Williams-Selyem

707-433-6425 Healdsburg, CA 95448
United States

Today, the winemaking torch has been passed into the skillful hands of a carefully selected team headed by Executive Winemaker, Bob Cabral. They share a passion that requires a strong but intuitive approach, given the capricious nature of the varietal. These artisans respect and employ the original handcrafted approach to winemaking that has made Williams Selyem wines so sought after today. The winery carefully executes the Williams Selyem philosophy of "respecting the juice." From fermentation to bottling, including the no pumping and filter-free methods, the winemakers use these processes to ensure that the quality of the wine is not compromised. Fortunately, they seem to have none of the typical pressures that many wineries do today and are therefore able to focus strictly on quality. This almost ceremonial approach to creating these wines can be tasted in every bottle. Bob says there's no other place he'd rather be making wine than in the Russian River Valley. Much like the philosophy of Burt Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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Williams-Selyem on Snooth

  • Does anybody else feel that the Williams Selyem Vin gris de Pinot Noir is the world´s most recognizable bottle? Read More

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  • I've heard good things about Cobb, they used to sell fruit to Williams Selyem, maybe still do though the pricing seems to be $60+ for their good stuff. I have a 2010 that I think I'll open when Foxall comes to visit. Read More

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  • PBoss, excellent write up! So glad you and the family had such a good time in ... to Dutcher's Crossing or Williams Selyem so now we have some new entries on the to do list.I'm trying to convince L we need to get back out there for the Scherrer open house in November, all depends on how much vacation time we have left.  Do you think you might ... Read More

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  • I agree about Lodi, NG. Never have been a J fan, though, even from back in the '80s when it wasn't a separate operation. Nor do Iron Horse wines float my boat they way they do for some. Great writeup, PBoss! Thanks for sharing. How many bottles did you end up carrying or shipping home?I agree with you on Scherrer and Ridge, and several others. H... Read More

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  • After graduating from medical school and before beginning indentured service as a resident physician, my wife and I decided we should make a trip out to California wine country and Yosemite. So, a week after moving to my new residency location, we pawned off the two year old on the grandparents and headed for the hills of California.We arrived i... Read More

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  • Emark's recommendations are spot-on, esp because you are outside the Zin Belt.  Those are all good places to start.  I'd even say he has them in pretty good order of quality, although you could argue about Seghesio and Ravenswood only because Ravenswood has a broad range of bottlings.  But what you will find in the stores--like the Vintners Blen... Read More

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  • So my wife loves zins but we really like a velvety mouth feel with some good fruit.  Right now our favorite is The Zin by Cosentino.  If anyone has recommendations my wife is starting to sware off all other booze except this zin so help me out.  We are open to other reds as well. Read More

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  • There are tons of garage wine stories around here. Sometimes these guys kick ... produced with the now iconic Williams Selyem label. Burt designs it using a letter press and even mixes his own ink for the labels.1983 The first commercial release of Hacienda del Rio.1983 Burt and Ed receive a cease and desist letter from the Hacienda Winery, re... Read More

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  • I don't utter those words easily (homemade wine). Personally, I think it's crap and that there's no such thing as GREAT homemade wine.I was wondering what some of your stories and/or responses are with and when offered said crap.I occasionally am offered a bottle (because wine may come up in conversation with acquaintances or clients) and I resp... Read More

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  • It’s a great thing when things just come together. Earlier this year I had planned a trip to California to do some tasting but it had to be postponed. When I went to reschedule I noticed a thread in the Snooth Forum  that was looking for people to join in a West Coast Pinot Noir Throw Down. I wasn’t sure what exactly that entailed but I am alway... Read More

    From the article $25 to $35 Pinot Noir


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