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Wines

Since our first harvest in 1983 we have always focused upon producing fruity but dry wines reminiscent of those from the French province of Alsace. Our two signature wines in this style are the Dry Riesling and the Dry Gewürztraminer.

The other noble grapes of Alsace also find a home in our wine production, (we produce a modest amount of Pinot Gris, Dry Muscat, and a proprietary blend called Edelzwicker.) Like the Riesling and Gewürztraminer, these are all bottled in the classic tall, green Alsatian flûte bottles.

In addition to the wines mentioned above, Claiborne & Churchill produces a number of other diverse wines. Among these are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the renowned Edna Valley AVA, a Cabernet Sauvignon (from grapes grown in the warmer Paso Robles area), a Syrah, some interesting blended wines, a Sparkling Brut Rosé made every other year, and a number of sweet dessert wines (including the port-style PortObispo.) With the exception of Pinot Noir, these bottlings are not widely distributed but are available directly from the winery, i.e. at the Tasting Room, by phone or mail order, or through membership in our Wine Club. Because these wines are often produced in tiny quantities (and not in every vintage), they sell out rather quickly and are usually available for only a brief time during the year.