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This is not another blend from another winery. This is years of labor to break a curse haunting our region from bad wines of the past. As Lorenzo, our partner, so eloquently explained in the SOMM Journal...
"...it seemed as though there was a preconceived perception of our wine, and it made me feel like I had something to prove. I wondered, “Why are people so skeptical and scared to try our wines from this region?”
It took me years to understand that the answer was in the history of what we used to be. We were 'cursed by the knowledge' they had about our region, and the only way to break that spell was to make extraordinary wines. Opinions are hard to change in a short time, but it can be done."
And so it is. Taste our 2021 Painted Fields Curse of Knowledge before it sells out. Best Bordeaux Blend at Sierra Foothills Wine Fest. Rated 92 points by SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel Magazine. Click here to purchase.
Enjoy this rare opportunity as we taste our collection of single vineyard Zinfandel paired with bites prepared by the acclaimed culinary duo of Flora and Fauna Provisions. The event starts at 12:30pm on Sunday, July 23rd.
Led by our Estate Winemaker, Mark Fowler, you'll learn why these Zinfandels shine and how the farming practices and microclimates help showcase their unique qualities and differences.
The flight includes some of our most sought-after small batch Zinfandel ~ from the 104-year-old heritage vineyard, Old Massoni Ranch, to Zinfandel from Shake Ridge Ranch, meticulously tended to by legendary viticulturist, Ann Kraemer.
You'll be greeted with a delicious palate cleanser while you nibble on specialty charcuterie.
Enjoy wines only available for tasting and purchase at this event…
~ 2021 Old Massoni Ranch Zinfandel
~ 2020 Shake Ridge Ranch Zinfandel
~ 2020 DiStasio Zinfandel
~ 2019 Friedlander Block Reserve Zinfandel
~ 2020 Original Grandpere Zinfandel
~ Beef tartare on pommes gaufrettes
~ Ciccioli crostini with Dijon mustard and cornichon
~ Polenta & mushroom canapés
~ Spanish chorizo & manchego puff pastry bites
~ French Onion Soup Mini Tarts
Tickets $45 per person / $36 Club Andis Members (log into your account to receive your discount). Please purchase your tickets by Monday, July 17th. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.
Not from around here? Stay the night and explore the area with a 20% discount at HOTEL REST, just a few minutes away from our tasting room. Use code: ANDIS, when booking your stay between July 21st- July 24th to receive the discount.
Did you know cork oak forests make a significant contribution to helping our planet? A cork oak tree lives for up to 200 years and within its lifetime, it becomes a massive storehouse of CO2, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Our cork supplier recently honored us with a certificate highlighting our contribution to sequestering 24.6 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere - equivalent to what 1,025 trees would capture in a year! The findings are the only ones to date that underwent a multi-closure comparative peer review.
At Andis, we make it a priority to be as sustainable as possible in all that we do, even with our corks. It’s not just because of how it protects the quality of our wines - and, as you now know, our planet - it is also one of nature’s most amazing raw materials that is naturally renewable.
BY ALL MEANS, PUT A CORK IN IT
Cork is an all natural raw material that comes from the bark of a Cork Oak tree. It is light, impermeable to liquids and gases, elastic, compressible, provides thermal and acoustic insulation, it is also a fire retardant and highly abrasion-resistant. Not to mention, it is completely biodegradable, renewable and recyclable.
So yes, we’re big believers in cork.
THE MIGHTY IMPACT
Every year cork oak forests absorb up to 14 million tonnes of CO2. This ability to retain carbon dioxide is passed on to manufactured cork products, including cork stoppers. What's even better, during the natural regeneration process that follows harvesting, the tree's ability to absorb CO2 increases up to five times.
In other words, the more it is harvested, the more it protects the environment.
To learn more about the sustainability of corks, including typical myths vs. facts, visit https://www.amorimcork.com/en/cork/myths-and-curiosities
You’ll never look at corks the same way again.
Two of our wines will be featured during a grand tasting at CabFranc-A-Palooza, the largest International Cabernet Franc festival happening in Livermore from June 1 through June 4.
We’ll be one of over 40 wineries celebrating all things Cabernet Franc, ending with a select group of wineries handpicked to pour (including Andis) for a grand tasting on June 4th. I’ll be attending the event with our Estate Winemaker, Mark Fowler, pouring our 2020 Cabernet Franc and 2021 Curse of Knowledge.
Our founders, Janis and Andy, have been making Cab Franc from the beginning. It’s been a labor of love for us, especially for me. It was a bottle of Andis Cab Franc that opened my eyes to the Sierra Foothills. To be able to share a wine and tell the story of how it changed my world is a meaningful honor.
There’s still tickets left for those of you interested. General admission is currently $99 per person. VIP tickets are $125 per person, which includes an extra hour of event, reserve wines only available to VIP guests, as well as barrel samples from participating wineries. For tickets, visit cabfrancapalooza.com.
Earth Day is April 22nd, a time when we demonstrate support for environmental protection. At Andis, we believe in honoring that demonstration and make it a mission to be as environmentally-friendly as possible when it comes to winemaking and viticulture.
Here's how we're doing our part…
Cover crops are a great way to have a large impact in the vineyard naturally. In between the rows of vines, we plant a variety of cover crops to help the soil with water retention and erosion. The added vegetation attracts healthy insects promoting ecological balance in the vineyards. In the spring, we till the cover crops into the earth, adding much needed nutrients back into the soil.
As part of our integrated pest management program, we have built owl boxes to attract our feathered friends. By providing a safe place for the owls to reside in our vineyards, we can help to increase the declining barn owl population in our area.
An owl family can consume up to 2,000 rodents per year, which also helps lessen our use of pesticides and chemicals.
We use pomace, the skins left over from winemaking, to keep dust down from our vineyard roads. By controlling dust, fine particles are prevented from becoming airborne, which can cause health issues or damage vegetation.
Our winery is built with a green design that is solar powered. We positioned the building on an East/West axis so the hot summer sun is only on the roof.
Lighter Bottles & Reusable Carafes
We are currently switching to lighter weight bottles to help lower waste in packaging. Our "Wine on Tap" program is another way we try to reduce waste by using refillable bottles.
We also recycle everything we possibly can. This includes bottles, boxes, corks, capsules and foils ~ some of which are taken by local artists for different projects.
More to come on how we plan to expand on our sustainability initiative. Stay tuned...