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Wine Banter by John Haggard

John Haggard, owner of Sophies Cellars in Duncans Mills, recommends locally-grown and produced wines to Gazette readers every month. he also highlights wine events in Sonoma County.

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2020-04-25Apr 25, 2020

Wear masks in public, maintain physical distancing and follow the guidelines of our health officials and, we can also support our local community by safely buying local, if possible, and that includes your wine. Not only can you buy it locally, you can learn about it, too, with online ZOOM tastings and events. Here is just a small sampling of events and wine delivery options. I recommend you go online to your local winery’s website – there is a myriad of information of fun online events and specials available.

2020-03-10Mar 10, 2020

Seasons, located inside a building from the late 1800s that originally housed a shoe store, retains old world charm with its ornate tin-tiled ceiling, brick walls and an overall elegant décor. The staff is friendly and the space has a warm and inviting vibe. In addition to some really good wine, Seasons sells an assortment of unique, high-end merchandise, making it the perfect stop for those who want to taste and shop with glass in hand. The gold-colored beverage in my glass has generally been Ferrari-Carano’s Reserve Chardonnay

2020-02-07Feb 7, 2020

Featuring: Martinelli 2017 Pinot Noir, Zio Tony Ranch, Russian River Valley, Balletto 2017 Zinfandel, Estate Bottled, Russian River Valley, Kokomo 2018 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley, Just in time for your Valentine’s  two-pack available, perfect for your Valentine. It’s their Woodenhead 2015 Sparkling Brut Rose and their Woodenhead 2015 Pinot Noir “Wet Kiss!.  And a Reminder: 43rd Annual Barrel Tasting March 6-8 & 13-15, 2020.

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