Is Sebastopol CA. a “Hot” real estate market?

Sonoma County Properties asks “Is Sebastopol CA. a “Hot” real estate market?”     The simple answer, yes it is! We recently offered a modest home (two beds/two baths) on two acres, just south of Sebastopol.


The property was listed at $489,000. It is a little difficult to find two acres in Sebastopol These days so, the response was amazing. Over 180 people attended the open houses on Saturday and Sunday. [Read more…]


Sonoma County Properties Presents-9 Morning Sun Dr. Petaluma CA. Location! Location! Location! Million Dollar Panoramic VIEWS! Ten minute walk to downtown Petaluma and a 45 minute drive to the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Sonoma County Properties Introduces our New Neighbor-Paul Mathew Vineyard

We at Sonoma County Properties have a new neighbor here in Graton; the Paul Mathew Vineyards, Wine Tasting Room!

located on the corner of Graton Rd. and Ross Rd. in downtown Graton!

As the 6th generation (my grandchildren are the 8th) to be a part of the Graton community I must say that I am thrilled. Their terrific wines, from the Chardonnay to the Pinot's and everything in between, are smooth and delicious. As a neighbor and wine lover I can tell you, they will be on my list to drink, give as gifts and recommend to friends and family. [Read more…]

Grape to Glass-Russian River Valley Winegrowers Organization Event in Sonoma County

My wife and I attended the 17th Annual Grape to Glass Event put on by the Russian River Valley Winegrowers Organization this past Saturday night. Once again I was reminded how fortunate I am to live here in Sonoma County!

We joined winemakers, grape growers, restaurateurs, hoteliers and neighbors at this popular Pre-Harvest Party; the setting, Richard’s Grove & Saralee’s Vineyard in Windsor.

The silent auction and wine tasting tent

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Iron Horse Vineyards-Sonoma County

Iron Horse Vineyards is just down the street and around the corner from our Sonoma County Properties offices, here in Graton, CA. They grow all their own chardonnay and pinot grapes on this property.

image via Iron Horse Facebook page-click the photo to go there and "Like"

They are best known for their sparkling wines, especially their wedding cuvee, which is spectacular. It is Iron Horse’s Blanc de Noirs, made from predominantly Pinot Noir. It has a beautiful rose color, and is dangerously easy to drink! [Read more…]

Sonoma County Properties Highlights-Unique Winery Opportunity


Art & Wine

It’s not often in Sonoma County that one finds a winning winery opportunity like this one. This intriguing, sexy and ULTRA UNIQUE winery/art gallery/tasting room space is set in the bucolic Dry Creek Appellation, only minutes from downtown Healdsburg.

The established tasting room sits on 5.8 acres. It currently has a 5k case production winery permit, including public tours and tastings.

tasting room

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Russian River Valley Winegrowers-#19 of the 100 Reasons I Love Living in Sonoma County

I am proud to say that I recently joined the Russian River Valley Winegrowers Association as a Commercial Associate, here in Sonoma County.

Many things factor into a wines quality but I believe that:

The basic character of any vineyard is determined by two primary factors: weather and soil.

The wines of our Sonoma County Wine Country are world renown. Although all of our Sonoma County Appellations such as Los Caneros, Green Valley, Chalk Hill and Dry Creek can and do produce fantastic wines, my personal taste buds are particularly fond of the Pinots coming out of our Russian River Valley. It must be have been bred in my genes, as I am the 6th generation of my family born right here in the Russian River valley.

Here is some interesting information via the RRVW organization about the climate and soil conditions that make our region so unique:

A Cool Place to Grow Grapes

The Russian River Valley climate is sculpted by the regular intrusion of cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean a few miles to the west. Much like the tide, it ebbs and flows through the Petaluma Wind Gap and the channel cut by the Russian River.

The fog usually arrives in the evening, often dropping the temperature 35 to 40 degrees from its daytime high. The fog retreats to the ocean the following morning. This natural air-conditioning allows the grapes to develop full flavor maturity over an extended growing season — often 15 to 20 percent longer than neighboring areas — while retaining their life-giving natural acidity.

image courtesy of Ferrari Carano Vineyards

Rocks Become Dirt

The geologic history of the Russian River Valley is both active and recent. The collision between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates caused the uplift of ancient bedrock, which then eroded. Within the last few million years the eruption of volcanic vents immediately to the east resulted in the deposition of volcanic ash on the shallow ocean bottom. The resulting sandstone gave us our famous Goldridge loam soil.

Water flowing off of the Sonoma Mountain range carried with it eroded volcanic material, creating soils with large amounts of clay in the central portion of the appellation. Then, in what remains a major mystery to geologists, the Russian River, which once flowed south to what is now San Francisco Bay, changed course and headed west through the coastal foothills. Along its course it deposited large amounts of alluvial materials that are now river benchlands. Each of these different soils has a profound effect on wine produced from grapes grown in this soil.

 What is your favorite Sonoma County Appellation and why?

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