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 »

Varietals Produced in Green Valley View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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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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  • Painful to watch Brian! Hopefully some better wines are coming your way...well, I'm sure some will.I've had quite a few nights off as I've struggled to shake off a mild cold or whatever the heck is going around. Tonight, decided it was time to open something mellow.Here's a rare, low dollar wine for me, bought through a Washington based distribu... Read More

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  • `Wines should be nimble and refreshing, energizing rather than fatiguing and low in alcohol, if possible. It’s a long, tiring meal, and the last thing you want are heavy, alcoholic, torpor-inducing wines. Instead, they should be light and exhilarating, the sort that promote salivation rather than comas.David - here's a word of advice, or rather ... Read More

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  • Rochford Winery hosts the biggest annual concert event in the Yarra Valley, A Day On The Green. Headline acts this year include Mariah Carey, Jimmy Barnes & The Living End, Paul Simon & Sting.It's one of the first big wineries that you'll pas by as you drive into the valley, and it's big enough to offer segway tours or a dawn balloon ride. Rochf... Read More

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  • An Australian leaf from LVMH’s portfolio, the little brother of Moet & Chandon, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot and the beautiful Krug. It’s almost like the outfit that the rest of the family kinda ignore. Not to be confused with Domaine Chandon in the Napa Valley, but they have the same parents anyway. Domaine Chandon does benefit from French winemaker... Read More

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  • Just found another offering for the same Muscadet winemaker I recommended above. My warning flag popped up because this level of attention often leads to future price rises...  ;-(From the Somm Select flash site. Not sure how the formatting will transfer, so apologizing ahead of time if it doesn't work so well... DOMAINE DE LA PÉPIÈRE, CHÂTEAU T... Read More

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