Winemaking 101 ~ From the Vineyard to the Bottle

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Winemaking 101 ~ The Basics

January 7, 2023

10am – 12pm

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Saturday January 7, join acclaimed winemaker Carol Shelton, for this casual, yet informative presentation: Winemaking 101 – From the Vineyard to the Bottle.

Carol Shelton has been making wine for literally decades and spends as much time with dirt on her shoes in the vineyard as she spends getting her hands dirty in the cellar. She loves sharing her passion for winemaking with her guests.

Join Carol at her urban winery for this casual talk, walking you through the basics of vineyard management, sustainable farming practices and how she determines when grapes are perfectly ripe for harvesting. From there she will explain the process of bringing grapes into the winery – how white grapes are handled, verse red grapes. What happens once those grapes arrive, how long are they in the cellar and what is the winemakers job to see that juice through until bottling.

This will be a fun way to start your Saturday tasting adventures. Think of it as a casual conversation wiht a friend. We will make sure there is plenty of time for Q & A along the way, so you leave understanding the process.  You can head out after this presentation with a complete understanding of how that wine arrived in the bottle.

Of course the presentation will end with a tasting of a few of the current Carol Shelton Wines.

This intimate tasting is limited to 30 people.

Tickets are $50 per person, $25 for Wine Road Insiders

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Refund Policy

This event is non-refundable.  Refunds will not be issued.


Upcoming Events:

Create Your Own Zinfandel Blend ~ October 15, 2022  10am-12pm
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Location: Carol Shelton Winery, 3354-B, Coffey Ln, Santa Rosa
Tickets on sale HERE

Esprit du Rhone ~ April 2023
Location: Trattore Farms, 7878 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville
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Carol Shelton Wines


Carol Shelton has been Mastering the Zen of Zin since 1978. Focusing mostly on her favorite varietal, Carol is a guru of single vineyard Zinfandel. California has been the home world class Zin for over a century, making it the benchmark varietal of American wine culture. Carol & Mitch Mackenzie, her husband and business partner, have sought out exceptional vineyards throughout California including Dry Creek Valley, Rockpile, Russian River Valley, Mendocino, and the Cucamonga Valley of Southern California. Many of her vineyard sources are organically grown and decades old. She develops close partnerships with each grower to ensure her wines maintain and express the unique terroir of the vineyard.

Read about Carol and how her love of wine began…HERE

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Winemaking 101 – From the Vineyard to the Bottle

About the Wine Road

Founded 46 years ago, Wine Road is an association of wineries and lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys of Northern Sonoma County. From its modest beginning as an organization of nine wineries, it has grown into a spirited constellation of nearly 140 wineries and 35 lodgings. Wine Road is an indispensable resource guiding visitors and locals alike through the scenic bi-ways and backroads of the three valleys, and points the way to the fine wine and exquisite cuisine of the region.

Winding through some of the most
picturesque wine country in California, Wine Road takes visitors on an exciting journey of natural beauty, superb tasting experiences, and memorable personal encounters with the state’s most devoted winemakers. Even for travelers already well acquainted with California wine country, Wine Road is likely to be uncharted territory–sure to imbue a fresh sense of discovery. Along the way are some of California’s oldest wineries, run by vintners whose commitment to tending the vines and producing world-class wines, true to the appellation, runs back generations.

Wine Road is also where modern, state-of-the-art wineries co-exist with small, artisanal producers for whom making wine is a way of life intertwined with the responsibilities of home and family. From Italian-style villas and French-style chateaux to boutique wineries, Wine Road provides a colorful glimpse into the world of winemaking. This is what makes traversing Wine Road a uniquely personal experience, and visitors will find their own enthusiasm for great wine reflected in the appreciation of these passionate producers.

This lively and committed organization has created a myriad of programs, events, and services certain to enhance any visitor’s experience of the region. The association hosts three celebrated wine events throughout the year: Winter WINEland in January; Barrel Tasting in March; and Wine and Food Affair in November, all of which bring thousands of visitors to the region.
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