How to Make Wines with Intention with Scott Kirkpatrick & Allison Watkins

How to Make Wines with Intention with Scott Kirkpatrick & Allison Watkins

Scott Kirkpatrick & Allison Watkins are the founders and winemakers of Mountain Tides, a small producer focused on crafting organically grown Petite Sirah that shows how a change in place, time, and process can yield drastically different results.

Both being artists, Scott a musician and Allison a photographer & textile based visual artist, this husband and wife duo have an approach to making wine that is greater than the sum of its parts. With constraints of knowing the farmer by name and them living on their vineyard, organically farming, and obviously the varietal having to be Petite Sirah, the couple is crafting a new style of wine that appeals to both a higher-acid palette and a richer & riper style.

In their own words, “The Mountain Tides wines, each made from the Petite Sirah grape, embody specific nooks and tucked-back places throughout California. With a gentle hands-off approach and an emphasis on aromatic complexity and fresh energy, our wines almost work as a travel diary of sorts; monuments made to our favorite vineyards and the people who farm them.”

In this episode we mention…
Mountain Tides
Allison’s artwork
Rye Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky
Forlorn Hope & Matthew Rorick’s vineyard
Eleven Eleven Winery
Bay Grape wine shop in Oakland
Self distribution in California
The process of starting a wine label
How to live and work with intention
Mountain Tides Fall Wine Release & Mailing List Sign Up

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