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A Perfect Match: Lamb Loin with Pinot Noir

Wine Spectator

Chef Dustin Valette of Valette in Healdsburg, Calif., tailors this dish to the wine by adding a summery sauce of fresh red currants. Plus get the chef’s recipe and cooking tips…

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The Vintage: Benovia’s D-Day Wine

Hemispheres Inflight Magazine

…California’s Benovia Winery is honoring the anniversary of D-Day with its own landing—and a commemorative beverage. Winery co-owner Joe Anderson, whose uncle flew B-29 bombers, is flying his 1942 C-53 troop carrier, The Spirit of Benovia, to Normandy…

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Winemaker Flies WW2 Plane from Sonoma to Normandy to Join D-Day Squad

Wine Spectator

Benovia’s Joe Anderson took to the skies in his 1942 C-53 Skytrooper to commemorate the 75th anniversary

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Sonoma County man flies over Normandy to commemorate 75th anniversary of D-Day

Press Democrat

It’s easy to get choked up imagining how Russian River vintner Joe Anderson felt to fly a World War II-vintage airplane over Normandy on Thursday, while everyone back home in Sonoma County slept.

It was still the wee hours in California when Anderson was scheduled to fly in formation with other modified Douglas DC-3 airliners only about 1,000 feet above the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach. The occasion: the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

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The Sonoma Pinot Noir Maker That’s Taking a Chance with a New Bubbly

Robb Report

Benovia isn’t exactly a newbie with the bubbles, having made a Blanc de Blancs from the same vineyard in 2012. And as a producer, it’s far from alone on this front. Benovia winemaker and co-owner Mike Sullivan, who admits to being a lover of sparkling wine and Champagne, describes the trend: “I think there is a flourishing interest among small artisan producers in making a traditional méthode champenoise sparkling wine in Sonoma County…”

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2016 Tilton Hill Estate Pinot Noir

Wine Enthusiast

Editors’ Choice

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95

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2016 La Pommeraie Pinot Noir

Wine Enthusiast

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95

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2016 Bella Una Pinot Noir

Wine Enthusiast

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2016 La Pommeraie Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast

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2016 Martaella Estate Pinot Noir

Wine Enthusiast

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2016 Sonoma County Zinfandel

Wine Enthusiast

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Benovia Winery co-founder, pilot flying over Normandy to honor D-Day troops

Press Democrat

Taking part in the commemorative D-Day Squadron is an airplane owned by the Russian River’s Benovia Winery. Benovia co-founder Joe Anderson and chief pilot Jeff Coffman are bound for Europe in The Spirit of Benovia, a DC-3 that did not participate in the D-Day invasion but aided the fight against Japan by flying treacherous supply missions over the Himalayas.

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‘You Need a Lot of Muscle Power to Control This!’

Iceland Monitor

Long lines formed when five DC-3 aircraft were on display at Reykjavík Airport last night. Guests were invited to view two of them from the inside. The planes, part of a mission called D-Day Squadron, are some of the 15 DC-3 aircraft flying from Oxford, Connecticut, to Normandy, France, where they will take part in a ceremony June 6th, commemorating the Allied invasion of Normandy 75 years ago.

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Spirit of Benovia Flies for 75th D-Day Commemoration [Video]

Benovia Winery

Sparkling Sonoma - Valette Seafood Recipe & Benovia 2015 Sparkling Wine

Wine Enthusiast

“Local bubbly inspires California chefs to create lavish seafood-centric dishes… We asked three of Sonoma County’s most talented chefs to share a dish alongside one of their favorite sparkling selections from the region.”

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Never Before, Never Again Wine Lots Featured at Sonoma County Barrel Auction

KRON 4 NEWS

“We think that wines from Sonoma County are world class because of our diverse climate and unique soils, said Mike Sullivan, Benovia Winery Co-owner and Winemaker. “We can grow almost any grape varietal in Sonoma County and make world-class wine from them.

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2016 Martaella Estate Pinot Noir

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2016 Pinot Noir Martaella Vineyard is medium to deep ruby-purple in the glass, giving aromas of warm red and black cherries, red licorice, peppery spice, savory accents and a vein of sweet spice. Medium to full-bodied, silky, layered and concentrated, it has wonderfully grainy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing very long and packed with flavor. 449 cases produced.

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2016 Tilton Hill Estate Pinot Noir

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Medium to deep ruby-purple, the 2016 Pinot Noir Tilton Hill has an intense, savory nose with aromas of cracked black pepper, smoked meats, baked black cherries and berries with herbs suggestions. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and dense in the mouth, it has fine, grainy supporting tannins and lovely refreshing acidity to lift up the flavor on the very long finish. 300 cases produced.

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2016 La Pommeraie Pinot Noir

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The deep ruby-purple colored 2016 Pinot Noir La Pommeraie has a concentrated nose of warm blackberry and black cherry with blue fruit preserves and notes of wet earth, cassis, sweet spice and savory hints. Medium to full-bodied, it offers dense fruit in the mouth with grainy supporting tannins and mouthwatering acidity, finishing very long. 392 cases produced.

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2016 La Pommeraie Chardonnay

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2016 Chardonnay La Pommeraie opens with notes of hazelnut, toast, sweet spice and smoke over a core of baked yellow apples, croissant, lemon cream and stone. Medium to full-bodied with a creamy texture, it offers good concentration of ripe fruits with savory, toasty and creamy layers, lingering long on the finish. 304 cases produced.

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2015 Blanc de Noir Sparkling Wine

Wine Enthusiast

Dry and quietly fruity, this new offering from the producer combines half estate-grown Chardonnay and half estate-grown Pinot Noir into a rich, creamy whole that’s brimming in red apple, tangerine and brioche. Velvety in texture, it offers plenty of robust body around a structure of balanced acidity and lasting mousse. —V.B.

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2016 Sonoma County Zinfandel

Wine Spectator

Polished and precise, with an elegantly briary core showing raspberry, roasted sage and bold black pepper notes. Drink now through 2024. T.F.

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Your Rosé May Be Late this Year: Wine and the Government Shutdown

Wine Spectator

The battle in Washington is inflicting headaches and possible financial pain on wineries and importers…

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Richard Petty Mustang auctioned to benefit Barrow

AZ Big Media

An exclusive 2015 Ford Petty’s Garage Stage 2 Mustang GT will be auctioned off during the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, with 100 percent of the hammer price benefiting patient care and research at Barrow Neurological Institute. The custom Mustang GT has been signed and designed by Richard Petty. The car was donated to Barrow Neurological Foundation by Joe Anderson, chairman of Benovia Winery.

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A new airshow takes off

General Aviation News

On the central coast of California, north of Santa Barbara, lies the city of Santa Maria. While residents are accustomed to the occasional rocket launches from neighboring Vandenberg Air Force Base, they were clearly pleased for the launch of a new local airshow.

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2015 Sonoma Mountain Grenache

Wine Enthusiast

This is a classic version of the variety, the grapes grown at the Four Brothers Vineyard (wine- maker Mike Sullivan is among the brothers). Smoky tar, oak and tannin grip a softly layered, structured mingling of lavender, white pepper, strawberry and leather.
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Working in a Crowded Market? Here's How to Stand Out and Improve Profit Margins

Inc. Magazine

Simple, right? Yet that’s so much easier said than done, particularly when the highest margin opportunities in your industry are also hidden behind barriers of rigid and complex regulatory systems.

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2016 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Wine Spectator

A creamy and plush white, with well-structured flavors of apple pastry, pear and ripe melon that are lathered in plenty of spice. The buttery finish is broad and rich-tasting. Drink now through 2021.

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2015 Sonoma County Zinfandel

Wine Enthusiast

Generously rich and layered, this wine is also lovely in aromas of rose petal and lavender, its texture soft and supple. Dark cherry and red licorice give it fruity savory flavor around a full-bodied ripeness that will please a broad array of palates.

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2016 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast

From the producer’s Martaella Estate vineyard, planted to heirloom clones, this is a lovely white, buttery in texture with a crisp backbone that balances the lushness on the palate with freshness. Green apple, blood orange and toasted oak mingle effortlessly and with a touch of spice.

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2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Wine Enthusiast

From several of the producer’s estate sites, as well as the Zio Tony Ranch farmed by the Martinelli family, this wine exudes rich, velvety blue and black fruit flavors within a context of firm tannins and integrated oak. Dots of white pepper and cardamom complete the complex experience.

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2016 Three Sisters Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast

This is made from the spectacular coastal vineyard farmed by the Martinelli family, showing the cool-climate grip of tart, tangy acidity. Flavors of apple blossom and Meyer lemon custard give it an unctuous quality that’s hard to resist.

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Benovia’s Mike Sullivan Named Winery Co-Owner & Winemaker of the Year

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (November 21, 2018) – Benovia Winery, a small production, family-owned winery in the heart of the Russian River Valley, is pleased to announce the North Bay Business Journal, which covers the wine industry extensively, named Mike Sullivan Co-Owner & Winemaker of the Year as part of the publication’s 6th Annual Wine Industry More

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Good wine makes the perfect diversion when dinner conversation turns tense

The Press Democrat

Wine as a peacekeeper? If you have some interesting choices on the table, it can make a great way to steer the conversation into less heated, but engaging territory.

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Pair These Wines With Your Turkey This Thanksgiving

D Magazine

Thanksgiving is days away, and as you plan your Thursday feast, you should also consider these wine pairing tips. Red, white, and rosé are all appropriate with the meal, keeping these points in mind…

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First Glass: Mike Sullivan

North Bay Biz

This is the question NorthBay biz posed to some notable winemakers in Sonoma and Napa counties. Here, they candidly share the intimate details of that first glass of wine that captivated them, revealing their passions and personalities.

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Visit and Taste! New Sips Across Napa and Sonoma Valleys

Napa Sonoma Magazine

Benovia’s tasting room, housed on a working ranch, was recently refreshed with floor-to-ceiling windows, rustic wood floors, and a refinished fireplace…

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Sonoma's Wine Auction Grows Up in 2018

Robb Report

At the end of the day, though, it’s about Sonoma’s exquisite wines—such as Patz & Hall, Williams Selyem, Silver Oak, and Benovia.

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A New Pinot Noir Honors D-Day Liberators

Robb Report

Sonoma’s Benovia Winery will join airborne forces to commemorate the invasion’s anniversary next year.

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Sonoma Stories: On D-Day, a vintner and student of history will fly over the beaches of Normandy

The Press Democrat

Anderson, chairman of the Russian River Valley’s Benovia Winery, will hopscotch from the U.S. to France in his storied, two-engine, World War II-era C-53 Skytrooper transport plane.

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Wine Expert Mark Oldman’s Perfect Pairings for Sunday Concerts at the Tent

Aspen Sojourner

What to sip as you listen to the symphony from the lawn outside the Benedict Music Tent? For input, we turned to wine expert Mark Oldman, one of the most entertaining presenters at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen going on 13 years… What to drink while you’re listening to Beethoven, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and more.

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Sonoma Does Tasting Rooms Right

Robb Report

A slow, quiet evolution has transformed Sonoma’s wineries into the best places to taste this summer.

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Rave Review of Benovia 2015 Three Sisters Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast

“The combination of climate, elevation and soil type-there’s lots of shale at Three Sisters-is distinctive in Sonoma County. It produces Chardonnay fruit with high natural acidity…”

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Sonoma County wine auction raises over $840,000, up 6%

Press Democrat

…the highest bid went to one of the special fire-relief lots, a pinot noir collaboration called “Resilience” from AldenAlli, Arista Winery, Benovia Winery and Williams Selyem. The 20-case lot featured grapes picked from the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River Valley and sold for $70,000, equaling $291 per bottle.

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Adventurous Women Over 50 - Mary Dewane

GoodHousekeeping

The Outdoor Adventurer

Mary Dewane, 66, co-founder of Benovia Winery, avid skier, diver, triathlete, and cyclist.

“I would encourage all women to find their passion, pursue it, and stick with it. For me, physical activity and outdoor sports have been important. It is who I am and how I feel about myself, and it has helped me with confidence and control in other aspects of my life. I love that at this age, I can introduce skiing, kayaking, and diving to my grandchildren!”

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Wine Spectator Reviews Benovia's 2015 Vintage

92 Points – 2015 Martaella Estate Pinot Noir

92 Points – 2015 Tilton Hill Estate Pinot Noir

92 Points – 2015 Sonoma County Zinfandel

91 Points – 2015 La Pommeraie Pinot Noir

91 Points – 2015 La Pommeraie Chardonnay

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Benovia's 2018 Spring Release is Now Available

We are excited to announce Benovia’s 2018 Spring Release! We welcome back a few of our summertime favorites that were of extremely limited supply in the previous vintage along with the exceptional and very ageable 2015 Cohn Estate Pinot Noir.

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Recipe: Benovia Winemaker Mike Sullivan’s Cassoulet

Cowboys & Indians Magazine

…sense of home comes through in every morsel and slurp of Sullivan’s warm and homey cassoulet recipe pairing perfectly with a nice pinot noir.

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Taste This: Wine Barrels...Why do they matter?

Wine barrels are usually made of oak but what kind of oak? Did you know that wine barrels are often toasted? Leslie Sbrocco, host of Taste This, visits winemaker & co-owner Mike Sullivan of Benovia Winery in Santa Rosa, to get to the bottom of…the barrel.

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Pruning Season in the Russian River Valley

Travel Bites, Flights and Sights

To deeply appreciate the wine, understanding what it takes to get the juice into the glass is integral. That’s why last weekend’s vine pruning seminar at Benovia Winery was both fascinating and educational.

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Performances Magazine: The Wallis

Sonoma county may be known for its wineries, rugged Pacific coastline and redwood forests, but in March, film buffs have four more reasons to visit

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After the October wildfires, California Wine Country is ready to pop some corks

The Washington Post

At Benovia Winery, Matt drove down a gravely lane that cut through the vineyard like a middle hair part. On an outdoor terrace, a quartet of women sipped wine, clearly relishing their time away from their dependents. Mike Sullivan, co-owner and winemaker at Benovia, joined us inside a baronial room that, if it could talk, would sound like Ian McKellen.

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Press Release

Benovia Winery Announces New Leadership Structure with Ed Thralls as General Manager and Co-Founder Mary Dewane as Vice Chairman

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (February 15, 2018) – Benovia Winery, a small production, family-owned winery in the heart of the Russian River Valley, is pleased to announce new leadership with Ed Thralls promoted to general manager and Co-Founder Mary Dewane stepping into the new role of vice chairman. “I am excited about Benovia’s leadership team and More

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Cultural and Culinary Theme Cruises for 2018-19

Travel Pulse

Wine connoisseurs will want to take note that Benovia Winery Proprietors Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane and Wine Educator Peg Melnik will be hosting an AmaWaterways river cruise.

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Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest: Raise a toast

News-Press

Here’s a toast to the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s 10th anniversary. Nine years and $18.7 million later, the largest fundraising event for the nonprofit SWFL Children’s Charities has consistently ranked as one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country.

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Benovia 2015 La Pommeraie Chardonnay

Wine Spectator

Offers lots of rich fig, melon, apple and citrus flavors without being weighty. Gains complexity and depth, becoming more charming and elegant.

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2018 Naples Winter Wine Festival: How much did each auction lot go for?

Naples Daily News

Hundreds came out to the Naples Winter Wine Festival to raise money for the Naples Children & Education Foundation on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. Since the auction and festival began in 2001, the festival has raised more than $161 million for children.

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Prince of Pinot 2017 Wineries of the Year

PinotFile

Benovia Winery and Kutch Wines are this year’s California “Wineries of the Year.” The two wineries present quite a contrast. Benovia has a more glamorous winemaking facility and hospitality center in Santa Rosa…

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50 Best Wines of 2017

VinePair

#35 Benovia 2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
You’ll quickly fall in love with this featherweight, transparent ruby-hued wine. It is incredibly floral and delicate, with bright red cherry and barely-there tannins.

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Benovia 2015 La Pommeraie Pinot Noir

PinotFile

Highly nuanced perfume… focused and adroit with a dreamy velvety texture… proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove.

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Benovia 2015 Tilton Hill Estate Pinot Noir

PinotFile

Deep, dark garnet color in the glass. The nose opens beautifully over time in the glass, revealing hi-tone aromas of black raspberry, spice box, underbrush and warm brioche. Lush and concentrated, with vigorous fruit flavors of blackberry, black raspberry and ollaliberry.

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Benovia 2015 Martaella Estate Pinot Noir

PinotFile

Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. More forward drinking, with lifted aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, cola, spice and wilted rose. Delicious core of black fruits framed by discreet tannins. Very polished and fresh in character, with an extremely long and fruited finish.

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Benovia 2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

PinotFile

Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Those nose opens in stages over time in the glass to a wondrous perfume of dark cherry and berry and spice. Quite dark fruited on the palate in a mid weight plus style of great concentration accented with a note of Asian 5-spice.

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For the holidays, choose wines that give back

Today Show

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Sonoma County’s Culture of Caring

Wine Enthusiast

After the Northern California wildfires, one Sonoma local spotlights the wineries and businesses in her county that are giving back to the community.

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Benovia 2015 Three Sisters Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast

With a persistence of lightly-toasted oak, this youthful wine offers intense luxury. A gritty, stony texture complements its delicious aspects of lemon rind and anise. Green apple, ocean spray and an underlying streak of dried herb provide additional complexity and length. –Virginie Boone

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Benovia 2014 Bella Una Pinot Noir

Wine Enthusiast

Thickly concentrated at first, this wine settles in the glass to share a wealth of juicy black-cherry flavor that’s impressively accented in black tea and cola spice. Medium bodied, it feels sublime on the palate and holds its ripeness in check, allowing a simmering acidity to speak. –Virginie Boone

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Benovia 2015 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast

Floral, with a beautiful oak imprint, this wine is deep gold in color and sharply satisfying in complex layers of tangerine and grapefruit. Medium bodied and well integrated, it impresses from start to finish, ending in a bite of crunchy green apple dipped in honey. –Virginie Boone

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Benovia 2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Wine Enthusiast

Vibrant on the nose and expertly put together, this is a well-made appellation wine, expansive in dark cherry, pomegranate and plum. Generous in oak and tannin in its youth, it shows a full-bodied finish that settles smoothly into velvety waves of cardamom and rose. –Virginie Boone

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Benovia 2012 Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine

Wine Enthusiast

Made entirely from Chardonnay, this is a bright sparkling wine, bubbling in acidity and dry, leavened layers of apple and pear. A creaminess of vanilla balances the crispness, making for a successful small-production sparkler. –Virginie Boone

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Robb Report: Benovia Winery

Robb Report

Located right in Sonoma’s Santa Rosa, which took much of the hit from the fires, Benovia is waiving tasting fees and donating $50 per tasting appointment to three funds.

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North Bay fire fundraiser Rise Up Sonoma draws hundreds for fine food and wine

Press Democrat

More than 600 attended the event at Sonoma Country Day School, which featured 60 of San Francisco and Sonoma County’s finest chefs and restaurants, and 40 local wineries.

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Go Winery-Hopping for a Great Cause

VisitCalifornia.com

These California wineries are donating tasting room sales to fire relief.

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Sonoma After the Fires: What’s Damaged, What’s Not (And Deals)

Shermans Travel

Despite these terrifying figures, most of Northern California’s wine country was unscathed. Only a few businesses suffered significant damage and most vineyards were untouched—in fact, the vines actually stopped the flames.

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Don’t Cancel Your Wine Country Travel Plans

Travel+Leisure

What many people may not know, however, is that the fires are effectively extinguished, and now is actually a great time to visit the region.

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Northern California's wine country needs you to visit

CNN Travel

The fall harvest season is traditionally a busy time of year for Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, whose economies depend on visitors tasting their wine, booking their hotels and dining in their restaurants.

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What to Drink Now: California Pinot Noir

D Magazine

Elegance and harmony shine in each of the Pinot Noir wines produced by Benovia, particularly their raspberry and cherry filled Martaella Vineyard Pinot Noir…

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Recipe: Blackberry-Glazed Liberty Duck

Cowboys & Indians

Dazzle guests with this inviting, warming entrée from Valette restaurant and Mary Dewane’s Cohn Estate Vineyard Blackberry Jam.

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French fry bar?! Three wineries with great food

The Mercury News

Like wine tasting? Of course you do. But admit it: The experience is so much better when the tasting room offers really good food to soak up all those tannins. Here are three we’re loving in Napa and Sonoma:

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Benovia: A Passion for Wine

Drink Me

Some stories have mini stories that need to be mentioned while the main one is told, the story of the Benovia Vineyard is one of those stories.

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Everything you wanted to know about the Sonoma wine auction and its Dallas connections

Dallas News

…for Texans who want to try out an auction full of wine, beautiful scenery (and weather) and not a drop of pretentiousness, the Sonoma County Wine Auction is a great start.

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CNBC's Power Lunch - Healthcare and Wine

CNBC

Joe Anderson, Benovia Winery CEO and former CEO of Schaller Anderson, weighs in on the future of health care and how he’s transitioned into the business of wine.

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25 Wines for the Second Half of Summer

The Daily Meal

Sauvignon blancs in profusion, some well-priced Chablis, a rosé, and a few good reds

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Uncork these and make splash with the neighbors

The Press Democrat

When you live in Wine Country, the idiom “Keeping up with the Joneses” takes on new meaning. Impressive wines are the rage.

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Excellent Values from Recent Tastings

The Press Democrat

Benovia Pinot Noir Tilton Hill Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2014 —Perched on a ridge just a few miles from the ocean, this is Benovia’s coolest vineyard. Delicious, wild strawberry and raspberry flavors.

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How much for This Jeroboam? For this Famous Chef? Food Festivals Lure the Wealthy

New York Times

And then, pointing to his left on the dais, eliciting admiring pants from the hundreds in attendance, he indicated an example of the rarest: an 18-liter bottle, a 2014 pinot noir from Benovia Winery in California. A Melchior, it contained $1,920 worth of wine.

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25 New Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, and Other Good Things

The Daily Meal

Here are some of the better new ones, along with a few other white wines worth considering and eight recently released reds.

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What Makes Some Wine So Expensive

Food & Wine

During his Wines for Zillionaires Seminar at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Mark Oldman let us in on what can make a bottle so pricey.

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Alec Baldwin Does Good, Drinks Well at LymeAid

Wine Spectator

Not one to shy away from a wine-soaked soirée, Alec Baldwin was a model master of ceremonies, keeping the crowd laughing, but also talking about his personal experience with the disease.

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The yellow, er, pink rosé of Texas: Chronicle tasting panel's recommendations

Houston Chronicle

Our tasters gave it a unanimous recommendation with a high score of 9.4. “Well-balanced with soft tannins.” My score: 9.1. “Complex, layered wine. Elegant.”

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Press Release

Benovia Winery Co-Founder and Owner Mary Dewane Named General Manager

Benovia Winery, is pleased to announce that winery co-founder and owner Mary Dewane has been appointed general manager. Dewane co-founded the small production, family-owned winery in the heart of the Russian River Valley with her husband, Joe Anderson, in 2005. Benovia is best-known for its expressive, estate-produced Pinot Noir and bright, complex Chardonnay.

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Press Release

Benovia’s Joe Anderson, Mary Dewane win Wine Industry Award for winery ownership

Benovia Winery owners Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane were power players in health care before diving into wine in 2002. The couple talked with the Business Journal about how a harvest peddle through Wine Country has led to a decade so far of peddling prized pinot noir and chardonnay wine and building a bounty of contributions to Sonoma County charities.

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