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20 Small and Mighty California Winemakers Who Deserve Your Dollars This Year

By Bonnie Graves
Our Golden State -- August 11, 2020

Now, more than ever, it matters what we read and where we spend our money. Some news sources would have you believe that the wine industry is booming. While it is true that at-home consumption of wine has skyrocketed during quarantine, much of that grape juice is coming from corporate producers who make millions off cases of fairly generic stuff. Meanwhile, the family farmers and artisanal winemakers who depend on word-of-mouth or on high-end restaurant placements have struggled to transition to direct-to-consumer channels. If you believe in shopping locally, now is the time to support small California producers whose livelihoods and businesses are currently threatened...

Inman Family Rosé of Pinot Noir, “Endless Crush” Russian River Valley, 2019 – SRP $38 (1,251 cases made)

Made with grapes from the esteemed Olivet Grange estate, this rosé of pinot noir is aptly named. A seductive and highly perfumed wine, it is lower in alcohol and higher in mouthwatering acidity. With lovely notes of watermelon, guava and grapefruit zest on the nose, this rosé pairs beautifully with charcuterie and summer salads. Order a case; you’ll drink it all by September 1st, I guarantee. 

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