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Vicky Farrow
November 26, 2018 | Vicky Farrow

Why Make Sparkling Wine?

Our Sparkling Syrah started as a class project

Rosé  of Syrah from Amista Vineyards

...and turned out to be a joyous unplanned surprise!



We’d been making Chardonnay and Syrah from our estate vineyards and Zinfandel and Cabernet with fruit from our Dry Creek neighbors since we launched Amista in 2004. We made our first Rosé of Syrah in 2005. In 2007, our winemaker asked if he could have some of the rosé juice to make a sparkling wine in his winemaking class using the traditional Methode Champenoise. We said, “Sure, as long as we get to taste it!”

It was delicious, so in 2008 we decided to try making our own Sparkling Syrah. It was beautiful – a glittering raspberry color – and became an instant hit. I call it “joy in a bottle”.

It looks festive on a holiday table and pairs beautifully with a wide array of Thanksgiving dishes. Because it stays on the skins for several hours, it picks up some tannins making it a great match with everything from barbecue to spicy foods like Thai and Mexican. Like many of our unplanned discoveries, it launched a whole new adventure. I am delighted that we were the first to make sparkling wine in Dry Creek, especially since I love bubbles!

Amista Vineyards
November 15, 2018 | Amista Vineyards

Amista Featured in a Dog Friendly Visit to Sonoma County

"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 

Time Posted: Nov 15, 2018 at 11:45 AM Permalink to Amista Featured in a Dog Friendly Visit to Sonoma County Permalink
Vicky Farrow
November 4, 2018 | Vicky Farrow

How Did you Get Into the Wine Business?

Well, it wasn't exactly a plan!

Mike & Vicky Farrow, Proprietors in Front of Amista Vineyards with Wine in Hand

...although  I  really think it was a dream we didn't know we had and didn't know we shared.



I can trace it back to a time when we were captivated by a series of Ernest and Julio Gallo TV ads with lovely music (Hymne by Vangelis) with beautiful images of wine country landscapes, harvesting grapes, making wine, and friends and families enjoying life.

Not long after Mike saw an ad in a local newspaper for "backyard vineyards". He planted 150 Cabernet Sauvignon vines on the hillside of our home in Silicon Valley. Six months later he decided he needed to learn how to make wine and crushed 1/2 ton of Cabernet in our garage. I made sure I was never there to do the hard work!

Six months later I was offered a job in New Jersey. Sadly, we moved before harvesting a single grape from our new vineyard, but we took the barrel of wine with us. After a couple of years of aging, we tasted the wine with friends and it was great! Mike decided, "I'm a winemaker!" Who knew it would eventually draw us into the wine business where we would be making delicious Rhone reds and sparkling wines.

Time Posted: Nov 4, 2018 at 7:56 AM Permalink to How Did you Get Into the Wine Business? Permalink

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