Archive of EnRoute Winery
on June 7, 2017
As we transition from late spring into early summer, we can’t get enough of our EnRoute Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Amber Ridge Vineyard.
The days are long and warm. The evenings still hold a bit of that late spring chill. It’s the time of year when we want something more textured and complex than the uber-crisp white wines and rosés that are “trending” this season. We want something vibrant, that can be enjoyed slightly chilled, yet that also holds up to the glazed, double-cut pork chops we’re serving out on the back porch.
on April 12, 2017
We served this Asian-inspired appetizer with our flagship Russian River Pinot Noir during our first-ever EnRoute Salon this past February (learn more about the event here), The rains were pouring outside, but the indoor vibe was pure Beach Boys and surf boards. Placing the lettuce cups in the bamboo basket added just the right tropical touch. Since then, it’s become our favorite Pinot Noir appetizer for casual gatherings and small dinner parties. (more…)
on February 8, 2017
Although 2007 was our first vintage for EnRoute, we’ve been enchanted by Russian River Pinot Noir for nearly three decades. We’re clearly passionate about our wines. So, when our Napa Valley sister winery, Nickel & Nickel, invited us to hop over the county line and introduce our new single-vineyard Pinot Noirs during their annual Open House, the entire EnRoute winemaking team (yes, those gents pictured below) showed up to pour and talk about our passion for Pinot.
In addition to our new single-vineyard collection, we brought the newest release of our flagship Russian River Pinot, the EnRoute “Les Pommiers,” to the Salon. This was the very first time we’ve poured all four of our EnRoute Pinots together at one event, and it was very exciting to taste them all side by side. The single-vineyard wines showcased the pedigree of their individual site, yet ultimately they underscored the greatness of our “Les Pommiers” blend.
For those who missed this year’s Open House event, we put together a quick and easy recap of the tasting notes from the day. (more…)
on November 4, 2016
And Access to Our Single-Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs!
One of the things we most often hear from those who love our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is, “We’d love to visit your winery!” And then we have to tell them that we don’t, in fact, have a tasting room—that for now, the best way to experience EnRoute is through our wines—or by visiting our brand new website.
The new EnRoute website features our Russian River Valley wines and the vineyards where they are grown. You are likely familiar with our flagship Pinot Noir, “Les Pommiers,” which began with the 2007 vintage. But you may not know we produce a Chardonnay, “Brumaire,” and limited-release Single-Vineyard Pinot Noirs.
Join the Club or sign up for the List to access (more…)
on October 21, 2016
Russian River Valley harvest. “The picking starts at midnight and continues until sunrise. The fruit comes into the winery in waves, where it’s hand-sorted, destemmed and moved into open top tanks. Punchdowns happen around the clock. There is coffee, so much strong coffee. There’s that moment when your shoes are still soaked from processing fruit the morning prior (or was it the day before that?), and you start to wonder if it’s possible to sleep on a forklift,” says EnRoute Winemaker Andrew Delos. Grinning, he adds, “And on top of it all, we have to miss the first four weekends of college football.”
on May 11, 2016
With the release of our 2014 EnRoute Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, “Les Pommiers this month, we can’t help but flash back to August, 2014, when one of the earliest, most intensely-paced harvests in EnRoute history kicked off. Below, Winemaker Andrew Delos recounts: (more…)
on November 23, 2015
This month, we unveiled the debut vintage of our EnRoute Russian River Valley Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir: the 2013 EnRoute Amber Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir and the 2013 EnRoute Northern Spy Vineyard Pinot Noir! These two vineyards comprise the backbone of our flagship Russian River Valley wine, the EnRoute Pinot Noir Les Pommiers, but they also make exceptional stand-alone wines.
Club members were the first to be offered these exciting new wines (we invite you to read more about our EnRoute Pinot Noir Club, here).To learn more about the inspiration behind their creation, read on! (more…)
on October 15, 2015
In her first year as a full-time member of the EnRoute Team, Cellar Worker Kamyn Asher proved she’s got the humor and drive to keep pace with the pros. Which came in handy during what turned out to be EnRoute’s most high-speed Russian River Valley harvest to date.
on September 23, 2015
EnRoute Winery Cellar Master JP Perez
Ask the EnRoute Winery team about Cellar Master J.P. Perez, and you’ll hear very similar responses:
“He leads by example–just gets after it all day and into the evening. He NEVER complains or asks for time off or talks about how tired he is.”
“He’s a professional with his work. He gets the job done right, every time. No cutting corners.”
“He’s pretty quiet during harvest.”
“He’s actually pretty quiet, and likes to actually DO the work instead of letting his team do everything.”
J.P. began his career with us in 1999 in the maintenance department at our sister winery, Far Niente. Recognizing his quiet work ethic and great attention to detail, the winemaking team eventually transitioned him into the cellar. In 2013, Winemaker Andrew Delos brought him on board as the EnRoute Winery Cellar Master, just in time to bring in our 2013 EnRoute Pinot Noir. He’s been an essential part of the team ever since.
on September 8, 2015
“It would not be a stretch to say that Gordon has had a hand in building everything in the winery – shelves, ladders, glycol lines, pumps, topping systems, air compressor parts, computer systems – all while building and then maintaining the EnRoute laboratory.” Andrew Delos, Winemaker
“Currently, I’ve been chancing things, by turning my iPod on “full shuffle,” a dangerous proposition, as this could mix Beastie Boys, Chopin, Metallica, and Thelonious Monk – and then suddenly throw out a lecture about Plutarch. I attempted all bluegrass yesterday morning; it did not go well. MUTINY.” Assistant Winemaker Gordon Smith, on his PlayList Wars set