We’re excited to welcome back William Allen of Two Shepherds for a winemaker tasting, featuring new releases and a special limited wine! William and his partner Karen have a small production winery in Windsor (Sonoma County), a homestead where they’ve planted their own vineyard, and an adorable menagerie of animals. They love fruit from cool climate vineyards, older vines, and unique grape varieties. They always rely on native yeast, add nothing other than minimal sulphur, use neutral barrels for fermentation and aging, and eschew fining and filtration. Their wines, as a result, exhibit transparently fresh fruit with bright acidity and lower alcohol.
First we’ll feature the ‘Dolce’ Skin Fermented Pinot Gris, named after their miniature Sicilian donkey. It’s destemmed, and fermented on the skins for 5 days, producing a copper hue and falling somewhere between an orange wine and a rosé. Next we’ll have the ‘Wiley’ Carbonic Carignan, named after their adorable kitten! It has lively red plum fruit and a crisp acidity, perfect with a chill. And last we’ll pour a rare treat, their Cinsault from the famous Bechthold Vineyard in Lodi. At 135 years old, it’s believed to be the oldest surviving Cinsault vineyard in the world. Its purity of fruit and spice stand out, with surprising depth for a light-bodied red wine--making it an ideal summer-time wine.
Saturday, May 11th, 12:00-7:00pm. William Allen will be present from 3:00-6:00pm. Flight of 3 wines, $15
As always, featured bottles will be for sale at 10% off to tasting participants, during the event only. Wine Club Members get 20% off tastings.