Friends of Friends

While visiting Champagne I was floored to see winemaker Dan Petroski’s Instagram post from his tasting group in Napa. Dan drinks a LOT of great wine and he makes a LOT of great wine!

He organized a side-by-side blind vertical tasting of our Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay alongside my mentor Jean-Marc Roulot’s Meix Chavaux Chardonnay. Dan’s Massican wines are inspiring examples of what food-friendly and age-worthy Italian white varieties can be. Both Massican and Sandhi began with the 2009 vintage!

His efforts at the historic Larkmead Vineyards demonstrate what benchmark, old-vine, Napa Cabernet can be at its very best.

Thanks Dan!

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Triangle Wine Experience

Chef Ashley Christensen is one of the all-time greats as far as I’m concerned. She’s played a pivotal role in raising the bar for food, wine, and service in Raleigh, NC. Ashley introduced me to the Triangle Wine Experience and to the wonderful organization it supports, The Frankie Lemmon School. I’m excited to return to Raleigh this weekend and pour at a few events as part of the 2018 Triangle Wine Experience.

If you’re in the trade, come see me at the Trade Tasting.
Friday, February 2nd
2:00-4:00pm
Mitchell’s Catering
1732 Capital Blvd.

I’ll be pouring for consumers at one of my favorite wine shops. Come see me at The Raleigh Wine Shop
Friday, February 2nd
5:00-7:00pm
The Raleigh Wine Shop
126 Glenwood Ave.

The Sandhi Library – 750ml & 375ml Edition

We closed out 2017 with a 1.5L format offering from our extensive cellar. What better way to usher in the new year than with the 750ml and 375ml formats from the library.

Click HERE to see the full offer and email Carrie at wine@sandhiwines.com to place your order.

 

The Sandhi Library – Magnum Edition

I’ve spent the better part of 2017 revisiting our early vintages and have been so excited at the development of the wines, especially from our first few years. The wines from 2009 through 2013 are aging gracefully, showing vintage variation, and continue to express the inherent character of their vineyard origins.

We’re opening up the library to offer all of our magnum or 1.5L bottlings.

Click HERE to see the list and email Carrie at wine@sandhiwines.com to order library magnums for your collection.

Give Thanks

We try to make saying “thank you” a daily ritual. There are so many hands that bring a Sandhi bottle to your glass and so many dear friends and colleagues who tell the story of Sandhi all year long. To all our wine club members, customers, distributor partners, and to all the sommeliers and wine shop owners who make what we do possible, thank you, thank you, thank you.

-Rajat Parr

The Story Behind Anika Syrah

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If you follow me on Instagram, it’s no secret I have a deep and abiding affinity for the wines of the northern Rhône valley. Syrah’s birthplace, the red wines from this region have always held a special place in my heart and on my wine lists.

In my curiosity, I wondered if it was possible to produce whole cluster Syrah without sulfur in California in the same way my hero, Thierry Allemand does in his appellation of Cornas. With the help of Sashi Moorman, Peter Stolpman, and Ruben Solorzano, I think we were able to achieve a Syrah of tremendous drinkability in the style of Allemand.

Click HERE to read the full story of how we brought this experiment to life.

The 2014 vintage of ANIKA is SOLD OUT

The Story Behind the Bubbles

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It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally done a proper deep dive on our 2012 Sandhi Sparkling Rosé Brut Nature.

To read more about my collaboration with Alexandre Chartogne and Michael Cruse and how we brought this 5-year experiment to life, click HERE. We only disgorged 1,000 bottles and already have less than 100 left! I hope you enjoy the story and the wine.

To purchase your bottle, click here.

Winemaker Dinner at RN74 Seattle

RN74
Seattle, WA
~7/26/17~

En route to this year’s IPNC Festival in Oregon, I’m making a quick stop at a restaurant I helped open with the Michael Mina Group. RN74’s first outpost away from San Francisco is hosting me to pour the wines from our sister winery, Evening Land. If you’re in the Seattle area, I hope you can join us. I’d love to meet you and, if you’re not already familiar, introduce you to the wines of our historic estate vineyard in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills.

The five course menu is paired with our Evening Land wines for $145 per person. Reserve today by emailing Ashley Keeney directly at akeeney@rn74.com.

SANDHI SEMINAR with BOULDER WINE MERCHANTS

St. Julien Hotel
Boulder, CO
~ 6/13/17 ~
$45/person

Very excited to return to Colorado and partner with a top-notch retail shop, Boulder Wine Merchant, for an in-depth seminar and Sandhi retrospective. Hosted at the gorgeous St. Julien Hotel and Spa, we’ll dive deep on the following wines and proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit There with The Care charity.

The Line-Up

2014 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
2014 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
2014 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

2011 Rita’s Crown Chardonnay
2014 Rita’s Crown Chardonnay

2011 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir
2013 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir
2014 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir

Call 303.443.6761 to reserve your space. Only 40 seats available.

Pre-IPNC Party!!!

Ambonnay Wine Bar
107 SE Washington Street
Portland, OR
~ 7/27/17 ~

This year’s IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebration) is right around the corner. Sashi and I are excited to host our second annual Pre-IPNC dinner at Ambonnay in Portland. Last year we brought together Pinot Noir vignerons from Burgundy, Chile, and California. This year, we’re upping the ante with a stellar roster of winemakers from Burdundy, Alsace, Italy, California, New Zealand, and Ontario.

We will of course be pouring wines from Sandhi, Domaine de la Côte, and Evening Land. I can assure you that you will NEVER again have the chance to be in the same room with all of these talented winemakers, drinking their wines -direct from their cellars- and learning about their Domaines.

Our Guests of Honor

Chisa Bize – Domaine Simon Bize
Mathilde Grivot – Domaine Jean Grivot
Etienne deMontille – Domaine de Montille
Albert Mann – Domaine Albert Mann
Martin Foradori – J. Hoffstätter
Jim Clendenen – Au Bon Climat
Ross Cobb – Cobb Wines
Jim Prosser – J.K. Carriere
Norman Hardie – Norman Hardie Wines
Paul Pujol – Prophet’s Rock

 

Tickets are selling quickly. Call our Evening Land Tasting Room at 503.538.4110 to reserve your seats. You can also email info@elvwines.com. Hope to see you there!!! If you’re attending IPNC and can’t make our party, please be sure to ping me on twitter or instagram. We’d love to see you at any of the other IPNC events.