Once upon a time, my friends, Karen and Jim, introduced me to Sojourn Cellars and Craig Haserot, founder, and his wife, Ellen, which began my love affair with Sonoma wines.
We went to the tasting room in downtown Sonoma and tasted our way through some stunning Pinot Noirs and Cabernets. Sojourn sources fruit from vineyards in Sonoma and Napa. It was started in 2001 by two guys who liked tennis, wine and good meals. Craig, Ellen and Erich Bradley, who happened to be the assistant winemaker at Arrowood Winery, wanted to create world-class Pinots and Cabs. We sat down with Craig, Ellen and Ziggy, the Labrador extraordinaire who began her career in wine as a puppy where she learned to sniff out TCA in oak meant to be used in the wine industry.
Craig told us about how Sojourn had been recently featured in Gary Vaynerchuk’s Wine Library podcast where he blind tasted Pinot Noirs and Sojourn came out on top. Craig and Ellen had no idea that the tasting had occurred and came in the next morning to find their voice mail completely full with orders for that Pinot.
Since my visit four years ago, the number of single vineyard pinots and cabernets have expanded significantly and now Sojourn makes a chardonnay. I was thrilled to hear that Craig and Courtney Roudebush , my friend on Twitter, were coming to Max’s Wine Dive because Sojourn had recently signed with Ronin Ronin Wines, its new distributor in Texas. Thank you, Ronin.
I really liked everything that I tasted that day and that’s not something that I say lightly. Because of the number of bottles of wine that I have at home, I make a concerted effort to be very selective about what comes home with me. I tried several of Craig’s new Fall releases ended up purchasing a case. Also, I love the free shipping policy they have had for six or more bottles and they have had this policy since day one. It’s such a consumer friendly thing to do.
My advice to you if you see a Pinot Noir or Cabernet with the Sojourn name on it at either Corner Wine or Dallas Fine Wine & Spirit, pick it up or order it here here. Word on the street is that the wine pubs are coming with some crazy good wine ratings and they’ll soon be gone.