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Wonderwerk

It's a Fine Day

It's a Fine Day

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Varietal: Riesling

Region: California

Country: United States

Volume: 750ml

Winemakers’ note: “Riesling! Riesling can do anything. Riesling has been the core of our portfolio for years as the backbone of Free Your Mind and the single varietal focus of Giorgio and Toot Toot, Beep Beep. It’s a Fine Day provides a more direct approach, this time featuring Zabala Vineyard Riesling in a simple, direct-to-press and neutral oak-aged still wine paradigm. It was a record year for acidity at this site and the resulting wine is delightfully thirst-quenching.”

Meet a California Riesling like no other, sourced from the renowned Zabala Vineyard in the cool and windy Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County. This Lodi Rules certified sustainable vineyard, originally planted in the 1970s by Luis Zabala, a 10th generation California farmer, boasts alluvial soils with pale round river stones. The unique terroir, coupled with the vineyard's cool and windy conditions, helps to retain acidity and temper sugar accumulation, resulting in grapes with exceptional character and complexity.

The 2021 growing season was impressively cool in Monterey County, allowing for longer hang times and extremely high acidity. The grapes, picked at 20.7° Brix, were loaded direct to press and fermented to dryness before being racked to neutral oak barrels. The wine aged on lees for 6 months in barrel and was produced without fining or filtration, with a touch of sulfur added at bottling.

A crushable, dry California Riesling that's perfect for any occasion. It's a wine that invites you to explore and enjoy, with its vibrant acidity and unique character shining through in every sip.

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About Winemaker

Wonderwerk

Meet Wonderwerk, the brainchild of high school friends Andrew Lardy and Issamu Kamide, who followed their passions all the way from Virginia to California to create something truly special. Andrew, originally studying neuropsychology, found his calling in the world of wine after realizing he craved a more tangible and artistic outlet. He moved to California, honed his skills at Fresno State's Enology program, and worked in various wineries on the Central Coast. Meanwhile, Issamu, with a background in brand management and a stint in Brazil, found his way to the wine world through regular visits to Andrew and pursuing his WSET 3 certification.

Their collaboration was sparked by a disco daydream and a question: "How could we make a wine that tastes like that?" Thus, Wonderwerk's first wine, Discovino Donna Rosé, was born. Sourcing grapes from responsibly farmed vineyards around California, Andrew and Issamu focus on unique character and sustainable practices. In the cellar, Wonderwerk embraces experimentation, crafting co-fermented wines and piquette without fining or filtration, adding just a touch of sulfur at bottling.

The name "Wonderwerk" reflects their experimental spirit, stemming from a South African cave believed to have the earliest sign of human cooking. Both Andrew and Issamu juggle full-time fermentation-related gigs alongside running Wonderwerk, with Andrew as the Head Distiller at Spirit Guild Distillery and Issamu in marketing and product innovation for a major kombucha brand.

What sets Wonderwerk apart? Their vibrant, eye-catching labels designed by friends Anton Goddard and Lana Shahmoradian, reflecting their desire to create wines that grab attention and spark curiosity.

So..What's natural wine again?

  • No synthetic molecules in the vines
  • Plowing or other solutions to avoid chemical herbicides
  • Use of indigenous yeast
  • Handpicked grapes
  • Low to no filtering
  • Low to no sulfites
  • Winemaking that respects the grapes: no pumping or rough handling
    of the grapes
  • no micro-oxygenation

Not all of our wines are natural; some are simply organic or sustainable.
However, they're all delicious and good for you!