“...a trip to this bucolic region is not complete without a proper vineyard wine tasting. A drive down nearby Dry Creek Road offers a plethora of options, and for the lovers of sparkling wines, Amista Vineyards is the way to go," writes Fran Miller in the Lamorinda Weekly.
Fran's Tip: "Enjoy a tasting on their vast, covered patio that overlooks the vines, or grab a glass and take a 20-minute stroll around the vineyard."
There are many other delights to discover in "Healdsburg: A happy hamlet for escape" by Fran Miller.
“One of the great things about not having traditional snowy winters is that you can enjoy the beauty of fall and temperate weather well past the holidays. If you’re a lover of fine dining, nature, wineries and laid-back luxury (who isn’t, right?) consider a road trip to Healdsburg, California once you feel comfortable and safe traveling.” said Cheslea Davis, contributor for Forbes Magazine.
"For a particularly educational wine experience, book a 90-minute tour of Amista Vineyards, also located in Dry Creek Valley. During the walk and sip tour, you’re guided through their sprawling vineyards while hearing all about Amista’s sustainably-farmed grapes and taking stops to taste the wines."
Read more about "48 Hours Of Wine, Food And Hiking In Healdsburg, California" by Chelsea Davis.
The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University announces changes to its Wine Business Journal. The new approach will provide relevant and timely insights for the wine community at large.
Vicky Farrow, CEO and co-proprietor of Amista Vineyards, will join as an advisory editor to incorporate feedback from wine industry executives.
"The enhanced Wine Business Journal fits the Wine Business Institute’s goal to be of service to the wine community. I am particularly excited about the practitioner focus that has been added to the journal’s mission,” said Dr. Jean-Francois Coget, dean of the School of Business and Economics.
“While sparkling wine lovers agree that the perfect time for bubbles is, well, any time, sparkling wine pairs perfectly with the holiday season.” said Erin Hunt Moore of Haute Living SF.
"Dry Creek Valley has not traditionally been known as a sparkling wine region, but family-run Amista Vineyards took up that gauntlet and is now in its 10th year as the premiere producer of sparkling wines in the valley. Amista is owned by Mike and Vicky Farrow, with rising star winemaker Ashley Herzberg overseeing their sparkling program."
“This recipe can be used for any combination of summer fruit and berries. I typically like to have two fruit together – often one stone fruit and one berry, which go wonderfully together,” said chef Liza Hinman of The Spinster Sisters in Santa Rosa.
Hinman’s go-to wine to pair with this dessert is Amista’s Sparkling Grenache"
Read more about "Craving Sweets? 5 Local Chefs Share Their Summertime Dessert Recipes" by Dana Rebmann in Sonoma Magazine.
Watch for a bubbling surprise and then learn what Wine on the Dime has to say about our Sparkling Syrah.
"This comes out to be a very good wine. Amista Vineyards, well done!" says Stuart Bankey.
Check out Amista Vineyards Sparkling Dry Creek Valley Syrah Rosé Wine Review from Stuart's YouTube channel Wine on the Dime.
"Grenache is a wonderful and versatile varietal all on it’s own, but its claim to fame is its use as one of the fundamental grapes in the highly regarded French Rhone blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape." writes Marcy Gordon.
Amista 2016 Grenache Dry Creek Valley Morningsong Vineyards
Exhibiting plum, leather, and licorice with dried strawberry on the nose, the Amista 2016 Grenache has a touch of ripe raspberry and fig on the palate with smooth lingering tannins. This Grenache shows tremendous balance with smooth medium tannins and a nice weight on the finish. I paired the Amista with an old school recipe for Chicken Marbella and it was marvelous complement to the dish, both savory and rich. An old school recipe with a new world wine made for a perfect pairing.
Read more about "Grenache: Varietal of the Month"
"Local winemaker’ Ashley Herzberg of Amista Vineyards gave us a tour of the area's best food, wine, and sites," says Nicole Kliest in Fathom, an on-line travel magazine.
"Not surprisingly, she recommends your first stop should be at Amista. "We make estate-grown sparkling wines, the ideal way to kick off a day in Sonoma County...My favorite wine to start with is our sparkling grenache. Pale pink and crisp and made in the traditional Champagne method, it’s perfect to have in your glass while you take our self-guided vineyard tour down to the creek to see if the steelhead and coho salmon are running."
Want to know the other favorite pastimes Ashley recommends? Read "Sip Sustainably: A Female Winemakers Guide to Sonoma" in Fathom.
"New Year’s Eve celebrations may be over, but that’s no excuse to stop enjoying bubbly. Amista produces several types of sparklers, including the popular Blanc de Blanc, made from Chardonnay grapes from the estate vineyard, and a Syrah sparkler. Amista is also known for its still Rhône wines, such as Grenache and Syrah," says Sonoma Magazine.
Read Best Sonoma Wineries to Visit Right Now by Jean Saylor Doppenberg.
"Nothing makes an occasion more festive than Sparkling Wine. The pop of the cork, the rise of tiny bubbles and the gentle whoosh of foam in the glass—it’s romantic and special. But sparkling wines are not just for holidays and celebrations, they are also a fine choice for everyday meals and pair exceptionally well with a variety of foods." writes Marcy Gordon.
Amista Sparkling Syrah Dry Creek Valley Morningsong Vineyards
Simply gorgeous deep ruby-cranberry color, with a fine bead and soft strawberry mousse nose. Luscious yet lithe on the palate with citrus and berry notes that float towards a delicate quince and orange finish that is zesty, balanced and alive with flavor. Pair with crab cakes or fresh fruit and cheese.
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