Good wine doesn't have to be so serious or stuffy. The team at Spicy Vines can attest to that. They are producing award-winning wines and are having fun doing it.
For Crystalyn Hoffman, Co-Founder and Managing Director or Spicy Vines, a serendipitous and fortuitous experience occurred during a trip to Germany. She was intrigued by a local tradition of sipping delicious, hot mulled wine with friends. Returning home, she wondered how such a wonderfully social custom had not translated to American culture, so she set out to make the introduction.
With some help from friends, Crystalyn founded Spicy Vines, a different kind of wine producer focused on making premium small production wine - while making it approachable, diverse and fun. While most of Spicy Vines wines are traditional bottlings, some are uniquely spiced and can be served directly from the bottle, mixed in a cocktail, or heated up to enjoy like the centuries old German custom with which Crystalyn fell in love.
A visit to Spicy Vines tasting room in the popular Healdsburg Square is an experience that will leave you with a smile and a newfound interest in how wine can translate from the simplicity of fermented grapes in a bottle.
As the folks at Spicy Vines say, spice up your world, "try something new, do something different and embrace life with a twist."
We chatted with Co-Founder Crystalyn Hoffmann and Winemaker Doug Hackett on SIP Virtual Wine Tasting. The duo shared more details about the inspiration behind Spicy Vines, the tasting room off Healdsburg square and Doug's winemaking philosophy. During the interview we tasted the limited production Spicy Vines 2015 EDGE Red Blend.
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