Syrah is a beautiful varietal and one of our favorites. At the Alonso Family Vineyard, Syrah makes a gorgeous, earthy style of wine with a vibrant purple hue. We ferment this one 100% whole cluster, stems and all. To get fermentation going, we ask our friends to jump in the bins and just stomp around. It’s so much fun, and fermenting on the stems in the old style gives th wine a great mouth feel and solid structure.
Since a little, locally-known park called "The Meadow" opened in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, it has been the go-to spot for the community to enjoy an ice cold bottle or two of rosé. So when the time came to name our first rosé, we didn't hesitate. The goal was to create a crisp, clean, dry rosé that still had a little texture and character. Predominantly made from the rare Spanish grape Graciano with a hint of Grenache.
Alonso Family Vineyard Zanja Madre
The Zanja Madre was the first aqueduct built in Los Angeles and for many years was the only way the city received its water. Its artifact is a stone’s throw from our winery and we decided to pay homage to it. Just as it was then, this wine is our everyday drinker. An earthy, savory and structured blend of Tempranillo and Grenache.
The California Crackler 2017 (Sparkling)
The first grapes we pick every year are Chardonnay and Moscato. This year we decided to blend them together and make a dry, sparkling wine. Moscato is often used to make sweet wines; we maintain its floral herbaciousness but ferment it dry. ‘Crackling Wine’ was what they called California sparkling wine in the 1800s. This is our California Crackler!