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One thing I love most about the wine industry is the sustaining longevity of many historic family wineries. In an era defined by rapid change and shifting tastes, inspiring younger generations to carry forward the family tradition can be a challenge. That said, what a milestone the Serres Family has reached as they celebrate a remarkable 100 years!

Nestled just north of the town of Sonoma, you can’t help being captivated by the expansive beauty of their sprawling ranch vineyard when driving by. You can experience the property yourself with an ATV Vineyard Tour with a charcuterie and cheese pairing featuring their flavorful Bordeaux varietals. It’s an enjoyable sensory experience you may never forget.

If you missed my podcast interview with fifth-generation family member Taylor Serres, you can listen or download it here.

For deeper details of their rich history and a description of the ATV Tour, click here. (Compliments of Lombardi Marketing)

Congratulations and Cheers to the Serres Family!

 

 

Happy Holidays and New Year! My gift to you, a story featuring Taylor of Serres Ranch. She’s an ambitious 5th generation family member who loves to share the story of their nearly 100 year old ranch. She does so with guests while introducing you to their wine in the middle of the vineyards. I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of the experience as I did.

However, winemaking is just part of the many endeavors the family at Serras Ranch has embarked upon over the years. Blueberries are a crop they also farm, and since the berries are available, why not make wine out of them? Ya, no kidding. They sell Bleusé!. You’ll hear about the wine grape they use to blend with the blueberries. Details about the other ventures they’re involved with await you. Did I not mention the spa? You’ll hear about that too. Click the Play button to join me in the Serras Ranch vineyard with Taylor.

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This is where you’ll sit when you enjoy their Cabernet Sauvignon with Taylor

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And this is how you’ll get there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Bleusé!

 

This is why the call Sonoma Valley, the Valley of the Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we approach the end of another year, now my 6th On The Wine Road, I’d like to reach back to share a version of this previous post. It’s been an extreme pleasure to meet many fascinating personalities in the wine business. This recording highlights those who have expressed their passion about the wine industry. The winery owners, winemakers and growers I have chosen speak eloquently, philosophically, poetically, and often spiritually about wine and vineyards. I’m confident that if you listen it will make the wine you love taste even better. Cheers!

Guests include Greg LaFollette of Alquimista Cellars, Julie Johnson of Tres Sabores, Ulysses Van der Kamp of Van der Kamp Vineyards, Mark Topel of Topel Wines, Jean-Charles Boisset of Boisset Family Estates, the late George Macleod of MacLeod Family Vineyard (who we lost earlier this year), Delia & Janet Viader of Viader Vineyards and Winery, Gary Breen of Campovida, and Randy Ullom of Kendall-Jackson/Jackson Family Wines.

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The Passion Expressed Within the Wine Industry

 

South of the town of Sonoma, in the southern end of Sonoma Valley, is a wide open plain with farmland, vineyards, and the flat and wetlands of San Pablo Bay. Nestled back against the tip of the Sonoma Mountains, in the midst of unexpected lush surroundings, is Cline Cellars. It’s a favorite wine and destination for many across the U.S. For 15 years the director of winemaking, Charlie Tsegeletos, has been crafting a great number of wines back behind that oasis, which also includes the Italian varietals for Cline’s other property, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Fortunately for him, the winery sits across the street. Both are enjoyable to visit but are individually unique properties. I reached out to Charlie during a busy harvest but he managed to carve out some time for me.

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The lush surroundings at Cline Cellars

Cline Carp

The descendants of America’s first carp

 

Join me as I walk the vineyard with Peter Mathis. He followed his dream of planting a grenache vineyard. It’s only 7 and half acres but his day job helps pay the bills. That means he works 7 days a week to explore his passion. As the awards indicate, it’s a worthy effort.