On Saturday, June 4, 2011 the second annual Russian River Valley Wine Growers Single Vineyard Night will be going off in Sonoma County.

According to William Allen, fellow online wine writer, and RRVW member, last year was a big success that they would like to repeat and even grow on.

Now, while I go on about the beauty of Mandocino County Pinot Noir from the north end of Potter Valley and from along the Noyo River in Anderson Valley, I grew up on Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and for me, these are the wines against which I measure all other Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. If I taste a great Pinot Noir, I assume it is from the Russian River Valley. One of the best ever Chardonnays was a 1994 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay made by Carol Shelton. There is a great Merlot Vineyard in the Russian River Valley that Toad Hollow sources their Merlot grapes, and I even tasted some fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon from the RRV made by Carol Shelton back in the day.

Starting at 6:30 pm at the Thomas George Estates in Healdsburg, there will be wine, single bite pairings, a live auction, and then music and dancing until 10:00 pm,

Tickets are $45 in advance, or $55 at the door, and can be purchased at the Russian River Valley Winegrowers website.

I could go on about all the cool stuff, but I’ve got to be honest, wine events are about the wines, and the single vineyard Russian River Valley wines poured on June 4 will include:

Ancient Oaks, Siebert Ranch

Arrowood-Saralee’s Vineyard

Balletto Vineyards , selection of single vineyards

Benovia, Bella Una Vineyard

Desmond Wines, Estate

Dutton Estate Winery, Dutton Palms Vineyard

Dutton Goldfield, Freestone Hill Vineyard

Ferrari-Carano, Fiorella

Gary Farrell, Westside Farms

George Wine Company, Leras Family Vineyard

Graton Ridge Cellars, Bacigalupi Vineyard

Hop Kiln Winery, HKG Bridge Selection

Iron Horse Vineyards, Rued Clone

Inman Family, Olivet Grange Vineyard

John Tyler Wines, Bacigalupi Vineyard

Joseph Swan, Trenton View Vineyard


LaFollette, DuNah Vineyard

Lauterbach Cellars, Estate

Longboard, Dakine Vineyard

Martinelli Winery, Lolita Ranch

Matrix Winery, Nunes Vineyard

Merriam, Willowside Vineyard

Merry Edwards, Klopp Ranch

Moshin Vineyards, Bacigalupi Vineyard

Mueller Winery, Vino Farms

Nalle Winery, Hopkins Ranch

Old World Winery, Estate

Papapietro Perry, Leras Family Vineyard

Russian River Vineyards, Estate Vineyards

Sandole Wines, Oehlman Ranch

Siduri Wines, Ewald Vineyards

Sonoma Cutrer, Owsley

Thumbprint Cellars, Saralee’s Vineyard

William Selyem, Flax Vineyard

I have previously written about wines from a number of these wineries and vineyards, and this really is an amazing opportunity to taste not just good, but world class wines from some of the best producers and celebrate the amazing gift that the Russian River Valley land, the soil, the climate, the vineyards are to wine.