Broken spoke wineries have a lot of stories to tell.
The winery in California’s Sonoma County is known for its rustic, family-friendly atmosphere, and the wine is one of the few products that can really be tasted at a distance.
Winemaker Kevin Johnson is one such winemaker, and he has been doing so for more than a decade.
He began his winery with the idea of opening a small tasting room in Sonoma to let winemakers, and anyone else interested in the craft, experience the wine they are tasting.
Johnson said the company is now the largest in the state of California, with nearly 200 wineries in California and Oregon.
But, he said, the company isn’t the only one looking for ways to help educate the public.
“We don’t just have to speak about the wines, we have to share our stories and share our wines,” he said.
“We’re talking about the whole family.”
The Sonoma Valley is a region that is inextricably tied to the winemaker industry.
The wine is made by thousands of small wineries and is then bottled and sold in the wine market.
In recent years, Sonoma has seen a rise in small winery closures and growth in the number of smaller wineries.
The industry has also been hit hard by a recent spate of drought, which has affected wineries as well as producers.
“In my experience, there’s been a shift from winemering in the California interior to the Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Coast, where there’s less water and fewer grapes,” Johnson said.
For Winery owner Bill Siegel, the recent drought has caused him to rethink how he approaches his business.
“The problem has always been, if we can’t keep growing and making wine, we’re going to have to be more selective about where we plant and how we harvest,” he explained.
Johnson’s business is one example of that trend.
For years, Siegel has been growing grapes in the small Sonoma vineyard, using a proprietary technique that requires the grapes to be harvested from a very specific location.
“I think we’re seeing a lot more people becoming interested in doing wine tasting in the West Coast,” he added.
Siegel is a big proponent of the spoken-word style of wine, which can have a very different effect on people than traditional tasting.
“It’s a little more subtle, a little less bracing, a more contemplative approach,” he remarked.
“I think a lot people just don’t understand the subtlety of that style of taste.”
In Sonoma, Johnson said he hopes to continue making wines that appeal to the broader wine industry, especially with the advent of a new generation of winemappers.
He said that, in many ways, he hopes that his winemap will continue to appeal to people who have been wanting to experience wine for a long time, but aren’t sure where to start.
“When we do a wine tasting, we want to make sure that we have the most interesting wines that are going to be memorable and memorable for people,” he stated.
“And that’s what we’re doing here.
It’s a winemaker’s dream, it’s a family’s dream.”