Russian River Valley Wine Descriptions
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The Russian River Valley is the most southerly AVA within Northern Sonoma. It is named for the influx of Russian immigrants who, between 1812 and 1841, settled along the Sonoma coast, establishing agricultural businesses including the planting of wine grapes. Beginning at Fort Ross they moved up to Sebastopol, Graton and Freestone, eventually settling in what would become Russian River Valley.
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Twenty odd years ago, the beautiful redwood-clad Russian River Valley was an unassuming mixed agricultural area, which drew little attention in status wine circles. Since then, the cool-climate consciousness that has swept across wine regions from coast to coast has given this low-lying valley and its 10,000 acres of vineyards considerably greater cachet. Russian River Valley, granted official appellation standing in 1983, is now one of the most recognized AVA names in America. The appellation is internationally renowned for challenging varieties like Pinot Noir, which excels in this cool-climate, yielding highly expressive wines. A lean and restrained style of Chardonnay is also a signature cepage for the region. One sixth of Sonoma County's total vineyard acreage falls within the Russian River AVA boundaries, with all vineyards sharing to varying degrees the defining characteristic of cooling fog that is drawn inland from the Pacific each day. http://wine.appellationamerica.com/wine-region/Russian-River-Valley.html – Description from Appellation America (view original content)
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Try to catch the movie FROM OBSCURITY TO EXCELLENCE: The Story of the Grapes and Wines of the Russian River Valley by Pinot Noir grower Maurice (Joe) Nugent. Very smart, charming movie packed with information. Takes you from the 1860s through prohibition and the great depression to the final triumph of world recognition for its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.
Playing Dec. 1, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. See website for ticket info and trailer: http://www.russian-river-valley.com
Film can be booked for private showings, see info on website.
Cheers!– Description from deemcreative
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