2020 has been quite the ride. With ongoing pandemics, elections, wildfires and everything in-between, it is easy to get completely consumed with all the distractions and stressors going on around us. In conjunction with all the upheaval, a weird time vortex has occurred where each passing day seems like a week and every month feels more like a decade. So, with that being said, if you happened to miss us sharing this recent article on the St. Laurent grape, we certainly wouldn't fault you.
Way back in February, when everything was seemingly still normal, we had a chance to participate in the Garagiste Wine Festival in Sonoma, CA. If you aren't familiar, Garagiste is a blended celebration/collaboration of all things boutique, unique, and fun in the world of wine. During our time at the festival, we had the opportunity to meet a gentleman, Ryan Flinn, who expressed a keen interest in our St. Laurent and the story behind it. Ryan is a self-admitted "wine geek", so the mysterious origins of the St. Laurent grape and what compelled us to be the only growers in the country to plant this particular varietal really intrigued him.
We ultimately had a long conversation with Ryan about not just St. Laurent, but our thoughts about where the wine industry was headed and the acceptance for more off-the-cuff wines to have a foothold in the market. St. Laurent, and other slightly unusual varietals like it, have opened the door for winemakers to explore and make new offerings that appeal to a wider audience. We're obviously very excited to be playing a small role in this evolution in the wine industry, but if you specifically want to learn more about St. Laurent, we highly encourage you to give Ryan's article a read. Once you do, we feel like you'll come away from it more informed, enlightened, and (hopefully) a little thirsty for a glass of vino. Cheers!