The OIC Wine Club’s most recent tasting featured Jacob Avery of Pride Mountain Wine. Previously known as Summit Ranch, the first records of vineyard plantings date all the way back to 1869. Many owners and title changes later, the property became known as Pride Mountain Vineyards in 1997.
Wine club members sampled five different wines including Pride Mountain’s Viognier and Chardonnay followed with their Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Featured in a past cover story from Wine Spectator magazine, Avery noted, “The Merlot, specifically, is actually the wine that kind of put us on the map back in the 90’s, and it’s still very much a wine that we hang our hat on. A lot of people consider it to be a real benchmark in California.”
The estate is unique in that the property sits at the top of the mountain that separates Napa and Sonoma. The county line actually runs right through Pride Mountain Vineyard, which allows them to grow both Napa and Sonoma grapes. Wines there are now designated with Napa Valley, Sonoma County, or percentages of both. “People sometimes think we’re a huge winery buying grapes all over the place, but that’s not the case. We’re a small, family operation – but we happen to have Napa and Sonoma fruits right there on our property,” said Avery.
Guests enjoyed special bottle pricing and stocked up on their favorites while hearing about Pride Mountain’s history. A special thanks to all of the OIC Wine Club members who joined us for this fun and educational tasting!
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Take a look at our photo gallery form the Pride Mountain event below!