"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.
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"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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Do you know how sparkling wine is made? Our friends at the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley created a brief and informative explanation. Best of all, they featured a beautiful photo of our Blanc de Blanc!
Check out their Intro to Sparkling Wine in the Dry Creek Valley blog.
"The artisan, family-owned winery and beautiful, estate vineyards of Amista Vineyards showcase the gorgeous grapes of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Set off on a self-guided Vineyard Adventure Walk and you’ll learn more about grapes behind the award-winning wines and the extra care Amista dedicates to preserving its enveloping natural beauty, including efforts to restore the natural fish habitat in the onsite Dry Creek," wrties Amy Bizzari in Upscale Living Magazine.
Find out more about Sustainabilty in Action at Amista Vineyards and neighboring wineries.
"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.
"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.
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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!"
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