SUTTER CREEK — Baiocchi Wines is opening its new tasting room.
The tasting room, 82 Main St., winery owners Greg and Sharon Baiocchi will pour their high quality, small lot wines made from their estate-grown Sierra Foothill grapes. Featured wines include Baiocchi 2010 Orellana (60 percent tempranillo, 40 percent grenache), Baiocchi 2010 Grenache Sharon’s Vineyard, gb 2011 G minor (Greg’s unique “GST” blend of 44 percent grenache, 32 percent syrah and 24 percent tempranillo), gb 2012 Neophyte Rose (100 percent grenache), and gb 2012 del papa (a co-fermented blend of 70 percent viognier and 30 percent roussanne).
The new Baiocchi tasting room joins a growing group of elite wineries that comprise the “Wine on Main” wine tourism initiative to bring wine lovers to this historic Amador County destination for a day or two of tasting enjoyment. Charming hotels and restaurants nearby provide an experience that will provide visitors with a sense of California history and tastes of wine with a true sense-of-place.
The Baiocchi family also grows syrah and mourvedre in their 12 acre vineyard and will soon be releasing more wines containing those Rhone varietals. All Baiocchi wines are available for tasting and purchase in the tasting room.
Baiocchi Wines have won many kudos since their first vintage in 2009, including accolades from Jeb Dunnuck (now at Wine Advocate) and The Purely Domestic Wine Report. Go to www.BaiocchiWines.com for more information.
Greg and Sharon Baiocchi’s passion for making great wine was born from a passion for enjoying it — namely, with friends and family. As a second career, Greg pursued an education in viticulture and winemaking through the University of California, Davis Extension winemaking program and is the operations manager of the enterprise. Sharon handles marketing and customer relations.
The mission of Baiocchi wine is to produce premium, small lot wines, and to stay focused on the land, the fruit, the wine, and the life. Baiocchi’s handcrafted wines feature Southern Rhone and Rioja style wines made in the Sierra Foothills with Baiocchi estate grown grapes. Greg is known in the California wine industry as “Mister GST” for his pioneering blends of grenache, syrah and tempranillo.
Sutter Creek holds an important place in both Gold Rush and California wine history. John Sutter discovered gold in 1848 at nearby Coloma and located a mining camp in Sutter Creek.
For more information visit baiocchiwines.com.