Fog is a very important part of winegrowing here in Sonoma County, where 70 miles of Pacific coastline combine with diverse topography and several points of entry along the coast to create an array of climatic conditions, which is the reason Sonoma County produces such a wide array of wines of high quality. Here at E&J Gallo Family’s Two Rock Vineyard located near Cotati, photographer George Rose captured some morning shots as the temperatures were rising and the fog was lifting off the vineyard, which is planted to mainly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Vintage Progress: Veraison, when clusters turn from green to their final purple or golden hue, is beginning to happen in some areas of Sonoma County, but the coolest regions will be last to make the transition. Here is a great example of where the grapes are in their progress on July 12, 2012 at E&J Gallo’s Two Rock Vineyard located near Cotati in the Russian River Valley AVA. Notice the excellent quality of the clusters.