My sixth stop on my Pandemic Wine Tour was Auteur. No, you’re not losing count – stop five is not worth sharing about. I have nothing good to say about that experience. Nothing. But, given that negative experience, it was great to follow it up with a really great tasting at Auteur.
I’ve written about Auteur before. They were my 30th winery on my “30 Wineries in 30 Days” adventure earlier this year. They came as a recommendation from another winery. And, it was a great recommendation. This is my third visit to Auteur this year – which kinda breaks my rules. I didn’t really want to revisit anyone on this trip that I also visited on my trip in July. However, I was planning a day in Sonoma and was honestly having issues finding wineries to squeeze me in last minute. Truthfully, I don’t need anyone to really twist my arm to visit Auteur. Their location (inside and out) is cozy and welcoming and I love all of their wines.
I’ve gotten to know both Corey and Angie at the tasting room over my last couple of visits. The person who greeted me was some “new guy” named Kenneth. He led me out to my table on the back patio. I quickly exclaimed that I hadn’t met him yet. And he apologized and introduced himself as Kenneth Juhasz, the winemaker. I hadn’t even recognized him behind the mask! His wife, Laura, was also pouring wines that afternoon. What a treat to meet and chat with them both!!
The first wine of the day was a 2018 Sauvignon Blanc. Until this trip, I’ve always really had an aversion to Sauvignon Blanc. But I’ve now tasted several that are starting to change my opinion on the varietal. Laura agreed with me that she’s not typically a fan – but she and I both agreed that theirs was better. I even bought some! It’s only a one-time offering of this varietal. They’re typically just Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to experience it.
Next we moved into the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. One thing that I love about Auteur is their willingness to let you change up your club allocation – after you’ve paid for it! This is the second time I’ve tasted there while picking up my allocation. They have always been so willing to let me swap out different Chardonnays if I prefer something else. Financially it’s easy as all of their single vineyard Chardonnays are priced the same. And the same thing goes for Pinot. I didn’t swap out anything this time around. Instead, I grabbed some new-to-me wines I was tasting that day – their 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and their 2018 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. I’ve only ever had their single-vineyard offerings.