Green Valley Wine


The Green Valley AVA is in the west corner of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma, in California’s North Coast. Due to its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, it’s prone to dense fog and cool temperatures, but these factors ensure a long growing season with balanced acidity and proper ripening in the grapes. 
Green Valley shares much of its early history with other parts of Sonoma and Russian River. Early plantings began in the mid 1800s with the first settlers, a fruitful period of wine-making into the 20th century, then a near collapse due to Phylloxera, the Prohibition and the Great Depression when most wineries were forced to shut down and pursue other crops. 
Then a period of regrowth finally took hold starting in the 1960s and 70s with wineries established by the Dutton family, Sterling family and Rodney Strong (Iron Horse). 
The region is known for its sparkling wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with still wines also Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

Popular Wineries in Green Valley View all

  • Salinia

    Salinia is a family business that is owned and operated by Kevin and Jennifer Kelley. We were b...

  • O'Connor Vineyards

    O'Connor Vineyards is a small, family-owned vineyard and winery. Our Pinot Noir comes entirely...

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  • Iron Horse Vineyards Ocean Reserve Blanc de Blancs 2010


    Enjoyable bubbles from Russian River's Iron Horse. Crisp, lemon pith, good acidity, some nice biscuity/yeasty flavor and a fairly long finish. One thing a bit different is a very noticeable saltiness that comes out on the finish, not bad, just different. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Weibel Family Gh Green Hungarian NV


    I experenced this wine in the 70's paired with a swedish meal of pork and it was amazing. I was shocked when Weibel stopped making it and the winery moved from my home town. Crisp, light, sweet, it is truly delicious. Read More

    Wine review by RhonnaM

  • Sandra & I are feeling good tonight, because we came home from meeting with our Fidelity financial advisor and discussing our 'green line'.  He basically said we were on track and he only suggested a few minor tweaks to our investments for the upcoming year.  Sandra has done a wonderful job managing our investment portfolio and that's a big reas... Read More

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  • RBA, obviously you are spoiled by all that French food and wine, which is not a bad thing! Glad you had a good time.After a long weekend tasting Dry Creek Valley zins, came home and decided to open a Paso zin.  This is a really nice wine from Adelaida with a bunch of black fruit and a touch of eucalyptus on the nose. There's blueberry pie, vanil... Read More

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  • An extemely enjoyable 2010 Eyrie Vineyard (Oregon) Melon de Bourgogne. This grape is widely grown in France, mainly in the Loire Valley where it is also known as Muscadet. In the glass it's an interesting light to medium gold expanding to a clear rim. On the nose is some ripe pear, a hint of lemon pith and a touch of apricot. Some fairly mouth w... Read More

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  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue in the bottle. Bad wine makers do it all the time. If you do it intentionally, you have to learn when there is just enough sugar left to convert so you get just enough bubbles that won't blow up the bottle.  Based on the brix and the yeast, you can kind of figure out... Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • The Napa Valley wine industry has a long history of sustainability starting with the formation of the Agricultural Preserve in 1968 and continuing with the formation of the voluntary Napa Green Certified Land and Winery programs. In celebration of our green history, the NVV has produced "A History of Sustainability" video and has posted it on ou... Read More

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  • Special treat tonight - a very nice 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Moone Tsai Vineyards.  This is an $80 wine that is comparable to the Alexander Valley Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon.  I still think the Napa Valley Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon is better though.  Lots of fruit up front but structured tanins.  It has a significant kick with an alco... Read More

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  • Of course the headline in the paper was flooding will not end drought. I know they need something to write about but I'm tired of hearing how every inch of rain doesn't matter. California is drought prone, always has been, always will be. Green in the Winter and Spring, brown in the Summer and Fall. The Central Valley is a desert. Diverting wate... Read More

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