Three young Sonoma County winemakers turning heads
They were just kids when they first crossed paths with wine grapes and their mysterious powers. But the experience planted a seed in them, a dormant yearning that eventually became a calling for Erica Stancliff, Alison Crowe and Morgan Twain-Peterson. Today they’re turning heads with their wines and showing the world what can be done in a short window of time.
Wine of the week
Garnet Vineyards, 2014 Rodgers Creek Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, 14.4%, $36. ★★★1/2:
A treat for Thanksgiving because it’s a bright and lively food wine. It trumpets tangy red fruit — cherry and strawberry -— with notes of mineral and white pepper. Lovely.
The Carneros Wine Alliance Elects New Board of Directors
The Carneros Wine Alliance, a non-profit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA), announced today that a new board of directors has been elected. Crista Johnson of Schug Carneros Estate Winery has been named Chair of the board and Carla Bosco of Bouchaine Vineyards has been elected as Vice-Chair. TJ Evans of Domaine Carneros will continue to serve as Treasurer of the Carneros Wine Alliance, a position that he has held for the past year. Additional board members include Anne Moller-Racke of The Donum Estate, Alison Crowe of Garnet Vineyards, Jennifer LaRosa of Poseidon Vineyard, and Sam Jamison of Carneros Hills Winery.
Napa’s Alison Crowe dishes ‘dirt’ on Grape and the Girl blog
Napa’s Alison Crowe grew up surfing in Carpinteria with a citrus-farming family that threw fabulous wine party potlucks. So it came as no surprise to her parents when she dived into oenology and winemaking at UC Davis.
There, she penned wine columns for the university paper and founded WineMaker Magazine, an underground pub for the microvintner. After working at Chalone Vineyards and Bonny Doon Vineyard — where she served as enologist, and, later as associate winemaker — Crowe released her book, “The Winemaker’s Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem; Answers to Every Question” (Storey Publishing, 2007, 384 pages).