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May 18, 2020 | Amista Vineyards

You Gotta Watch This! Tasting Amista Sparkling Syrah

Sparkling Syrah from Amista Vineyards with Glass or Sparkling and Flowers in the Vineyard

Watch for a bubbling surprise and then learn what Wine on the Dime has to say about our Sparkling Syrah.

"This comes out to be a very good wine. Amista Vineyards, well done!" says Stuart Bankey.

Check out Amista Vineyards Sparkling Dry Creek Valley Syrah Rosé Wine Review from Stuart's YouTube channel Wine on the Dime.



Time Posted: May 18, 2020 at 2:28 PM Permalink to You Gotta Watch This! Tasting Amista Sparkling Syrah Permalink
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April 2, 2020 | Amista Vineyards

Amista 2016 Grenache: Varietal of the Month

Amista Vineyards Sparkling Syrah, Two Festive Glasses with Bottle and Corks"Grenache is a wonderful and versatile varietal all on it’s own, but its claim to fame is its use as one of the fundamental grapes in the highly regarded French Rhone blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape." writes Marcy Gordon.

Amista 2016 Grenache Dry Creek Valley Morningsong Vineyards

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Exhibiting plum, leather, and licorice with dried strawberry on the nose, the Amista 2016 Grenache has a touch of ripe raspberry and fig on the palate with smooth lingering tannins. This Grenache shows tremendous balance with smooth medium tannins and a nice weight on the finish. I paired the Amista with an old school recipe for Chicken Marbella and it was marvelous complement to the dish, both savory and rich. An old school recipe with a new world wine made for a perfect pairing.

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Time Posted: Apr 2, 2020 at 11:11 AM Permalink to Amista 2016 Grenache: Varietal of the Month Permalink
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February 7, 2020 | Amista Vineyards

A Female Winemaker's Guide to Sonoma, from Amista's Ashley Herzberg

Amista Vineyards"Local winemaker’ Ashley Herzberg of Amista Vineyards gave us a tour of the area's best food, wine, and sites," says Nicole Kliest in Fathom, an on-line travel magazine.

"Not surprisingly, she recommends your first stop should be at Amista. "We make estate-grown sparkling wines, the ideal way to kick off a day in Sonoma County...My favorite wine to start with is our sparkling grenache. Pale pink and crisp and made in the traditional Champagne method, it’s perfect to have in your glass while you take our self-guided vineyard tour down to the creek to see if the steelhead and coho salmon are running."

Want to know the other favorite pastimes Ashley recommends? Read "Sip Sustainably: A Female Winemakers Guide to Sonoma" in Fathom.

Time Posted: Feb 7, 2020 at 8:40 AM Permalink to A Female Winemaker's Guide to Sonoma, from Amista's Ashley Herzberg Permalink
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January 10, 2020 | Amista Vineyards

Best Wineries to Visit in Sonoma - Amista Vineyards!

Amista Vineyards"New Year’s Eve celebrations may be over, but that’s no excuse to stop enjoying bubbly. Amista produces several types of sparklers, including the popular Blanc de Blanc, made from Chardonnay grapes from the estate vineyard, and a Syrah sparkler. Amista is also known for its still Rhône wines, such as Grenache and Syrah," says Sonoma Magazine.

Read Best Sonoma Wineries to Visit Right Now by Jean Saylor Doppenberg.

Time Posted: Jan 10, 2020 at 10:53 AM Permalink to Best Wineries to Visit in Sonoma - Amista Vineyards! Permalink
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December 4, 2019 | Amista Vineyards

Amista Sparkling Syrah: Varietal of the Month

Amista Vineyards Sparkling Syrah, Two Festive Glasses with Bottle and Corks"Nothing makes an occasion more festive than Sparkling Wine. The pop of the cork, the rise of tiny bubbles and the gentle whoosh of foam in the glass—it’s romantic and special. But sparkling wines are not just for holidays and celebrations, they are also a fine choice for everyday meals and pair exceptionally well with a variety of foods." writes Marcy Gordon.

Amista Sparkling Syrah Dry Creek Valley Morningsong Vineyards

Image, WineRoad

Simply gorgeous deep ruby-cranberry color, with a fine bead and soft strawberry mousse nose. Luscious yet lithe on the palate with citrus and berry notes that float towards a delicate quince and orange finish that is zesty, balanced and alive with flavor. Pair with crab cakes or fresh fruit and cheese.

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Time Posted: Dec 4, 2019 at 2:46 PM Permalink to Amista Sparkling Syrah: Varietal of the Month Permalink
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November 6, 2019 | Amista Vineyards

Savoring Sonoma at Amista Vineyards

Amista Vineyards Sparkling Syrah, Two Festive Glasses with Bottle and Corks"...Anyone who knows me or follows me on Twitter knows how deep my love for Sonoma runs. It is my favorite vacation spot and somewhere I hope to live someday. The people are some of the most real, caring, down-to-Earth that I have met anywhere in my travels around the US, and the landscapes are some of the most uniquely exquisite ones ever. " writes Christopher Browke.

Sensual Sparkling Red at Amista Vineyards

"Amista just reminds me of a classy, yet down-to-Earth family picnic. Their grounds are charmingly rustic with your arrival being marked by the iconic yellow umbrella." 

     Image, Christopher Browke


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Time Posted: Nov 6, 2019 at 1:59 PM Permalink to Savoring Sonoma at Amista Vineyards Permalink
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October 18, 2019 | Amista Vineyards

Amista Ilusión - Sweet Wine for People Who Don't Think They Like Sweet Wines

Amista Vineyards Ilusion Dessert Wine Glass & Bottle on Barrel in Vineyard"Just don’t call them dessert wines. While many of them are delicious with dessert, they are often just as transcendent with savory dishes. Foie gras with Sauternes, stilton with Port—there’s a reason that these are among the most classic food and wine pairings you’ll ever experience," writes Brian Freedman in Food and Wine.

He describes our Amista Ilusión from Dry Creek Valley as "A complex blend of Zinfandel and Syrah, it has aromas of sweet cigar tobacco, dried blueberries, and cedar, and a concentrated palate that carries flavors of black cherries, baker’s chocolate, and Chinese five-spice powder."  

Read "10 Sweet Wines for People Who Don't Think They Like Sweet Wine" in Food and Wine.

Time Posted: Oct 18, 2019 at 7:55 AM Permalink to Amista Ilusión - Sweet Wine for People Who Don't Think They Like Sweet Wines Permalink
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September 11, 2019 | Amista Vineyards

Amista - 30 days, 30 Wineries

Amista Vineyards & 30 Days, 30 Wineries"What is my dream? To be knee-deep in wine country. To experience life with those who live it every day, and to be around that community because it brings me such joy, happiness and the opportunity to constantly learn." writes Becky Creighton.

"Sparkling wine out of zinfandel country? No, it’s not white zinfandel. Not even close.  Let me introduce you to Amista Vineyards. A lovely, no appointment necessary, small vineyard and winery. " adds Becky about her visit to Amista.
    Image, Becky Creighton


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Time Posted: Sep 11, 2019 at 3:52 PM Permalink to Amista - 30 days, 30 Wineries Permalink
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September 3, 2019 | Amista Vineyards

Experiencing the Wonders of Harvest Season at Amista and Sonoma County

The Wonder of Harvest at Amista Vineyards, Sonoma County"Armed with gloves, shears, and a rectangular plastic basket, I was hunched over a row of vines, removing bunches of fruit. Nervous about mangling the grapes, I worked slowly, eventually falling into a rhythm. Before long a peaceful feeling began to descend as I stood in the dirt." writes Mai Pham in the Houstonian Magazine.

"I listened intently as winemaker Ashley Herzberg, in a soft voice that belied the fact that she’s one of the area’s top winemakers, talked about making the pink sparkling grenache that she’d poured us," adds Pham about her visit to Amista.
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Time Posted: Sep 3, 2019 at 9:04 AM Permalink to Experiencing the Wonders of Harvest Season at Amista and Sonoma County Permalink
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September 1, 2019 | Amista Vineyards

On the Sparkling Wine Trail in Sonoma

Amista Fusion in the Vineyards, Healdsburg, California

Laura Sutherland showcases sparkling wineries in Sonoma, including Amista, and makes some fascinating points about the state of Sonoma sparkling in her article in Taste & Travel Magazine.

Here are her five key themes and my two cents from the perspective of an owner of the 1st sparkling winery in Healdsburg, California.

Point #1. California is Heir to the French Champagne Throne

“If Champagne, France is the king of bubbly, then California is next in line to the throne, with dazzling sparkling wines being produced throughout the state,” proclaims Laura. I agree that dazzling sparkling wines are being produced these days in California, primarily in Napa and Sonoma.

However, with a head start of centuries and Champagne’s iconic brand, I’m not sure the heir will ever ascend to the throne – at least not in my lifetime. I say that because the brand “Champagne” is akin to Coke, which is used to refer to any cola beverage, like Champagne is often used to refer to any sparkling wine.

Champagne will probably remain the king from a recognition point of view, but many California sparkling wines are of equal quality and elegance when compared with the Champagnes of France.

Point #2. Sonoma is Perfect for Growing Champagne’s Key Varietals

Although I admit to being biased, I love that the focus of the article is on Sonoma, our home in wine country. Amista Vineyards is in the heart of Sonoma in the countryside outside the charming town of Healdsburg.

Laura goes on to say, “since Sonoma sits closer to the ocean, it benefits from foggier mornings, cool misty nights and occasional sea breezes — the perfect climate for growing pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, true champagne’s key varietals.”

Chardonnay and pinot noir are the classic varieties used to make Champagne and the same varieties used by the early sparkling wineries in California. They were established by iconic French Champagne houses like Louis Roederer and Moet & Chandon, which began investing in California in the 1960s and 1970s, and they all followed the French tradition.

Point #3. Sonoma Wineries Turning out Bubbly on a Level with French Relatives

“Sonoma has boasted excellent sparkling wine producers for decades, like Iron Horse and Gloria Ferrer, but recently, more and more Sonoma wineries are turning out bubbly on a level with their French relatives,” Laura declares. I must admit, this make me happy!

We love making sparkling wines. In fact, our winemaker Ashley Herzberg and I say, “we make bubbles for ourselves and we’re happy to share them.” And we love enjoying our own wines, but it’s especially gratifying to hear that Amista and our neighboring sparkling wine houses are seen as making quality wines on par with the icons of French Champagne.

Point #4. California Winemakers Have More Creative Freedom

Agreed. And for that I am thankful. Champagne is special because of the clear restrictions on the varieties of grapes that can be used and the number of years a wine must be aged to be designated a vintage wine, among other things.

On the other hand, in this country, we have the freedom to experiment with different varieties and aging protocols, which allows us to craft unique sparkling wines.  

At Amista we are on a mission to make brilliant sparkling wines from our estate grown Rhône varieties like Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, although we give a nod to tradition and make a Blanc de Blanc from the Chardonnay that we grow in our estate vineyards. We love to experiment and try new varieties and blends.

Laura agrees, saying, “Pushing the envelope of what makes a great sparkling wine is one of Amista’s signatures.” This month we released the newest in our collection of sparkling wines, Sparkling Tres. It is a sparkling rosé made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. We make a red GSM blend, so it was inevitable that a Sparkling Tres was something we had to try.

Our Sparkling Tres turned out to be a beautiful wine, in the glass and on the palate with red berry notes coupled with slivered almonds and short bread cookies. It sounds like dessert but like all our sparkling wines, it is dry with a dosage of 4g/L, which is considered Extra Brut.

Point #5. Most California Wine Made in Traditional Methode Champenoise

Although we use non-traditional grapes, all our sparkling wines are made using the traditional method for making fine French Champagne. The grapes are picked at a lower brix level (sugar content) and the wine goes through a second fermentation in its own bottle.

There are other less expensive and time-consuming ways to produce bubbles, but we remain committed to the traditional process because it delivers the highest quality sparkling wine.

Check out “On the Sparkling Wine Trail in Sonoma” by Laura Sutherland in Taste & Travel Magazine for a superb list of sparkling houses to visit in Sonoma wine country.

We hope you will put Amista Vineyards on the top of your list and Taste with Us on your exploration of Sonoma sparkling wines.

Time Posted: Sep 1, 2019 at 4:00 PM Permalink to On the Sparkling Wine Trail in Sonoma Permalink

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