The annual wine issue of SONOMA magazine is now on sale, featuring a profile on “Pinot Princess” Anne Moller-Racke, president of the Donum Estate, one of the premier pinot noir producers in all of California. Moller-Racke is one of the early pinot pioneers who saw the potential for that varietal in the Carneros region straddling the Sonoma-Napa County line, and has been overseeing pinot vineyards there for more than 30 years.
Also profiled in the new issue is Wine Country’s other leading agricultural product – marijuana – a crop many believe exceeds wine production in value.
Racecar driver and team owner, Kevin Buckler, who also owns a prize-winning winery, is profiled on and off the track in an article titled, “World’s Fastest Winemaker.” SONOMA readers are also taken to the Napa Valley for a behind the scenes look at the scenic, imposing, stone castle known as Greystone, once home to Christian Brothers and now the West Coast headquarters of the Culinary Institute of America.
The proliferation of Plaza tasting rooms has become both a major tourist attraction and a political controversy in downtown Sonoma, so the magazine steps inside the issue to see what all the fuss is about, and to provide a thumbnail guide to all the sit-or-stand sipping venues.
In other stories, Sonoma artist Chester Arnold helps define Richard Diebenkorn, California’s greatest painter; Matt Dockstadter, master-promoter of a half-dozen, Wine Country, half-marathons; handmade honey; a stunning Dutch colonial mansion in the Valley of the Moon; a conversation with Lisa Hemenway, pioneer of Wine Country cuisine; the mystical paintings of Prasanna; Bryan Tedrick’s 25-foot-tall Burning Man coyote; and a lot more.
SONOMA magazine is published by Sonoma Media Investments and is distributed coast-to-coast and by subscription. Issues are available locally at the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, Pharmaca, Sonoma and Glen Ellen Markets, Readers’ Books, the Charles Creek Tasting Room, The Sonoma Index-Tribune and at Sonoma Valley hotels, inns and wineries, as well as in numerous luxury lodgings and more than 150 retail locations around the Bay Area and 1,000 outlets, including major bookstores, around the nation.