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Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 5:37 a.m.

Russians first found valley rich in grapes

California's Russian River Valley has sustained farmers for more than 150 years, and today remains one of the state's prized growing grounds for astounding grapes. The Sonoma County valley got its name from Russian explorers who settled around Fort Ross, near the river's mouth on the Pacific Ocean, around 1812. They were there to set up a military site to explore, fish and hunt for their settlements in Alaska.

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