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It has been a busy and fun tour season to date. Thank you to all who have been out with us and to those who have recommended us to their friends! We’ve had a bachelorette party, a bachelor party, families, multi-day tours, road bike rides, birthdays, anniversaries, a honeymoon return visitors, and new guests. Thank you all, we hope you will come back and re-visit us one day soon.

65 % of our business comes from referrals; Thank you! If you know someone coming to wine country, keep us in mind!

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The Grapes of Early Summer

The 2015 growing season is well on its way. From bare stocks in March, the vines have grown 3 to 4 feet and the grapes are noticeable green berries. All grapes start out green; in the next 30-45 the red grapes will start the process of going from green to red. It is a great time to be in wine country as the grapes are changing. This is the second year in a row that we have received very little rain. We are supposed to get 35 inches, last year we got 5, this year we got 9 inches just about all in one day. The vines get their water through their roots and don’t require a lot of water. The drought of 2014 & 2015 will actually make the wine even better; less water in the berries means more flavor in the grapes. Word is the 2014 wines will be awesome.

Will let you know in a few months when harvest will be. Late September and all of October is a great time to visit wine country!!

West County Ride – Occidental To The Ocean

Yesterday, Saturday January 10th 2015, Andy and I agreed to meet at Fulton Rd on the Joe Rodota trail, in the flats, half way between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol at 7:15 am for about a five hour ride. Andy rides from his house in Santa Rosa about 8 miles, I drive in my warm car; Andy is from Wisconsin, I, a California boy. I get to our meeting spot a few minutes before Andy and am trying to get acclimated to the foggy, 40 degree temp. When Andy shows up the dew and moisture is dripping off his helmet, he looks cold / it is cold. You try and dress for the elements gloves, face mask, 4 layers, toe covers but it is still cold. Why did I get out of bed to do this??
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West County Ride – Petaluma To Marshall

I’m sure many of you have heard of, been to, or ridden your bike around the Healdsburg area. Places like the Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill, the Russian River, Sebastopol, even Bodega Bay. And if you have not been to these places get out and check out the wineries, restaurants, and natural beauty of the area.I want to share with you an area called West County. It is a large area west of Highway 101 extending out to the Pacific Ocean, south of Bodega Bay down Hwy 1 to Stinson Beach.
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The Grapes in Fall

The grapes of 2014 have been picked and the wine has been made. How the 2014 vintage will turn out and how it will rank, only time will tell. But the winemakers I’ve talked with say that 2014 could be a special. Why? Because of the drought. This past rain season, November 1st. 2013 to April 1st 2014, we were to get 35 inches and we got 5. Grapes / the vines get their water through their roots and because the ground water was non-existent in the soil, the grapes had less water in them creating a more concentration of flavor. What mother nature provided or didn’t provide will show up in the wine. The colors in the vineyards after harvest have been spectacular!