September 2020 is California Wine Month
This gives us a great opportunity
to highlight some of the many
incredible wineries we’ve visited
over the years.
We look forward to visiting these
wineries again very soon.
Once & Future Wines is located in Sonoma County, California. Joel Peterson, winemaker at Once & Future, focuses on making small production handcrafted single vineyard wines, resurrecting his old redwood fermenters from his pre-Constellation days, that honor the distinctive typicity of site.
Joel has learned a thing or two about vintage variation both in the vineyard and in life. He is enormously proud of the wines he made at Ravenswood, from those wines that hopefully sing of place- Old Hill Ranch, Dickerson, Belloni, Barricia, Teldeschi—to the more economical wines that hopefully helped turn a couple of generations of people onto the joy and deliciousness of well-wrought wine. However, after nearly 45 years in the wine business, he felt it was time to look backwards.
Once and Future Wine Company is a return to the original vision he had for Ravenswood so many years ago. A project that specializes in wines from special vineyards made with a sensitivity to place and in a style that he personally loves and believes in. Wines that force Joel to dust off the old redwood vats and get out a new punch down tool (the original is in the Smithsonian), wines that dye his hands that harvest shade of black/purple and sometimes forces him to take an additional Advil some mornings. In short-wines of sweat, exertion, and love.
Learn more about Once & Future Wines here.
Want to try come of these great California wines? Joel Peterson of Once & Future will join John Sporing, founder of A Life Well Drunk, for a virtual tasting on September 3, 2020.