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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.

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.

May 18, 2023

Episode 175

Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery

Episode 175 | Rebecca Germolus, Wine Marketing Maven, Writer for Along the Wine Road Blog

Today we chat with Rebecca Germolus, the author of our Along the Wine Road Blog  and learn about her unique history regarding wine, and how she came to Sonoma County

Wine of the Day: Pedroncelli 2021 Rosé

Podcast Sponsor: Ron Rubin Winery

1:15  Along the Wine Road Blog - Rebecca is our Author

2:55 Rebecca does marketing and writing for wineries in addition to our blog!

8:57 We learn Rebecca’s story about how she went from Library Science to Wine.

12:38 Pedroncelli Winery Shout-out!

13:34 Along the Wine Road topics vary - from history stories to learning about how to plan your trip to visit Sonoma County.

14:20 Making Restaurant Wine lists- a fun job, but challenging!

16:08 Tasting notes are divisive, but she believes that they’re necessary!

19:56 Wine tasting and and conveying the different notes isn’t easy.

20:31 Fast Five - Tiann Lordan Hartford Family Winery - Braaibroodjie  - grilled sandwich

24:31 Tasting notes take a lot of time and energy, but without them Wineries are missing out on great sales opportunities.

26:05 When Rebecca helps someone plan a trip (and she uses the Wine Road website to find the kind of wine that they like) she looks for the wineries that offer the most information

29:26 Rebecca wants everyone to know that Sonoma County is the Disneyland of Wine! (Or the Tilt-a-Whirl)

29:58 Appointment only is no more! (Mostly) Walk-ins Welcome! There are about 60 wineries that belong to the Wine Road that are happy to welcome you

31:16  Wine Road Insider! Check this out on

Fast Five - Tiann Lordan from Hartford Family Winery - Braaibroodjie


1. Bread (sourdough is yummy)
2. Chutney - peach is best :)
3. Tomato 
4. Cheese 
5. Onions 
Instructions: Slather bread with chutney, slice tomatoes, onion and cheese, put on bread.
Have a fire, let it burn out, put it on a griddle on the coals, place the sandwich directly on the griddle. Before flipping, press the sandwich to make sure it doesn't fall apart!

He would pair this with a Pinot Noir maybe one from the Sonoma Coast with some spice and earthiness.


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