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Chris Sorensen
 
December 15, 2023 | Chris Sorensen

Celebrating a Year of Excellence: Caddis Winery's Journey in 2023

As the curtain falls on 2023, the team at Caddis Winery takes a moment to reflect on a year filled with growth, resilience, and, of course, exceptional wine. This year marked our third anniversary of delighting palates in downtown Sonoma and our 11th serving the beautiful Livermore Valley, and we're thrilled to share the highlights of this remarkable journey with our cherished patrons.

A Downtown Haven for Wine Enthusiasts

Our tasting room in downtown Sonoma has become more than just a space to savor exquisite wines; it's a warm and inviting haven for wine enthusiasts. The past year witnessed the walls echoing with laughter, clinking glasses, and the joy of shared moments. To everyone who has walked through our doors, thank you for making Caddis a part of your stories.

Embracing a Long Growing Season

The vineyards of Sonoma and Livermore experienced an exceptionally long growing season this year, presenting both challenges and opportunities. Patience became our ally as we navigated the nuances of each varietal, allowing the grapes to reach their full potential. The result is a collection of wines that captures the essence of a season marked by perseverance and the beauty of nature. About eighty percent of our harvest came in during the last two weeks of picking this year. 

Celebrating Excellence: Our 2020 Thatcher Bay Cabernet Sauvignon

In a year marked by exceptional moments, we're thrilled to share one of our proudest achievements – our 2020 Thatcher Bay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has been named among the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections. This recognition is a testament to the dedication and artistry that define Caddis Winery.

2020 Thatcher Bay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon:

 "Give this big, bold red 30 to 40 minutes to open. You'll be rewarded with aromas and flavors of blackberry, black currant, black cherry, cedar wood, anise, tarragon, fennel, olive tapenade, black pepper, tomato leaf and unsweetened cacao. Full-bodied and rich with mouthcoating tannins and voluptuous fruit structure, its flavors continue to evolve throughout the lengthy finish. Enjoy now or, even better, after 2028." — Stacy Briscoe

As we raise our glasses in gratitude, here's to the 2020 Thatcher Bay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – a wine that has found a place among the best, both in prestigious lists and in the hearts of those who appreciate the art of fine winemaking.

Family, the Heartbeat of Caddis

Caddis Winery is more than a business; it's a celebration of family, with each member playing a vital role in the tapestry of our story. Courtney, Chris's wife, stands as the steadfast pillar of support behind the scenes, infusing our winery with a warm and welcoming ambiance that defines our essence. As we trace the roots of our cherished Double Dog Zinfandel Grapes, we extend a heartfelt nod to Elaine, Courtney's mom, whose vineyard expertise breathes life into the heart of our creations.

A huge thank you for the contributions of Chris's parents, Kathy and Scott. Their hands played a crucial role in the art of winemaking, especially in the meticulous process of punch downs. Their dedication and expertise have left an indelible mark on our wines, enriching them with a labor of love that goes beyond the vineyards.

As Kip and Rhett, our two young enthusiasts yet to savor the wonders of wine, grow up surrounded by the beauty of the vineyards, they're forging a connection with the land that mirrors the deep roots of our vines. Caddis Winery is truly a family affair, where each generation leaves its imprint on the wines we proudly share with you.

In the heart of our family, in the soul of our vineyards, the spirit of Caddis thrives, creating wines that embody the love, dedication, and shared moments of our extended family. Cheers to the past, present, and the exciting future we weave together.

Welcome to Caddis, where family and vines intertwine to craft a unique and unforgettable journey in every bottle.

Nod to Livermore: Where Moments Blossom

In addition to our adventures in Sonoma, Caddis Winery had the pleasure of hosting memorable events in Livermore. These gatherings brought together wine lovers and friends, creating moments that linger in our hearts. The charming landscapes of Livermore added a new dimension to our journey, and we are grateful for the warmth and enthusiasm of the community that welcomed us with open arms.

Gratitude and Excitement for the Future

As we raise our glasses to bid farewell to 2023, we do so with immense gratitude for the memories we've created together. Each bottle of Caddis wine is a testament to the passion, hard work, and love that goes into every aspect of what we do.

Looking ahead, we are filled with excitement for what the future holds. With the continued support of our patrons and the blessings of the Sonoma and Livermore terroir, we eagerly anticipate another year of growth, exploration, and, of course, exceptional wines.

Thank you for being a part of the Caddis Winery family. Here's to the memories we've created and the many more to come in the years ahead.

Cheers,

Time Posted: Dec 15, 2023 at 2:22 PM Permalink to Celebrating a Year of Excellence: Caddis Winery's Journey in 2023 Permalink
Chris Sorensen
 
November 15, 2023 | Chris Sorensen

Crafting Excellence: Unveiling Caddis Winery's 2023 Harvest Varietals

Dear Wine Connoisseurs,

The curtain rises on the culmination of an extraordinary journey—the 2023 harvest season at Caddis Winery. This year, our vineyards nestled in Sonoma County and Livermore Valley have gifted us a treasure trove of varietals, each bearing the unique imprint of their terroir.

Savor the Essence of Sonoma and Livermore

From the sun-kissed vineyards of Sonoma County to the storied landscapes of Livermore Valley, our varietals—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Zinfandel—have thrived, embodying the essence of their origins in every luscious grape.

Cabernet Sauvignon: Bold and Complex

The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the Knights Valley AVA of Sonoma County have flourished, embodying the region's famed elegance and structure. Expect a wine that boasts a bold personality, weaving together layers of dark fruit and refined tannins—a true testament to the artistry of this renowned varietal.

Merlot: Velvety and Refined

Our Livermore Valley Merlot from the Thatcher Bay Vineyard, with its characteristic velvety texture, promises a symphony of flavors—think ripe plum, hints of herbs, and a lingering, smooth finish. This varietal has thrived under the valley's temperate climate, showcasing its refined elegance.

Malbec: Intense and Rich

Rooted in the heart of Livermore Valley, our Malbec vines have yielded grapes bursting with intensity. Brace yourself for a wine that embodies richness—a symphony of dark fruits, spice, and a distinctive earthy undertone that lingers on the palate. 

Cabernet Franc: Elegance Redefined

The Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County offers an elegant rendition of this classic varietal. Delicate floral notes intertwine with hints of red fruit, culminating in a wine that captivates with its finesse and depth.

Zinfandel: Vibrant and Expressive

Sourced from Courtneys moms backyard!, our Zinfandel is a celebration of vibrancy. Expect a wine that dances on the palate, bursting with ripe berry flavors and a hint of spice—a true expression of the diverse terroirs shaping its character.

A Toast to Diversity and Distinction

At Caddis Winery, our commitment to excellence lies not only in the craft but also in the diversity of experiences encapsulated in every bottle. Join us as we raise our glasses to the mosaic of flavors waiting to be uncorked.

With great anticipation, 

Chris Sorensen

Owner/Winemaker

Time Posted: Nov 15, 2023 at 4:11 PM Permalink to Crafting Excellence: Unveiling Caddis Winery's 2023 Harvest Varietals Permalink
Chris Sorensen
 
September 10, 2023 | Chris Sorensen

The Artistry of Harvest: From Vine to Vintage at Caddis Winery

    

Introduction: As the leaves begin to change and the air carries a hint of autumn, a new chapter unfolds in the world of winemaking. At Caddis Winery, we embrace the beauty and anticipation of the harvest season—a time when grapes reach their peak ripeness and we embark on a journey to capture the essence of the land. Join us as we share the artistry, dedication, and stories that come to life with each harvest at Caddis.

The Harvest Experience: Step into the heart of our vineyards as we immerse ourselves in the artistry of the harvest. With the first rays of morning light, our vineyard teams carefully handpick each cluster, selecting only the finest grapes that have been nurtured throughout the growing season. Discover the meticulous attention to detail that goes into ensuring the perfect balance of flavors, sugars, and acids that define our wines.

From Vine to Cellar: A Journey of Transformation: Follow the grapes' journey from vineyard to cellar, where the magic of winemaking truly begins. Learn about the delicate process of crushing and pressing the grapes to extract their juice—the very essence of the land itself. Explore how this juice evolves through fermentation, as sugars are transformed into alcohol, and the intricate decisions that our winemakers make to craft wines of exceptional character.

Featured Wines:

2022 Livermore Valley Fume Blanc: Embrace the vibrancy of the season with our 2022 Livermore Valley Fume Blanc. This exquisite wine reflects the essence of our local terroir, enhanced by its unique fermentation process. Fermented in French oak barrels and undergoing malolactic fermentation, it offers an inviting interplay of flavors and textures. On the nose, discover aromas of zesty citrus, subtle pear, and delicate hints of toasted vanilla. On the palate, experience the lush creaminess and rounded acidity that dance alongside flavors of Meyer lemon and a touch of stone fruit. This Fume Blanc is the perfect companion for late summer and early autumn gatherings, inviting you to celebrate the flavors of the harvest season with a touch of elegance.

2021 Totem Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley AVA): Raise your glass to the rich and robust character of our 2021 Totem Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourced from the esteemed Knights Valley AVA, this wine showcases the elegance of the region. With deep aromas of dark berries, cocoa, and a hint of spice, it offers a symphony of flavors on the palate. Velvety tannins and a long, luxurious finish complete the experience. This Cabernet Sauvignon is the epitome of autumn sophistication, making it a perfect match for hearty dishes and cozy evenings.

Join the Celebration: Harvest Events and Experiences: As we embrace the harvest season, we invite you to celebrate with us. Join our upcoming harvest event on October 7th and 8th at the winery in Livermore, where you might witness the beauty of the harvest firsthand. Share in the joy of this pivotal moment in the winemaking calendar.

Embrace the Harvest: At Caddis Winery, the harvest is more than a season—it's a celebration of the land's bounty and the culmination of our passion. As we work tirelessly to create wines that embody the spirit of the harvest, we invite you to raise a glass to the journey that started in the vineyard and ends in your glass. The promise of the vintage awaits, and we can't wait to share it with you.

Join Us: Stay connected with Caddis Winery by visiting our tasting room in downtown Sonoma or exploring our selection online at www.caddiswine.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on our harvest activities, upcoming events, and new releases. Sign up for our newsletter to receive exclusive insights and offers from the world of Caddis Wines.

Embrace the artistry of the harvest season and the flavors that define this special time of year. Cheers to the journey from vine to vintage at Caddis!

Time Posted: Sep 10, 2023 at 12:37 PM Permalink to The Artistry of Harvest: From Vine to Vintage at Caddis Winery Permalink
Chris Sorensen
 
August 8, 2023 | Chris Sorensen

Title: Sip, Savor, and Celebrate Summer with Caddis Winery's BBQ Delights

Introduction: Welcome to the first edition of the Caddis Wines blog, where we invite you to embark on a journey of flavors and stories that come together in every bottle. With a tasting room nestled in the heart of downtown Sonoma, Caddis draws inspiration from the sprawling vineyards of Sonoma County and the Livermore Valley. Our commitment to crafting exceptional wines takes center stage as we dive into the joyous spirit of summer BBQs, perfectly paired with our finest selections.

Savoring Summer BBQs with Caddis Wines: As the sun graces the skies and the aroma of grilling fills the air, it's time to uncork the essence of summer with Caddis Wines. This month, we're thrilled to celebrate the season with two exquisite wines that elevate your BBQ gatherings to unforgettable heights.

Featured Wines:

2021 Rose of Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): The delicate blush of our 2021 Rose of Pinot Noir captures the essence of summer itself. Using grapes sourced from the Russian River Valley, this wine embodies notes of ripe strawberries and hints of citrus. On the nose, it boasts inviting aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit, and strawberries. On the palate, the wine is light and crisp, with flavors of citrus and berries that are perfectly balanced by a touch of acidity. The wine has a clean and refreshing finish, with a subtle hint of minerality. This Rose is an excellent choice for those who appreciate crisp and fruity wines, making it well-suited for sipping on its own or for pairing with a variety of dishes, including seafood, salads, and light cheeses. Whether enjoyed on a warm summer day or as an aperitif before dinner, this wine is sure to impress and delight.

2021 Livermore Valley Thatcher Bay "Better Together" Blend: Embrace the spirit of togetherness with our 2021 Thatcher Bay "Better Together" blend. Crafted from 45% Merlot and 55% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from the Livermore Valley, this wine showcases ripe blackberries, plums, and subtle hints of vanilla and toasted oak on the nose. On the palate, it delivers a silky-smooth texture, blending juicy flavors of blackberries and red currants with notes of cocoa and clove. The finish is long and satisfying, showcasing the wine's fine structure and aging potential. This artful combination of varietals creates a well-balanced wine with both fruit-forward appeal and elegant depth, making it a delightful choice on its own or paired with hearty dishes. Cheers to the perfect blend in every sip of "Better Together"!

The Winemaking Journey: Behind every sip lies a story, and our winemaking process is a testament to our dedication. We hand-select grapes from premium vineyards across Sonoma County and the Livermore Valley, allowing the terroir to shape the unique character of each wine. With meticulous care and expert craftsmanship, we do our best to bring forth the essence of the land, delivering wines that encapsulate the spirit of the regions we work with.

Pairing Suggestions:

For the Rose of Pinot Noir: Try it alongside grilled shrimp skewers, watermelon feta salad, or a creamy goat cheese crostini.
For the "Better Together": Complement its robust flavors with smoked brisket, rosemary-marinated lamb chops, or a tangy barbecue pulled pork sandwich.

Embrace the Experience: At Caddis Winery, we cherish the moments that bring people together. From the clinking of glasses to the shared laughter, our wines are crafted to enhance every occasion. As you indulge in the warmth of summer and the delight of a well-prepared BBQ, we invite you to explore our collection, share your stories, and make memories that will linger long after the last drop is savored.

Upcoming Event and Harvest: Mark your calendars for our upcoming event at the winery in Livermore on October 7th and 8th. Join us for an unforgettable experience as we celebrate the artistry of winemaking. As we prepare for the harvest season, we're eagerly anticipating the arrival of late September when the first grapes will likely be harvested. The cool and cloudy weather earlier this year has contributed to a slightly delayed harvest, and we're excited to capture the unique flavors that this season will bring.

Join Us and Raise Your Glass: Ready to elevate your summer gatherings with Caddis Wines? Visit our tasting room in downtown Sonoma or explore our selection online at www.caddiswine.com Whether you're near or far, our wines are just a click away. Consider joining our wine club to enjoy exclusive benefits and access to our limited releases. Follow us on facebook to stay updated on upcoming events, promotions, and new releases. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to receive exclusive offers and insights from the world of Caddis Winery.

Raise your glass to summer's embrace and the flavors that define it. Cheers to good company, delectable BBQs, and the artistry of Caddis Wines.

Time Posted: Aug 8, 2023 at 11:51 AM Permalink to Title: Sip, Savor, and Celebrate Summer with Caddis Winery's BBQ Delights Permalink