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Embark on a Russian River Wine Adventure this Father’s Day

on June 3, 2020

Whether you’re raising a virtual glass or toasting IRL, celebrate the great men in your life with our most expressive Russian River wine gift. Named the Russian River Adventure, this limited-release EnRoute wine collection shines the spotlight on four inviting Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs. As its name implies, it’s one delicious wine experience.

“Every one of our Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs shows exceptional elegance and deep layers of flavor,” says Director of Winemaking Andrew Delos. “If you love Russian River Valley wine and Pinot Noir, you’ll be crazy about this four-bottle set. It’s the ultimate armchair adventure for Pinotphiles and lovers of expertly crafted wine in general.”

The three single-vineyard Pinots in this handsomely boxed wine set offer a rare snapshot of their individual vineyards and vintage. “We hand-pick our finest, most striking vineyards for the EnRoute Single-Vineyard Pinot collection,” says Delos. “Typically, only a handful of barrels from each vineyard makes the final cut. Because we make so little of each wine, we only release them directly from the winery.”

The fourth bottle in this distinguished quartet is EnRoute’s flagship Pinot Noir, Les Pommiers. Les Pommiers combines the pure, vibrant fruit of our finest Russian River vineyards with expert craftsmanship. Whereas our EnRoute Single-Vineyard Pinots are snapshots of an individual vineyard and vintage, Les Pommiers offers up the very best of the Russian River Valley as a whole.

Offering flavors that are at once sophisticated and effortlessly drinkable, every wine in the Russian River Adventure uniquely celebrates the Russian River Valley landscape and climate. As EnRoute’s winemaking team likes to say, “There’s a sense of grape and place in every bottle.”

To share the gift of wine this Father’s Day, check out the Russian River Adventure or explore our full selection of EnRoute wines and gifts here.

For one of our favorite warm-weather recipes (to pair with any of our EnRoute Pinot Noirs), head here.

To learn more about our passion for Pinot Noir, click here.

EnRoute Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Amber Ridge

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Our New Russian River Rosé Will Be a Favorite Spring Wine

on April 14, 2020

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We’ve released our first-ever Russian River Rosé, and this captivating new EnRoute wine is as delightful to drink as its name implies!

Called Facile à Boire (translation: easy to drink), our EnRoute rosé fills the palate with notes of wild strawberries and just-picked cherries. The perfume hints at cherry blossoms and wildflowers, and the wine possesses bright acidity that literally makes your mouth water. A distinct minerality lingers on the finish, reminding us that the best rosé wines can be both refreshing and sophisticated.

“I’m often asked what is rosé wine? ” says EnRoute Winemaker Michael Accurso. “While there are so many types – and shades! – of rosé, the simplest definition is that it’s a pink-hued wine made by allowing the skins of red wine grapes to have contact with the wine for only a short time.

“Our red grapes happen to be some of the best Pinot Noir we can get our hands on, with hand-selected Russian River Valley Pinot from as far north as our Amber Ridge Vineyard and as far south as the cool Green Valley sub-appellation coming together to make a 100% free run rosé of Pinot Noir. In the winery, we specifically craft our rosé so that the final wine possesses a rounder mouthfeel yet allows us to preserve that burst of mineral-acidity that makes it so refreshing. It’s a dynamite spring and summer wine, but honestly, EnRoute Facile à Boire is a Russian River rosé I’d uncork in all seasons.”

Filled with mouthwatering flavors and a zip of minerality, we’re pairing this delightful new Russian River wine with board games, books, tangy chicken salads, grilled fish and back porch sunsets. Ready to uncork your own bottle of EnRoute Facile à Boire? It’s available exclusively from the winery. You can get yours here.

EnRoute Russian River Wines

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Introducing EnRoute Single-Vineyard Pinot Noir

on November 23, 2015

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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…)

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The New Girl: Kamyn Asher Joins the EnRoute Wine Team

on October 15, 2015

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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.

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The Quiet Man: EnRoute Winery’s Master of the Cellar

on September 23, 2015

EnRoute Winery Cellar Master JP Perez

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.

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From the Ground Up: Gordon’s Russian River Wine Education

on September 8, 2015

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“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

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Pinot Noir Harvest 2015: Winemaker Andrew Delos on Harvest Philosophy, Bottling While Picking, and PlayList Wars

on August 26, 2015

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“There’s nothing like listening to a little Rush while bottling, receiving fruit – and glass, simultaneously! – sorting, crushing, doing additions, sampling vineyards, and all with a team of seven people, total. I love this stuff!”

“And the bottling line just broke!”

–Andrew Delos, EnRoute Winemaker

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A Peek into Operations at EnRoute Winery

on June 30, 2014

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Gordon Smith, Andrew Delos, and Juan “JP” Perez, flanked by Pinot Noir barrels on the left and Chardonnay barrels on the right.

Introducing our EnRoute winemaking team! Our Russian River Valley facility is currently being manned by these three gentlemen and, occasionally, a black Labrador named Jack. Right now, the 2013 vintage is resting comfortably in tank and barrel, and 2014 is still inching towards veraison. We took advantage of this moment of respite to catch up with the EnRoute trio on their roles and duties at EnRoute: (more…)

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