Last week, we were honored to take part in the Kosta Browne Winery Grower's Appreciation Luncheon, where Kosta Browne wined, dined and made the 18 growers they work with feel very special.
This morning Celeste and I bottled our 2013 wines. I’ve been making wine for a long time for my family and friends, but the whole texture of it has changed since we planted our vineyard and moved to the Russian River Valley.
Currently, we have three wines percolating at Gantz Family Vineyards: a Thorn Ridge Pinot Noir, a Charles Smith Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay. While we do not sell our wines, winemaking is what led me to become a vineyard grower, and I enjoy continuing to practice and perfect this art in our recently renovated winery.
Now that we have moved to the ranch, he has struggled to find a location on the property that would serve the same purpose. We finally decided to take a small barn once used for kiwi harvesting and turn it into a dedicated winery for his work.