"Started in 2016 from a feeling of joy – joy of the land, of the food and wine we can produce, and of the joy we have when we share around the table. My journey to get here revolved around the table and the community that I shared the table with. This community is my raft, keeping me afloat every step of the way.
Since 1901, my family has been in the food industry of California, most specifically raising ducks for restaurants in the Bay Area. In the most literal sense of the word, a raft is a dense flock of swimming birds, just like a duck. These wines are here to be paired with food, or with Liberty Duck, and wines that can come with you to every meal.
The winemaking bug bit in the spring of 2011, and that autumn I completed my first harvest in Sonoma County, California. Over the next few years, I completed six additional harvests, to the Sonoma Coast, down to Chile, back to Sonoma Coast, down to Australia, and back again. Harvest number eight brought in a new meaning, as I get to craft a wine of my own, to share with my friends, family, and community.
Counoise, pronounced COON-WAHZ , is a dark, thin skinned red grape, hailing from the Southern Rhone in France. Normally blended away as a balancing act in Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines adding a nice pepper note with bright acidity.
In California, there is very little acreage of the varietal planted. This wines is meant to be a fun summer red, served slightly chilled to go along with your charcuterie plate."- Raft Wines