convene among the vines at Crushpad in Napa Valley to taste and discuss the cult wine brands of Crushpad.

Kindred Wines' Co-Founder Tim Halloran Discusses Launching a Wine Brand

Kindred Wines LabelIt reads like a pilot for a Hollywood sitcom: Six friends move to Northern California, share a mutual enthusiasm for wine, and start their own wine label. In the Hollywood version, comedy and romance would surely ensue. In real life, the world gets some great wine. IntoWine caught up with Tim Halloran, one of Kindred Wines' six co-founders, to discuss the joys and hurdles of their nascent wine venture.

2007 Kindred Wines Pinot Noir - IntoWineTV Episode 128

"Cult Wines of Crushpad". IntoWineTV host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Loren Sonkin convene among the vines at Crushpad in Napa Valley to taste and discuss the cult wine brands of Crushpad.

Lionheart Wines Founder Leon Glover on Winemaking, Food & Wine Pairing, and Launching a Wine Brand

Lionheart Wines "Angel's Share" LabelIntoWine recently sat down with Lionheart Wines Founder Leon Glover to discuss his foray into winemaking, his focus on food friendly wines, and his nascent wine brand, Lionheart Wines. A wine collector for 21 years, he completed the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma certification in 2008 (AIWS) with plans to enter the Master of Wine program in the next couple of years in an effort to further his wine knowledge and help train his palate for winemaking. He has been a judge at several wine competitions such as the Pinot Noir Shootout, Cabernet Sauvignon Shootout and looks for more wine judging opportunities in the future. Merging his professional career in high tech and entrepreneurship, his current technology project is a new search engine focused on wine and wine & food pairing recommendations. In 2006, Leon and his wife, Jennifer, started Lionheart Wines with the idea of producing premium quality yet affordable food-friendly wines to be shared with friends and family.

2007 Lionheart Wines "The Angel's Share" Marsanne Roussanne - IntoWineTV Episode 125

"Cult Wines of Crushpad" Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Loren Sonkin convene among the vines at Crushpad in Napa Valley to taste and discuss the cult wine brands of Crushpad.

Rick Moshin: From Silicon Valley Mathematician to Russian River Winemaker

It’s a common Silicon Valley dream. The analytical person who catches the wine bug early in life and can’t wait for the day when they can focus their passion away from algorithms and code and towards winemaking. Rick Moshin is living that Silicon Valley dream. A former mathematician, Moshin entered the wine business gradually, working weekends at first, then learning the ropes working with some of the finest winemakers in Sonoma. He bought his first lot of vines in 1989 and in 2005 celebrated his first crush along with the launch of his 30 year old dream, Moshin Vineyards and Winery. IntoWine recently caught up with Rick to discuss his evolution from mathematician to winemaker and hear first hand what is an inspiring story of persistence and passion.

Sunce Winery

The Vibe: 

Sunce (pronounced Soon-Say), is located within the Santa Rosa area. This small family winery offers a peaceful, down to earth atmosphere.  Their tasting room specializes in single vineyard varietal wines, including Zora's Estate Pinot Noir, which is grown on-site in a three acre vineyard.  Sunce has their own crush/production facility and bottling line at the winery, with tours available by appointment.  Sunce is known for small-batch wines with limited distribution, and does business largely through private sales to their wine club membership.  There are daily public tastings, or you can contact them to schedule a private tasting.  Open daily 10:30AM - 5:00PM.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Relaxed enviroment.
  • Picnic tables.
  • Bocce ball facilities.
  • Chance to buy futures in specialized, limited edition small-batch wines.
Not good for: 
  • Visitors seeking a formal or glamorous atmosphere.
  • Restaurant/eatery (none).
  • Impromptu tours (tours by appointment only).
Known For: 
Pinot Noir
Pictures: 
Sunce Winery
Sunce Winery
Sunce Winery
Sunce Winery

Location

1839 Olivet Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
United States
38° 27' 51.7212" N, 122° 48' 58.1292" W
Phone Number: 
7075269463

Lynmar Estates Winery

The Vibe: 

Lynmar Estates is a 47-acre estate along the Russian River Valley with organic garden views, expansive vistas, and notable architecture. The winery can accommodate drop-ins from 10am-5pm every day, with tastings starting at $10.  You can also opt to book a more extravagent tasting in advance, including a tour of the gardens and a full gourmet luncheon prepared by the in-house chef.

Picnic tables are available by appointment: if you schedule ahead, and purchase a Lynmar wine, you can reserve a picnic table in their redwood grove.

Special events at Lynmar include “Pinot and Pizza,” which pairs wines with pizzas made from organic Estate garden ingredients in their on-site woodburning oven, on select days throughout the year, and "Cultivation Classes," which include wine pairings, garden tours, and a membership into Lynmar’s Friends of the Garden program.  "Friends" can then visit, plant and harvest the community garden throughout the year.

The owner, Lynn Fritz, is an expert in global logistics and humanitarian relief efforts and the winery has been in the family since 1980.

The vineyard shares a border with Laguna de Santa Rosa, a 250 square-mile watershed that is home to mammals, reptiles, native plants and migrating birds. Lynmar's vineyard and winery team uses the most habitat-friendly farming techniques and is sensitive to the needs of the ecosystem.

The winery is available for private events, but cannot host weddings due to permit issues.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Garden Views
  • Food Pairings
  • Pinot Noir
  • Chardonnay
  • Picnics
  • Eco-friendly
  • Modern Architecture
Not good for: 
  • Budget Travelers
  • Old-world Architecture
  • Hosting a Wedding
Known For: 
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Pictures: 
Lynmar Estates
Lynmar Estates

Location

3909 Frei Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
United States
38° 26' 33.7128" N, 122° 50' 45.1176" W
Phone Number: 
7078293374

Battaglini Winery & Vineyard

The Vibe: 

Battaglini is an intimate winery along the Russian River Valley in Santa Rosa. Tastings take place on a drop-in basis, in a casual farmhouse, and are usually personally conducted by the vineyard's Lucca-born owner Joe Battaglini.  Battaglini has been making wine here since 1950, although the Zinfandel and Petite Sirah vines were planted in 1885.  The winery produces three varietals; Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Chardonnay.

While daily tours are not formally scheduled, the winery does open its facilities to the public for special events, such as their "Stomp Event" day, where guests get a chance to jump in and participate hands-on in the winemaking process.

Note: visitors can easily drive past the winery's small sign.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • One-on-one contact with experienced winemakers
  • "Hidden gem" atmosphere
  • Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel
  • Not good for: 
  • Formal setting
  • Art & architecture
  • Gardens
  • Guided tours
  • Private events or large groups
  • Picnics or dining
  • Known For: 
    Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay
    Pictures: 
    Battaglini Winery
    Battaglini Winery
    Battaglini Winery

    Location

    2948 Piner Rd.
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401
    United States
    38° 28' 1.7652" N, 122° 48' 3.5064" W
    Phone Number: 
    7075784091
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