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Amista Vineyards

Our Sparkling

What sparked Amista to make sparkling wine?

By Vicky Farrow, Proprietor


First, I have always loved bubbles!

My favorite aperitif is a glass of sparkling wine.  Plus, I’ve discovered that sparkling wines pair well with almost any kind of food, especially spicy dishes that are often hard to match.

 


 

It started with a class project - Rosé into Sparkling

When our consulting winemaker asked if he could have some of our Rosé of Syrah for his Santa Rosa Junior College class to make a sparkling wine, we were quick to say yes!  When we tasted it, we knew we had to make more for ourselves and our friends.

 



Next came an experiment – Amista Sparkling Syrah

We took one barrel of a blend of 2007 and 2008 Rosé of Syrah and made it “sparkle” using the classic method for making French Champagne. 

The result was incredible - a glittering raspberry-colored Sparkling Syrah that makes me happy just looking at it.  I call it “joy in a bottle” and it became an instant hit.

 



Celebrating the Debut of Amista Sparkling Syrah

During the 2009 harvest we picked three tons of our estate grown Syrah just for sparkling.

The result was cause for celebration!  We released it at our Sparkling Holiday party where Mike performed his first sabrage, opening the bottle with a saber.  It only took six tries!

 


 

Presenting Amista Blanc de Blanc!

One day I was thinking, I really do love bubbles and  I asked Ashley Herzberg, our new winemaker, if she thought we could make a Blanc de Blancs from our estate grown Chardonnay. Her answer was, “Absolutely!”

The inaugural release of our Amista 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.

 


 

Saluting Amista Vineyards Sparkling Wine

We are proud to be the premiere producer of Dry Creek Valley sparkling wines.  We were the first winery to make sparkling wines from Dry Creek Valley grapes. We have been crafting sparkling wines using the traditional methode champenoise since 2008.

 


 

Sparkling Grenache Comes to Dry Creek Valley!

In keeping with our tradition of making single varietal sparkling wines, in March 2015, we added a delicate Sparkling Grenache to our collection.  It was the perfect toast to our 10 year Amista Vineyards anniversary. It was also cause for celebration for our "Amista Sparkling Friends", the only sparkling wine club in Dry Creek Valley.

 


 

We Keep on Sparkling at Amista!

At our Sparkling Holidays Party in 2015 we released the two newest gems in our collection of sparkling wines. The first is a Vintage Blanc de Blanc and the second is our first sparkling blend, Fusión, made primarily from Chardonnay grapes with a kiss of Grenache and Syrah. We made less than 50 cases of each of these two precious gems. They are currently available only to members of our sparkling wine clubs.

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