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Harvest Begins!

Gearing up for the big show…looks like the Mokelumne Glen mixed set in Lodi,  will be first out the gate. Right behind will be Dale Ricci’s vineyard in Carneros bringing us the funky Sankt Laurent. Up at our home court vineyard in Murphys, the grapes are about 2 weeks behind last year but ripening up nicely. We are also gearing up to bottle our new estate red and white blends as well as a bunch of funky produce to be released in the fall. So exciting/terrifying! As always, stay tuned to our Instagram accounts for all the updates:  @forlornhopewines @girlgonevine @mdrorick

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Sir Matthew Rorick @ The Real Wine Fair!

No, that’s not Santa Clause, that’s Matthew Rorick representing Forlorn Hope wines at The Real Wine Fair in London!

Here’s a description of The Real Wine Fair from their Facebook page, just to get you all caught up:

“The Real Wine Fair is a wine tasting event, celebrating skilled individuals who work organically or biodynamically in the vineyards and winery. Over 100 growers and winemakers will be presenting hundreds of wines, made as naturally as possible. Visitors to The Real Wine Fair can meet and talk to the winegrowers, whilst having the opportunity to taste a diverse range of honest, terroir-driven wines. Several real wine ‘heroes’ have also been lined up for a series of seminars and debates. There will also be delicious artisan food & drink by leaders of the UK restaurant, bar, and street food scene.”

So now that we know what’s happening, here’s a video of our man Matt talking about wine & stuff!

Cheers!

2017 Spring Release & Wine Club Shipment!

We are almost ready to release the newest batch of creatures out into the world and into your glass!

Wine Club orders will process May 9th & ship May 16th / be available for pick up at our tasting room.

Spring Allocations will be available to our mailing list starting May 30th. If you’re not signed up and would like an allocation, please click here to register.

2012 ‘Batiscafo’ : A truly rare creature; high-end aged Verdelho? We say hell yeah. 20 cases produced.

2015 Picpoul : From Rorick Heritage Vineyards, this Picpoul took a long and slow fermentation; layers of complexity with the hallmark acidity that both the variety, and the site, are known for.

2015 ‘The Kerrigans’ : Carignan from 65 year old vines grown by the historic and legendary Poor Family in Mendocino. Pure, sinuous, and bracingly fresh, with a firm backbone to carry its bright and true fruit core well into the next decade.

2015 ‘Saint Kerrigan’ : The 2015 Saint Kerrigan is a zero sulfur added bottling of the same wine which is bottled as ‘The Kerrigans’, being produced from the same fermentation in order to make a SO2/no SO2 comparison of the same wine with as few variables as possible

2016 ‘Kumo To Ame’ : Rosé of Pinot Noir grown on Rorick Heritage Vineyards’ limestone & schist soils. Bright acid, fruit forward with a fresh-herb finish. Only 52 cases of this stunner.

Those of you in da club with us – Menagerie Members, you get 10% off your order & Bestiary Members, you’ll be 15% off plus 50% off shipping. To make changes to your shipping preferences, credit card on file, etc. please log into your account on our website and select “edit profile.” You’ll see a link below your general info that will direct you to make changes to your club account.

If you would like more information about becoming a Wine Club member please click here.

Any questions, please email danielle@matthewrorick.com

 

2017 Winter Release!

It’s that time again – to release some new rare creatures into the wild.

In these chill days of winter we bring you four wines to warm the heart and quicken the senses:

2012 Nacré, emerging after four long years of bottle aging in our favorite time of the year for pairing with oysters.

2015 Gemischter Satz, our single-vineyard field blend of nearly 40 different German and Austrian varieties.

2015 Ost-Intrigen, a light and nimble 100% stem-inclusion St. Laurent from Dale Ricci’s Carneros vineyard. Tastes and smells like walking through a Moroccan spice market.

2014 Onavolk, our first release of Merlot grown on the schist and limestone of Rorick Heritage Vineyard. It’s silky, structured and will make you love Merlot again (or for the first time).

Allocations start on Feb 2 – check it!

Tasting Room is Open!

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We did it! A lot of hard work and long days, but our shared tasting space with Farella & Poe Wines is up and running.

We are located at 920 Franklin Street in downtown Napa, right near Cadet. Open Tuesday – Saturday 11-6 with possible appointments on Sundays & Mondays (email me directly to request a Forlorn Hope Sunday or Monday appointment danielle@matthewrorick.com).

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OUTLAND is featuring a three producer flight which includes one white and one white from each of us.  We also have our own Forlorn Hope flight which right now is featuring our Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Grenache & Petite Sirah. Forlorn Hope wine club members and one guest will have their Forlorn Hope flight waived. Your wine club discounts will also apply the same way to any Forlorn Hope purchases through the tasting room. You’ll also get to enjoy wines by the glass including a rotating selection that will change every month.

We are so lucky to have the amazing Caitlyn running our space for us, we hope you drop by and check it out.

To get more info and updates on OUTLAND: website outlandwine.com & Instagram @outlandnapa & Facebook @outlandnapa

Happy New Year!!!

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FH Happenings

Hi! 

We are finally making the whole blog thing happen, although we prefer the term “non-fiction active journal.” So here we go! Many things are happening with Forlorn Hope. We just did our first allocation-based release this Fall, which was awesome. We had a tremendous outpouring of love from all of you rare creature fans. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We also presented our first-ever wine club & that too went exceedingly well. It is such an incredible opportunity to share with you an arrangement of the rarest of the rare creatures, limited bottling, library wines and more.

Tasting Room! Yes – yes, you read it right. We are opening a joint tasting room with Poe Wines & Farella.

Sneak peak of the N.Cal relief map in Outland

Sneak peak of the N.Cal relief map in Outland

Outland is located at 920 Franklin Street in Downtown Napa. Michael McDermott has designed a magical space and we can not wait until it is stocked with wine-drinking friends. Stay tuned for more on the opening, which will be within the next few weeks…Our instagram account is filled with pretty pictures & updates as well.

Until next time, cheers! Xoxoxoxo