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Tasting Room Open Daily
11am - 4:30pm

CLOSED December 24, 25 and 31, and Jan.1st

4791 Dry Creek Rd. Healdsburg, CA
95448
707.431.7767

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Joelle Kurrus
 
April 1, 2014 | Joelle Kurrus

Vineyard Watch-What Springtime means to the Vines

 

I walked to the car this morning in the pouring rain and could barely hear myself think for the cacophony of bird song that filled the air.  Oh right, it’s spring.  That time of year when everything and well, everybody, fluffs up and shows off their colors.  In the vineyards this is happening too.  Tightly compacted buds formed the previous summer find the perfect ratio of temperature and daylight (called degree days) and before you know it, they’re bursting forth in a mighty push of leaves and flower clusters destined to be our next vintage.  The process is much like a telescoping wand and it never fails to amaze me how quickly it all happens.   A few points of interest regarding grapevines:  first of all propagation needs neither bee nor birdsong as the vines are self- pollinating and secondly, the flowers on a vine are so miniscule as to go virtually unnoticed by even careful observer.  The showy peach blossoms down the road at Dry Creek Peach and Produce will provide the best flower you can find in the valley but the lowly grapevine blooms, well, they're a yawn.  Soon after the flowering cycle, small bb-sized grapes appear all in green, no matter that vine produces red or green grapes they all start this way.  The transition of color for red grapes, called veraison, occurs around mid-July.  

The spring season in the vineyard requires many activities.  That beautiful crop of mustard and legumes that grew between the rows during the winter must be disked into the soil to create a vital nutrient package which encourages the greening of leaves and lightening of soil.   The vines must also be trained on their cordons and require the studied hand of the vineyard worker to maintain the fruiting line of the vine.  There are many types of trellising to be found in the vineyard and it’s fun while driving down Dry Creek Road to name the different styles you see.  Overall, the vineyard is a dynamic growing place and vineyard managers and growers alike look to keep all things in balance so that fruit and canopy are proportionate to root systems and particularly this year,  to irrigation strategies.  If all goes well, the harvest will produce a vintage unique to all others, created by the conditions of the particular year, the craft of farmer, and the art of the winemaker.   Each element will be reflected in that amazing bottle you’ll drink to toast the awakening of a future Spring.

 

Time Posted: Apr 1, 2014 at 4:53 PM
Amphora Winery
 
January 20, 2014 | Amphora Winery

Winemaker Dinner February 8, 2014

 

Saturday, February 8, 2014 will be an evening to remember as Rick and Bridget welcome you to our annual Winemaker Dinner.  Chef Martin Courtman will provided a sumptuous menu including  Wild Mushroom and  Truffle Oil Ragout, Black Angus Beef Tenderloin with Walnut Risotto,  and a Chocolate Decadence Cake with Fresh Raspberry Coulis and Creme Chantilly   Rick will be pouring exceptional vintages of some of our favorite varietals both in pre-release, current release, and library selections.

 

So gather friends together and make it a special night at

Amphora

                                                                          Tickets $140/ $120 club  per person and are available here or by calling 707-431-7767.

Time Posted: Jan 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM
Amphora Winery
 
December 10, 2013 | Amphora Winery

Many thanks for your participation

Guests at the Amphora holiday party, who visited with us last Saturday, helped provide needed donations to our local charities by bringing along wonderful toys for children's center and food items for the senior pantry.  These gifts will make such a big impact in the lives of those most in need in our community and we hoped it filled your hearts with the spirit of the season.

Time Posted: Dec 10, 2013 at 2:14 PM
Amphora Winery
 
June 10, 2013 | Amphora Winery

Little Rickie getting ready for the luau

Little Rickie getting ready for Amphora's annual Luau.  Are you going to join the fun?

Time Posted: Jun 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM
Amphora Winery
 
May 24, 2013 | Amphora Winery

Amphora Mentioned in the Huffington Post

Great mention and article in the Huffington Post!

 

Time Posted: May 24, 2013 at 9:15 AM
Amphora Winery
 
May 12, 2013 | Amphora Winery

Happy Mother's Day!

To all of the mothers out there, Amphora wants you to know you are appreciated!  Come by the tasting room on May 12th for a free tasting on us.

Time Posted: May 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Amphora Winery
 
February 23, 2013 | Amphora Winery

Teroldego anyone?

What you ask?  Come to Amphora during Barrel Tasting Weekends and try some.  This will probably be your only Teroldego of the event.  Only about 5 wineries in California produce this yummy red wine and Amphora is one of them.  Come check us out.

Time Posted: Feb 23, 2013 at 7:38 AM
Amphora Winery
 
February 16, 2013 | Amphora Winery

Happy President's Weekend!

Besides a three day weekend, it is a time to pay tribute to our Presidents.  Remember to put out your flag in respect.

Time Posted: Feb 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Amphora Winery
 
December 30, 2012 | Amphora Winery

Happy New Year!

From the Amphora team, wishing you and yours a wonderful 2013.  We look forward to seeing you in the new year.  We will be closed on Dec. 31st and Jan. 1st.  Cheers!

Time Posted: Dec 30, 2012 at 1:26 PM
Amphora Winery
 
December 23, 2012 | Amphora Winery

Happy Holidays!

From the Amphora family to yours, wishing you a happy holiday season.  We are closed on December 24th and 25th.  Come visit us before the end of the year.

Time Posted: Dec 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM