hope you will cherish and protect our natural heritage. The
following agencies are dedicated to keeping rivers free-flowing
and pristine, protecting our threatened inheritance and feeding those in dire need.
Rivers For Change Blog
Rivers For Change Events
of the River
915 20th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tuolumne River Trust
111 New Montgomery Street, Ste. 205
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone (415) 882-7252
Fax (415) 882-7253
Save the Wild Rogue
c/o KS Wild
PO Box 102
Ashland, Oregon 97520
Alaska Conservation Foundation
41 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 402
Anchorage, AK 99501-2340
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
419 Sixth St. #200
Juneau, Alaska 99801
the National Level:
ARCC, American River Conservation Council
1101 14th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005-5637
NRDC, National Resources Defense Council
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: (212) 727-2700
Fax: (212) 727-1773
Earth Island Institute
2150 Allston Way, Suite 460
Tel (510) 859-9100
Fax: (510) 859-9091
426 17th Street, 6th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612-2820
the International Level:
1847 Berkeley Way
Berkeley, CA 94703
226 Causeway Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND
c/o Carol DuChamp
P.O. Box 1003
Bolinas, CA 94924
Carol DuChamp has been operating Art Trek
since 1980 and offers unique, one-of-a-kind travel study watercoloring
workshops to French Polynesia, the Marquesas, the American
Southwest, and the South of France with the finest watercoloring
instructors. A highly supportive learning environment, terrific
ambience, and outstanding accommodations. Carol also offers workshops in her studio in Bolinas, CA, gateway to Pt. Reyes National Seashore and is currently teaching her unique expressionistic watercolor classes at College of Marin and Pt. Reyes Field Institute.
river guide, Tom
Meckfessel and his partner Jeff Kellogg are the proud owners
of Clavey Paddlesports, Northern California's leading supplier
of rafts and accessories to the commercial and private sectors
of the rafting community. You can visit them at their website: http://www.clavey.com , follow them on their blogspot www.claveynews.blogspot.com, or
call them directly at (800) 832-4226. Their store is located at 409 Petaluma Blvd. South,
Morgan Twain-Peterson has been traveling with us since he was 10 years old. Prior to that, he was osmotically learning about viticulture from hanging out with his father Joel, tasting grapes in the vineyards and stomping on grapes during the crush. So it is no surprise, that he would apply his talents to making fine hand-crafted limited production wines.
As Morgan point out on his website, Bedrock Wine Co. is an itsy-bitsy winery making wine in a converted chicken coop. Fruit from only the most excellent vineyard sites is hand pitch-forked into the destemmer, fermented in open top redwood and stainless vats using only native yeasts, and are manually basket pressed by winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson into the sexiest oak from the coldest French forests.
With his first limited production hand-crafted artisinal wines coming out in 2008, we will be some of the first to sample his Pinot Noirs and Heritage Zinfandel blends. You can purchase his wines on line and also keep up with his blog by visiting his website.
Mike Dashe, who owns Dashe Cellars with his French-born wife Anne, trained under the legendary Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards, who is widely acknowledged to be California's Zinfandel master. Dashe learned well: his Zinfandels show the same elegance and earthiness that you find in the various Ridge bottlings. Dashe Cellars, which is based in Oakland, California and gets its grapes from Sonoma and Mendocino, is known for turning out low-decibel Zinfandels – wines that trade on finesse rather than power. Their tasting room is located at their winery at 55 4th St., Oakland, CA 94607. They also have a tasting room at Dry Creek at the Family Wineries of Dry Creek Valley, 4791 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg, CA 95448.
Steve was making wine in California for twenty-five years before joining Paul Gerrie, founder of and owner of Cristom Wines. The 65-acre estate in Oregon's Willamette Valley offers a long growing season, mild climate, warm winds and ancient volcanic soils that make it ideally suited to grow Pinot Noir and other traditional French varietals. The vineyards are dry farmed with the focus on quality fruit with low yields and high density planting. You can visit their tasting room and winery located around 10 miles from Salem, Oregon. Cristom Wines website may be found at http://cristomwines.com/
While many importers represent a worldwide variety of wines, V59 focuses on what they know best. Their challenge is to stay abreast of who is making the exceptional wines in their favorite French appellations and bring those wines and their winemaker's stories to those who would appreciate them. From established vignerons profiled in textbooks to emerging next-generation stars of tomorrow, it is their mission and our passion to bring you not just great artisan wines, but also familiarize you with the people and places behind those wines.
Vintage59 Importers represent a wide range of French Artisan Vintners:
Their website is: Vintage 59
Wellington Vineyards is a small family-owned estate vineyard
owned by the father and son team of John and Peter Wellington. The winery site was purchased in 1986 and replanted in time for the 1989 crush. They practice sustainable agriculture; using a blend of organic
and traditional farming practices that promote healthy vines
and a wholesome environment and are very proud to be a Certified Sonoma County Green Business since 2001, using green products and having a 100% solar-powered facility.
The estate vineyards consist of 21 acres, 8 of which are 85 to 117 years old. There are 24 different varieties in the old vineyard, with the most common being Zinfandel, Carignane, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache and Syrah. In addition, there are 10 acres of eleven to sixteen year old vines that consist of Merlot, Chardonnay, Marsanne, and Syrah. They grow more Merlot than anything else.
You can visit their tasting room
and winery in Sonoma and of course, sample their elegant old-vine
wines on an upcoming trip. Their website is
Sean Thackrey joined our merry troupes on the Rogue for nine successive years;
sharing his passion for the art of winemaking, his love of
art, fine literature, and his astounding limited-production
gems. The pleasure that river sojourners have derived from
tasting his wines has complemented our own cuisine and added
immeasurably to the richness of the trip. Not only is he good
company but his wines serve the same intention. And what is
good company? asks Sean. Nothing less than the most
unguarded expression of ones personal pleasures.
Trip participants often wonder where they can purchase Seans
wines. Currently Seans wine is allotted in advance of
release to distributors who place it in the finest restaurants
and wine stores in the United States, Europe, and Japan. On his database you can find where to purchase his highly crafted wines. His website is:
Joel Peterson of Ravenswood Winery inaugurated our winetasting trips on the Salmon River
in Idaho in 1991 and he has showcased our trips on the Rogue River ever since. Our fall Rogue wine tasting
trip always features his wines. You may visit their website
at: http://www.ravenswood-wine.com to get a feel for their varietals and the profiles of the
growers who provide Ravenswood with their exceptional grapes.
If you are traveling through wine country, you can visit them
at their tasting room near downtown Sonoma, CA. Joel
Bill Easton is not only one of America's top Rhône producers (Domaine de la Terre Rouge) but operates with his wife and culinary master, Jane Riordan, one of California's top Sierra Foothills wineries (Easton Wines). Bill's winery and vineyards are at the biotic transition zone between the Foothill Oak Belt and the Yellow Pine Belt. They farm their vineyards sustainably and his winery derives most of its electrical power from solar panels located the roof of the main winery building. They make over twenty different wines, many of which are very small production (under 600 cases). Each is unique and site-specific with a sense of place (terroir) all of their own. Their winery and tasting room lie in the Shenandoah Valley east of Sacramento in historic Amador County. Bill's website is: http://www.terrerougewines.com/
Lynn will be a bit busy this river season with her vineyard and family so we’ll have to wait until 2014 for her to join us again so we can taste her highly celebrated wines. Lynn feels that the style of pinot noir wine should emanate
from the vineyards, that bigger wines are not necessarily
better wines and that her pinot noirs should complement the
lighter palate. The wines should be complete yet continually
Lynn's new project, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, is located in
Yamhill Country in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. They has
just purchased 80 acres and plan on planting their first 15
acres of Pinot Noir next year. Penner-Ash Wine Cellars http://www.pennerash.com is currently producing 1000 cases of premium Pinot Noir and
Michael Havens and his wife Kathryn have accompanied our Rogue and Klamath trips for many years. With a flair for discerning fine wines from around the world, Michael is our resource for selecting compelling artisanal French wines. After founding his eponymous brand and running it successfully for 25 years, Michael is now a consulting winemaker in California and Argentina for producers both small and large:
Independent Wine Consultant
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