Get the Dirt about People’s Wine Revolution with winemaker Matt Reid

28 Mar

PWRPeople1. What was your first vintage year? 2008

2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 360

3. Do you have a Tasting Room? NO, but yes, people can make an appointment. We love meeting new friends!

4. If not you, who is your winemaker? My wife and I make the wines together. Matt Reid & Marcy Webb

5. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? I loved the wines I was making for Napa Valley wineries, but they were too expensive. I wanted to make great wines that everyone can afford.

6. What varietals do you work with? Which varietal/wine is your favorite to make? Why? Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Viognier, Grenache, Syrah. I love them all, but working with Syrah is great fun because it responds to the winemaker’s touch while retaining its sense of place.

PWRVineyard7. What vineyards do you source from? Why? We seek out great but undiscovered vineyards. We hope to raise the exposure of these vineyards so that they get the acclaim they deserve. Our current lineup of wines comes from the Three Rivers Ranch in Bennett Valley (Syrah), Salem Ranch in Dry Creek Valley (Viognier), Poor Ranch in Mendocino (Zinfandel) and Oberti Vineyard in Suisun Valley (Petite Sirah).

8. What type of oak treatment do you use?  All of our reds are barrel aged because I love how it softens and fleshes out the wines. We use mostly neutral French oak barrels, with the occasional new barrel thrown into the mix.

9. What do you love about your winemaking region? What makes it different special? The North Coast of California is a near ideal winegrowing region. It is great to have such a diversity of climates so that we can work with so many interesting varieties. Culturally it is great, too. The industry here is very friendly. We love sharing our ideas, questions, problems and solutions as much as sharing our wines.

PWRLabel10. What’s the story behind your winery name / label? We are the People’s Wine Revolution, producing ruling class wines at working class prices! Our (main) label is a riff on Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, which depicts the (sadly brief) restoration of Democracy to France. In our label the weapons have been replaced with antique grape harvesting equipment.

11. What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you about the wine business before you started your own winery? Start slowly. There are so many great wines being made now!

12. Most importantly, what’s so great about being small? What can you do as a small winemaker, that wouldn’t be possible for larger wineries? Being small is great. We do everything, we touch everything, we see everything. Our love and our souls are in our wines.

13. How do you view the future in the wine industry for small-lot winemakers? Success requires single-minded dedication, so survival is challenging. Here’s hoping people discover their local craft winemakers and show them the support small brewers are now enjoying.

14. If you had to choose another wine region to work in what would it be? There are so many to explore! I’d love to work in the Margaret River region of Australia to explore the cooler side of Antipodean viticulture. Closer to home, I love the wines coming out of Walla Walla and would love to try my hand at making them.

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