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Jul 20

Our Brand Evolution

Paradise Ridge Winery began as a LOVE story. Over time this story evolved into a winery estate, an elegant family of wines, a curated sculpture grove, and a gathering space for our community. 

In 2017 a firestorm enveloped the estate, but it did not diminish the family’s vision or strength. As the new facility rose from the ashes, we took the opportunity to make some changes to reflect our values. We are excited to share this new branding with you.

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Jun 20

June 24th @ 5:30 Virtual Tasting with Duskie Estes, John Stewart and Winemaker Dan Barwick

 

On June 24th  at 5:30 pm Winemaker Dan Barwick will host a virtual tasting Wednesday with celebrity Chef Duskie Estes and her Chef Husband John Stewart. You may recognize Chef Estes from her time spent on Food Network on shows such as Guys Grocery Store Games & Next Iron Chef. Locally Duskie and John are better known to the community as Chefs and Owners of Zazu and the Black Piglet Food Truck. Recently Duskie took on the position as the Executive Director to Healdsburg-based nonprofit “Farm to Pantry”. Together with Paradise Ridge Winemaker Dan Barwick this tasting will entertain virtual tasters with some favorite wines paired with pizzas cooked alfresco at Paradise Ridge in their wood-fired pizza oven.

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Jun 20

Paradise Ridge Winery reopens sculpture grove with ‘Resilience’ exhibit – Press Democrat

June 17, 2020
By Dan Taylor, The Press Democrat

Marijke’s Grove, the hilltop sculpture garden at the Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, has a history flavored with both tragedy and triumph. But on Saturday, it will begin a hopeful new chapter with a new, two-year exhibit of eight pieces, aptly titled “Resilience.”

The winery was among the more than 5,000 structures destroyed in the Santa Rosa area in the Oct. 8, 2017, Tubbs fire, and the estimated cost of lost winery buildings came to about $15 million. The rebuilt winery reopened last December but was forced to close in March due to coronavirus concerns. Last week, on June 12, it opened again along with other wineries across the county as a new public health order took effect allowing wineries to operate tasting rooms without having to also serve food. This weekend marks the official reopening of the sculpture grove at Paradise Ridge.

“This whole exhibit is about the amazing spirit most artists have,” said Kate Eielertsen, the exhibit’s curator. “They don’t let anything stop them. They always come back with something fresh and a new way of seeing things.”

Read more: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/entertainment/arts/11019263-181/paradise-ridge-winery-reopens-sculpture

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Jun 20

Resilience Art Exhibit – June 20, 2020-May 1, 2021

Reflect…Reimagine… Reinforce…Rebuild…  For artists, the constant is their ability to process ideas, techniques and influences. It is different for all of them as the exhibition at Paradise Ridge Winery, will prove. Five artists have been asked to share work that shows their personal reflections about “resilience”. Riis Burwell, Briona Hendren, Sean Paul Lorentz, Nick Taylor and Doug Unkrey will share radically different notions of this idea.

Sponsored by the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation in collaboration with Walter Byck and Paradise Ridge Winery, this will be the eleventh exhibition seen at the winery. Given the devastation that Paradise Ridge experienced during the fires of 2017, these artists will bring life back to the landscape that was lost.

Riis Burwell’s work can be seen around Sonoma County as well as around the country and about it he says, “Creating sculpture provides me with a deeper connection to the grace and beauty inherent in nature.”. Through various mediums, including sculpture, installation and performance art, Briona Hendren analyzes paths of human behavior, concepts of the human condition and the psychological processing that are in both. She will be creating large, interactive human “nests”. Sean Paul Lorentz says, “With much of art guarded and untouchable, I break from the norm and invite people to play with my work, become a part of it and become surprised by what their touch creates.” Living and working in Fort Bragg, CA, Nick Taylor merges a love of the land with a reverence for the organic beauty he is surrounded by as well as the materials he works with. For this exhibition, he will re-work propane tanks that were discarded after the fires in 2017. For this exhibition, Doug Unkrey has built a beautiful, new sculpture that sails across the landscape. Curated by Kate Eilertsen, this exhibition is a reminder of the constant ability artists have to be resilient in their efforts to make the world a more thought-provoking and beautiful place.

The Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation places sculptures in public places that are accessible to all. They believe that experiencing art in an outdoor setting, especially a natural setting, changes your experience of the art and the place. In the past twelve years, they have placed art in four Sonoma County cities, three school campuses, the regional airport, and in the rolling foothills of northwest Santa Rosa at Paradise Ridge Winery. They believe artists deserve to be valued and compensated for their extraordinary contributions to our society.

For more information, contact: [email protected] or 707-933-6600

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Jun 20

Father’s Day Wine Tasting June 10th at 5:30pm

Join in the fun with two Paradise Ridge Dads as they discuss some great BBQ wines and raising the next generation of wine lovers!

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May 20

LIVE Club Tasting of the 2020 Spring Wines – Wednesday May 27th at 5:30 PT

Join us LIVE on Wednesday May 27th at 5:30 PT to taste the Spring Club Wines with Winemaker Dan Barwick and Wine Club Coordinator Emily Shannon.

Have a burning question? Email Emily at [email protected] and we will be sure to include it in the tasting.

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May 20

Spring Wine Club Newsletter

Spring Vines 2020

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. Luther Burbank

Dear ‘PARADISE FOUND’ Wine Club Member,

During uncertain times, seeing the new growth of springtime is a wonderful reminder that the earth will continue its cycle of creating beauty and life. Watching the vines awaken from their winter’s nap, with leaves unfurling in bright shades of green, brings a feeling of both hope and delight. It is like the vines are saying hello to the world. There is a joy in seeing things grow and thrive, and watching the vineyards change through the seasons is one of my favorite parts of being a vintner.    

Being good stewards of the land has been the family’s goal since my parents discovered “Paradise” 42 years ago. In addition to a flock of sheep, we soon will have cows, goats, and even pigs on the property. Grazing is one of the best ways to keep grasses low, not only for fire mitigation but also to increase biodiversity. Our winemaker Dan Barwick began focusing on biodiversity just after the fires as a way to bring balance back to the vineyards. Now we are moving beyond the vines and into pasturelands. There is a deep sense of gratification knowing the decisions we make today will help our planet in the future.

This summer we will release a refreshed wine package that also speaks to sustainability. We spent over a year carefully refining our look to represent who Paradise Ridge is today. The logo has been updated to reflect our rebirth as a place and a brand. This complements our new icon, which is in the shape of the swallow found on the LOVE sculpture. Originally a tribute to the artist’s father, after the fires the bird was christened “Lovebird” and became a symbol of strength and resilience. We are excited to share the refreshed look with you soon.

As many of you know we postponed the opening date for Wines & Sunsets, which originally was planned for May 13th. We still hope to be able to host this event this summer but are waiting until we are given a green light from the county. We will be following all the protocols to keep our guests safe and will not open until we are certain this can be done. The same is true for our tasting room. One important step is a new reservation system, which will keep everyone physically distanced and healthy while offering the best tasting experience possible.

We believe all this growth and change will make your experience at the winery even more extraordinary, and it is our greatest hope that we will be able to open our doors and see all of you soon.

Take care,
Sonia

Sonia Byck-Barwick 
Proprietor – Paradise Ridge Winery

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May 20

Pop The Bubbles – It’s Our 26th Anniversary!

May 13th marks our 26th year as a family-owned winery in Sonoma County. The Byck family invites you to celebrate by offering three (3) of your favorite wines at neighbor’s only pricing at $26 per bottle! All of these wines are from your neighborhood, are food-friendly, and reflect our commitment to sustainable viticulture. 

Each 3 Pack Includes: 

2018 Vineyard Select Sauvignon Blanc – crisp, refreshing & aromatic – retail $28
2015 Estate Chardonnay Barrel Select – rich, elegant & balanced – retail $40
2012 “LOVE” Bubbles Blanc de Blanc – Late Disgorge Sparkling Wine – retail $52

3 bottles offered at $26 per bottle – valid through May 31st

Click here to add all three items to your cart for checkout! https://shop.prwinery.com/add-cart/PRW26

Use code PRW26 at checkout.

 

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May 20

LIVE Cooking Demo with Valley Ford Cheese Co.

Join us this Saturday, May 16, 2020 @5:30pm as we team up with Chef Ponch Vasquez and KarenBianchi-Moreda from Valley Ford Cheese Co. to create a delicious Chicken Foccacia Pizza to pair perfectly with our 2016 Vineyard Select Chardonnay.

If you are interested in purchasing a bottle or two of something we have shown you, please feel free to visit our Wine Shop. We are currently offering curbside pick up!

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May 20

LIVE Tasting with Winemaker Dan Barwick

Join Paradise Ridge Winery Winemaker Dan Barwick for a LIVE tasting. 

If you are interested in purchasing a bottle or two of something we have shown you, please feel free to visit our Wine Shop. We are currently offering curbside pick up!

 

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Apr 20

Virtual Tasting | 2017 Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Please enjoy a short video featuring Paradise Ridge Winery’s 2017 Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Walter’s Vineyard. This wine tasting is hosted by Winemaker Dan Barwick. The winery uses sustainable vineyard practices to create artisan, food-friendly wines.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the wines that we are tasting, please visit our Wine Shop. 

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Apr 20

Virtual Tasting | 2018 Rockpile Grenache Blanc

Please enjoy a virtual wine tasting with Paradise Ridge Winery Winemaker Dan Barwick. In this video, Dan is tasting our 2018 Rockpile Grenache Blanc.

If you are interested in purchasing a bottle or two of something we have shown you, please feel free to visit our Wine Shop. We are currently offering curbside pick up!

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Apr 20

Virtual Tasting | 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

 

Please enjoy a virtual wine tasting with Paradise Ridge Winery Winemaker Dan Barwick. In this video, Dan is tasting our 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. 

If you are interested in purchasing a bottle or two of something we have shown you, please feel free to visit our Wine Shop. We are currently offering curbside pick up!

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Apr 20

LIVE Tasting with Winemaker Dan Barwick

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch videos with our very own Winemaker Dan Barwick! Watch the latest video below. 

Subscribe to Paradise Ridge YouTube Channel

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Feb 20

Return to Paradise – One the Wine Road With Jeff Davis

Return to Paradise

It was two years and two months after the wine country wildfires when I returned to Paradise Ridge Winery to see how the rebuild was coming along. I had no idea it was the first day of their soft opening.

In October of 2017 their hospitality center and production facility burned to the ground. I’ve come to know the Byck family fairly well over the years and I’m thrilled to see the return of Paradise. Owner and family member Rene and I sat down in January so he could catch us up on the challenges his family faced the past two years, the new building and some changes they have in mind. See an artist’s rendering of the new building and more at PRWinery.com.

To hear Rene talk about the loss of the winery just 4 months after the fire and see photos of the devastation click here.

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Jan 20

Billionaires in wine caves? Vintners, growers share what Wine Country is really like

After the Democrats’ debate last month, thanks to the tsunami of social media chatter, Wine Country was reduced to a single image: a cave lit by a chandelier with 1,500 Swarovski crystals.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts set off the firestorm when she chastised Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for holding a fundraiser in a wine cave, saying “Billionaires in wine caves should not pick the next president of the United States.”

Wine Country suddenly found itself a flashpoint among politicos. But, as with all lampoons, there’s much more than meets the eye.

The truth is Wine Country is rustic chic — part BMW, part Chevy pickup.

It’s a quirky crossroads of the entrepreneur and the farmer.

Despite the grim reality that parts of it are a fragile fire zone, most of us will never leave. We’ll always consider this agrarian cradle of grapes paradise.

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Photo of the winery from a distance.

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Dec 19

Paradise Ridge Winery rebuild wins Top Real Estate Projects

Rising from the ashes of the Tubbs fire, reconstruction of the Paradise Ridge Winery Event Center is almost complete. The final reveal will be everything it was before, and more, which is a testament to the Byck family’s resilience and commitment to excellence, according to Don Tomasi, Principal with TLCD Architecture, the firm that designed the rebuilt center. Read More.

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Dec 19

Santa Rosa’s Paradise Ridge Winery reopens from ashes of the 2017 wildfires

As about 200 guests gathered on his family’s Fountaingrove wine estate on a picturesque Sunday afternoon, Rene Byck’s greeting to all of them was simple but profoundly heartfelt:

“Welcome back to paradise,” Byck said.

The Byck family was celebrating the grand opening of the new events facility at its Paradise Ridge Winery, which was among the 5,636 structures destroyed in the Oct. 8, 2017, Tubbs fire that also killed 22 people.

The reopening served not only as an important milestone for the local wine sector to have one of its own returning from the ashes, but also for the overall Sonoma County community.

“It feels like our home is back open for people to enjoy,” said Byck, a co-owner of the family winery. “A lot of people had great memories up here.”

The winery had been the setting of more than 1,000 weddings as couples from across the country flocked to the rolling vineyards around the Russian River Valley estate with its bucolic sunset views looking and its sculpture garden featuring its iconic LOVE sign.

Paradise Ridge also hosted a popular wines-and-sunsets series in a small amphitheater with musical guests that attracted many locals, even some who were not major wine aficionados. The family relaunched that event series this summer on a smaller scale. Read More. 

Photograph: BETH SCHLANKER

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Oct 19

Re-Build Video Series Part 2

In Part 2 of our ongoing series showcasing Paradise Ridge Winery’s journey to re-build all that was lost to the historic Fall 2017 Tubbs fire, the construction efforts are moving along swiftly as the new Tasting Room starts to take shape – stay tuned for continuing installments of the update series, culminating in the plans for a grand re-opening Fall 2019!

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Feb 19

Re-Build Video Series Part 1

In the fall of 2017, a firestorm enveloped our iconic estate property along with most of the homes and businesses around us. This misfortune has not diminished the Byck family’s strength or resolve to share “Paradise” with the world. A rebuild is underway and here is part one of five of a video series documenting the story.

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Mar 18

Spring Update

Now that 2018 is here, we are looking forward to new beginnings for Paradise Ridge. With the fires taking so much from so many, the last few months of 2017 were a surreal and difficult time. The grief of our community’s loss was softened by the incredible LOVE Sonoma County received from all over the world. It is true, from the ash springs hope. With each new green leaf and blade of grass, we see life coming back to the beautiful land we call Paradise. The love our incredible community continues to give us the inspiration we need to move forward.

I’m sure many of you have been wondering what we have been up to. To be honest it has been a bit of a rollercoaster. Each week seems to bring challenges and unexpected obstacles in our path to rebuild. As with many others who lost their homes and property, we have found that navigating our way through recovery is not easy. With each step forward it seems we find more problems than answers. Rebuilding our database, finding a new home for our winemaking, setting up a new office, navigating insurance, debris removal, permits, renewing licenses and the piles of paperwork that need to be filled out has definitely created stress and emotional hardship. Yet every day also sends us a little something to keep us going; a club member stopping by Kenwood to see how we are doing, an email from a friend letting us know they are thinking of us, a post on social media showing our friends enjoying their cherished bottle of Paradise Ridge wine. It is these little things that bring us strength and healing.

A couple of weeks ago Dan (my husband and our winemaker) and I were in Fort Worth Texas visiting friends. These friends happen to also be wine club members and after the fires they immediately set about arranging a Paradise Ridge gathering for their friends and family. Spending an evening surrounded by people who share our loss and also our hopes for the future was magical. You may see Dan on the road a little more this year, touching base and sharing wine with our friends and supporters. Please be sure to reach out and let us know if you would like him to visit your town.

For the more practical minded people reading this, you are probably wondering how is the rebuild moving along? This is the big question and it is difficult to know exactly what the next two years will bring. We are finding the costs to rebuild to be much higher than anticipated and unfortunately our insurance will not cover those costs. We are looking into many different options, trying to find the best solution for our family and future generations.

In the meantime we are working on ideas to offer tastings and events back on the estate some time mid to late summer 2018. Whether this will be a picnic table in the vineyard or something more formal is still unknown. I would personally be thrilled to see small weddings take place at the LOVE sculpture this year.

Thank you to each one of you for being our inspiration. The stories and pictures shared of your time in Paradise is beautiful. For those who have ordered wines and visited us in Kenwood, we definitely feel your love.
Wishing you a year filled with happiness & of course extraordinary wine.

LOVE,

Sonia

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Feb 18

Rebuild Challenges

Paradise Ridge Winery is facing some rebuild challenges. Read more here

Wine king

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Jan 18

Wine king

Click here to read more about the fires that burned the legacy of California’s historic ‘wine king.’

Happy New Year

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Jan 18

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!!! A new year and a new place to make our wine. It is beautiful and has a fantastic view. Our 2017 vintage wines are going to be special!! Thanks to all your support. 2018 is going to be a great year!!!

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Jan 18

Memorial to fire

Click here to read more about the planned memorial to the fire at Paradise Ridge winery.

sonoma valley wineries

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Jan 18

5 Favorite Sonoma Valley Wineries

Click here to read more about the Paradise Ridge Winery and other Sonoma Valley wineries.

prwinery updates

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Jan 18

Prwinery Updates

There is a lot going on at the winery lately. We met with the architect today discussing the rebuild and we’re also re-planting some of our estate vineyards. Things don’t seem to be slowing down.

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Dec 17

PR Winery Memorial

Sonoma County’s fire-damaged Paradise Ridge winery plans memorial to fire.
Read more from the THE PRESS DEMOCRAT below.
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Storied Haven

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Nov 17

Storied Haven

Storied Haven (The Boot) has arrived in Paradise. The newest piece to add to the collection. The grounds are still closed, but we are rebuilding to make things even better than before. Thanks Harold for an amazing truck driving skills display!

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Nov 17

LOVE is Our Theme

Wonderful to have LOVE be the theme to help bring visitors back to Sonoma County. Thank you Sonoma County Vintners

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Prwinery Paradise Lost

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Nov 17

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost: How a Tiny Sonoma Winery Became a Symbol of Resilience.

Read more by from San Francisco Magazine by clicking below.
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