Holy Press!

After decades of reading Food and Wine Magazine and The Press Democrat... Smith Story made both publications!

This is so fun and important to us. Please take time to read the beautiful Food and Wine feature on the Anderson Valley which also highlights our Lakota's View Sémillon from Sonoma Mountain.  We've so enjoyed hosting many of you whether you're a local guest or have traveled from hundreds or thousands of miles away... the secret of the Anderson Valley is out (at least with Smith Story!).

If and when traveling to wine country we have two places you may stop and see us...appointment only  at the winery in the Russian River Valley in Windsor is a 1 hour tasting and tour option.  Our more laid back tasting in our Anderson Valley tasting room is 30 minutes from Highway 1 (along the Mendocino Coast), 45 minutes NW of the town of Healdsburg, about 90 minutes NW of the Napa Valley too. We hosted a sweet family yesterday who drove from Arizona so they could take wine back with them for summer sipping. TRUE STORY! 


This week, The Press Democrat gave us 5 Stars and Wine of the Week for our 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. Couldn't have been a better subject matter for "White wines to pair with burgers"...we love a good cheeseburger oh yes we do! Our goal for the Smith Story Sauvignon Blanc from the very beginning was for it to be the very best representation of Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc... so far so good. The quality and like-ability of our wines is always our focus.

Top scores for our family winery from national wine press and local press now...we are thrilled!

Here's The Press Democrat  write-up: 

White wines to pair with your Fourth of July veggie burger

On the Fourth of July people celebrate their appetite for independence at the Weber, and the politically correct grill veggie patties alongside big beefy burgers. 

With an eye to the holiday, The Press Democrat organized its annual “Burger” tasting but this year we decided to opt for the politically-correct version. We focused on the veggie burger with a lineup of tasty whites to marry with it. 

The top winner? The five-star rated show stopper –– the Smith Story, 2017 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc at $25. Other wines that showed well are the four-star rated Thumbprint Cellars, 2015 MRV Sonoma County White Wine at $35; and the Fel, 2017 Anderson Valley Pinot Gris at $25. 

Pairings: Crisp white wine perfect with burgers 

What makes these wines such tasty picks is their great minerality. It gives them a duality, allowing them to play back up to both versions of the veggie patty. The first one tries to imitate a big beefy burger, while the other is unapologetic, flush with vegetables. 

The Smith Story is buoyed with bright acidity and infused with notes of lime, lemon and mineral. It’s light on its feet – ballet as opposed to tap. The vintners, Eric Story and Ali Smith, work with consulting winemaker Katy Wilson, and they said their mission is to craft a mineral-driven sauvignon blanc. The vintners decided they wouldn’t produce a sauvignon blanc unless they found vineyards that were similar in soil/rock and climate to France’s Loire Valley. 

“If we could drink wines from Dagueneau every day we would,” Alison said. “The late Didier and his son (the current winemaker) have set the bar in our mind, one we hope to achieve one day for the Smith Story, too. Didier Dagueneau was a winemaker in the Loire Valley who produced sauvignon blanc from the Pouilly Fumé appellation and he had a cult following. 

Eric, 41, spent 18 years at K&L Wine Merchants in Northern California, with the last eight as the wine buyer for German, Loire, Alsace, Austria and Greek wine imports. He caught the wine bug while backpacking through Europe and took the leap into winemaking in 2002. Ali’s expertise is in hospitality, consumer marketing and national sales. The couple met at K&L and founded Smith Story Wine Cellars in 2013. 

While the Smith Story sauvignon blanc will delight veggie burger fans, Ali said there are limitless possibilities in store with the wine. “Our favorite pairing with our sauvignon blanc” Ali said, “is a good conversation, a nice wine glass and a comfy chair.” 

Wine writer Peg Melnik

Thanks for sharing Our Story! Cheers to a fun and relaxing long July 4th Holiday Weekend! Big announcement coming next week... stay tuned! 

Love, Eric & Ali 

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