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Mustard and Wine Country

We went for a drive yesterday after breakfast (OK, I know, a Realtor's busmen holiday consists of driving around and looking at property!).   We took all back roads from the house in the Olivet area outside Santa Rosa, crossed over Wohler Road to Westside Road, stopped in Healdsburg for coffee, then back to West Dry Creek Road, Lambert Bridge Road to Dry Creek Road, Lytton Springs Road to Chalk Hill Road (to preview a new country property there) and back all the way down the east side on Chalk Hill to Faught Road in Windsor.   I will try to duplicate the drive on Google Maps, but you can email me if you want the specifics, but we covered the better parts of the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys and got to ogle lots of gorgeous Sonoma County country property on a glorious early spring day. The mustard, daffodils and acacia trees were at the peak of their yellow blooms, leading us to wonder what it is about the first flowers of spring that so many of them are so YELLOW!...

This weekend or next come barrel taste along the Russian River Wine Road

Just had lunch today with a group of friends (aka The Russian River Valley Girls) at the new Bistro 29 in downtown Santa Rosa--they graciously opened for us for a private lunch and the food and service were fantastic!  It was a tough day to schedule for a lot of folks who are furiously preparing to host lots of locals and tourists for this weekend's Russian River Wine Road Barrel Tasting.  Anne Giere of Sapphire Hill Winery, who heroically organized our lunch at the same time she is getting ready for the weekend, reminded me that this is the 30th Anniversary of the Barrel Tasting tour!   It has become such a big success that this year, as in 2007, the festivities stretch to cover two weekends.   Hard on the wineries to staff but lots of fun for the rest of us.  Many of my friends from the Bay Area come up and rent limos or designate a driver and then cover the area vineyards to sample wines not yet committed to bottles.   People have been known to buy copious amounts of cases to bring home and wine futures to pick up at a later date. "Barrel Tasting is not a food or themed event.  It's all about the WINE...

Heard on the Grapevine

Up and coming cool Sonoma County country property listings: West Sebastopol   1 acre 3/2 house in scenic area  $759,000 end of Feb Prime close-in country location near downtown Sebastopol   $825,000 "ish"  3/2  1/5+- acres coveted end of lane location Prime wine country home and 3.5 acres surrounded by vineyards and horse properties.  Now set up for horses, eminently plantable to Russian River pinot noir or Syrah or?  Pool, 4BR, 2BA.  Lovely views and fabulous bucolic setting on a quiet lane.  Price TBD. South Sebastopol mini-farm with horse setup, house and granny, in the $800's.  Coming end of February. Healdsburg  2 useable acres in prime end of lane location surrounded by larger parcels, lovely views, modest 2BR comfy home.  $850,000 ish.  Later this spring. Call or email me to check on these or other upcoming properties in Sonoma county,...

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