Frog's Tooth Vineyards
El Dorado Foothills
Their 2016 portfolio of wines have already garnered a whopping 40 medals and high scores, including a 99 for one of their varietals.
Larry Adermann loved the smiles on tasting room employees’ faces whenever he visited California’s wine country. Ultimately, he decided that a small winery was the way for he and his wife Pamela to truly enjoy the wine business. Adermann is a Buffalo, NY native and was involved in a business of electronics production and is still engaged in that industry as a manufacturer’s representative.
The Adermanns bought a property just outside Murphys in the Sierra Foothills in 1998 and moved there in 2001. They planted their first vines the same year and released their first wine in 2007, a respectable 750 total cases. Inspired by an incredible name for their winery, Frog’s Tooth Winery made an immediate impression and within a decade had reached the 5,000-case level. “Frogs actually have teeth,” informed Larry Adermann, “maxillary and vomerine. We have a natural spring on the property that produces a pond with an active frog colony in residence. We call them our mascots and our customers love the idea. It is impossible to guess just how many people love amphibians, especially our namesakes. After all, what’s not to love about a beautiful little frog?”
Many of Frog’s Tooth Winery’s customers take part in the decision-making aspect of the winery’s final blends. A select group of his top club members sit around a large table as Winemaker Will Savoie Houle presents an initial blend. The group then tastes and comments on the wines’ differing aspects. This process lasts for several hours, and changes are made to the blend until Savoie Houle is finally satisfied.
Whatever the circumstances, something is going right for Frog’s Tooth Winery. Their 2016 portfolio of wines have already garnered a whopping 40 medals and high scores, including a 99 for one of their varietals. Owner Adermann is particularly pleased with the source of this month’s selection, the nearby Matagrano Vineyard from El Dorado and its owner Frank Matagrano. “He delivers exceptional fruit each year,” declared Adermann. “it’s easy to make great wine when you begin with great fruit.” Pamela is also directly involved with the winery. She handles all the bookkeeping duties for the winery and works numerous hours in the vineyards inspecting and clipping thousands of vines that have been grafted over to Italian varietals.
Both Larry and Pamela Adermann seem perfectly situated to their environment and the ambiance surrounding Frog’s Tooth Winery. “It is ideal, almost a dream,” finalized Larry Adermann. “Once you have experienced it, you will understand how we feel. It’s our gift to all our customers, and a gift we hope you will experience for yourself.”
We are excited to share this fantastic wine and winery with our Garagiste Wine Club members!