October 2015

Meet Russian River Valley's True Old Vine Zinfandel

By Founder Peter Tonti, Tonti Family Wines

Born out of our love of fine wines and delicious food, Tonti Family Wines offers a fine vintage Zinfandel.  After traveling the world and sampling different wines, we decided to make our way back home and bring this vintage to you.

Sonoma County Vintage Report: 2015

Two words best summarize the 2015 vintage: EARLY & SHORT. When I reported on the 2014 vintage last year, I told you that since moving to Sonoma County in 2001, it was the earliest on record. During this past spring, I predicted that our harvest yields in 2015 would be less than in previous years thanks to our drought and drier than normal conditions during the months of January through March.

Meet the Winemaker: James MacPhail of MacPhail Family Wines

James MacPhail grew up just north of San Francisco in Marin County where, since the 1880s, members of his father’s family have been pillars of the local business community. James’ mother was raised on a dairy farm in western Sonoma County; she remained tied to her Tomales Bay community, regularly engaging James in the lives of the region’s farming families. A passion for business and a love for the land are at the center of MacPhail family life.