Assessing the 2007 Harvest in Sonoma County

    It’s a big day in California’s Sonoma County, as the Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma County Winegrape Commission will host the Sonoma County Vintage Report for the media.

     That may be the first time I’ve ever typed “Sonoma County” four times in the same sentence, but you get the drift…

     A panel of winemakers and growers will offer a comprehensive overview of the 2007 growing season and harvest throughout the diverse growing regions of the county.

     And following the Vintage Report, more than 50 county wineries will pour more than 150 single-vineyard wines in a walk-around tasting.

     It’s an important event for Vinesse because it provides an opportunity to assess the vintage both from the perspectives of the growers and vintners, and with our own palates. We can read all the reports and talk to lots of people, but nothing beats tasting when it comes to determining purchasing opportunities for our various wine clubs.

     Peter Marks, MW, will moderate the panel, which includes winemakers Adam Lee from Siduri Wines, Steve Reeder from Simi Winery, Dan Goldfield from Dutton-Goldfield Winery, and Dan Barwick from Paradise Ridge Winery.

     Each winemaker will be joined by one of his grapegrowers, and they’ll discuss specific varietals and differences between growing regions. This unique approach should provide a comprehensive overview of the 2007 vintage from the vineyard to the cellar.

     Nick Frey, President of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, commented, “This year’s harvest is looking to be one of the best in recent memory, and the Vintage Report panel will provide an in-depth, authoritative discussion of why. Pairing the grapegrowers with the winemakers is a unique chance to get a greater perspective on the winegrowing process.”

     With 60,000 vineyard acres planted among the county’s 13 American Viticultural Areas, Sonoma County is considered one of the world’s premier winegrowing regions, producing an unparalleled range of varietals and wine styles. That’s why we seek out wines from that part of the world, and why today’s Vintage Report event is so important.

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