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J. Rickards Winery, Cloverdale

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Winery / Vineyard · Food & Drink
Welcome to J. Rickards Vineyards and Winery. We are a family-run operation of both wine grape farming and wine production, located at the northern end of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Owned and operated by Jim and Eliza Rickards, the Vineyards have been planted over the past 30 years, augmenting the original 1908 Zinfandel vines. The Winery started in 2005, born out of the encouragement of friends who have enjoyed the small lots of hand-crafted wine we have been making since 1991.

We produce several varietals that grow especially well on the diverse blocks throughout our 60 acres. Zinfandel, both from the old vines and new plantings of old clones (see Vineyards) is bold, spicy…. Petite Sirah is both bottled on its own and blended with the Zinfandel, adding its unique character…. Malbec from the lower pond area, a stunning varietal…. A blend we call Sisters is made from the traditional Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Malbec, all estate grown.

The majority of the grapes we harvest go to other renowned wineries in the area. Our Cabernet Sauvignon to the neighbor, Silver Oak, in their Alexander Valley label; Shiraz to Geyser Peak up the road; and Zinfandel and Petite Sirah to Dry Creek Vineyards and Winery over the hill. The plan is to continue these partnerships and pick selected blocks for our wines. Our first offering was 150 cases from the 2004 and 2005 vintages. Our current annual case production is 6500 cases.
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  • We had separate outdoor seating due to COVID-19. This was the only winery to serve us flights of wine. Excellent wines and a knowledgeable server. The view was tremendous, with the only downside...  more »
  • Ozzie made this stop unforgettable! He took us out to the vines and explained so much about the winery while we tasted amazing wine and the grapes off the vine. Then he took us to the barrel room...  more »
  • We have been to J. Rickards several times. We just love spending time there and the wine is amazing. I don't think we've ever spent less than a couple hours there. The people that work there become friends quickly. Ozzy poured for us this last time and he was so fun and was very knowledgeable. Love Love Love this place!
  • The best tasting of our whole experience! We joined the wine club and cannot wait to get the wines in Kansas City! It was all amazing!

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