Continuing a legacy, crafting fresh and approachable wines from Napa Valley, Mendocino, and Rockpile Sonoma County
Tobias Vineyards, Mendocino Tobias Vineyards is the marriage of two winemaking families (literally) that brings together generations of talent in the California wine business. Toby (Tobias) and Dawn Forman created Tobias Vineyards with the knowledge of farming, viticulture and winemaking handed down by their legendary fathers, Ric Forman and Bill Pauli. Together, they are continuing a legacy, crafting fresh and approachable wines from Napa Valley, Mendocino, and Rockpile Sonoma County.
Dawn grew up in Mendocino, where her family has grown and farmed grapes for five generations, and Toby grew up in Napa Valley, where his father has crafted classic Napa Valley wines for over 50 years. They are both still involved in their family entities, but Dawn and Toby are thrilled to now offer Tobias Vineyards, a culmination of both of their efforts and family history.
Tobias Vineyards currently offers a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a Mendocino Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and a Red Blend with varietals sourced from Rockpile Sonoma County. These award-winning wines are made in limited quantities and very hard to find.
We are happy to share the Tobias Sauvignon Blanc with our Gold Wine Club members. Enjoy!
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Wine Wizard Trivia!
1. What is the difference between sweet wine and dry wine?
Although this seems like an easy distinction (one is sweet and one is not), there’s actually more to it than that. Both sweet and dry wines are defined by their levels of residual sugar (sugar that is left in the wine after fermentation has been completed). Other factors such as acidity, tannins, and alcohol can effect the perception of what is sweet and what is dry, but it all comes down to the residual sugar. Here are some of the most common processes when creating a sweet wine:
1) Allowing the grapes to further mature on the vine, which creates a higher sugar level in the fruit, and thus a higher level of residual sugar after fermentation;
2) Adding sugar to the juice to achieve the desired level of sweetness;
3) Stopping the fermentation process before it has finished its cycle;
4) Picking the fruit before they have fully matured and then drying the grapes in the sun to produce more sweetness.
2. What is the average alcohol content in wine?
The average alcohol content in wine is between 12% and 15%. Winemakers actually have to pay a higher tax rate on wines that are over 14% alcohol by volume.
3. What determines the alcohol content in a bottle of wine?
The degree of alcohol in any given glass of wine is equivalent to its percentage by volume, which is often referred to as ‘ABV,’ or alcohol by volume. The alcohol content in wine is directly correlated with the amount of sugar that has developed in the grapes at harvest time (the higher the sugar level, the higher the potential alcohol). This doesn’t mean that higher alcohol wines are sweeter though. During fermentation, yeast consumes the sugar and converts it to alcohol. The style (or varietal) of wine, the climate where the grapes are grown, and the winemaking/fermentation process are all key factors in determining both the sugar content of the grapes and the amount of alcohol in your bottle.
Toby Forman - Winemaker
Toby Forman learned the art of winemaking working alongside his winemaker father, Ric Forman (of Sterling, Newton and Forman Vineyards). He approaches each vintage with intense diligence in the vineyard, profound wisdom yet natural talent in the cellar, and with the knowledge of generations past. Toby works to find consistency and balance in each wine, blending his family’s unique vineyard blocks to create harmony.