Gary Miller
February 18, 2012 | Gary Miller

Evolution of a White Wine …

For years we have talked about, even threatened, to make a white wine once we got settled as a winery. You know how that goes … “If I could only … If I only had the time, money ( you fill in the blank )”. Well, in the end, as it turns out with most things, the reality is that you should just quit waiting on “whatever”, and get on with it.

This past Fall I was privileged to be presented the opportunity to work with some grapes outside of the North Coast arena. I spent 2 ½ months in the Sierra Foothills, lending a hand at a colleagues facility, as the winemaker, whose due date was October 6th, prepared to deliver the family’s second child. As it turns out, about half the varietals to be harvested were, you guessed it, white wine grapes …

Now I’ve been around some white wines being made, but had never stuck my toe in the water for myself. Now I was having the fun of making six different white wines – 4 varietal / 2 blends – under the tutelage and protocol of said winemaker. Equally exciting, the primary varietals were all Rhone by nature - right where we want to be. They were by name ; Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Grenache blanc. It was a wonderful experience, and Surprise Surprise ! not nearly as daunting as I had made it out to be all these years …

Next: "Our dear friend Ernie Porco, and “can we make a white wine too ?“


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