Fathers+Daughters Cellars – With grapes coming from the Anderson Valley, Fathers+Daughters is one of the newbies on the block, not launching until 2012. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find deep winemaking roots: “Father” Guy Pacurar and his wife, Sarah, along with her winemaking father, Kurt Schoeneman of the Ferrington Vineyard, run the business (the other “daughters” are Schoeneman’s granddaughters, Taylor and Ella).
F+D is a small-production family venture, with only about 600 cases for the year offering everything from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Gewürztraminer and other whites or bubbles. We took a particular liking to a white blend called “The Dance” that combines Old Vine Sauvignon Blanc with Gewürztraminer and a bit of Chardonnay, all from the Ferrington Vineyard. Another specialty is “Sarah’s Rustic Bubbles,” which uses the Petillant natural style of fermenting bubbles. Named after Sarah because of her particular affinity for bubbles, Sarah’s Rustic Bubbles is in fact a rustic bottle of bubbles for dressed-down affairs or just a warm summer evening. Without an official tasting room, a Fathers+Daughters wine tasting would need to be arranged at least 72 hours in advance with Pacurar, who also runs the splendid casual yet luxurious Brewery Gulch Inn in Mendocino, at either the inn or the winery in Anderson Valley, weather permitting.
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