July 2011

We poured our 2010 Dry Gewurztraminer

Photo credit: Christian Kallen

Thanks to the 100 or so friends who showed up to celebrate the upcoming opening of Garagiste Healdsburg. Garagiste Healdsburg is a cooperative micro winery and tasting room we built with Stark wine. The space is looking great and we now know we can handle a crowd with a little help from our friends. How many of your facebook or twitter friends can you see in this 30 sec video clip?


Click here to see the whole evening fly by in 30 seconds – Video


After our Grand Opening Celebration we’ll be open Thurs – Monday 11-6pm and Tues/Wed by appointment

Hope we see you soon.




Sonoma in the City

by Serena on July 18, 2011

We had the pleasure of pouring for two days in San Francisco last week.  Sonoma in the City is a great event where you get to taste a bunch of wines all from Sonoma County.  Why is that so cool? – because you get to see how various producers in one AVA or across the various regions in the county approach their wine making. For example, you could taste our Pinot Noir from Floodgate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley and then walk around the table to compare it to Gary Farrell’s Alysian Pinot Noir also from Floodgate Vineyard.

What I truly loved about these two tastings were the great comments we received.  People who did not want to sample our Gewürztraminer “because it’s sweet” tasted our 2010 Floodgate Vineyard Gewürztraminer and loved that it has the classic floral, honeysuckle nose but is lean and dry on the palate (not sweet at all).  The 2009 Floodgate Vineyard Pinot Noir got rave reviews for having the fruit flavors in balance with the subtle earth and loamy characters that make Pinot such a wonderful wine. The two comments I heard repeated several times were “it has so many layers,” as well as, “really, 2009? I thought it was an 07.” I think the four clones (667, 777, 828, Pommard) used give this wine a great deal of complexity that should deepen as it ages. We’re very eager to watch this wine evolve.

For more info on Sonoma County Vintners and other upcoming events, go to: http://www.sonomawine.com/.  We will be pouring at the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend in August. Tickets are on sale now for the Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch and other events over the Labor Day weekend. For Taste of Sonoma Tickets, click here.

Hope we see you in Healdsburg at the tasting room or at MacMurray Ranch.

– Serena