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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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

Popular Wineries in Green Valley View all

  • O'Connor Vineyards

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

  • Salinia

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

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  • On Saturday afternoon, Zufrieden and I went to a fellow wine aficionado's place for a cabernet sauvignon (at least 80%) blind tasting. Zuf decanted and brought a 2014 Boekenhoutskloof "Stellenbosch" (92% cs, 8% cab franc).I decanted and brought a 2012 Quilceda Creek "CVR" (83% cs, 11% merlot, 4% cf, 1% pv, 1% malbec)  and I brought a 2008 Stormy... Read More

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  • DV, yes we did, here's the write up, thanks again for the Meyer Pinot.We had a grand time tasting through these four pinots the other night! Consensus was fairly unanimous - the Chambolle-Musigny and the Patricia Green (Willamette) tied for first with the Okanagan Valley coming in a close third and the lowly Chilean an obvious last place finishe... Read More

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  • Rockr - There are a lot of those sugar shack wineries in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, etc. The people trying to make serious wine get really frustrated because they get lumped into the same category and some of them just haven't been able to make it, partly because they were never taken seriously.But Ohio does in fact grow Merlot, Cab, and many othe... Read More

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  • This was dinner on Saturday night with friendsStarted with a platter of Salami, Jamon, and assorted pickled/dried vegiesThe Charles Orban Blanc de Blanc was excellent according to the ladiesThe 2010 Pewsey Vale Contours Riesling was an excellent maturing Riesling from the Eden Valley in SA and showed that under screw cap we are not seeing the fl... Read More

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  • Really enjoyed this Patricia Green Suav Blanc from Ribbon Ridge (Willamette Valley).  Crisp, citrus, more lemon than grapefruit and a nice clean, acidic finish, just right on a hot NC afternoon.  Purchased this at the winery just short of a year ago. Read More

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  • Yes  - the June Public Holiday weekendFriday - 10th JuneI hosted a wine tasting/networking event for our under 30 professional staff who invite colleagues from other businesses around town - mainly young CPA's in US terms/lawyers/engineers/architects etc.  we had James Evers the Chief Winemaker from Nepenthe Wines from the Adelaide Hills and we ... Read More

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  • Getting back to wine for a moment, last night we hosted a wine dinner with our neighbors Debbie and Rick.  They brought over two bottles, a Napa Merlot (2014 Arietta Merlot Hudson Vineyards) and an Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (2015 Twomey Pinot Noir).  We started with that Trump Blanc de Blanc that was given to us last month (I didn't like it muc... Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Reserve Malbec Sonoma County 2013

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    Full fruit aromas of ripe strawberry and cherry, soft clay and bold spice. Rich dark fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry on the palate, a bit of medicine adding some complexity and sliding towards a mineral earth towards the finish that ends with perky tannins and smoky dark chocolate. Read More

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