Russian River Valley
The Coast Nearby Pacific Ocean sends on-shore breezes and fog to cool vineyards. Proximity to brisk water creates cooling effect that results in wine textures from structured to silky.
The Fog Fog cools vineyards and develops full flavor maturity of grapes. Cool-climate grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are nurtured by seasonal fog.
The Soil Combination of fractured sandstone and sandy loam create Goldridge soil; ideal for cool climate grapes. Variety of soils foster diversity of wines throughout valley.
The People Real people making world class wines. Approachable legends. Stewards of the land. Authentic people who identify themselves as farmers who make wine.
From a famous site in the Russian River, the 2016 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard spent a year in one-third new French oak followed by six months in tank. With a ting of green in its gold color, it has more Chablis-like lemon drops, white flowers, and lemongrass aromatics to go with a marine-like salinity and obvious crushed rock minerality. It’s rich, deep, and concentrated on the palate, with a beautiful texture, as well as bright, integrated acidity. It’s a beautiful wine.
Explore the Russian River Valley and take a beautiful scenic drive through Olivet Road which boasts a diverse line-up of wineries all nestled within a 2-3 mile stretch of road. This area has some exquisite wine and beauty and is conveniently located between Santa Rosa and Windsor and a few miles west of HWY 101. Follow our lead for a special day exploring this special region of the Russian River Valley.
When we arrive in Sebastopol on a Sunday, a lively farmers market is set up in the plaza, where local artisans and craftspeople show their wares. Music fills the air, as does the scent of the gorgeous produce: a mind-boggling array of apples, persimmons, and grapes off the vine. It’s the perfect way to start our exploration of the Russian River Valley. The Valley sits in the heart of Sonoma County. The wine region (or AVA) of the same name spans a whopping 150 square miles and includes more than 100 growers and over 100 wineries.
Each year, the Paulée Dinner brings together discerning wine lovers who celebrate this rare opportunity to mingle with the brilliant minds behind their favorite wines, and also experience wines that are nearly impossible to find. We look forward to continuing to build upon this great tradition from Burgundy, in our own backyard of Sonoma County and in the exquisite setting of the Russian River Valley.Learn More