HEALDSBURG, CA, November 18, 2013 – Amista Vineyards, the only producer of Dry Creek Valley sparkling wines, announces the launch of its “Art of Sparkling” dosage tasting. Beginning December 1, wine lovers will be able to reserve one of these exclusive experiences and go behind the scenes to discover the process of creating sparkling wines in the méthode champenoise. Learn more
“Dosage is unique to sparkling wine and a fascinating part of the process. It’s something that I don’t think most people outside the wine business are familiar with. I can't wait to share it with our guests,” says winemaker Ashley Herzberg.
Amista currently produces a Blanc de Blanc and a Sparkling Syrah, both 100% varietal estate wines made, respectively, with chardonnay and syrah grapes from Amista’s Morningsong Vineyards.
The inaugural release of the Blanc de Blanc scored 91 points and won a gold medal in the Press Democrat’s 2013 “Best of the Best” North Coast Wine Challenge.
Amista’s “Art of Sparkling” dosage tasting is offered for private groups of six to eight on weekdays by advance reservation starting Dec. 1. The price is $30 per person. Arrange your tasting.
They are also offering public tastings by advance reservation on the first Friday of the month from 11:00am - 12 noon. Price is $30 per person. Reserve your tasting.
"Imaging the best wines you've ever tasted. These are better," said the prestigious judges of the North Coast Wine Challenge. Our Blanc de Blanc won a gold medal in this competition where only 13% of the 1,000 entries earned Gold. We are honored that our Blanc de Blanc was among them.
"Amista offers Gold Medal winner to visitors"
See the full list of winners - congratulations to everyone!
James Knight says, "The Farrows made "sparkling Syrah"—and it made them a lot of friends." He's right and we're thrilled. We're also thrilled by his wonderful review.
"Dry Creek Restoration Begins at Amista Vineyards"
The Sonoma County Water Agency starts this summer on a demonstration project to enhance the habitat for the steelhead trout and coho salmon in Dry Creek.
The creek will be restored to its sparkling best and the fish will have a place to rest. Everyone wins!
We are honored to be among the nine property owners who have agreed to be part of the demonstration project and we're excited to see the results next fall.
Check out the picture of Mike and Vicky beside the creek.
We had the pleasure of hosting Renee Ho for a signing of her new book, The Friendship Effect, during our Valentine's celebration this past weekend. Upon meeting Renee and seeing her book, we knew we were on the "same page" about the value and power of friendships.
We propose a toast to the fabulous friends we have in our lives.
Click to listen as Larri Ann, Tasting Room Manager, describes our Saini Zin and our Morningsong Syrah.
If you've ever visited, Larri's voice will bring back all your favorite memories of Amista!
Tracy from Wine Roads had a fantastic visit to Amista last week.
She remarked on the "...soaring ceilings and architectural angles, well-crafted accessible wines that are friendly and pair well with food - plus educated, hospitable staff or proprietors on site will make you a friend."
In addition to being people friendly, she also noticed we are dog friendly.
See her blog for some great photos and check out the latest shots of Finn and Torin.
What an amazing weekend of wine, food and friends. We had a great group of wine club members Escape to Amista with us. We learned to cook at Baci Cafe and Wine Bar and had a magnificent candlelight dinner at the winery thanks to John Franchetti of Rosso.
Here is a great description and pictures of what we did
Passport is the premiere event in Dry Creek Valley and was always our hands-down favorite even before we were in the wine business. Now we "work" rather than play and love welcoming guests to Amista. One of our guests also happens to write for a wine blog. Check out her impressions of the many wonderful wineries in our beautiful valley.
Our Highlights of Passport to Dry Creek
This blog gives a good flavor of the recent Passport to Dry Creek event. Over 45 wineries participated and this describes one guest's experience at Amista and several of our neighbors along Dry Creek Road.
Stamping My Passport to Dry Creek
It never ceases to thrill us when we get a great blog review. Among other wonderful comments Mari Kane, author of Tasting Room Confidential, says, "...the Morningsong Chardonnay tasted gorgeous, and I don’t say that about many chards."
Read the full review.
Check out our latest video produced by TastingRoomers.com. They even left in a few out-takes!
Click here to see the video.
Check out all the fabulous things blogger William Allen has to say about Amista, including a review of our 2005 Cabernet, "...layers of complexity, but approachable and highly drinkable...a great price for a Cabernet of this quality, and age."
Read the full review at Simple Hedonisms
It's gratifying when a Tweet-vitation turns into a real life visit. Thea is a highly recognized and enormously entertaining wine blogger who came to see us over Barrel Tasting weekend and was treated to our friendly Amista welcome.
"Having a personal touch with a warm greeting and a welcome sign will bring in people more times than having a cult cab," she wrote.
Get it straight from Luscious Lushes (scroll down to read about her visit to Amista)
We were happy to provide our always warm Amista welcome to "Two Girls" on their maiden voyage into Dry Creek. They started at our neighbor, Wilson, and then popped into the tasting barn to meet Ross. They wrote, "...all in all, a great 1.5 hrs spent there. The Amista 2004 Syrah was hands-down the winning wine of the day."
Sounds like they had a great time. Best of all they became a part of our wine club so we can welcome them "home" again and again.
Read the rest of the story.
Gabe Sasso wrote a wonderful review of his visits to Amista in "Drink Dry Creek".
He mentions "...the clean and balanced style accentuates the fruit...Staying true to their name which means making friends, the folks at Amista were incredibly welcoming; so much so that they invited me to come back...[to] a party for their wine club to celebrate their 2nd Anniversary. How could I resist that?"
Read the full review
Our 2006 Amista Cabernet Sauvignon brought home the gold from the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Only 245 gold medals were awarded in the competition that attracted over 4,000 wines from 21 countries around the globe. We're ecstatic!
Mike & Vicky
We entered 5 wines and brought home 5 medals! Our 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded a Gold and we brought home Silver Medals for our 2006 Chardonnay, 2007 Rosé of Syrah and Ilusión (our red dessert wine).
Wine Enthusiast awarded 91 points (an "excellent" rating) to our 2005 Chardonnay.
Thanks to Janice, Rick and Cheryl for encouraging us to make it in the first place. Thanks to Chris for helping Mike create it and thanks to our Amista friends who drank it all!
The bad news - we sold out at the end of April. The good news - the 2006 is fabulous - some say even better than the 2005.
Click to see the Wine Enthusiast rating and tasting notes
Vicky & Mike
We sat down to the Friends Table - lots of laughter, delicious food, wonderful wine - to celebrate the bounty of fresh, hand-made foods of Sonoma.
Click here to see the fun.
We turned our barn into a French Bistro complete with friendly "waiters", heart-warming food and cafe music. Add a glass of Amista wine and it was the perfect way to while away an afternoon among friends.
Click here to see the pictures.
Amista Syrah Braised Beef Ribs
We tasted barrel samples of our 2006 Zin and Syrah, munched on foccaccia and sampled decadant chocolate confections from Truffle Gateau.
Four lucky folks won the drawing for a private tasting and gourmet picnic for six. Thanks to everyone who helped make our very first Barrel Tasting a great success.
Click here to see the pictures.
We helped everyone get ready for Valentine's Day by pairing Amista wines with "In the Doghouse Chocolates". We sampled a three year vertical of our Saini Farms Zin - the 2007 which was harvested last year, the 2006 which is just about ready to bottle, and the 2005 which we released last Sept.
Unfortunately, you CANNOT click to see the photos since Vicky was in South Africa and Mike and the team were too busy to take pictures. [Note: Vicky has agreed NEVER to be away again during a big event]
You CAN click to see Amista mentioned in the San Francisco Chronicle or the Press Democrat
What a gorgeous autumn day for a harvest lunch in our beautiful Dry Creek Valley.
Check out the story with a trip through the photo album.
Welcome to all of you in the San Francisco area who learned about the opening of our brand new tasting barn in the Chronicle today. We hope you'll come visit us soon!
Click here to see the blurb.
We want to thank our many local friends and neighbors who helped us celebrate the spirit of Dry Creek Valley on Sept 12. We had a great time showing you our new tasting barn and enjoying an evening of food, wine and friendship.
Click here to see the pictures.
Come visit Amista Vineyards in our new winery barn! We're open Thursday through Monday from 11:00 to 4:30. Our tasting room team would love to meet you! Taste our wines and enjoy a picnic in the heart of our vineyards surrounded by fabulous Dry Creek Valley views.
Check out the photos
A celebrated wine writer and frequent judge in wine competitions wrote about our zin in his newsletter saying:
"2003 Amista Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley: Raspberry, spice and pepper with bright violet/jam
entry and no overripe flavors. From a new winery with a bright future."
Check out the latest on the construction of our winery barn.
Click here to view the album
There's lots going on at Amista - parties, harvest and the construction of our new energy efficient winery.
For the headlines, take a look at our news in pictures!
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Our 2003 Amista Vineyards Syrah, Morningsong Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley just got a nice review from Alan Goldfarb of Appellation America. He was formerly wine editor for the St. Helena Star. We are pleased that he recognized our commitment to showcasing the luscious fruit of Dry Creek and that he liked the wine!
Read his review
Amista Vineyards in Sonoma County's scenic Dry Creek Valley launched its new website to help its friends and supporters stay involved with the winery's progress. The site features two new wine clubs with a unique focus on experiential learning, owners Vicky and Mike Farrow's story of becoming winemakers and an online wine shop.