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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Tocai Friulano

    Blanc doux, Cinquien, Istarski Tokay, Malaga, Mosler, Sauvignon de la Correze, Sauvignon gros, Sauvignon à gros grain...

  • 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...

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  • NG, that's Hillcrest in Oakland?  Isn't that really in the Uplands neighborhood of Berkeley?  We made an offer on a house on Uplands about a year or so ago, were totally outbid. Andy Samberg of Saturday Night Live grew up there, as did one of my best friends (actually on Uplands nearly at the top--his mom is a realtor who has sold or bought as t... Read More

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  • While traveling through Napa Valley last month I noticed that all the Vineyards I visited had roses planted around their crops. They're planted and watched closely for any early signs of infestation on the land. They monitor the Roses closely and upon early signs of problems, protective measures are taken to make sure the grape vines receive a s... Read More

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  • A few days ago I tasted a wine that aged in cement. I looked for more information on aging wine in cement but I didn't find much. If someone can tell me more about the process of aging wine in cement (and the benefits of doing so) then I would very much appreciate it.The wine was a Montecucco DOC. You can find my tasting notes for it here. http:... Read More

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  • Hi everyone,I'm a newish lurker who jumped on a great fare to San Francisco from my little pocket of Missouri wine country near St. Louis in mid-August with the intent of visiting the Sonoma area as a solo traveler.  I will be arriving early afternoon on a Thursday and staying until early Monday morning.As a solo female traveler and a red fan - ... Read More

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  • Amphora Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2006

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  • Amphora Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2006

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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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  • Amphora Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley 2005

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  • 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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