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.
Legacy of Art & Wine
When siblings Rene Byck and Sonia Byck-Barwick heard Paradise Ridge Winery had burned, it was the strength of their family and community that helped them feel the love in the air. With the estate vineyard and sculpture gardens spared, the siblings will rebuild the winery. Just months after California’s most destructive fire in history, Rene and Sonia embody what it means to be resilient.
Kanzler Vineyards consistently earned 93-points for their 2015 and 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. According to Wine Spectator the 2016 vintage is, "Brimming with rich, juicy wild berry and blackberry fruit, shaded by space and light oak notes. Sings and dances, maintaining balance and focus. Drink now through 2025."
The Russian River Valley Winegrowers are a resilient community of farmers and vintners, who proudly call Sonoma County home. On October 8, 2017, a firestorm—the most catastrophic wildfire in California’s history—destroyed 5,000 homes and buildings throughout our beloved wine region.
Thankfully our Russian River Valley vineyards remain intact. We are grateful and humble. But many of our friends, neighbors, and partners, lost everything when the fires raged throughout Northern California.
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