Natural California

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Thursdays, November 10, 17, 2022  |  7:30pm-8:45pm EST
Please click here to register at our Workshop Cellars site.
$229.00 (shipping included)

A raucous , two-night extravaganza, featuring wines that are alive, memorable, and very delicious. I’ll be pouring our (Workshop Cellars) Zinfandel and Syrah from the 2020 vintage. I farmed the fruit, made the wine, and after two years of hard work and anxiety, can not wait to share it with you.

Joining me is Caleb Leisure, a pioneer, and one of California’s most respected ‘natural’ winemakers. What is ‘natural’ wine? He and I both agree, it’s not a great term. It’s open to interpretation, and means different things to different people. But at its core, it’s a winemaking ethos (note: using terms like ethos is why wine gets a bad rap) focused on eliminating that which is not needed. Why use commercial yeasts if native yeast already live on the grapes? Why add acid if, instead, you can harvest the fruit before it loses too much acid? Why add sulfur if it hides the flavors of the wine?

The more actions one takes on the wine, the more it becomes about the process, and not the fruit. Both approaches work. The marketplace is full of crafted and sculpted wines which are delightful. Caleb, however, sees his role as intermediary, between the farmer and your wineglass. He’d rather showcase the site, the soil, and a year in the life of every vineyard from which he sources fruit. At the end of the day, the wines speak for themselves. They are singular, complex, and full of joy. I’m a convert myself, and have moved my operation into his winemaking space to learn, to fraternize, and to make my own wines the best they can be.

We will taste a combination of his reds and whites, three bottles in all. We may taste both of my wines one night and his three wines the next week, or we may mix it up another way. Either way, you’ll receive five bottles in all. The cost includes the classes, five bottles, and shipping. An absolute steal for the quality, time, and dedication that goes into our craft. I hope you’ll join us, and thank you.


Wine Details 

Wines will be shipped on October 17, allowing ample time to adjust for any shipping errors, and to let the wines relax for a bit before opening!  Tracking details will be emailed to you once the wine is en route to you via UPS.


Zoom Details
  • We will meet for two sessions, each lasting around 75 minutes.  We will taste five wines total, two one night, three the next week.
  • All sessions are recorded, allowing you to view them again later, or to watch any sessions you might miss.
  • One week before the first class, we will email you the Zoom links, as well as detailed notes with cheese pairing suggestions, recommendations on when to open the wines, and much more.
  • Class registrations are non-refundable.


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