We love featuring the wines of local winemakers at our wine bar. There are so many interesting, committed, talented and passionate people creating world class — and delicious — wines in the Santa Cruz area. Including my good friends, Pamela and Steve Storrs, who we will be hosting this Saturday, July 26th, from noon to 4:30pm in our Annieglass Wine Bar.
Pamela and Steve first made a splash in the wine world with their very first release — an excellent Riesling in 1988, which captured a gold medal at the prestigious San Francisco National Wine Competition.
They both studied at the acclaimed Viticulture and Enology program at UC Davis. Steve focused on viticulture, while Pamela studied enology and food microbiology. They also they worked at a number of wineries including Domaine Chandon, Felton-Empire Vineyards, and Almaden prior to starting their own.
Together, they have developed their own unique style which is a combination of their education, experience at other wineries and their own experiences with their vintages. Their winemaking approach is less about manipulation and more like letting the wine become what it is, more of a Burgundian approach to winemaking. They believe strongly in allowing the grapes to mature fully. The wines are allowed to age with little interference, after which they are blended with great consideration, resulting in wines that are greater than the sum of their parts.
Their first vintage, total case production was 1,200 cases. Now, they have grown to a comfortable 12,000 cases, just right for two passionate winemakers. In 2001, Steve and Pamela realized their long-held dream when they purchased 50 acres in the Pleasant Valley district of Corralitos on the southwestern slopes of Mount Madonna. Since that day, they have slowly been converting the farm to sustainable/organic practices. In the spring and early summer of 2007, they planted their first 10 acres into selected Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones and in time will expand their plantings to over 15 acres. In this endeavor, they are working to preserve wildlife corridors and habitat for the numerous animals that call Pleasant Valley their home — they are even considering Bio-dynamic certification to recognize their conservation efforts on behalf of wildlife, soil & water on their farm and their flock of Olde English Babydoll sheep that graze their vineyard during the winter months to promote a more balanced, self-sustaining system.
Their wines have been described as epressive, rich, round, honest, genuine, and warm — many of the qualities that these fabulous winemakers share as well! Come try for your self on Saturday.