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Er tanzt gerne etwas aus der Reihe. (He likes to do things a little different than everyone else.)

Austrian wines

Years ago while in West Berlin, almond grower Bob Koth fell in love with German and Austrian wines. Being a nutty guy, so to speak, upon return to Lodi he excavated a parcel of his almond orchard and planted the varietals he’d developed a taste for. Industry insiders considered this death by vine, but we admire anyone who goes against the norm to follow their passion. 3 rows of Blaufränkish, 4 rows of Dornfelder, a smattering of St. Laurent, and Bob working his arsch off all these years has given Trailmaker a boon. We love Bob and these wines and...

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Better later than earlier...

Like Christmas decorations, the Rosé season starts earlier each year. Frankly, we think the best time to drink pink is in these dog and fog days of August. With this in mind, we worked with our friend Roland Wentzel at Eagle Point Ranch to make a Rosè that would be lively, fresh and aromatic. Eagle Point Ranch is a small, sustainable and certified organic vineyard on the eastern side of Mendocino. It’s iron-rich, rocky soils make for wonderful Rhone grapes.   We hand harvested 3 tons of piquant Grenache, gently pressed it and fermented the juice in neutral oak. This...

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Crushing it...

Chardonnay Oakland Pinot Noir Tasting

Saturday, June 11, 2-5pm Join us tomorrow for a pouring at Oakland Crush. It’s the perfect watering hole for wine lovers with a penchant for small-production, high quality wines. Oakland Crush promotes independent and family-owned wineries that follow sustainable practices in their farming, sourcing, winemaking and workforce and we're tickled to be part of their portfolio. We’ll be pouring our new releases: 2015 Eagle Point Ranch Vineyard Rosè of Grenache 2014 Manchester Ridge Chardonnay 2014 Saveria Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Mokelumne Glen Zweigelt Balanced and beautiful with plenty of personality, please stop by for a taste, or a glass, and all...

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