The Wine Country Online

Fall 2000
Grapes and Harvest

Welcome to issue #4 and an autumn focus on grapes and the harvest. Our first refreshing fall rains are hinting at the coming winter as the premier vintage of this new millennium proceeds from the vines to the barrels and tanks. Frost too will spank the gardens as the farmer struggles with the summer's excess of tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini. The season of canning jar and freezer bag is upon us!

Fall is a particularly pleasant time to visit the countryside where the wine grapes grow. In this issue we invite you to come to Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley with wine made from the varietals Syrah and Petite Syrah in mind. There will be plenty of lovely picnic days before the color is off the vines and summer's golden hills turn to winter's vibrant green.

This quarterly online magazine of California food and wine arts will be published seasonally, posted on the solstices and equinoxes. We will introduce you year-round to the food and wine artisans, the picnics and the places which make Northern California wine country (and Sonoma County in particular) such a wonderful place to live and visit.

I intend for this fledgling publication to be a conversational and interactive journal of our lives and times in this most scenic and tasty part of the Golden State. It is to this end that I welcome your comments or contribution of words.


Jack Burton
709 Fitch St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448


I would like to thank all the people who have generously given their time and enthusiasm to this issue:

Feature Writing:
    Eric Cullen   Preston Vineyards

    Morris Pishpot   Wine Country Gourmand

    Jack Burton   Editor

    Mark Malicki   Iron Horse Vineyards

    Jack Burton

    Janette Burton   Manager, Jimtown Store

    Penelope La Montagne

    Marci Murphy   Murphy Business Services
    Arlyne Burton

HTML and Imaging:
    Jeffrey Kopp
Issue #4 Copyright © September 2000 by Jack Burton

While all rights to this publication are reserved, invites you to print a copy or two of any part or all of this magazine for your own personal enjoyment or to pass along to a friend.

If you are interested in using any of the stories, recipes or interviews for re-publication, or for placement in our "Market Square" section, please contact the Editor for rates and details.

(All photos not otherwise credited are by Jack Burton.)