Amphora Winery

7074317767 4791 Dry Creek Road Bldg 6
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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A native of Sonoma County, Rick first became involved with wine on the bottling line at Sebastiani Vineyards in 1975, at the tender age of 20. Over the years he began honing his winemaking skills, apprenticing with some of the best in the business, including Doug Nalle, Grady Wann, John Kongsgaard and Mike Duffy. At the same time, he often found himself straddling a potter’s wheel, crafting sensual amphorae — clay jars used by ancient Greeks and Romans to store wine. When the time came to follow his calling and make his own wine, Rick married both passions. His magnificent pottery became the symbol and moniker for his new venture: Amphora Winery. The beginnings were inauspicious. The tiny winery got its first life in the basement of a prune barn, behind a plywood door and next to three barrels of vinegar. Rick started with three tons of Petite Sirah, three tons of Zinfandel — and a heavy dose of chutzpa. The year was 1997. Over time, Rick expanded to five varietals — the original Petite Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • There are lots of great wine events coming up in the SF Bay Area including: a Chocolate and Wine salon Sun 4/16, Passport to Dry Creek 4/30-5/1 , California Cabernet Spring Barrel Tasting 5/2, RAP Pink Out Tasting 5/10, Uncorked 5/21, TAPAS 6/5 and more.  For details and links for ticket purchase go to under wine events  Read More

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  • We will be visiting Sonoma County in a few weeks for a little R&R and I wanted to get some ideas of wineries to visit.  This is our first visit to Sonoma so we are a blank slate and have to rely on the typical visitor’s books or our guide book, which is pretty old.  So any recommendations are appreciated, regardless of whether they are big or sm... Read More

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  • Amphora Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley 2005


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    Wine review by ButteryChardGirl

  • Amphora Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley 2005


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    Wine review by ButteryChardGirl

  • The wife & I are making our first trip to Napa for a two day excursion.  We have been doing a lot of research, including reading up on the previous forum posts, thanks Honda John for your informative essay!  We're a little worried about going during the summer, and on a weekend, but it was the only time it worked for us, especially since we live... Read More

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  • Amphora Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Mounts Vineyard 2003


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    Wine review by prasanth

  • Amphora Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2006


    I found this winery based on a recommendation from Porter Creek and ended up joining the club. This bottle features very strong fruits, think strawberries on the nose, just what you would expect from a CA Zinfandel, and a smooth finish, with just enough texture to be interesting. Not to be missed. Read More

    Wine review by codysisco

  • Amphora Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2006


    This wine took Best of Class at the 2009 San Francisco Chronical International Wine Competition. Very nice! Read More

    Wine review by karen4

  • Amphora Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Mounts Vineyard 2003


    dont know what to say.but this is a good wine. Read More

    Wine review by whiterabbit

  • One of the benefits of being in the wine industry is access to the producers who bring us the wine that we love. Mostly this takes the form of what we used to call "dog and pony" shows which are not geared toward delivering information beyond the essential sales pitch, but even at these sales driven events you can usually glean some sort of addi... Read More

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