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The Wine Road provides the Wine, When and Where of Northern Sonoma to locals and visitors with tips and news on events, wineries, restaurants, outdoor activities, and places to stay.

Hosts Marcy Gordon and Beth Costa share their insider stories about the places to check out when you're exploring along the Wine Road.

Thank you to County of Sonoma, Board of Supervisors - District 5 for their support.

Jul 29, 2021

Wine Road Podcast Episode 130
Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery

Vicky Farrow—Amista Vineyards

Amista owner Vicky Farrow joins us to share how she and her husband Mike got started making wine in their garage which eventually led to starting Amista which means “making friends” in Spanish. We talk about Amista’s award winning sparkling wines while we sip Amista Sparkling Grenache, and learn all about the wonderful experiences that await you at Amista.

Wine of the Day –
Amista Sparkling Grenache, Morningsong Vineyards, DCV

Wine Book of the Day – Slow Wine Guide USA

Podcast Sponsor – Ron Rubin Winery


0:53 Our new partnership with Ron Rubin Winery

1:42 We pop the cork on Amista Sparkling Grenache from bottle signed by Ashley the winemaker. Amazing color! And Vicky pours a glass of Amista sparkling Syrah – waht Vicky calls "Joy in a Bottle".

3:18 Five different bubbles at Amista with a sixth one on the way Rose of GSM! All the sparkling wines are made with some unusual varieties.

5:00 The story of how Vicky and her husband Mike started the winery –a dream Vicky and her husband didn’t know they had or shared.

7:28 With the support and encouragement of their friends, raving about their homemade wine from the magic barrel, they bought the property in Healdsburg and founded Amista. And that’s how the Amista name came to be – because of their friends.

9:45 What’s happening now at Amista – you can make reservations for a variety of tasting experiences including the sparkling flight. Visitors can make reservations online but Amista can often accommodate drop–ins if you call ahead.

13:20 Vicky’s favorite things to do in Sonoma includes a beautiful dire out Hwy 128, whale watching at Bodega Bay and Armstrong Redwoods. Bacci in Healdsburg is a fave dining spot.

15:15 Beth’s favorite place in Geyserville is Corner Project Ales for the “world’s greatest” according to Beth, pulled pork sandwich.

18:22 Book of the Day-- Slow Wine Guide 2021 USA: A year in the life of the vineyards and wines of the by Deborah Parker Wong, Giancarlo Gariglio.

20:20 Keep up to date with everything going on via the Wine Road website event calendar.

21:18 One Last Thing—we appreciate all of our listeners! We do this for you and would love for you t o shared the podcast with friends and give us a review on iTunes – every review helps!


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Thank you to County of Sonoma, Board of Supervisors - District 5 for their support.


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