Dear Family and Friends,
"New beginnings are often the sweetest beginnings". Eric has now joined us full-time and it is with great pleasure to announce our new (and first ever) Smith Story Wine Cellars Tasting Room. The location will be in the town of Philo in the magical Anderson Valley within The Madrones Mediterranean compound. This is a dream come true for us as the Anderson Valley is where "Our Story" began over a decade ago!
Mid-February is our target opening date, we are awaiting legal permits and such to finalize. Until then, please reach out anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to taste with us. For as long as we can swing it, we'll be running the tasting room and can't wait to finally meet so many of you. Philo is located approx. 11 miles west of the Mendocino Coast - so much to explore in this beautiful area of California wine country.
***you may now select "tasting room pickup" as a delivery selection when purchasing on www.smithstorywinecellars.com. ***
In The Vineyards
Today the sky is blue and the sun is shining, after a solid week of massive rainstorms. Northern California is officially out of a drought. The vines are dormant this time of year and the fertile soils are happily drinking up! We're now working with 11 families among 6 California AVAs as well as our dear family winery partner in the Rheingau! Our vineyard expansion in 2017 will hopefully include another Sauvignon Blanc & Sémillon vineyard.
2017 is our biggest year yet in terms of bottling and releasing too. Our Storyteller Wine Club page lists an accurate release schedule. Subject to change of course in case a varietal needs more bottle aging. A few single varietal standouts to look for:
- 2015 Dutton Ranch, Russian River Chardonnay
- 2015 Nash Mill Vineyard, Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
- 2015 Cabernet Franc, Sonoma
- 2015 Pickberry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
Please check our Happenings page, soon to be updated with release dates and events. You know have the option to pickup your orders at the tasting room. Can not wait to host our first Smith Story Wine Pickup Weekend!
As always, thank you for cheering us on. Our Story continues to grow with full hearts. Cheers to new adventures and joyful beginnings in the New Year.
Love, Eric and Ali
Smith Story Wine Cellars
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