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Moshin Vineyards and Winery Sonoma’s Best Kept Secret Celebrates 30 Years of Small-Lot, Handcrafted Wines!

the true Méthode Champenoise, the original method of producing Champagne in France, which requires a secondary fermentation in the bottle, accomplished by adding a mixture of sugar and yeast, called the liqueur de tirage, to still wine. This wine is then bottled and capped, with a bottle cap similiar to ones found on beer bottles – not a cork. The yeast acts on the sugar and the resulting carbon dioxide remains trapped in

MOSHIN VINEYARDS AND WINERY began in 1989 as the dream of Rick Moshin, a San Jose State University math instructor – and with the Moshin Family’s purchase of a ten-acre Pinot Noir Vineyard located in the beautiful Russian River Valley, near Healdsburg in Sonoma County, California. The location is exceptional; Moshin’s estate vineyards lie along Westside Road between neighboring Pinot Noir pioneers Gary Farrell, William Selyem and Rochioli. Today the estate features a unique 4-tier Gravity Flow Winery and control of 25 acres of grapes – mostly Pinot Noir. The goal at Moshin Vineyards is to carefully guide the grapes through the winemaking process and produce wines that express a truthful view into the heart of the vine, employing sustainable practices through the use of gravity-flow and solar energy and a “minimally invasive,” winemaking philosophy. Moshin specializes in small lot, hand crafted wines, which include Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. A very limited amount of Estate Pinot Noir is made into sparkling wine utilizing 32 32

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BUBBLY & BRIGHT The 2013 Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine features 100% Estate grown Pinot Noir with blush color and tiny bubbles. It is crisp and elegant with a beautiful nose and flavors of red berries and rose petal. This wine is bottled and capped to rest on the yeast for three years before disgorging, where the cap is removed and replaced with the traditional cork with wire cage. This is very limited production, with less than 100 cases. This wine is only available at the winery or the online store.

the bottle. Quality sparkling wines are usually left on their yeast for several years. It is important to note that the secondary fermentation happens in the bottle in quality sparkling wines. You are invited to join Moshin’s Wine Club: members enjoy the most exclusive lots, making membership a fun and special way to experience the artistry and dedication of Moshin’s winemaking team. A Wine Club membership guarantees access to winemaker-grown estate single vineyard Pinot Noirs, Pinot Blanc and sparkline wine. Average case production on each of these wines is only 5 to 6 barrels. ¨ The Moshin Family and their knowledgeable and friendly staff invite you to visit for an unparalleled taste of wine country, where you will feel like part of the family! Tasting at the Winery daily from 11:00am - 4:30pm Tours are available by appointment only. 707-433-5499 ext. 104. For more information visit: www.moshinvineyards.com

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