Fort Ross Vineyard

Jenner, Calif. (June 4, 2020) – Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery is reopening its picturesque tasting room on the Sonoma Coast June 5, 2020, with a carefully revised tasting experience and thorough new safety procedures to comply with CDC and government guidelines.

Fort Ross Vineyard’s estate tasting room near Jenner, the only tasting room in the Fort Ross-Seaview appellation, reopens by appointment only. Guests can explore a selection of four estate-grown wines accompanied by locally-sourced, traditional charcuterie or an artisanal cheese and vegetarian selections prepared in the on-site kitchen. Charcuterie will be served with relishes and accompaniments in individual, biodegradable containers.

The Fort Ross tasting room has implemented a series of safety procedures to ensure the safety of guests and staff. Seating is outside on the deck overlooking the Sonoma coast, and all tables are separated by at least six feet. The staff is required to wear face coverings at all times and practice meticulous hand hygiene. In addition, guests are required to wear face coverings, except when seated at their table for the tastings. Tables and chairs are disinfected after each use, and the higher-use public areas are regularly cleaned.

Reservations are required, and the 90-minute seatings are offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 10am and 3pm. The cost is $45 per person ($20 for members). Reservations can be made online at www.fortrossvineyard.com/Visit or by email at tastingroom@fortrossvineyard.com or by calling 707-847-3460. Additional information is available at www.fortrossvineyard.com.

About Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery

Located in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA on the extreme Sonoma Coast, Fort Ross Vineyard was first planted by founders Lester and Linda Schwartz in 1998. 2020 marks the 20th Anniversary of their first bottling. Their 53-acre vineyard is planted across a series of ridges at high elevations, and its location, just a mile from the Pacific Ocean makes it the closest vineyard in California. This site has proven ideal for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and even a small block of Pinotage. Under the direction of longtime winemaker Jeff Pisoni, Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery makes a series of estate Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that reflect a minimalistic approach to winemaking and allows the influence of this unique vineyard to shine through. In 2017, Fort Ross Winery introduced the SEA SLOPES brand, intended to capture the essence of the Sonoma Coast. This tier of wine is at once approachable, elegant and eminently worthy of the high quality standards that are the hallmark of Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery.  SEA SLOPES Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are produced for broader national distribution. For more information on Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery and Sea Slopes, visit www.fortrossvineyard.com.

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