Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Video of the Day: Tres Sabores, Rutherford's Secret, Rustic Winery

Julie Johnston runs one of Napa's secret hideaway wineries - Tres Sabores, a personal favorite of mine for its rusticity and authenticity.

No anonymous tasting room here - no, you get that farm/vineyard feel complete with barnyard where you'll find guinea fowl and polyculture - with olives trees and pomegranates growing abundantly.

You can even sit outside and eat your own sandwich.

And the wines are fabulous - the estate-grown Zinfandel recently took a Top 100 Wine of 2011 from the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle's annual list.

The name is Spanish (although the grapes are not) and comes from a song about the three things it takes to make good wine - the terroir, the vine and the artisan.

Supporting Johnston's work these days can help the winery stay afloat - it was severely impacted by the Vacaville warehouse fire, when it lost an entire uninsured vintage.

Tres Sabores was featured today in a brief Oregon Live writeup from Oregon wine writer Katherine Cole.

The Zinfandel is one of the wines featured in my new app (still "coming soon")!

Reading the reviews on Yelp will have you getting in your car this weekend and heading north (after the rains have passed).

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