Sonoma

| Eco-Active In The Vines | Now that the harvest rush is winding down, it’s the perfect season for green wine lovers to savor the good weather and fall vineyard landscapes with a hike or bike ride in California wine country. Capped off with, of course, some wine tasting. All of California’s dozens of wine regions offer hiking and biking opportunities, […]

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| Sabor Mexicano Farm | It’s a perfect afternoon in Northern California’s Russian River resort area of Sonoma County, hot but not too, and a smiling and jovial Jorge Saldana is doing what countless numbers of his countrymen back in Mexico are doing on this and every Sunday—happily grilling under deep blue skies, surrounded by hungry people […]

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| Indulge In A Classic | Don’t you just love a true sense of place? Sure, a brand-new something can be exciting, but few ah-ha moments fire us up faster than knowing that, over the fullness of time, so much life has been lived and such fascinating history played out … on the very ground on which we […]

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| Greening in Sonoma & Napa | Sometimes you have to get away, even if for a day. For us this is one of those times—so we’re delighted to feel the rejuvenation mojo workin’ even as we drive toward Sonoma, in Northern California. The skies are a vast blue interrupted only by distant, solitary caravans […]

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| New Chef Shines | It’s a lovely evening, and the tourists are trolling the sidewalks of Sonoma around the city’s delightful, leafy square. They’re looking for a place to eat, and so are we. Not that Sonoma is short on dining options, not at all. It has plenty of those. But when you narrow […]

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| Green By Design | This is a fable called Green Hotel 2.0. Start with one nasty old gas station, a relic of the Carbon Age. Remove it and the all the oily, greasy soil beneath and restore the land to health. Now in this very space raise an eco-chic refuge. Let’s say it has […]

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| Green Wine News | Sonoma County just got a little greener.  J Vineyards & Winery, in Russian River Valley, has achieved certified sustainable status through the California Sustainable Winegrowers Alliance (CSWA). The sustainable certification covers all vineyard and winery operations. J Vineyards & Winery, located just south of Healdsburg, is independently owned and has […]

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| Eat, Sleep Green |   How cool! Awaiting us is what promises to be a perfect night in Green Wine Country: a “green” meal, a “green” sleep. At Vineyards Inn, the locally acclaimed organic tapas restaurant in Kenwood, dinner timing has just been confirmed, a key to our accommodations and instructions on how to operate […]

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| Sonoma’s Slow Pleasures | There are many reasons to visit the town of Sonoma. Wine tops most lists, of course, as this is iconic California Wine Country, if more down-home than nearby Napa Valley. History lives on here, at Sonoma State Historic Park and Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma on Sonoma Plaza, the […]

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| Wine Country Green | When we arrive, the U.S. Green Building Council is finishing up a meeting in the barn. In a few days  a big dinner will be hosted here to celebrate Sonoma as America’s first Slow City. A Who’s Who of this part of California Wine Country will be in attendance, happy […]

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