Get the Dirt about Kale Wines from Kale Anderson

24 Oct

kale_anderson1. What was your first vintage year? My first harvest was in 2001 at J Wine Co. Our first Kale Wines vintage was in 2008.

2. How many cases do you make per vintage? We started out at about 300 cases annually, but now we are up to 750.

3. Do you have a Tasting Room? If NO, can people make an appointment? Yes, by appointment only (707) 224-4041 or

4. If not you, who is your winemaker? I’m the winemaker!

5. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? I grew up in Sonoma County, surrounded by vineyards and friends in the wine industry. I took an introductory viticulture and enology course while an undergrad at UC Davis and the rest is history.

6. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? ‘82 Mouton made me want to become a winemaker. Making the ‘02 Colgin IX Syrah made me want to start my own winery and focus on Syrah.

7. What varietals do you work with? Which varietal/wine is your favorite to make? Why? A GSM blend (Grenache-Syrah-Mouvedre) and Syrah, because it is a chameleon

8. What vineyards do you source from? 

Kick Ranch Vineyard, Sonoma County – Southern Rhone inspired blend

Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley – for the intensity of Pritchard Hill

Heritage Vineyard, Rutherford – head trained Grenache in the middle of Beckstoffer-ville in Rutherford

kalelabel9. What type of oak treatment do you use? Why?

Used French Oak 225 liter barrels

Used French Oak 500 liter puncheons

I don’t particularly like new oak in my wines and I like the puncheons for preserving the freshness.

10. What do you love about your winemaking region? What makes it different special? Napa and Sonoma counties have the most distinct microclimates in the world.

11. What’s the story behind your name/label? It’s my first name.

12. What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about the wine business before you started your own winery? That it would be an uphill battle for so long.

13. We’re curious…do you even get tired of drinking your own wine? Is it considered bad form to dip into your inventory? We love drinking our own wine and think it is absolutely necessary to run a good business.

14. Do you still have a day job? Yes, I’m the Director of Winemaking for Pahlmeyer.

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