Roger Roessler

Some of my favorite Pinots from California come from Roessler Cellars. Roger Roessler brought his wonderful wines to the sands of South Beach for the annual wine festival. In the interview you will hear the ocean breezes and the surf crashing in while Roger and I chat about his wines.

From Roessler Cellars:

Roessler Cellars began in 2000 when long-time restaurateur Roger Roessler and experienced winemaker Richard Roessler merged talents to produce our first vintage of Pinot Noir. Inspired by a winemaking friend to “buy a few grapes” and “make a little wine,” the brothers sourced Sonoma grapes from the celebrated grape-growers, the Sangiacomo family. Over the years, we added new vineyards to our portfolio and grew from 225 cases of the original Sangiacomo fruit, to over 7,000 cases of 17 single-vineyard and appellation designated Pinots and 4 single-vineyard Chardonnays. The simple idea to “buy a few grapes” and “make a little wine” snowballed into the creation of a truly diverse and quality-focused enterprise. The map of Roessler Cellars’ select growers stretches from the Santa Rita Hills of Santa Barbara to northern Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Though our label’s wide assortment of vineyards reflects our passion and commitment to the Pinot and Chardonnay varietals, our company was born out of a gamble.

Gary Sitton, Blackstone Vineyards

Gary Sitton, winemaker for Blackstone Vineyards, has recently introduced a reserve line of wines that I find to be outstanding for the money. The Pinot Noir is especially a great surprise. The Chardonnay will also make you sit up and take notice.

Visit: www.blackstonewinery.com

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