Two Shepherds is the labor of passion by William Allen, well known Rhône enthusiast and former wine writer, blogger. William was a garagiste for years before moving into commercial production in 2010. Two Shepherds represents “shepherd of the palate” as his palate and recommendations are still widely followed on social media, despite no longer writing, and “shepherd of the grape” incorporating his minimal intervention, winemaking philosophy, which requires careful oversight, from vineyard to bottle. Two Shepherds is a one man micro winery, committed to making old world style wines that express vintage and place. William often jokes there aren’t two shepherds, but actually half shepherd, as in addition to making a multitude of small lots, doing all production, sales, marketing work, he has a full time “day job” that funds the winery and its growth. Two Shepherds specializes in Rhone varieties (e.g. Grenache Blanc, Mourvèdre, Roussanne,) from cool climate vineyards and unique plantings, made with minimal intervention. Use of native yeast, no additions other than minimal S02, neutral barrel and concrete fermentation and aging, whole cluster, and unfined, unfiltered production are core philosophies of Two Shepherds. Production has grown from 175 cases in 2010, to 1000 in 2013. Ninety percent of the wines are sold direct to list, with a handful of selected restaurant and retail partners in California, Local Cellar is overjoyed to be one of those! Come try his spectacularly bold Cinsault, his light, crisp and refreshing White Rhone Blend Pastoral Blanc, his slightly fruitier, more citric Grenache Blanc, his perfectly balanced Red Rhone Blend; Pastoral Rouge, his skins on fermented white Marsanne Roussanne and his newest red: a racy Carignan.
Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00. Must be at least 21 years old.