Here at Amista, we love Rhone varietals. The first wine we made when we moved to Healdburg was Syrah – but that was just for fun, with friends in our garage - and we called it Garage Syrah. Syrah remains our flagship varietal plus we have added Grenache and a GSM blend (Grenache, Syrah Mourvedre) to our collection of Rhone-style wines.
But we do something else with Rhone varietals. We make sparkling wines using the classic Methode Champenoise, the same process used to make fine French Champagne. We found a great article in the Wine Enthusiast about Rhone wines and want to share it with you.
Check out What Do We Mean When We Say Rhône-style Wine? By Anne Krebiehl MW
"Stroll Amista’s beautiful estate vineyards at your leisure and explore the varieties they grow, learn about the wines made and discover their backwater pond that is part of the Habitat Enhancement Project designed to restore the natural fish habitat in Dry Creek. Perfect for walking your dog.
The complimentary walk is approximately one-half mile on flat terrain. Dogs on a leash and children are welcome. We suggest comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather.
Open daily from 11:00am – 4:30pm. No reservations required.Come to the tasting room to register, pick up a map and let the adventure begin!"
"Amista Vineyards, our third vineyard of the day ended up being one of our favorites…in fact, it’s the only vineyard where we actually signed up for a wine club membership. That decision was inspired in part by the delicious wines we sampled (I went for the sparkling flight, mmm), as well as the incredible hospitality we experienced. David, who led our tasting, couldn’t have been any more knowledgeable, welcoming, or friendly."
"Cooper...had the absolute time of his life. I mean, that face says it all."
Read the Dog-Friendly Guide to Sonoma County, CA by Kelly Borglum
"Sparkling wine isn't just for celebrations anymore. That's not to say we shouldn't be drinking sparkling on momentous occasions or for holidays - if you asked Vicky Farrow and Ashley Herzberg, we should be drinking it every day of the year. Maybe they're a little biased - they're in charge of the sparkling wine program at Amista Vineyards, tucked away along Sonoma County's famed Dry Creek Road - but it does sound like they're on to something big." says Wine Business Monthly.
Our Sparkling Grenache was selected as one of the Top Hot Brands for 2017.
"The styles of zin produced in Dry Creek Valley — from zippy to dark and decadent and even, as a dessert wine, an off-dry, port-style sipper — are perfect for winter meals," says The Times Union. Our Ilusión - dessert wine was one of 3 Dry Creek wines featured.
Check out California Zinfandels span flavors, pair with many meals from the Times Union.
Read "11 Best Sonoma and Napa Wineries for Sparkling Wine" in Sonoma Magazine
"Although, we love Champagne (oh so much!), it certainly isn’t the only choice when it comes to refreshing and delicious bubbly goodness that sings out of the glass," says Organic Authority. We are proud to have two of our Amista sparkling wines on the list.
Check out 51 Delicious Sparkling Wines (Beyond Champagne) from Organic Authority.
There's always an air of excitement when harvest begins. The mornings are cool and the afternoons are hot - today we hit 108 degrees. We picked Chardonnay on August 18 and Syrah on August 25. We get an early jump on harvest since we pick for our sparkling wines weeks before we pick for our classic wines.
Get into the spirit of harvest at our Sparkling Harvest Gallery, or better yet, come for a visit and taste the grapes, measure the sugars and help us predict when the next varietal will be ready to pick.
Amista Vineyards was featured in Sparkling Wines of Sonoma County. Here's their Insider Tip, "Amista has a great selection of sparkling wines from a sparkling Grenache to a sparkling Blanc de Blanc, and we recommend trying all of them."
Read about Amista and four other wonderful producers in Sparklng Wines of Sonoma County.
Amista Vineyards winemaker Ashley Herzberg was named Winemaker of the Month in the July issue of Wine Business Monthly. "I took a break...to come to Sonoma County to work a harvest and knew instantly that this was the career and place for me," says Winemaker Ashley about how she became a winemaker.
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