For Matthew Rorick, winemaker of Forlorn Hope, winemaking revolves around stories. He says that within each glass can be found a tale that tells of season and soil, of history and vision, of careful planning and pure chance. At his grandfather's table, where the elder Rorick's love of sharing a bottle, a meal, and good conversation inspired his career in winemaking. After receiving his degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis, he worked on a diverse number of winemaking projects including collaborations with wineries in New Zealand, South Africa, and Chile, as well as with Peter Michael Winery, Chasseur, and Miura Vineyards in California, among others. The broad array of different winemaking and grape growing techniques and philosophies he encountered provided a unique practical counterpoint to the theory he learned at University and flavor of his current direction in the winery. The Forlorn Hope wines were born to connect the thread between California's boundless viticultural potential and its diverse viticultural history. In addition to the vines on his family farm, he works with a handful of growers across the north of the state whose plantings might otherwise be misfits: the uncommon sites and varieties that pay tribute to California's eclectic and often unexpected viticultural heritage.
Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00. Must be at least 21 years old.