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In some ways, Marin County is more like Burgundy than California! This coastal area, just north of San Francisco, is perhaps known more for its recreational and residential development and is not your typical wine making region. However, in this challenging cold climate viticultural area, there are a devout few committed to its success, especially with the finicky Pinot Noir grape.

Marin County is bordered on three sides by the moderating waters of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, resulting in winters that are actually warmer than neighboring North Coast winegrowing regions, while allowing for an earlier budbreak, followed by a very long, very cool growing season. Because of this long and gentle growing season, Marin growers get good flavor development before sugars start to soar, allowing them to pick at their leisure without resorting to the extended “hang times” that have become prevalent in other California regions. The resulting wines are marked by their bright flavors, superb acidity Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Well, reveal day is upon us. Why don't I mosey on over to the cellar and ... Cruz Mountains or Northern Marin County. I sure hope I'm correc Read More

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  • "Guess what day it is"  It's Wednesday, April 15th ... ... ... lunch catered by Barrio Marin. While the guests arrived and got acquianted/re-acquainted we enjoyed Anne Fogerty's Belaharra Rosé of Syrah. Picked early and pressed right off and fermented dry. This crisp refreshing pale pink wine exhibited freshness and great acid structure to ac... Read More

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  • We finally got the news that we are approved for our planning permit.  Now ... ... Almost on the bridge to Marin,  I turned around--I'd feel like hell if it turned out the cleaners got arrested on my account.  Shockingly, the Oakland cops got there before I did.  We smoothed it over and I was back on the road and probably didn't lose too much ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Finally able to exhale (Some...

  • Al, we all know LA is a hellhole, even if there are pockets of paradise around ... ... Big Sur and San Fran and Marin to Eureka and Crescent City almost entirely on the coast, then the Oregon coast to Astoria, over to Portland then all the way east to Walla Walla via Pendleton, then up the Idaho border to Spokane. Did that several times on a s... Read More

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  • DMCKER, Also to answer your previous post: o Isaac, how many ... ... winemakers in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, Lake Counties, down in the Santa Cruz mountains and the Pinnacles, or even up in Lodi?Ha! We don't get to the Napa / Sonoma Valley's nearly enough. We do have some connections in the wine industry from winemaking, to production to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic HELP! Conducting a Survey for...

  • So Isaac, how many roadtrips do you guys take out of Berkeley on a weekend or ... winemakers in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, Lake Counties, down in the Santa Cruz mountains and the Pinnacles, or even up in Lodi?Am also curious (and indicated that in my response) as to what demographics you're targeting for the crowdfunding/outside investor ... Read More

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  • Oh dear, how can I say it?  Get a Mac! Windows is such a house of ... winemaker over in Marin called Sean Thackrey, whose winery is surrounded by groves of the trees. Heitz is very much oldskool still, and quite different from the Silver Oak you also like. Early in my drinking career I thought Silver Oak tasty, but that was theirs from the '80s... Read More

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  • "Must suck to live in SoCal"So let me live in the Marin or Sonoma redwoods all winter, in the rain, dark, listening to Enya most of the time. Then I hope I have a couple of friends who'll pull an intervention on me!Unfortunately true story, though I was one of them doing the intervention.Bay Area is foodie paradise. Yet when it comes to food Lat... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching challenge 1: what...

  • Okay, I don't know about cheese delivery, unless it involves relief pitcher ... whey big. Sure, Cali, esp Marin County and north, makes it, but the price of, say, a Point Reyes Toma, is pretty high compared to that Euro cheese (like real Piemontese Toma, and the ones you can't get here, like Trappe Echourgnac), so you have to look at the import... Read More

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  • So I'm a day late, sue me. Wednesday night a few of us got together in Napa ... ... rolling hills near the Marin/Sonoma County line, which are mainly used for dairy farming. The vineyard struggles to ripen most years. This wine really showed it's roots in that savory nose. The palate was lean with smoky blueberry, iron, olive and tangy acidity... Read More

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