Summer Wine List: EnRoute Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir, Pt. 1

by 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.

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Our New Favorite Pinot Noir Appetizer: Butter lettuce Cups with Duck Confit Salad

by on April 12, 2017

EnRoute Pinot Butter Lettuce Cup

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…)

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Our First-Ever EnRoute Russian River Pinot Noir Salon

by on February 8, 2017

EnRoute Russian River Pinot Noir

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.

EnRoute Winemaking Team

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…)

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Introducing Our New EnRoute Website!

by on November 4, 2016

Russian River Valley, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Single Vineyard, WineAnd 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.

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Winemaker Q&A: 2016 Russian River Valley Harvest

by on October 21, 2016

EnRoute Russian River ValleyRussian 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.”

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