For over 100 years, the area around the lower Russian River was known as a foggy resort area for San Franciscans, and as a minor contributor to Sonoma County wines. Now this American Viticultural Area, known as the Russian River Valley, has emerged as the source of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in the world. What happened? This dramatic change is chronicled in stories told by the grape growers and winemakers who pioneered this change in: "FROM OBSCURITY TO EXCELLENCE: The Story of Grapes and Wine in the Russian River Valley."

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