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To Greener Pastures: Weatherborne Wine Corp. Moves North to Anderson Valley, Opens Tasting Room

To Greener Pastures: Weatherborne Wine Corp. Moves North to Anderson Valley, Opens Tasting Room

To Greener Pastures: Weatherborne Wine Corp. Moves North to Anderson Valley, Opens Tasting Room PHILO, CA (December 1, 2020) – Weatherborne Wine Corp., which started in 2012 in Santa Barbara, has opened a new tasting room in Philo, located in the valley’s last existing sawmill. The collaboration between Chris Carter and his father Nick Carter continues, but he now has a permanent place to welcome the audience. After a state-wide search, Carter chose the Anderson Valley for its cool coastal climate, lush nature and relaxed community. With the purchase of 30 hectares of former apple orchard and pasture land in 2015, the family has paved the way to the north.

The tasting room is located in the I&E Lath Mill in downtown Philo, on 8750 Philo School House Road, in an impressive mahogany building constructed from locally produced renewable timber and railway siding. It used to be a showroom for unique wooden planks and tables, but now it is filled with a tasting room and has a pleasant outdoor terrace. Thanks to the safety measures of the Covid-19, all tastings now only take place on the terrace protected from the weather.

While studying viticulture and oenology at the University of California at Davis, Chris flew light aircraft at Cal Aggie Flying Farmers Flying School. Chris first obtained a pilot’s license and plans to join the family’s aviation tradition. Dean Carter’s grandfather flew for TWA during the Second World War and for many years. His three sons became pilots: Nick flew with TWA and American Airlines for 40 years, Chris Carter was a helicopter pilot for the Marines and the Coast Guard and John flew with UPS Cargo. However, the wine route was too tempting for Chris not to follow.

Born into a family of travelers, Chris wanted to explore the world and see how agriculture shapes the places he visited. As a pilot, understanding the weather is essential for survival; as a farmer, it is just as important. Before founding Watherborne, Chris worked in wineries in Napa, Santa Barbara and New Zealand to become an assistant winemaker in Oregon, and then returned to California for ten years.

Weserborn is the intersection of the technical aspects of flying and winemaking with the intuitive aspects of farm life and cloud reading. Mr Witherbourne believes that authenticity and transparency are under threat in today’s world. From 2019, all fruit supplied by Weatherborne will be grown on organic farms to protect the health of consumers, farm workers and the environment. All Weatherborne wines are vegan and vegetarian, never made from animal products. Weatherborne tends to make handmade wines, expressive but with a certain sense of frivolity. After all, it’s only wine!

Following all current Covid protocols, the tasting room currently offers guests two experiences, each served on the terrace by the winemaker himself:

  •  Flights from $15 to $20 per person. The wines are produced in rotation, but currently include Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir and Pinot Noir from the districts of Mendocino and Santa Barbara. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  •  Private wine tasting $25 per person, available from Monday to Thursday In addition to the regular flight wines, a special library wine is also available.

For the future the intention is to plant an organic vineyard with varieties such as Grenache noir, Gamay noir and Chenin blanc. Regenerative agriculture is practised, including the use of wildlife, insects and livestock corridors for agriculture. The goal is to have a really lively, balanced and multicultural farm.

About the Weatherborne Wine Corporation.

Weatherborne Wine Corp. produces a limited, artisanal production of Pinot Noir and Grenache from coastal vineyards, the first in the Sta. Rita Hills, and now Mendocino. The wine shows great freshness, which gives complexity to the large amount of solid shine, and the minimal amount of new oak for the structure. The tasting room, located at 8750 Philo School Rd. is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 to 17:00, Sundays from 23:00 to 16:00 and by appointment from Monday to Thursday. Reservations are recommended because space on the street is limited. For reservations, call or write (707) 684-5299 or book online at weatherborne.com/visit. For more information, follow us on Instagram @weatherborne, Facebook @weatherbornewinecorp or visit usatherborne.com.

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To Greener Pastures: Weatherborne Wine Corp. Moves North to Anderson Valley, Opens Tasting Room

To Greener Pastures: Weatherborne Wine Corp. Moves North to Anderson Valley, Opens Tasting Room

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