Wines of Sonoma in the City of Vancouver

Sonoma County wine makers return to Vancouver on October 18 to pour some of their best wines before taking their Sonoma in the City tour to Ottawa and Toronto. These wine tasting events provide an excellent opportunity for Canadians to get their zin on, and for Sonoma County Vintners to showcase new vintages. Best upside: proceeds support the totally deserving Arts Umbrella, which provides art programs for children.

Before the evening’s fundraising event, the afternoon trade tasting allows each Sonoma winery to promote its new vintages to the wine industry. Over 80 different wines will be poured by 25 wineries from 6 different appellations, with the dominant region being the cool climate of Russian River, my old ‘hood.

Speaking of Russian River wineries, in a case of split legacies, the Davis Bynum brand – as well as its new owner, Rodney Strong – will be there, and on another side of the room you’ll also find the new owners of the old Bynum winery, Thomas George Estates, which is now owned by a Canadian family. Got that?

Jeremy and Tom Baker of Toronto purchased Bynum’s Westside Road property in 2008, and proceeded to replant, renovate and even install a cave. They launched the Thomas George Estates brand with their 2007 vintages, and poured at last year’s Sonoma in the City. This year, Jeremy Baker will be sitting in on the pre-tasting seminar, presenting his 2008 Viognier.

“Events like Sonoma in the City are invaluable for a new winery like TGE,” Baker said, via email. “The cross-Canada trip is one of my favorites, as it is always nice get back home to Canada and to show our newest wines from coast to coast.”

Also from the cool, foggy Russian River, you’ll find wines from Gary Farrell, J Vineyards, La Crema, MacMurray Ranch and Sonoma Cutrer. So get ready for a whole lot of earthy, spicy pinot noir.

From the hot, dry Sonoma Valley comes Chateau St. Jean, Landmark Vineyards and Sebastiani with their ripe white wines and concentrated red wines.

Dry Creek Valley is the most northerly appellation in Sonoma County and is almost synonymous with zinfandel. You’ll see zins from Ferrari-Carano Winery, Pedroncelli Winery, and Dutcher Crossing Winery, as well as on almost every other table in the room.

Red wine is king in Alexander Valley, so look for cabernet and merlot from Francis Ford Coppola Winery, shiraz from Geyser Peak Winery and legendary zinfandel from Seghesio Family Vineyards.

The Knights Valley is one of the warmest appellations in Sonoma County, perfect for Bordeaux-style wines from the Ehret Family Winery.

Carneros strattles both Sonoma and Napa Counties along the windy San Francisco Bay, making it a great wine country for sparkling grapes, pinot noir and chardonnay, something Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Schug Carneros Estate and Buena Vista Carneros have long known.

And from way, way out on the foggy Sonoma Coast, pioneering Flowers Winery will be pouring their delectable pinot noirs and chardonnays.

So, if you can’t actually travel to Sonoma County, California, you can at least get a taste of it at Sonoma in the City on Monday, October 18. I can already smell the sage in the air.

Sonoma in the City
Monday, October 18, 2010
The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, BC
Media & Trade Seminar:  1:00 – 2:15 p.m (Malaspina Room, Concourse Level)
Trade Tasting: 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. (Ballroom)
Consumer Tasting: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.(Ballroom)
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phone: 604.681.5268

Mari Kane

Mari is a writer, blogger and WordPress consultant, living in Vancouver, BC, the most wine-soaked town north of the 49th Parallel. She also blogs about WordPress web design at Blogsite Follow her on Twitter or Google Plus.

3 thoughts on “Wines of Sonoma in the City of Vancouver

  • October 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Nice! Now I see the purpose of your trip down! Its nice to bridge the relationship with “America’s Toque.”

  • October 11, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Heck yeah, Dave. I gotta get my Sonoma on at least once a year.

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