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A Biweekly Conversation.

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.

Hosts Marcy Gordon and Beth Costa share their insider stories about the places to check out when you're exploring along the Wine Road.

Thank you to County of Sonoma, Board of Supervisors - District 5 for their support.

Jun 10, 2020

We are still here and podcasting from home--nothing can stop us from podcasting!

On this episode via Zoom, we welcome our special guest Cassidy Jourdan of Redwood Empire Food Bank. Cassidy tells how the REFB is serving the community and addressing the increased need due to COVID 19. And also tells us about two new programs that make it easy to donate from home or from your car. We also enjoy Three Wines of the day from ACORN, Hanna, and Inspiration Vineyards.

Wines of the Day – ACORN, Hanna, and Inspiration Vineyards

Book of Day -- Fire + Wine

Item of the Day -- Wine Folly Aroma Wheels

Show Notes:

2:36 - Wines of the Day
Beth—Hanna 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
Cassidy – Inspiration Vineyards 2019 Rose of Zinfandel
Marcy— ACORN 2019 Rosato

5:00 - How the Redwood Empire Food Bank is responding to the increased need in the community and the volunteer response during COVID 19. There has been a 175% increase in participants coming to Empire Redwood Food Bank distribution center

9:01 - How Wine Road members that have helped out REFB providing boxes needed for the provisions and cash donations.

10:37 - Wine Road donates $1 for every ticket sold for all events!

10:59 - Wine Road link on the website for you to donate directly to REFB in any amount. Donations of $100 get a special thank you gift with picnic blanket and goodies.

12:01 - Shout to DJ Bethy Beth aka Beth Costa on her 20th year leading the Wine Road.

13:15 - Overall donations --Wine Road has donated over $406,000 to the REF. That amount equals 1.6 million worth of groceries purchased! (Beth’s goal is to reach $500,000 in donations to the Food bank.)

15:08 - Cassidy’s Favorite Wineries

17:17 - Virtual Tastings #SipSonoma

18:00 - Cassidy’s journey into philanthropy and volunteerism.

21:25 - Book of the Day --Fire + Wine by Mary Cressler and Sean Martin

23:23 - Item of the Day -- Wine Folly Wine Aroma Wheels

24:25 - Ding-Dong Donate a new program at REFB to allow people to donate without leaving home.

27.23  - REFB Donation Stations around the county – drive-through stations for food donations without leaving your car.

28:56  -The BIG question--When will the wineries open?

30:29 - Updates for all openings listed on Wine Road website


Redwood Empire Food Bank 

Fire +Wine : 75 Smoke-Infused Recipes from the Grill with Perfect Wine Pairings

Aroma Wheels Wine Folly


Alexander Valley Vineyards

Bella Winery

Benovia Winery

Château Diana

Constellation Brands

DeLoach Vineyards

Francis Food Coppola



Inspiration Vineyards

J Vineyards and Winery

Jackson Family Wines

Kendall Jackson




Rodney Strong


Trattore Farms

Talty Vineyards

Wine Road link to Donate to REFB

Along the Wine Road - Sangiovese Varietal of the Month Blog

Wine Road

Wine Road Podcast Instagram -- @wineroadpodcast