Family Winemakers 0f California

What an abundance of great wines!!  All local.  All family owned. All produced with a diversity of artistry and passion.

This 26 year “family tradition” offered a fabulous opportunity to discover great wines from 120 diverse small family-owned Northern California wineries, some well known, others making their debut. The first tasting was back in 1991 with 71 members pouring. Today FWC represents over 350 producers, with 120 wineries presenting the best of their wines at this 2016 tasting.

Each producer was pouring a multitude of varietals, with a wide range of pricing. There was something for everybody, every palate, every pocketbook, all colors and hues, bubbles to ports, single vineyards to unique blendings.  Making it through the  rows of wineries, with each showcasing two to double digit bottles of this year’s releases made for a very interesting feat.  There were far too many to do justice to all. Yet it was a delectable day.  There were some exceptional discoveries, great finds, and some tremendous values to drink now, or collect, and others to keep on the radar for follow-up.

The location was Pier 27, right on the water, with grand views of SF Bay, Bay Bridge and East Bay, although seems everyone was way too pre-occupied to take notice.

All in all, a great day.  Lots of information and insights – new and renewed.  Not enough time to make it around to all the producers and all products, so looking forward to the next opportunity.  In the mean time, below are some of the favorites, with comments and price points.

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$48, a yes, yes!

What an abundance of great wines!!  All local.  All family owned. All produced with a diversity of artistry and passion.

This 26 year “family tradition” offered a fabulous opportunity to discover great wines from 120 diverse small family-owned Northern California wineries, some well known, others making their debut. The first tasting was back in 1991 with 71 members pouring. Today FWC represents over 350 producers, with 120 wineries presenting the best of their wines at this 2016 tasting.

Each producer was pouring a multitude of varietals, with a wide range of pricing. There was something for everybody, every palate, every pocketbook, all colors and hues, bubbles to ports, single vineyards to unique blendings.  Making it through the  rows of wineries, with each showcasing two to double digit bottles of this year’s releases made for a very interesting feat.  There were far too many to do justice to all. Yet is was a delectable day.  There were great finds, some exceptional discoveries, nice surprises, and some tremendous values to drink now, vintages to collect, and others to keep on the radar for follow-up.

The location was Pier 27, right on the water, with grand views of SF Bay, Bay Bridge and East Bay, although seems everyone was way too pre-occupied to take notice.

All in all, a great day.  Lots of information and insights – new and renewed.  Not enough time to make it around to all the producers and all products, so looking forward to the next opportunity.  In the mean time, below are some of the favorites, with comments and price points.

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$45, yes!
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$60 and $110
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$55, yes. yes!
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$35, yes
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                                           2012 Reserve Chardonnay-$27, yes                                                                           2014 Chardonnay-$20, nice and oaky the way I like them – Yes, yes!!
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                  2013 Pinot Methode a l’Ancienne-$32- fuller than most, yes                                                      2014 Pinot- $20, yes
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$37, light on the French Oak yes, yes!

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$26, yes, yes!

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Zin- $20, yes, yes!!, and yes to others too!
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$4 – yummm, rich, chocolatey with a nice kick!! Great with the Navarro Gewurztraminer!
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all single vineyards, all lush.  Chard-$35, full oak, yes, yes!  Pinot-$55, Cab $58
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$70-, yes, yes!
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 a cabernet Port- $50-375 ml, flavorfully rich, but not too sweet, yes, yes!

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both delightful- both $28, both yes. yes!!

 

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