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Tomorrow is Rootstock: The Great Gastronomic Wine, Street Food & Music Festival. Save 45% On Tix!

Santa Rosa, CA, June 19th Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square and Creative Furnace host the second annual viagra online best price

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The Rootstock Festival brings together fine wine and craft brew tasting, gourmet street foods, a Best Bites Competition hosted by Heather Irwin of Bite Club Eats,

and live music from the Hotel Cafe Tour. Returning to the main stage is the fiercely independent and self-aware “loudmouth” Jim Bianco, whose songs “expose, embarrass and offend ex-girlfriends, future girlfriends, fellow singer/songwriters and, most notably, himself.” Joining Bianco are singer-songwriters Holly Conlan, Jesse Thomas and Javier Dunn.


Support The Santa Rosa JC Shone Farm Foundation AND Save 45%

A portion of the day’s proceeds benefit Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Shone Farm Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to manage, support and raise funds for the Shone Farm agricultural and educational facility. This includes the SRJC Shone Farm Winery, which makes and markets wine as an integral part of the instructional program at SRJC, and is now a member of The Wineyard cooperative in Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square. General admission is $45, with advance-discounted tickets available for $35 each at and $25 each directly at Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square merchants until July 6th. A small allotment of VIP experience tickets are available at $65 each. (sold out!)

Use code SH12 at checkout. Expires at Midnight!

Music Lineup

“Along with the stellar indie talent, one of the main reasons we love teaming with Hotel Cafe is the camaraderie of the performances,” said Joel Quigley, co-producer of the Rootstock Festival. “Hotel Cafe isn’t just a venue in LA and a tour, they bring artists into their circle of talent to create a support network. These artists become close friends, who then collaborate and play together, which translates into their performances. Last year we saw our headliner playing mandolin and singing back up for our opening artist. This makes for a very unique, intimate, and special day of music.”

Los Angeles singer-songwriter and pianist Holly Conlan is a “surefooted indie-pop artist” who has shared the stage with the likes of Colbie Caillat, Katy Perry, Cary Brothers and Butch Walker. Conlan will take a break from recording her third studio album to join us in cheap cialis online Sonoma wine country.

Singer-songwriter Jesse Thomas is a “redheaded firecracker” from Kentucky, whose “whiskey soaked soul drips into every song she sings.” She’ll be performing songs from her recently released, first full-length album War Dancer.

Javier Dunn, known equally for his awe-inspiring lyrics and guitar playing (he’s also lead guitarist for singer-songwriter and pianist sensation Sara Bareilles), will feature songs from his new EP Small Spaces.

You can check out some of the artists performance here:

Great Wine & Microbrew

Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square is home to a host of lifestyle businesses such as its three outstanding wineries with production facilities including D’Argenzio Winery, Krutz Family Cellars and Sheldon Wines, with The Wineyard cooperative tasting room featuring Albertina Wine Cellars, Atascadero Creek, Flocchini Wines, Jazz Cellars, and SRJC Shone Farm Winery. Heritage Public House is the new local gathering spot for live music, comedy, special events and a rotating beverage menu focused on California nano- and micro-brews including Ruth McGowan’s Craft Brews, as well as wines from The

Wineyard next door. Squire Cigars, host of Rootstock’s VIP Cigar Tent, and The Barbery round out the line up of merchants at Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square.

Other festival partners include TasteLive, CellarPass, House Band Wines, Rodney Strong Vineyards, 7×7 Wine Country, Sonoma County Tourism Bureau, Sonoma County Vintners, Grapebuddy, Jahn Art, and preferred lodging partner, the Flamingo Convention Resort & Spa.

The 2012 Rootstock Artisan Street Food Line Up

Along with a host of wineries and craft brews to whet the appetite, Rootstock’s artisan street food purveyors will satiate guests with a diversity of delicious dishes created from locally sourced ingredients by some of the region’s best street and market chefs. They will also compete in multiple categories to take home a Best Bites award, which includes the coveted Rootstock bumper stickers touting each award.


See you tomorrow – cheers!
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October Meetup Double Feature: Wine Meetup/Industry Open House, and Wine Club Pickup Party at Sheldon & Krutz Wineries 2-6 pm. Food Truck Dinner Party after!

Sheldon WinesKrutz Family Cellars, and Simple Hedonisms invites you to join us Sunday October 9 from 2-6 pm for an afternoon of Harvest fun & celebration. This busy time of year comes only once a year, and we’d like to thank

our patron and fellow wine-o’s for your support.

 New Day, Slight Format Twist

This month’s meetup is a slighly different format – we are putting side by side a Krutz/Sheldon wine club & futures pick up as well as our monthly meetup. Its also a first to do a Sunday.

The Wine club event is scheduled for *loosely* 2-4 and the Meetup 4-6 pm but we encourage club members, patrons, winery staff and everyone to visit any time between 2-6 that works for you. The more the merrier.

You may RSVP here:

No charge for Sheldon or Krutz Wine Club Members and Futures pickups, or  wine industry (proof may be asked for at check in.) The general public is only $10 ($9 in advance) and includes all tastings from both wineries, some nibbles, and door prizes.

Jump on the Santa Rosa Wine Trail

Attendees will also receive a Santa Rosa Wine Trail card with two stamps. (If you came to our meetup at Inspiration you will now have 3!) Fill it up and enter for a case of wine for $1. You also get complimentary tasting at all members, and free corkage if you buy/bring a member winery bottle to Willi’s Wine Bar.

Door prizes (new change)

Because of the altered format this month, door prizes will be drawn at the end of then event, and persons notified, you need not be present to win.


STAY AFTER; Food Truck Party!

The event ends at 6, but the party continues. Buy wines by the glass starting at only $5 and food truck vendor Ultra Crepes will be selling food. They were

a big hit at my recent Grenache Day tasting, selling 70 plates, both savory and sweet. They will be onsite from 330 pm until 7.

If you think you might stay, answer the question during registration so we can plan on tables & chairs.

See you Sunday – Cheers!

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Wine of the Week – Sheldon 2009 Graciano Ripkin Vineyard, Lodi

It’s kind of ironic that this week’s wine of the week is a non Rhone from one of my favorite North Sonoma county  Rhone producers, Sheldon Wines. Sheldon in fact also makes  great Burgundian (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay)  and other varietals, but with such little focus on Rhone here in Sonoma and their hands on experience in Gigondas and deep love of Rhone wines, they are one of my top local referrals for Rhone wines. Their Petite Sirah gave me fresh insight that Petite Sirah really CAN be a Rhone varietal, and Dylan’s new Vinolocity Blanc white blend was the only white future I bought this year.

Photos Courtesy of Sheldon Facebook Page

About Sheldon

Sheldon is xenical side effect the beautiful story of Tobe and Dylan Sheldon, who fell in love with each other as much as they did wine, and married these pursuits, and each other. Sheldon is a micro winery, sometimes making as little of a barrel (25 cases.)

They share in all tasks, but success seems to have required more specialization as Dylan focuses most on wine making. In our chats, usually when he is whizzing around the busy winery, Dylan  can geek over vinification techniques to a level I feel like a school boy, and have never heard of. Tobe is a great sales & marketeer and often the face of the winery in the tasting room. Their passion for wine, and each other is visible in all they do, and the sacrifices they make.

Tasting Room and Winery (in the new Santa Rosa Vintners Plaza)

Sheldon opened a new tasting room and production facility last fall in Santa Rosa. Its a shared facility with two other wineries (Krutz and MJ Lords), next too, and owned by Ray D’Argenzio of the D’Argenzio Wines – aka the Godfather of Santa Rosa Wine as I call him.

This new tasting room is part of the Santa Rosa Vintners Square which is unfolding this summer into a mecca of wine and food with another shared tasting room that will support 8 wineries, a culinary center, cobblestone walks, bocce ball, and more.

Both tasting rooms are open for extended hours and regularly feature fun food, wine, and entertainment, often impromptu. Best to follow them on Facebook for the latest. Visit them at 1301 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

About Graciano

Never heard of this varietal (grape type.) ? Don’t feel bad, there are only about a dozen acres of Graciano planted in California. It’s most known for its production in the Rioja region in Spain, but even there plantings are small, and its mostly blended.

Wine Review: Sheldon 2009 Graciano Ripkin Vineyard, Lodi

Only 4 barrels, 100 cases of this stunning, low alcohol (12%!) red wine were made. Nicknamed “SuperFreak.”

Color: Vibrant, Medium red, fairly clear especially for an unfiltered, unfined wine.

On the Nose: Highly aromatic & complex: Cherry, red fruit, white pepper and spice spring from the glass. Hints of cola, rhubarb and pie spice are in deeper layers.

In the Mouth: Cranberry, tart red fruit, spice.

Recommendations: The acidity level may allow for some cellaring, but I do not have the ability to keep my hands off this wine. Buy and drink, while you can.  Extraordinary- 96 points. (I can count on one hand wines I rate over 95 in the last year.)

Where to Buy: At the Sheldon Tasting Room or Online. $28

Wine Geek & Vinification Info:

  • The second vintage working with this obscure varietal. This planting however is found 19 feet below sea level, on limestone soils at the Guard Rd. block in the western most planted area of the Lodi appellation, a certified Lodi Green Vineyard. Originally brought the Graciano in with the idea of blending it, but it had so much personality the Sheldon’s  just couldn’t bring ourselves to change it.
  • Harvested in three stages, from the 23rd to the 29th of October, just before the rains came. The fruit was hand sorted, and crushed with 100% whole cluster and roughly 50% whole berries to enhance the fruit and spice aromatics. We
  • Inoculated the first lot with a natural yeast strain isolated in the northern Rhone valley, the later picks fermented with the indigenous yeast from the vineyard. Fermentation took place in ½ ton macro bins & punched down 4 times a day. Pressed off after 8 days on the skins, using the gentlest press possible, a ¾ ton hydro-basket press. Once the wine is pressed,  it’s allowed to  settle for a few days in tank before barreling down into neutral French oak barrels (4 years old).
  • This wine, as with all of Sheldon wines ,is neither fined nor filtered.
  • Varietal: 100% Graciano
  • Appellation: Lodi
  • Vineyard: Ripken (Guard Rd.) Vineyard
  • Fermentation: ½ ton open top macro bins
  • Cooperage: 100% Neutral French oak.
  • Captured into Bottle: June 2nd 2010.  Released into the Wild: September 2010
  • Lab notes- PH 3.39 / TA .68 / Alc% 11.8
  • Case production: 95 (12x750ml)

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