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…..Their group, the West Sonoma Coast Vintners, is trying to establish a West Sonoma Coast AVA, and several sub-AVAs inside that, within the larger Sonoma Coast AVA. If they get their way, the area surrounding Zephyr Farms could someday be known as the Freestone-Occidental AVA. They believe the distinctiveness of this area warrants it.

SF Chronicle, Oct 29th 2015 Esther Mobley, SF
Backwoods towns make some of Sonoma’s most exciting Pinot Noirs

On a recent Sonoma trip to the West of West Wine Festival, I spent days visiting and tasting to come up with my list of the best vineyards (see below), but there are at least a dozen more – among them Klopp Ranch, Mays Canyon, Hellenthal, Summa, Kanzler, Coastlands, Campbell Ranch and Occidental Ridge – that aren’t included in this selection. These names on a label, like those on Burgundy’s grands crus, are a magnet for aficionados seeking subtle taste differences. What shapes their characters is a mix of soil, elevation, fog, rain, temperature, wind, and how close they are to the ocean

Le Pan, Oct 15th 2015, Elin McCoy
Sonoma’s Greatest Pinot Noir Vineyards

This dramatic, coolest-of-the-cool coastline is fast becoming California’s Côte d’Or, a sweet spot for great pinot noir. But the less-hyped chardonnays are also brilliant, with the elegance and zing of premier cru white Burgundy, at a lower price.

Bloomberg News, Aug 31st, 2015, Elin McCoy
Chardonnays from the “true” Sonoma Coast are as Good as White Burgundy (for a lower price)

It is, simply, one of the best wine events in Northern California (and is now coming to other cities around the country), any way you would like to judge it — by food, by wine, or by the enthusiastic good time it engenders in all its attendees.

Vinography, Sept 12th, 2015, Alder Yarrow
The Flavor of Cool: Tasting the Wines of the Western Sonoma Coast

The region—dubbed "California’s Côte d’Or"—is producing a wide diversity of delicious, cool-climate pours.

Wine Enthusiast, Aug, 2015, Virginie Boone
West Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs You Should Be Drinking Now

West Sonoma Coast Vintners host events a few times a year, educating trade and invested consumers in what makes the region distinct. The effort has worked. Those in the know have begun seeking wines of West Sonoma as a marker for quality

Jancis, May 29th, 2015, Elaine Chukan Brown
PDF | West Sonoma Coast – an introduction.

California’s Cote d’Or

SOMM Journal – 2014/15, Anthony Dias Blue
West Sonoma Coast Vintners are a Brand Apart – California’s Cote d’Or

For California’s most extreme winemaking, head to the Sonoma Coast. This untamed area is California’s hottest winemaking region – and the coolest, with near-constant fog and wind sweeping up the ridgelines from the Pacific Ocean.

SNOW Magazine, 2014/15 Winter Issue, Erica Duecy
Ski & Sip – Exploring The Sonoma-Rockies Wine Connection

Cooler climate wines are the new popular kids in town and Sonoma’s far western edge dishes up cool like no other region. Many vineyards sit in view of the Pacific Ocean, at the mercy of fog, wind and chill throughout the growing season. Syrah, pinot noir and chardonnay do best here. Expect wines with vivid acidity, layers of complexity and precise balance.

Forbes, Feb – 2014, Katie Kelly Bell
Six Exciting Wine Regions To Explore In 2014

I’m always impressed and slightly agog at winemakers who seek the outermost edge of anything; it takes certain boldness and, some might argue, insanity, to invite extreme challenges into your winemaking.

Forbes, March – 2014, Katie Kelly Bell
California’s Edgiest Wine Region: The Western Sonoma Coast

The Saturday Grand Tasting is small, with 40 wineries pouring in a cozy tent at the Barlow…that’s one of the reasons it’s so stellar – the intimate setting means the winemakers themselves share the stories of their work. Many are boutique, small production stars who rarely offer their acclaimed cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah outside their West Sonoma County neighborhoods.

7×7 Magazine, Carey Sweet, July, 2014
Wine Country’s Top Food & Wine Festivals This Fall

Anyone who ventures out to the event (WOW Wine Festival) will find it to be a low key, deeply passionate, and fantastically educational celebration of some of Northern California’s most interesting wines.

7×7 Magazine, Carey Sweet, July, 2014
Wine Vinography, Alder Yarrow, June-2014

…the West of West Festival (is) the first weekend of August in Sebastopol. It’s a chance to learn about and taste through an incredible line-up of wines.

The Press Democrat, Virgine Boone, June-2014
Wines way out west

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