"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.
"Sonoma tends to operate much like its own planet...as pretty much everything you eat and drink here is grown off of the land within the county," writes Shauna Farnell about her recent visit.
"Wander through the vineyards of Amista, Dry Creek Valley’s only producer of sparkling wine, and arrive at the actual Dry Creek. Amista has resting ponds for spawning salmon along their upstream journeys, and cover crops keep the soil healthy and foster microbial activity," adds Farnell.
"Winemaker Ashley Herzberg makes every bottle of this Grenache sparkle - literally - using the Methode Champenoise, the process used to make French Champagne", says Alison Blain Barz in Uptown.
"If you like bubbles, this is your spot...and we can't think of a better way to start off the day", says Bay Area Buzz.
Read A Dog Friendly Visit to Sonoma County with Wine Road in Bay Area Buzz
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
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