Claypool Cellars moves tasting room to Forestville

Claypool Cellars, the winery owned by musician Les Claypool and his wife, Chaney, has moved its tasting room from Gravenstein Station in Sebastopol to a new building in Forestville.

The tasting room will be located across from Kozlowski Farms on Highway 116 at the old building that previously housed Henry’s Marine and More, said Chaney Claypool.

The winery hopes to open the building up for customers by February, depending on how quickly it can be refurbished, Claypool said.

The new space will allow for walk-in customers as the old tasting room, which was housed in a railcar caboose, only allowed for wine club members, she said.

“We were looking for something bigger,” Claypool said. “We will have outdoor seating and a nice view.”

Claypool started making wine 10 years ago and the winery has grown over the years to produce about 900 cases, all sold directly to consumers. It sources fruit from five vineyards and produces its wine at Anaba Wines in Sonoma.

UC Davis wine archive receives $50,000 donation

UC Davis Library has received a $50,000 grant to develop its online collection of vintage wine labels.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation donated the money earlier this month so the university can digitize more quickly its pricing database of antique wine labels.

UC Davis has two efforts for its online wine database. Its Label This project has cataloged thousands of wine labels from the collection of the late Maynard Amerine, a UC Davis professor, and its Price the Vintage site that has more than 200 digitized catalogs from the famed distributor Sherry-Lehmann, from the late 1930s through the 1950s.

“Our hope is that scholars from around the world will use the data we extract from these historical materials to do new research, draw new inferences, and make new discoveries across a variety of disciplines,” said UC Davis Librarian MacKenzie Smith in a statement.

Mendocino Wine Co. hires new winemaking director

Mendocino Wine Co. in Ukiah has hired Greg Winter as its director of winemaking. Winter will eventually take over from winemaker Bob Swain in overseeing such company brands as Parducci, True Grit, Paul Dolan Vineyards, Moniker Wine Estates, ZinPhomaniac and Sketchbook.

Swain, who has served as head winemaker for the past 13 years, will retire at the end of 2018. The winery is owned by the Thornhill family.

Winter was most recently director of winemaking at Hogue Cellars in Prosser, Washington, and had previously worked as winemaker at R.H. Phillips in the Sonoma Valley. He obtained his undergraduate degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davis.

“I am really looking forward to extracting as much wisdom and local knowledge as I can from Bob, as I prepare to take on winemaking for these great brands,” Winter said in a statement.

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