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Encyclopedia > Russian River (California)
The Russian River downstream of Duncans Mills

The Russian River rises in the coastal mountains of Mendocino County, north of Ukiah, in Northern California. Its tributaries flow into Lake Mendocino, a reservoir formed by the construction of Coyote Dam in 1958, for winter flood control. The Russian River downstream of Duncans Mills, California, looking roughly southward (with the river flowing rightward toward the Pacific Ocean). ... The Russian River downstream of Duncans Mills, California, looking roughly southward (with the river flowing rightward toward the Pacific Ocean). ... Duncans Mills is a town located in Sonoma County, California. ... Islands off Mendocino A Beach in the City of Elk Mendocino County is a county located on the north coast of the U.S. state of California, north of the San Francisco Bay Area and Sonoma County and west of the Central Valley. ... Ukiah is the county seat of Mendocino County, California. ... Northern California, sometimes referred to as NorCal, is the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. ... Lake Mendocino from northern shore Lake Mendocino is located in Mendocino County, California, north-east of Ukiah. ...


The east and west branches of the river join together just south of the lake and flow south through Mendocino and Sonoma County, parallelled by Highway 101. It turns west at Healdsburg, receiving water from Lake Sonoma via Dry Creek, and empties into the Pacific Ocean at Jenner. Its mouth at Jenner is about 60 miles (100 km) north of the San Francisco Bay's Golden Gate. Sonoma County is on the north Pacific coast of California, in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. ... U.S. Highway 101, or U.S. Route 101 (U.S. 101), is a north-south highway that is aligned along the Pacific West Coast of the United States. ... Healdsburg is a city located in Sonoma County, California, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 10,722. ... Lake Sonoma was finished by the Army Corps of Engineers in the late 1980s. ... Dry Creek is a large stream in Sonoma County, California. ... Jenner is a small town with a population of about 170 in Sonoma County, California, U.S. It is located on the Pacific coast near the mouth of the Russian River. ... San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Golden Gate San Francisco Bay is a shallow, productive estuary through which water draining approximately forty percent of California, flowing in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean. ... The Golden Gate The Golden Gate, looking south towards San Francisco. ...


The river takes its name from the Russian trappers who explored the river in the early 19th century, and established their Fort Ross trade colony a few miles north of its mouth. They called it the Slavyanka River. The redwoods that lined its banks drew loggers to the river in the late 19th century. Fort Ross is a former Russian fur trade outpost in what is now Sonoma County, California (United States). ...


In the 1920s and 1930s, the Russian River Valley became a summer resort destination for vacationers from San Francisco and Oakland. Guerneville is still the main resort town on the river, with a public beach. Other resort communities along the river include Rio Nido and Monte Rio. Swimming, canoeing, and fishing are popular along the river, especially in the summer months. Nickname: Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Government  - Mayor Gavin Newsom Area  - City  47 sq mi (122 km²)  - Land  46. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Guerneville is a census-designated place in Sonoma County, California, USA. As of the 2000 census, its population was 2,441. ...


The Sonoma County Water Agency draws drinking water from the Russian, for sale to Santa Rosa and other Sonoma and Marin County cities. Santa Rosa treats its sewage to tertiary standards, and returns some of it to the river via the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Drinking water Mineral Water Drinking water is water that is intended to be ingested by humans. ... Location of Santa Rosa, California Country United States State California County Sonoma Mayor Jane Bender Area    - City 104. ... Marin County (pronounced mah-RIN) is a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ... Looking northeast across the Laguna de Santa Rosa with the Mayacmas Mountains in the background The Laguna de Santa Rosa is a fourteen mile long wetland complex that drains a 254-square mile watershed encompassing most of the Santa Rosa Plain in Sonoma County, California, USA. The Laguna, whose principal...


Its banks are lined with vineyards, and the Russian River Valley was approved as an American Viticultural Area in 1983. It produces award-winning Chardonnay and pinot noir wines in addition to other wine varietals, and is home to many small and several large commercial wineries. An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a delimited grape-growing region distinguishable by geographic features, with boundaries defined by the United States governments Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Oak-aged Chardonnay is particularly popular in the United States. ... Pinot noir is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. ...


See also

California wine has a long and continuing history, and in recent decades has become recognized producing some of the worlds finest wine, matching the produce of the classic winemaking regions of France and, in some wine competitions, such as the historic Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, surpassing it. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Stunning Goat Rock Beach and its companion, Blind Beach, are beaches in or near the town of Jenner, California. ... The following is a partial listing of rivers in the state of California, United States of America. ... Southern Pomo is one of seven mutually unintelligible Pomo languages which were formerly spoken in Northern California along the Russian River and Clear Lake. ...

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A Wine Journey along the Russian River (661 words)
His reportage on the development of certain grapes in the area, such as Alexander Valley's cabernet sauvignon and Russian River Valley's pinot noir, is nicely balanced between anecdotal and factual.
Steve Heimoff takes readers on an intimate and enlightening tour of one of California's most diverse and accomplished wine areas as he travels along the Russian River and talks with growers and vintners from the Cabernet country of the Alexander Valley to the Pinot Noir producers of the Sonoma coast.
A Companion to California Wine: An Encyclopedia of Wine and Winemaking from the Mission Period to the Present, by Charles L. Sullivan
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