In a word – yes.
The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers pride themselves on crafting wines that reveal their distinct, wind-swept terroir.
The public at large will get a chance to taste these bottlings at the Petaluma Gap Wind to Wine Festival Nov. 6 at the Sheraton Petaluma. The Grand Tasting is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and tickets are $85. Two VIP offerings, both priced at $150, are: 1) Cool Climate Syrah and 2) Food Friendly Wines. For details, visit petalumagap.com.
Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance has put out a proposal to get a federally recognized American Viticultural Area (AVA) to recognize the unique geography of the region. The AVA would cover 200 acres in northern Marin County and southern Sonoma County, overlapping the massive Sonoma Coast AVA.
This passage from the Petaluma Gap’s website details how wind is funneled through the gap: “As inland valley air heats up, it pulls the cool coastal air into a naturally formed 15-mile-wide “gap” in the coastal range mountains. The wind flows off the ocean between Tomales Bay and Bodega Bay, builds up speed as it funnels through the gap, then empties into San Francisco Bay. Wind and fog define the area, giving the term “micro-climate” real meaning.”
How does the wind show up in the glass?
Winegrowers say the “wind tunnel” effect creates intense, yet well balanced wines. The reason? Lower yields in the vineyard produces more potent grapes that ripen later, allowing them to develop intense flavors while retaining bright acidity.
The curious will no doubt go to the festival to see how “bottled wind” shows up in their glass.