Springtime View from Gap's Crown Vineyard - Photo Courtesy of Cheryl Quist
THE PETALUMA GAP WINEGROWERS ALLIANCE promotes growers, vintners and
the distinctive wines crafted from grapes grown in the wind-driven AVA.

Business is definitely not as usual for anyone, including here at the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance. We're broadening our focus and embracing new technologies to adapt to current conditions, in ways we would never have imagined a few weeks ago. In this April edition of the newsletter you’ll see announcements for virtual tastings and meetings and several links for taking advantage of federal programs and local support systems for those affected by Covid-19. If there are ways we can assist you, topics you’d like us to address in future newsletters, or if you’d simply like to talk, we’d love to hear from you . Meanwhile, stay positive and stay healthy.
Introducing Virtual Tasting Experiences: bringing tasting rooms to you using video conferencing-- it's a great way to enjoy wines with these winemakers during the shelter-in-place directive.
Once Shelter-in-Place has run it's course, we look forward to these future events:
April 2, Adobe Road Wines, Sangiacomo Vineyards and Griffin's Lair Vineyard, together with the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce & Mayor Teresa Barrett are hosting a Virtual Petaluma Mixer. Grab a glass and join the fun. More details.

April 3-4, Adobe Road Wines, Virtual Tastings via Zoom, with Winemaker, Garrett Martin and Founder, Kevin Buckler. Join the Tasting. Staycation info.

Now through the end of April. Trombetta Family Wines "Video Chat Virtual Tastings"with Winemaker, Erica Stancliff. Includes the new spring releases, tasting notes & Rickey's famous pairing recipes. Get updates here.

Every Friday Afternoon in April, Keller Estate "Virtual Happy Hour, "hosted by the Keller team. More info.

April 15, Sonoma County Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Meeting, conducted via Zoom Video. Register here.

April 18, Thirty-Seven Wines Virtual Tasting via Zoom with Winemaker, Shane Finley. More info.

May 9, Keller Estate Spring Release Party. Check for latest details.

June 19, Keller Estate's Third Annual Car Rally. Apply here.

July 16-17, Sonoma County Barrel Auction, (rescheduled from May).

September 5, T aste of Sonoma , at a new location: Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens.
The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers are partnering with La Dolce Vita Wine Lounge to bring you a "Home Sweet Home" mixed case of locally grown and produced Petaluma Gap Wines to enjoy while sheltering-in-place. Curbside pick up for locals. More Info.

Petaluma Planning Commissioners Approve New Brooks Note Tasting Room in downtown Petaluma. Read the Article by Kathryn Palmer, Argus Courier.

Pinot Noir from Dutton-Goldfield -- 11 Different Ways. Read the Article by Tom Hyland in Forbes Magazine.

Female Winemakers Making History: Erica Stancliff, Pfendler Vineyards and President of the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers. Read the Article in Common Grape.

Dutton-Goldfield, Kendall-Jackson, Pfendler and Sangiacomo are featured in this Food & Wine Magazine Article by Brian Friedman, "Sonoma Coast Wineries Need Your Love Now"

Garry Brooks, Brooks Note Winery,
Photo by Crissy Pascual
Erica Stancliff, Winemaker at Pfendler Vineyards
Ana Keller, Photo courtesy of Keller Estate
Ana Keller's family originally planted Chardonnay at their vineyard on Lakeville Highway, after consulting with UC Davis and being told that even if the grapes didn't fully ripen, she could sell them for sparkling wine. Now she is a top grower in the Petaluma Gap with 90 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Read the interview with Ana.
Pfendler Vineyards 2018 Estate Chardonnay, Wine Enthusiast Magazine. 92 Points .

Thirty-Seven Wines 2016 "The Hermit," Wine Enthusiast Magazine. 91 Points .

Thirty-Seven Wines 2017 Chardonnay, Wine Enthusiast Magazine. 90 Points .
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What a Feeling: Texture in Wine. This article by Vicki Denig explores what it is and how it gets there. Read the article.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill is summarized here by Wine Institute to make it easy for wineries to understand & take advantage of.

Up to $1 Million in Funding Available for Zero-Emission Mobile Agricultural Equipment Demonstration Program. Applications due by April 15.

TTB Announces a Resource Guide for All Covid-19 Related News: Check this page for regular updates.

The 2019 Final Grape Crush Report has been released, including total tonnage and pricing by grape variety. More info.

Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty Blog Posts with the lastest news on business insurance, legislation and ABC regulatory relief to help businesses hit by COVID-19.

Are Your Sanitation Protocols Prepared for Covid-19? Read how North Bay Equipment Service & Sales (formerly Hotsy Pacific) can help.