The Tasting Room at Eric Ross
The best hospitality, winemaking and journalistic experience comes to life in this tasting room, a cornerstone of Glen Ellen. Just off Arnold Drive, Eric Ross Winery welcomes wine lovers to savor the perfect varietal wine while enjoying a collection of stunning photographs lined along the walls.
Walk in and you can’t miss the colorful metaled rooster standing tall in the room waiting to greet his guests. The space is bright, open and rustic with high vaulted ceilings, a steel countered wine bar, oak barrels, leather rocking chairs, and plenty of room to sit by the fire. Behind the bar, Dennis and Diane Mitchell aim to please by customizing a tasting experience to your individual preference. Together, they incorporate real, down to earth hospitality with every fine wine they pour into the glass. They want to make things easier for the traveler however they can and will gladly ship wine for you if you need the helping hand.
As you sample your favorite wine, you will have the chance to see owner Eric Luse’s passion for photography on the gallery walls. Eric, once a photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle, has held a life-long fascination with winemaking and all things wine country, resulting in a series of photographs that showcase the seasons, nature, and vineyard workers in one of the lushest and fertile regions of the world. The images give voice to the treasured moments captured by the camera. The excellent service, the wines and the vivid images come together to offer a unique wine tasting experience like no other.
Eric Ross Winery has been producing wine for over twenty years, cultivating high-end fruit from single designate vineyards in the Sonoma Valley. Eric works directly and collaboratively with his wine grape growers and estate owners to produce over 3000 cases of wine.
Under the Silver Image label, Eric is planning to release his first 2016 Grenache vintage this fall. Given how things have warmed up in Carneros region the fruit will have ripened properly. The blend consists of 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah. With only 100 cases produced this vintage will be a big hit amongst wine club members and visitors alike.
In addition, there are over a dozen varietal wines to sample in the tasting room. For those who love a good Tempranillo, the 2013 Eric Ross Tempranillo is for you. Utilizing “Lodi Sustainable” farming practices, this rich exotic vintage flows from the glass with layers of Spanish traditions of food and winemaking. You will discover blackberry, espresso, and dark chocolate, followed by hints of dry cured black Moroccan olives.
For white wine drinkers, you can’t go wrong with 2013 Viognier Silver Image vintage. This Rhone varietal is at its best after a long hang time in the cool vineyard region of Sonoma County, Russian River. By then, it begs to break out with its big personality. You will detect hints of peaches, spices and subtle undertones of French Oak coming from this bold, rich fruit.
What to Look for in a Wine
“Nuance is important when making quality wines,” Eric says, highlighting each of his unusual varietals behind the bar. “Tasting a good wine is like listening to a symphony. We don’t want to over-power the palette, but understand what went into it.” He stands firm in his conviction that the vineyard makes the wine.
Eric Cross Winery offers an unforgettable moment in time that delights all the senses. Come see for yourself what makes this place so special.