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Vicky Farrow
December 6, 2018 | Vicky Farrow

Why Make Sparkling Syrah?

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!

Time Posted: Dec 6, 2018 at 7:46 AM Permalink to Why Make Sparkling Syrah? Permalink
Amista Vineyards
December 1, 2018 | Amista Vineyards

Best Sparkling Wineries in Sonoma and Napa

Amista Vineyards Tasting Room with Yellow Unbrellas

"Bubbleheads, behold our guide to Sonoma and Napa wineries that specialize in sparkling - and what bubbles you shouldn't miss when you visit," says Sarah Stierch. She adds, "Nestled among grenache and syrah vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley, Amista produces Rhône varietal - and a touch of chardonnay - wines with an emphasis on sparkling."

Read more in "Best Sparkling Wineries in Sonoma and Napa," by Sara Stierch in Sonoma Magazine.

Time Posted: Dec 1, 2018 at 2:43 PM Permalink to Best Sparkling Wineries in Sonoma and Napa Permalink

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