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09.20.2007

Vinography Images: Group of Trees in the Fog

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Group of Trees in the Fog

"This image was taken in Sonoma county, near the town of Healdsburg. Nearby, the Russian River acts like a siphon for the fog on the coast, which creeps up the river valley and eventually spills over the hills providing a fantastic atmosphere for the vineyards." -- Michael Regnier

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Comments (4)

Steve wrote:
09.21.07 at 11:31 AM

Beautiful picture. One thing I would add re: the Russian River acting like a siphon. When I was writing my 2005 book, "A Wine Journey along the Russian River," I was told by many winemakers, growers and scientists that it's not the River itself that acts as a siphon, rather it's the pattern of hills and valleys. i.e. the fog pattern would be the same even if there were no River. I still think that the River plays a part, though. All you have to do on any given day in Alexander Valley is see the way the fog hovers right over the water.

rt wrote:
09.21.07 at 12:40 PM

This is a beautiful scene.

I have to say, though, that I'd love to see this photograph presented without the paintbrush effect.

Alder wrote:
09.22.07 at 12:14 PM

Steve,

Well, I guess that's technically true, but isn't it also true that it was the river that created the valley in the first place?

Steve wrote:
09.22.07 at 1:24 PM

No, I don't think so. The valley was created by plate tectonics and related activity. It's not a river valley like, say, the Grand Canyon was carved by the Colorado River. Once the Alexander Valley existed, with a slight tilt southward, the water pouring out from the Mendocino Highlands could form into a river, the Russian.

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