Consequently, the nature of the wine’s vessel (barrel or tank are the most common) plays a significant role in its development. The care that goes into creating this environment is at the hands of the barrel artisan, and there aren’t many of these artisans in the world.
Tonelle Tourmeax is a cooperage house in Beaune, France whose barrels can be found in many cellars in Anderson Valley. Located in the Burgundy region of France, Tonnellerie Tremeaux tailors their limited production barrels to the specific character and beauty of each wine.
For many years now, some Anderson Valley producers have offered the opportunity for guests to explore the barrel aging process every July (on the third weekend). Barrel tasting at a winery is a way to spend time with the winemaker to get a unique glimpse into the winemaking process. It allows you to lock in futures (buying at a discount before being released).
Former AV Winegrowers Executive Director and President Kristy Charles of Foursight Wines has spearheaded this effort in Anderson Valley and remains committed to the annual tradition. Some years other wineries join her on the third weekend of July.