Today was a Good Day. 95, 94, and More!
Erin Brooks | April 28th, 2018
We are not trophy hunters. Todd and I reinforce consistently that our brand and our wines are truly about honest intentions in the vineyard and the winery. We don’t manipulate any part of our wine’s path to bolster “attractiveness” or achieve mainstream “deliciousness”.
Taking a Break Before the New Season
Erin Brooks | April 5th, 2018
Bula, Aloha, Hola, Hello….
Isn’t rad how similar they all are? The Fijians are so enthusiastic about greeting you with sincere interest that they often repeat it twice as if one word..”BulaBula!!!” ..which is followed by a hearty hug. I’ve truly never experienced anything quite like this Fijian love of life. Their life, your life, the island life….it is breathtaking.
How to Find Balance
Erin Brooks | March 22nd, 2018
Isn’t this the question of our era? We hear the word in all sorts of contexts in this modern life. We seek balance in our hearts and minds. We pursue a balance in work and home life. We find joy and satisfaction in balance of flavors in food. We marvel at balance in wine. And, there is yet another balance that must be struck, the balance in business.
What is Feijoa?! Tasting Notes on Rosé of Cinsault
Erin Brooks | March 19th, 2018
Every release we share tasting notes on the wines from our friend and Brand Ambassador, Eugenio Jardim. Eugenio spent the first chapter of his career as a widely-revered sommelier at Jardinière in San Francisco. His current chapter includes working as a consultant for several projects in the world of wine; but what remains consistent is his wit, charm and unwavering honesty about the wines he tastes. It’s a joy to have him on this journey with us and a sincere pleasure to share his unedited, unfiltered (and often humorous) thoughts on each wine with you.
The Wrangler Pinot Noir - A History
Erin Brooks | March 12th, 2018
The proprietary names we give our wines – in wine lingo, that’s the name of the wine on the label – are all in honor of our families. The personalities, the adventures, the “themes” of our generations prior that inspire or amuse us. Todd has a NASA engineer on his side of the family. Me, I have country folk.
al-i-go-tay: What is Aligoté?
Erin Brooks | March 8th, 2018
This is the question I asked myself as I held a bottle from a famous Burgundian producer of Chardonnay in a wine shop in London circa 2013. I’ve never made any pretense about my wine knowledge and today is certainly not the day to begin. I didn’t grow up with wine. As a girl from a dry county (does that require explanation?) in West Texas…my only early exposure to alcohol was Coors typically being enjoyed from a cooler in the back of a pickup truck because it was NEVER allowed in the house. For the 20+ years since I finished college and began my career in sales, I have in tandem educated myself inch-by-inch on wine. At first, it was survival. Truly. One of my responsibilities was to build relationships with my clients over dinners and lunches, which of course invited the opportunity to share a bottle of wine. As a young woman often entertaining people (typically men) much senior than myself, the last thing I wanted to do was hand over the wine list dismissively with ignorance. I was the host, and dammit, I was going to learn about wine and hold my own…and close the deal at hand. Again and again.
The Engineer and the Best Laid Plans...
Erin Brooks | March 3rd, 2018
We’re all adults. And, therefore, at some point along the way a person has broken a commitment; you, me, everyone. This is a story about a broken commitment in business. In this scenario, no one is a villain, no one is being sued…it’s simply a matter of dollars and sense.
Cinsault - Oh, The Lengths We'll Go
Erin Brooks | February 28th, 2018
We left at 2 am. Not a party, no, but instead departed the quiet of our home under the light of a bright September 2015 moon. Todd and I were headed south, 4 hours south, to collect the first harvest of Cinsault for our brand-new project – Eugenia. We needed to be there in time to meet the crew who was going to start the pick at dawn. Earlier that day, I’d loaded the cavernous truck with our empty ½ ton pick bins and trained myself how to start the refrigerator that would eventually protect some oddly pretty, and barely ripe, fruit.
The Constancy of Change
Erin Brooks | February 22nd, 2018
This is a story about the constancy of change. In 2012, I stood in the Green Valley Ranch Vineyard with the man who held the keys to the opportunity of working with the rare and unique Rued-Z clone of Chardonnay from the site. Prior to this visit on a sunny day in the Green Valley, I had been peppering this man with e-mails and phone calls asking for the chance to explain who I was and what I needed from him. You see, in Sonoma County (and I’m sure beyond), a woman working to contract fruit sources for a yet-to-be-launched brand while having zero industry experience is and was not an attractive client for growers. Understandably, they’re worried about payment, but also about intent….will the fruit be used responsibly? Will this unknown startup help elevate the reputation of the site or will it be mishandled or forgotten buried in a blend that never references the vineyard or the specificity of the fruit from it?
Ernest is Growing!
Erin Brooks | February 19th, 2018
We are growing! That statement is going to mean different things to different people, but there is probably not one single perception of those words that is wrong. By that I mean, we are growing in many, many different ways and directions at Ernest.