Behind the Vines: Italics Winegrowers

Italics Winegrowers is located in the mosaic pasture land of Coombsville, set among rolling hills with a smattering of horses amongst the vines. This crevice of Napa is a true hidden jewel, the 16th Napa AVA (American Viticulture Area).

“A tasting room is a place to sip and swirl and meet new people and make new friends. But there’s no reason it has to be a room.” – Taylor Martin, Italics Partner and General Manager

Our favorite thing about visiting Italics is that while you’re sipping your favorite varietal, you’re breathing the same air and walking on the same earth that it was created in. “It’s like you’re a part of the magic,” as Italics Partner and General Manager, Taylor Martin says. Dive into the full experience of winemaking; learn about vine spacing, trellising, pruning; and everything that goes into making a remarkable wine. The team at Italics also offers tasting in the caves. Yes, Italics has 16,000 square feet of caves, where their wines slumber and evolve. Exquisite and romantic.

Italics winemaker is Steve Reynolds, and he likes to say, “Location is everything and soil is king, but on the path of turning fruit into wine, man must intervene.” He loves lush, ripe berries and lots of them. Who doesn’t, right? He makes sure they’re nothing other than spectacular, because the beauty of Italics wine lies in the pureness of the fruit, delivered straight to the bottle, and to your glass.

Wines worth paying attention to. That’s what Italics is all about. 

Their first vintage, 2012 Italics Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, captures Napa Valley’s essence and with every sip new flavors are revealed.  Tasting notes include: plum, black currant, pomegranate, black licorice and cocoa powder. It’s a wonderfully complex wine to swirl and cherish at the end of the day.

Our personal favorite, 2013 Italics White Blend, “shines brilliantly in the glass with the color of pale yellow sapphire.” Aromas include: toasted pineapple and coconut and a hint of lychee. It’s like breathing in the perfect summer’s day, a mouthful of glimmer on the tongue.

We also love one of the most unique bottles in the collection which boasts the most glamorous hue, the 2015 Italics Estate Rosé. Their Rosé is made in the soigné method, which simply means to bleed juice from the heart of the grapes, prior to fermentation. Aromas include: raspberries, rose petals, and candied strawberry. It’s a sweetheart wine that pairs well with friends and loved ones.

Tours & Tastings at Italics are equal parts intimate and immersive.

If you would like to visit and sip some of the lovely wines we highlighted, visit Italics Winegrowers soon!  Reservations are required, due to high-demand, but when space is available, they are happy to accommodate drop-ins.

If you’re not in town or not planning to visit Napa Valley anytime soon, think about joining the wine club — this is an especially innovative club, as Italics allows you to fully customize your selections.  Their wine is on enthusiasts’ radars and is a secret that won’t last for long! Send us your favorite movie and Italics’ wine pairings. We love playing that game. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

The wine industry: It’s part farming, part chemistry, part branding, and entirely art. Producing and selling wine is a process we think we know, but beyond the glass lies the real story of a winery and its winemakers.  The Napa Valley Film Festival team is proud to share the inspirational behind-the-vines stories we’ve had the pleasure of learning from our Vintner Circle members with you. 

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NVFF18 • NOV 7 - 11

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