Sonoma’s wine scene has flourished so much in the last generation that many of the county’s viticultural pioneers have become international tastemakers, producing at massive scale.
Dig a little deeper, though, and you’ll find a clutch of boutique wineries whose taste and style is dictated by terroir, not by the trends guiding the bigger guys.
At Sonoma’s small, often family-run wineries, a few dedicated folks see the process through from start to finish.
“We all have a hand in our product from soup to nuts,” says Alice Warnecke Sutro, the 33-year-old founder of Sutro Wines in the Alexander Valley who is bringing a youthful approach to an age-old business.
Like Sutro, many among this new generation of craft winemakers like to be involved in the process as early on as the farming, before nurturing their wines through production and harvest, and ultimately to marketing and sales. The result is small batches of bright, bold, and deeply loved wines.
As warmer months approach, Sonoma’s artisan winemakers are rolling out their most refreshing, thirst-quenching wines. Get a taste or a bottle at these Sonoma craft wineries.
Inizi Wines’ 2017 Rosé of Charbono
This craft winery, founded by two couples whose male counterparts met at Fresno State. emphasizes terroir and the production of simple, pure wines. Inizi is one of two artisan wineries sharing tasting room space at the Guerneville Bank Club, built by fellow winemaker Alice Warnecke Sutro’s great-grandfather in 1921. At the renovated historic building, Inizi is pouring its 2017 Rosé of Charbono ($24), a refreshing soft-pink wine with strong aromas of hibiscus flower, salted melon, and fresh cranberry. Bottles can be ordered online or at one of more than two dozen restaurants and merchants including Hog Island Oyster Co. in Tomales Bay and K&L Wine Merchants in San Francisco. // 16290 Main St (Guerneville), iniziwines.com