"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.
"...Anyone who knows me or follows me on Twitter knows how deep my love for Sonoma runs. It is my favorite vacation spot and somewhere I hope to live someday. The people are some of the most real, caring, down-to-Earth that I have met anywhere in my travels around the US, and the landscapes are some of the most uniquely exquisite ones ever. " writes Christopher Browke.
Sensual Sparkling Red at Amista Vineyards
"Amista just reminds me of a classy, yet down-to-Earth family picnic. Their grounds are charmingly rustic with your arrival being marked by the iconic yellow umbrella."
Image, Christopher Browke
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"Just don’t call them dessert wines. While many of them are delicious with dessert, they are often just as transcendent with savory dishes. Foie gras with Sauternes, stilton with Port—there’s a reason that these are among the most classic food and wine pairings you’ll ever experience," writes Brian Freedman in Food and Wine.
He describes our Amista Ilusión from Dry Creek Valley as "A complex blend of Zinfandel and Syrah, it has aromas of sweet cigar tobacco, dried blueberries, and cedar, and a concentrated palate that carries flavors of black cherries, baker’s chocolate, and Chinese five-spice powder."
Read "10 Sweet Wines for People Who Don't Think They Like Sweet Wine" in Food and Wine.
"What is my dream? To be knee-deep in wine country. To experience life with those who live it every day, and to be around that community because it brings me such joy, happiness and the opportunity to constantly learn." writes Becky Creighton.
"Sparkling wine out of zinfandel country? No, it’s not white zinfandel. Not even close. Let me introduce you to Amista Vineyards. A lovely, no appointment necessary, small vineyard and winery. " adds Becky about her visit to Amista.
Image, Becky Creighton
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"Armed with gloves, shears, and a rectangular plastic basket, I was hunched over a row of vines, removing bunches of fruit. Nervous about mangling the grapes, I worked slowly, eventually falling into a rhythm. Before long a peaceful feeling began to descend as I stood in the dirt." writes Mai Pham in the Houstonian Magazine.
"I listened intently as winemaker Ashley Herzberg, in a soft voice that belied the fact that she’s one of the area’s top winemakers, talked about making the pink sparkling grenache that she’d poured us," adds Pham about her visit to Amista.
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Do you know how sparkling wine is made? Our friends at the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley created a brief and informative explanation. Best of all, they featured a beautiful photo of our Blanc de Blanc!
Check out their Intro to Sparkling Wine in the Dry Creek Valley blog.
"The artisan, family-owned winery and beautiful, estate vineyards of Amista Vineyards showcase the gorgeous grapes of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Set off on a self-guided Vineyard Adventure Walk and you’ll learn more about grapes behind the award-winning wines and the extra care Amista dedicates to preserving its enveloping natural beauty, including efforts to restore the natural fish habitat in the onsite Dry Creek," wrties Amy Bizzari in Upscale Living Magazine.
Find out more about Sustainabilty in Action at Amista Vineyards and neighboring wineries.
"Since 2013, Amista Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley has been working with the Sonoma County Water Agency to recreate a thriving habitat for endangered Steelhead trout and Coho salmon", writes Karin von Berg, Editor of Luxelife Magazine. Von Berg was a part of Sustainabiliy Camp, hosted by the Sonoma County Winegrowers, where participants saw first hand the many vineyards and wineries who are working to make the county a model of sustainability.
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