Crop Size at Mathis Vineyard

by Peter Mathis on May 26, 2017

We got a LOT of rain this past winter. Does that translate into a LOT more grapes in the vineyard? Find out... 

Überblend, the Most Powerful Wine

by Peter Mathis on May 26, 2017

Have you tried the most powerful winemaker cuvée from Mathis Vineyard? Learn more...

Ship Now Before It's Too Hot!

by Peter Mathis on May 26, 2017

It's nearly summer and the temps are going up. That makes for great wine drinking conditions but not so for wine transport. In this video, I recommend getting orders in now for your summer drinking fare. Or consider adding temperature controlled shipping, which has an additional fee, to ensure wine isn't "cooked" during transport. (As case orders include complimentary shipping, this fee keeps costs down dramatically.) Call me at 707-484-0907 to add temperature controlled shipping to your order.

Barbera from Bedrock

by Peter Mathis on April 22, 2017

Barbera is a new wine for the Mathis brand. And for the first time, I've sourced grapes grown outside of the Mathis Vineyard by my friend and mentor, Joel Peterson, at his Bedrock Vineyard in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Here's a picture of it from 1905:

Madrone Ranch now Bedrock Vineyard in 1905 photo

Bedrock Vineyard has a long and storied history, beginning in 1856: General Joseph Hooker, bankrolled by William Tecumseh Sherman, a San Francisco banker before he was an infamous Union general, bought the land and planted the first Vitis vinifera grapevines at Bedrock. When the Civil War began, Hooker sold the property to Eli T. Shephard, a U.S. Ambassador to the Far East. After phylloxera had devastated the vineyard, George Hearst (father of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst) bought the ranch and began replanting in 1884. It's changed hands only a couple of times since then, all the while continuing to produce grapes for wine.

Barbera, a Northern Italian grape, is capable of making exquisitely beautiful wines, with bright acidity and deep fruit character. The great vineyard site and careful farming at Bedrock resulted in spectacular fruit concentration in 2013 and resulted in luxuriously framed wine.  

Sadly, this vineyard block has been removed from production, so this will be a one and done effort in my 2013 Bedrock Vineyard Barbera. Get it before it's gone! My limited split case offer will be gone soon...

Where in the World...?

by Peter Mathis on April 22, 2017

I was honored last week to represent the United States at the Pétanque World Championships, held in Ghent, Belgium. For those unfamiliar with the game, I can often be found playing on the Sonoma Pétanque courts when not tending the Mathis Vineyard and making wine. There were at least 48 countries represented this year at the championships. (See photos at bottom.)

Screenshot of Flanders Belgium News video on Petanque World Championships

The image above links to the Flanders, Belgium TV News video about the games. You can see footage of me playing in the games and an interview with me begins at 1 minute into the 2 minute tape.

What does Pétanque have to do with Mathis Wine? Not a darn thing! Except that like many sports games, it often involves a bit of imbibing, sometimes after the game, and for fans, sometimes during the game! You might as well be drinking something delicious. Hence, might I suggest some Mathis Überblend or Barbera (my current special offer)? Both represent some of the finest winemaking I've ever done. Enjoy!

Collage of Peter Mathis at Petanque World Championships

One of the most exciting aspects of the games (which we didn't win, by the way) was meeting so many wonderful players from around the globe. Below, you can see us beginning to get a bit silly and a couple of nice shots taken by someone of me playing. Cheers!

Collage of Peter Mathis and friends playing in Petanque World Championships in Ghent, Belgium

For those wondering about the "Paul" on my team shirt: my good friend, Paul Yang, was unable to attend the games. I was honored that he asked me to take his place representing the U.S. 

Véraison 2016 at Mathis Vineyard

by Peter Mathis on August 22, 2016

It's a favorite time of the year: Grapes ripening, colors changing, anticipation for the upcoming harvest. Take a look:

 

Too bad there's no view!

by Peter Mathis on August 11, 2016

Wine or no wine, you can't overlook the stellar southwest views from Mathis Vineyard! From the top of the 400 and 600 blocks you can take in a vast sweep of the bay to the south and the Sonoma Valley floor. Here's the view in an east to west sweep of pieces:

Mathis Vineyard 600 block in foreground

Mathis Vineyard 600 block in foreground

Marin county in background towards San Francisco

Southwest across Sonoma Valley floor

Southwest Sonoma Valley below the vineyard

West Sonoma Valley

Across the 400 block of Mathis Vineyard

West across Sonoma Valley

All About Mathis Rosé

by Peter Mathis on May 25, 2016

Rosé lends itself to a bit of mystery. Many wine consumers are intrigued by this not-white, not-red wine and want to know more about it. So here are a few tidbits about the Mathis Rosé:

As you can see in the above image, the juice is nearly clear coming out of the press. Unlike some rosés, I make mine specifically from grapes grown for my rosé - not another wine. The 800 block in the Mathis Vineyard is farmed specifically for use in my rosé. The grapes are picked earlier than those used in my red Grenache wine.

The grapes are delivered whole cluster from the vineyard to the crushpad for direct press. Other rosé-making methods bleed off the clear juice (saignée) from red wine juice or blend batches to make rosé. My juice actually darkens a bit after this first press to develop the delicate pink color I am targeting. It only spends a modest amount of time on the skins, from which it gets its light pink color. To see more, view the videos on making my rosé.

Smelling rosé juice in glass

You can see above that the fermenting juice is now turning light pink. This is part of the Provençal winemaking style I'm using. It is characterized by the very pale pink color and flavor profile of very aromatic, but dry, rosés. The wines of Provence are predominantly rosés made from Grenache. But rosé can be made from a wide variety of grapes, including Pinot Noir and even Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mathis rose labels

You can see above there are faint roses depicted in the label design, designed by my friend David Chung. The label itself is made from kraft paper, providing a slightly rustic impression of the wine.

rose wine bottles in closeup

An important characteristic in choosing a bottle is its color. For red wines I want very dark glass which helps to preserve the wine itself by blocking UV rays. For rosé wine, however, it's very important to see the beautiful pale pink color of the wine. (In this photo, the wine look slightly yellow since the bottles were shot sitting on a yellow table, but you get the idea from other images.) And to continue my theme of a simplistic look and feel, I opted not to add a foil capsule over the neck of the bottle so you can see the natural cork through the glass.

grape vines at mathis vineyard

In case you've missed it from past posts, the grapes that go into my Mathis Rosé are all estate - all from the Mathis Vineyard in Sonoma Valley. This picture was taken on the day the grapes were harvested in 2015.

Mathis rose and glass, best in class SF chronicle wine competition

I'm happy to report the 2015 Mathis Rosé de Grenache was awarded Best in Class at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition this past January (and I happen to think it's the best rosé I've ever made!)

Salmon salad

While you can quaff this rosé by itself (and I do), it's a fabulous food wine. At my house, it gets paired with many Asian dishes. It's terrific with summer grilling fare. And it's wonderful with triple creme cheeses. But for an added bonus, here is fan Erica Timmerman's terrific salmon salad (above) recipe which pairs perfectly with this rosé:

Whisk together:
4 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1.5 tsp. Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground pepper

The salad:
3-4 medium boiled, cooked, peeled, diced new potatoes
8 oz. cold smoked salmon, diced
1 to 1.5 Tbsp. diced red onion
1 to 1.5 Tbsp. capers, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup chopped Kalamata olives
1.5 Tbsp. minced fresh dill

Gently toss the ingredients together.  Add enough dressing to evenly coat the salad being careful not to over mix.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.  Serve with lettuce cups.

Drink more rosé! Cheers!

From Vineyard to Bottle - Mathis 2015 Rosé de Grenache

by Peter Mathis on May 24, 2016

With the recent release of the 2015 Rosé de Grenache, we've been looking back over the 2015 harvest, crush and fermentation of the rosé. Here are the videos from last fall documenting these events, starting with harvest:

From harvest at Mathis Vineyard in the Sonoma Valley, the crew brings the grapes to the crushpad at Ravenswood approximately a half hour's drive away:

Once through the press, I watch the free run to determine when to make the press cut...

Once the cut is made the juice goes into a tank to begin fermenting.

How tannin affects color and taste in the rosé:

Fast forward several months and I'm tasting the rosé in my vineyard:

And here's a bit more on how I make the wine and the style I'm targeting:

2015 Rosé de Grenache is released!

by Peter Mathis on May 07, 2016

Had I mentioned my new rosé is now available? It is! I must humbly say it's the best I've ever made. And it was nice to have my personal assessment reinforced by the judges at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle's Wine Competition by awarding it Best in Class this past January.

Here are a couple of videos I just produced on the rosé. I highly recommend it!

 

 Get it now before it gets too warm to ship without extra refrigeration!