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The Wine Road provides the Wine, When and Where of Northern Sonoma to locals and visitors with tips and news on events, wineries, restaurants, outdoor activities, and places to stay.

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Aug 18, 2022

Wine Road Podcast Episode 156
Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery

Episode 156 | Mitch Blakeley, Operations Manager, Pedroncelli Winery

We chat with Mitch, 4th generation at the winery, about his duties at Pedroncelli where it’s truly a family affair as approach their 95th Anniversary! We sip on the 2019 Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel.

Wine of the Day: Pedroncelli 2019 Mother Clone ZinfandelFast Five Recipe: Easy Pasta Sauce from Deb Osborn, Wine Road Event ManagerBook of the Day: VINO: The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine by Joe Campanale.
Podcast Sponsor: Ron Rubin Winery


1:00 Mitch began learning the basics of vineyard management working with his father Lance Blakeley in the vineyard. It’s a legacy of viticulture.

4:22 Mitch explains the day-to-day duties that he oversees at the winery.

5:46 Wine of the Day: Pedroncelli 2019 Mother Clone Zinfandel the flagship wine at the winery. The Mother Clone Zinfandel has a bit of “extra” going on in terms of nose and palate and pairs great with food.

9:00 What to expect when you visit the Pedroncelli tasting room and there’s a good chance you’ll meet Mitch when you are there. Appointments needed during the week, but stop by if you are in the area.

12:15 Great story on multi generation families now on the Wine Road blog, Along the Wine Road. Pedroncelli one of the early pioneers in the family wine business.

13:33 Mitch’s gives his suggestions for visitors on what not to miss. Mitch was born and raised in the area and he loves the outdoors along with fishing and golf. Lake Sonoma Recreation area is great spot to hang out.

18:22 Big News--Mitch about to become a father for the first time! Congratulations!

22:15 The vineyards around Pedroncelli are a sight to behold.

23:27 Fast Five Recipe – Easy Pasta Sauce from Debbie Osborn, Event Manager at the Wine Road.

Ingredients: 20 oz. Can of San Marzano tomatoes, one stick of butter, sweet onion cut in half, salt and pepper to taste.

Directions: Throw the tomatoes in a pot. Add the butter and onion and simmer on low for an hour to two hours. Then take the onions out and immersion blend the remaining sauce and salt to taste and that’s it! Simple and easy and delicious! Enjoy with All the Wine!

25:46 Book of the Day: VINO: The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine by Joe Campanale.

28:26 Check out our page on the Wine Road site that lists and links to all the wineries that produce Italian varietals under the heading: The Italians.

30:40 Visit Pedroncelli and be treated like family. Visit the Pedroncelli website or call the winery directly at 707- 857-3531

32:04 ONE MORE THING – If you are in charge of corporate gift buying where you work plan now for the holiday season and use the link on Wine


Pedroncelli Winery

Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel

Northwood Golf Course

Links at Bodega Harbour

Sebastopol Golf Course

VINO: The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine by Joe Campanale

Multi-Generation Family Wineries

Corporate Gift Giving

Ron Rubin Winery


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