Splendid Sonoma

Many of us recognize Sonoma Valley as home to beautiful vineyards, award-winning pinot noirs, and sumptuous chardonnays. But why are those varietals so notable? How does airflow from the Bay impact the vines? When were the first grapes grown? Did you know what is the most widely planted varietal? And more, why?

Sonoma AVA Map

A Taste of Sonoma County

Sbragia Family Vineyards 2018 Chardonnay
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
$19.99 (Total Wine & More)

Truett Hurst Three Vineyards 2016 Zinfandel
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
$24.99 (Total Wine & More)

Omega Road Winery 2015 Petit Verdot
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
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Tuesday Trivia

Agoston Haraszthy is the ‘Father of California Wine’. False
Father Serra is the true father of California wine, however, Haraszthy is often confused as the father of California wine.

Mission San Francisco Solano was founded by Spanish Franciscan fathers and is now what modern day city? Sonoma
Father Serra planted grapes as far north as Sonoma, but Sonoma’s first plantings were brought by Russian colonists in 1812.  Mission San Francisco Solano was established in 1823.

Agoston Haraszthy was the founder of what winery? Buena Vista Winery
Haraszthy founded Buena Vista Winery in 1857 and it is still the longest running winery in California.

After Haraszthy lost control of Buena Vista Winery, he moved to Nicaragua and is said to have been killed by an alligator. True
It is said that Haraszthy was a man with a series of unfortunate events in his life.  It is rather ironic that he died in such a tragic and weird way.

Haraszthy brought Zinfandel to the United States. False
Zinfandel was actually brought over to Long Island in 1829, years before Haraszthy came to America.

Haraszthy is credited for bringing wine to state and national attention. True
Haraszthy was commissioned by the state of Californian in 1861, to go study in Europe.  He came back with over 1,000 vine cuttings and wrote was in generally acknowledged to be the first book on wine “Grape Culture, Wines, and Winemaking” in 1862.

How many wineries were operating in Sonoma Valley pre-Prohibition? 256What winery is responsible for the first plantings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Sonoma? Hanzell Vineyards
Hanzell Vineyards planted the first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Sonoma in the 1950’s.  Today Hanzell VIneyards is located in the Moon Mountain AVA.

In 1983 that Sonoma Valley reached its pre-Prohibition vine acreage numbers. False
In 1975 vine acreage returned to its pre-Prohibition numbers of 24,000 acres.  Today there are over 62,000 acres of vines planted in Sonoma Valley.Which of the following AVA’s profit the most from the Pacific Ocean? (check all that apply) Fort Ross-Seaview and Sonoma Coast

What borders Sonoma County to the East and West? Mayacamas Mountains and Pacific Ocean

How many AVAs does Sonoma have? 19

What is the smallest AVA in Sonoma? Rockpile

If I have a white wine from Bennett Valley AVA, what percentage of grapes need to come from Bennett Valley AVA? 85%

What is the body of water that cuts though Sonoma Valley? The Russian River

From where does Pinot Noir originate from? Burgundy

What are some other names synonomus with Zinfandel? Primitivo, Tribidrag

Pick all that describe Zinfandel. Small and tight clusters, uneven ripening, jammy, blackberry, plum fruit

Which two AVA’s cross county lines? Los Carneros + Pine Mountain – Cloverdale Peak

Pick all that describe Pinot Noir. Cool climate grape, Over 50 different clones, Delicious, High maintenance

21. Which groundbreaking woman was the first Mexican-American to be named president of a winery? Amelia Moran Ceja, Ceja Vineyards

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