Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services

Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services
14100 Mountain House Rd.
Hopland , CA  95499

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Tastings by Appointment Only

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What to Buy

R & R Brut
Citrus, pear, floral aromas, round, grapefruit finish $16

R & R Sparkling Rosé Méthode Champenoise
Ripe strawberry, hint of cream and spice, and bright fresh fruit finish $18

R & R Blanc De Noir
rioche, hint of berry, bright citrus aroma, and citrus finish $18

Special Notes

Certified organic, private tastings and tours by appt, wine club discounts, custom labeling, winemakers on-site

Story

When veteran wine executives Rebecca Faust and Bruce Lundquist first toured the inspiring warehouses and vineyards that are now home to Rack & Riddle, they imagined creating a modern winery operation at the site. But almost immediately their imaginations soared higher to a bigger dream: a state-of-the-art custom crush wine facility producing sparkling and still wines; along with their very own premium wine expressions.

It’s not easy to make sparkling wine in the traditional méthode champenoise, which requires a secondary fermentation in the bottle. Since it’s a specialized process that requires a lot of labor, time, and equipment, many wineries simply don’t produce their own sparkling wine. Rack & Riddle removes those barriers, allowing area wineries to create sparkling wines for their portfolios.

Beyond filling a niche in the winemaking world by providing wineries a practical and affordable way to craft sparkling wine, Rack & Riddle’s certified organic facility employs three astute winemakers who consult with their clients, and craft wines for the Rack & Riddle label. Penny Gadd-Caster (Jordan Winery and J Winery), Steve Ryan (Magnanimous), and Lynn Chao (Cameron Hughes) bring a range of experiences to the team.

“We cover the winemaking spectrum—sparkling, still, boutique, and large lots—with our talented industry vets who are excellent winemakers,” Bruce says.

There are currently five Rack & Riddle sparkling wines and a handful of still single varietal offerings including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Zinfandel. The 2007 Syrah recently won Bronze in the 2011 Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition, and the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon was noted as a Best Buy in Connoisseurs’ Guide: March 2011.

Although tasting is by appointment only, it is highly recommended, not only to sample Rack & Riddle’s sublime wines, but to behold the impressive two-warehouse facility. It covers 120,000 square feet, including a 17,000-square-foot crush pad. From the look of things, there will be a lot more sparkling wine coming from Mendocino County in the years to come.

 


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Amenities

Tasting Room: No

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: Yes

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No

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