We are very fortunate to report that we have sustained no losses in structure or wine from the horrific fires that have been ravaging our state. So many of you have reached out expressing your concern for our safety, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We thank all of you for your continued support + love.
Many of our friends, neighbors + colleagues have lost so much in these fires. It’s been an incredibly sad, scary + overwhelming week. Moving forward for the rest of this month we would like to donate 15% of our sales to fire relief. Another way to help is to keep buying + drinking California wine.
We are postponing our release party (which was scheduled for Oct. 21) until a later date. We will post on Instagram + Facebook when we have settled on the day. Please don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We’ve been hard at work picking, stomping, + pressing grapes at Rorick Heritage Vineyard all summer making the future Rare Creatures of the world! Now it’s time to send out a new batch of wine for all to enjoy. When you order wine from us you always have the option to come to our tasting room Outland in Downtown Napa and pick it up.
We sincerely hope you’ll be able to join us on Oct. 21st when we will be having our Parliament Funkadelic-themed release party! Snacks will be prepared by Contimo Provisions + we will be pouring all 6 of our new wines! Flights + snacks will be complimentary to those who are picking up an order or who will be purchasing on the spot (otherwise $30 per person). Bring friends, dress up, get funky!
Outland is open Wednesday thru Monday 1-7pm. Email email@example.com with any questions + as always follow us on the Instagram + Facebook for harvest pictures + more!
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
Keep up with the Rare Creatures! Here’s a list of our upcoming events both at our tasting room and out in the world beyond.
July 10th 5-7pm @OUTLAND – The Great Verdelho Exploration with Matthew Rorick: Taste through 6 vintages of Forlorn Hope Verdelho and learn about the variety and it’s history in California. $25 tickets, wine club members please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a discounted price of $15. Limited seating available – here’s a link!
July 17th 5-7pm @OUTLAND – Historical Coombsville Tasting with Tom Farella: This class will allow guests to taste a vertical of Farella wines from their estate vineyard, and listen to wonderful stories about what it was like to make wine here in Napa in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and to grow grapes for Mondavi when it was still owned by Robert Mondavi. Limited seating available, click here for more details and tickets.
July 22nd 1-5pm @Front Porch Farm – The Seven % Solution: This event and the Seven % Solution movement are focused on Celebrating and Perpetuating Varietal Diversity in California. The venue for 2017 is Front Porch Farm, a stunning farm and winery guided by the principle that diversity is nature’s basic pattern. There will be 31 wineries, 59 grape varieties and 121 wines represented, as well as information on the farmers behind the growing scene of these lesser known grapes. The Winemakers participating in this event are some of the best in the nation- their wines a great example of an ongoing movement to get back to the roots of varietal diversity and winemaking practices. Click here for more info!
August 19th @OUTLAND – Ramen Night Block Party: More details to follow but this is going to be a pretty epic collaboration with Miminashi & Cadet. Stay tuned to Outland’s website/Instagram account for more details.
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!
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 email@example.com
We have been getting a metric f*ck ton of rain, which is great for the vines and for our reservoir. Matthew says he has never seen the creek as full and raging with water as it is right now.
It was awesome as always to be up on the property and surrounded by vines and ferments. In addition to touring around checking out the frost and water, we did some topping and prepping for bottling. Then we piled in the Toyota & spent a little time in the Vermentino block checking in on the grafts that were put in last season. The block is on an insanely steep incline and a good glute workout was had by all.
This week we will be bottling the Gemischter Satz & some 350ml Late Harvest dessert wine. Excited to get some more rare creatures into bottle & release them into the wild. Speaking of which, keep a look out for the winter release, coming sooooon.
Yesterday we did a tasting @ Ordinaire Wine in Oakland & it was poppin’! Thanks to everyone who came out and day drank their Saturday away with us and to the boys of Ordinaire for the hospitality.
Afterwards we had a fantastic impromptu, traffic-inspired dinner at Chez Panisse. Thanks to John & his incredible team for such a ridiculously lovely experience!
As always, keep up with our shenanigans via Instagram & Facebook – @forlornhopewines & our tasting room @outlandnapa
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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
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.