Month of Oct. - End of Vintage Chardonnay Sale & Creekside Zinfandel Sale
Friday Oct. 26 - Nevada Day
Friday Nov. 16 - Imperial Hotel Winemakers Dinner
October usually signals the completion of harvest & crush for us. Harvest was a little later this year by about 2 weeks, which helps explain why this newsletter is so late! Our Carneros Chardonnay was the last varietal harvested (on 10/5/18) and will have finished fermenting in both stainless and barrel when you read this. The first grapes (Zinfandel-Quartz) came in on 9/14. Over those 21 days of harvest, we crushed 8 different varieties, including two new ones - Grenache and Petite Sirah. You'll learn more about those new varietals in coming newsletters.
We recently moved all the new wine to barrels to start the 'second' fermentation. While in the barrels, the wine goes through malolactic fermentation. It's a process that takes tart-tasting malic acid and transitions it to softer lactic acid. It's what gives wine that smooth, velvety mouth-feel. Once the 'ML' fermentation is done, we'll put the wine to sleep for the winter and allow the winemakers to take some much needed time off.
Story's long-time winemaker, Brian Reid, moved back to his hometown of Chico before harvest in order to assist family members. Brian was a great partner on our winemaking team, tirelessly overseeing production to ensure solid wines year over year for our customers. Also, Brian enjoyed working the tasting room, and always entertained our guests with great stories. Brian was fun, a very hard worker, and always had Bosco, his Boxer, by his side. We miss them both, and wish them the best.
Remember that some of the most beautiful scenery in the Sierra foothills is on display now. Our gnarly, old-growth vines with gold and red leaves are a perfect backdrop to a wonderful afternoon of great weather and, even better, a lovely glass of wine. Please join us.
The Story Wine Family
End of Vintage Chardonnay Sale - October only
The highly-awarded 2016 Carneros Chardonnay is on sale the month of October. Priced at just $25/bottle, we are giving you the opportunity to stock up for upcoming events & holiday gatherings. Hurry while supplies last. (No additional discounts apply)
2015 Creekside Sale - Only $22 (reg. $28)
In 2015 we made a lot of Creekside and frankly, we need the room! Come in and pickup a bottle or two of this delicious Old Vine Zin from a vineyard planted in 1936.
Nevada Day - Friday, Oct. 26
Bring your Nevada ID and you're entitled to 15% off your purchase.
Winemakers Dinner at Imperial Hotel - Friday Nov. 16
Join us for Imperial Hotel's Winemakers Dinner on Friday, Nov. 16th. A superb meal paired with Story's extraordinary wines in Amador City's beautifully restored historical landmark.
Reserve today! Limited seating.