|Morning breaks over vineyards, Margaret River, Western Australia|
|Spring vineyards of Sonoma|
Back in 1998, Wine Spectator selections for top-rated wines of the year had 7 of the top 9 that were French(red & white). By 2008, their top rated wine of the year(#1) was produced in Chile, Casa Lapostolle's Clos Apalta. Similarly, Wine Enthusiast opted for another top southern hemisphere selection that very same year. Over the last generation of vintages, more & more top rated wines are today coming from emerging, diverse and non-traditional global locations. As an international market continues to emerge, this global recognition reflects the wider propagation of the quality standards for wine for consumers, especially for those in the value marketplace.
|Sonoma now has 18 AVAs, adding Petaluma Gap|
Closer to home, a flowering of diverse wine events also introduces our annual springtime revival. Nearby Sonoma Valley Vintners organize our invitation to hold their annual Visa - Signature weekend, April 6-8. Bringing its creative happiness to the masses, more than thirty members of the Mendocino Winegrowers Alliance sets up April 07 in San Francisco's Fort Mason Center, for the annual Taste of Mendocino. Locally. it is the intimate, A Taste of Olivet, April 14, that shares the fertile heart of the historic Russian River Valley. Beyond, wine enthusiasts can get further out and head northeast for a beautifully bucolic El Dorado Passport, the annual Sierra Foothills adventure, which begins April 21 thru April 29. Spring showers bring more than just flowers for wine lovers.
Industry growers, producers, and its changing marketplace are just like wine consumers: the environment continually evolves. From increased national wine sales to our Sonoma's growers cultivating towards an ever evolving commitment to 100% sustainability(a national first), we all benefit from a fertile, living industry that enjoys an annual renewal. Constant in change, it is the sure sign of a growing spring in our wine country.