Intoxicating aromatics of wild strawberries, rhubarb and sweet smoke precede a smooth, velvety body and a clean, precise finish.
Pair it with a rich, slow-roasted pork shoulder on a warm Summer night!
This elusive and delicate light-bodied grape is a winegrowers dream, but can be difficult to achieve. Stubborn, yet flirtatious, Pinot Noir is tantalizing creating a beautiful dance between the grape and the winemaker. The resulting light red wine can be nothing short of spectacular. Loved for its red fruit and spicy characteristics, its also a great food partner.
Look for notable regions including Burgundy, France, Central Coast or Sonoma in CA, Willamette Valley in Oregon, and Pfalz or Baden in Germany as well as many other regions around the world in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and Argentina.
Unknown to many, Sonoma County located in Northern California is actually bigger than its neighbor, Napa County. Sonoma has a famous gap region, known as the Petaluma Gap, that provides a break in the the coastal ranges and is Sonoma County’s newest AVA. The “Gap” is actually a wind gap named after a coastal mountain opening that stretches east from the Pacific Ocean to the south of the San Pablo Bay. Closest to the Sonoma Coast is the famous Russian River Valley AVA known for its high-quality, elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. To the north of the Russian River lies the warmer Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley AVA’s producing a wide range of grape varieties including excellent Zinfandels, Sauvignon Blanc, Rhône varietals (Syrah, Grenache, etc), and Cabernet Sauvignon. Other vineyard areas to watch out for premium wine are Sonoma Coast AVA, Anderson Valley, and Mendocino County.
“BE CAREFUL, YOU ARE NOT IN WONDERLAND. I HAVE HEARD THE STRANGE MADNESS LONG GROWING IN YOUR SOUL. BUT YOU ARE FORTUNATE IN YOUR IGNORANCE, IN YOUR ISOLATION. YOU WHO HAVE SUFFERED, FIND WHERE LOVE HIDES. GIVE, SHARE, LOSE – LEST WE DIE, UNBLOOMED.” – ALLEN GINSBERG
The Wonderland Project was founded by bootlegger and former sommelier, Matt Ahern. After years of selling wine to elite restaurants in the Western US, Ahern realized that there was something missing from most wine lists: a high-quality wine made from high-quality fruit, with enough refinement for the most discerning palate at an accessible cost. In 2010, unable to find just the right wine to fill this niche, Ahern decided to make it himself. Ahern became the lead winemaker for Scribe Winery in 2010 and is lucky enough to produce a couple barrels of his private label there as well.