Join WALT Wine Educators Chris Brock and Melissa Crosby as they traverse WALT’s 1,000 Miles of Pinot spanning the Pacific Coast’s premiere Pinot terroir.
Mile 0-52, Santa Barbara County and the Sta. Rita Hills
The start of our journey. Chris and Melissa travel to the southern most point of WALT’s range. They talk with The Wine Enthusiast’s Matt Kettmann in Santa Barbara’s “Funk Zone” and visit the famed Rita’s Crown Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills.
Mile 60, Clos Pepe Estate Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
Further up the coast is WALT’s Clos Pepe estate vineyard. Chris and Melissa visit with owner Stephen Pepe and learn about the characteristics that make the Sta. Rita Hills such a unique region for Pinot.
Mile 203-211, Sierra Mar and Rosella’s, Santa Lucia Highlands
Up near the Monterey Bay in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Chris and Melissa meet with Gary Franscioni and tour his legendary Sierra Mar and Rosella’s vineyards. Gary’s history in the Appellation runs deep, and his vineyards are stunning.
Mile 362, Brown Ranch, Los Carneros, Napa Valley
HALL and WALT winemaker Steve Leveque and Brown Ranch owner Oscar Renteria wax poetic about growing up together in wine country and the long professional relationship they have enjoyed.
Mile 369, Gap’s Crown, Sonoma Coast
Chris and Melissa head to Sonoma’s renowned Gap’s Crown vineyard. WALT Director of Vineyards Don Munk meets up with them and shows them why it’s such a special site.
Mile 372, Bob’s Ranch, Sonoma Coast
Chris and Melissa travel across Sonoma to WALT’s Bob’s Ranch estate vineyard. They’re met by WALT winemaker Megan Gunderson-Paredes who tells them about the multitude of clones and rootstocks that make up what might be WALT’s most unique vineyard.
Mile 438-445, The Corners and Savoy, Anderson Valley
Up the road in Mendocino County, Chris and Melissa meet WALT viticulturist Domenick Bianco in our Anderson Valley Vineyards. First stop is WALT estate vineyard The Corners. Then it’s on to the Savoy vineyard a few miles up the valley.
Mile 1,000, Shea Vineyard, Oregon
Chris and Melissa travel to WALT’s northern outpost in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Pinot Pioneer Dick Shea meets them to show off his legendary Shea vineyard.