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Russian River Vineyards Wins Big at Largest Competition of American Wines in the World
Forestville, CA  January 23, 2013

Russian River Vineyards' 2009 Estate Grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was honored with the Double Gold award on January 11th at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world.

Winemaker Anthony Austin, a fourth generation Sonoma County Native with 35 years of winemaking under his belt, knows the ins and outs of creating fine wine. "It's a complicated effort of taking all the instruments — vineyards, fruit, climate, barrels, bottles, technology and so forth — and drawing them together to create something of pleasure," explains Austin, "You have to use guidance rather than force to elicit the best performance — and make the very best wine."

In addition to the Double Gold award, Russian River Vineyards was also awarded Gold for their 2009 Guido Venturi Vineyard Mendocino Petite Sirah and a Silver for their 2009 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Russian River Vineyards' entry was one of 5,500 wines from across the country to be judged by more than 60 premier professional wine experts including industry media, restaurant and hospitality industry wine buyers, retail wine buyers, wine educators, winemakers and industry representatives.

Russian River Vineyards, in the heart of Sonoma's famed Russian River Valley, is a unique "destination winery" -- one of the oldest and most storied in the region. It is also just one of five properties in California to feature both a tasting room and restaurant, Cork's Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards. The tasting room is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm, Corks restaurant is open at 11:30 Monday through Friday and at 10:00 on Saturday and Sunday at 5700 Gravenstein Highway North Forestville, CA 95436.  For more information please visit


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Leff Construction Wins National Award
for Use of Technology in new custom home

Sebastopol based Leff Construction has been awarded Residential Design+Build’s national 2012 Design Excellence Award for innovative technology integration for a custom residence project located in Cazadero, California. The near 3500 sq ft hilltop home is situated on a remote 775 acre property and presented a variety of challenges due to the owner’s concerns for achieving a near zero-net energy rating and the area’s harsh winter storms that often result in extended power outages. The combination of building design and the technology incorporated into the home addressed all concerns. Working with a team of sub-contractors and consultants, a highly complex series of systems to control heating, cooling, power and lighting were intertied and are controlled remotely via the owner’s iPad with the Savant system. Their work will assure the home maintains a level of comfort, regardless of weather conditions. See this project here:


SCORE Counselors to America ’s Small Business and the North Coast Chapter 450 in Santa Rosa , held their Installation of Officers and Recognition of Community Supporters luncheon at the John Ash Vintner’s Inn in September.

SCORE Chapter members installed for Fiscal year 2013 were:
Richard Adler , Sebastopol , Chapter Chair
Ray Snipes, Sonoma , Chapter Vice Chair
Bern Lefson, Santa Rosa , Secretary
Mary Aldrich, Santa Rosa , Treasurer

SCORE helps to provide the necessary business planning tools for-profit businesses and to non-profit organizations by offering free and confidential counseling and mentoring, both face-to-face and online,  along with low-cost entrepreneurial classes and workshops on special concerns for those starting and building a business. Since 1964, SCORE has been a resources partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide business owners with special resources. 

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