A little background on the winery. As you know the Shenandoah Valley in California is a premier wine growing region in Amador County. The Story family first built the winery in 1973 among the old vine Zinfadel and Mission vineyards. This old vines are said to date back to the turn of the century. In 1992 Bruce and Jan Tichenor purchased the winery and have produced high quality wines over the past years. The farming method used is called "Dry-farmed" where the only water these vines get is from the rainfall. The iron rich decomposed granite soil, the dry farming the wide fluctuation in temperatures between day and night have made Story Winery a top producer in Zinfadel, Sangiovese, Primitivo and Barbera. Soon the winery will also be certified Organic.
The day of the tasting was a hot one and it was nice to go into the barrel room for the class where it was nice and cool. The Assistant wine maker, Brian Reid lead the class after an introduction about the winery from Jan and Cinde.
|Brian Reid and Jan Tichenor|
|stainless steel vats|
After the white, we tasted the 09 Mission Zin., 09 Creekside Zin., 08 Hilltop Zin and the Picnic Hill. I guess ideally you take a taste and spit out the rest...don't think too many of us did that, what a waste of good wine.
Brian was great, he was relaxed and humorous and informative without being stuffy about wine tasting. He showed us the right way to spit wine, even if he did miss the spittoon, sort of. But that's what made this class fun. The light hearted nature of it. Basic lesson.. drink the kind of wine you like with what ever kind of food.
After the lesson we went out to the picnic and tasting room area and were greeted by the beautiful view of the valley. We even got a certificate of completion!
10525 Bell Rd
Plymouth CA 95669