The Quiet Man: EnRoute Winery’s Master of the Cellar

by on September 23, 2015

EnRoute Winery Cellar Master JP Perez

EnRoute Winery Cellar Master JP Perez


Ask the EnRoute Winery team about Cellar Master J.P. Perez, and you’ll hear very similar responses:

“He leads by example–just gets after it all day and into the evening. He NEVER complains or asks for time off or talks about how tired he is.”

“He’s a professional with his work. He gets the job done right, every time. No cutting corners.”

“He’s pretty quiet during harvest.”

 “He’s actually pretty quiet, and likes to actually DO the work instead of letting his team do everything.”

J.P. began his career with us in 1999 in the maintenance department at our sister winery, Far Niente. Recognizing his quiet work ethic and great attention to detail, the winemaking team eventually transitioned him into the cellar. In 2013, Winemaker Andrew Delos brought him on board as the EnRoute Winery Cellar Master, just in time to bring in our 2013 EnRoute Pinot Noir. He’s been an essential part of the team ever since.



From the Ground Up: Gordon’s Russian River Wine Education

by on September 8, 2015


“It would not be a stretch to say that Gordon has had a hand in building everything in the winery – shelves, ladders, glycol lines, pumps, topping systems, air compressor parts, computer systems – all while building and then maintaining the EnRoute laboratory.” Andrew Delos, Winemaker 

 “Currently, I’ve been chancing things, by turning my iPod on “full shuffle,” a dangerous proposition, as this could mix Beastie Boys, Chopin, Metallica, and Thelonious Monk – and then suddenly throw out a lecture about Plutarch. I attempted all bluegrass yesterday morning; it did not go well. MUTINY.”   Assistant Winemaker Gordon Smith, on his PlayList Wars set

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Pinot Noir Harvest 2015: Winemaker Andrew Delos on Harvest Philosophy, Bottling While Picking, and PlayList Wars

by on August 26, 2015


“There’s nothing like listening to a little Rush while bottling, receiving fruit – and glass, simultaneously! – sorting, crushing, doing additions, sampling vineyards, and all with a team of seven people, total. I love this stuff!”

“And the bottling line just broke!”

–Andrew Delos, EnRoute Winemaker



Springtime in Russian River Valley

by on May 19, 2015

Flowering is underway in the vineyards,and we captured this exciting stage of growth on a perfect spring day. In Green Valley, our Northern Spy Vineyard is showing beautiful flower clusters (second photo). Further north in Windsor, the majority of the caps covering the flowers in our Amber Ridge vineyard (fourth photo) are just about to pop off and stamens are about to emerge. Next up in the life of the grape is fruit set, when the berries begin to form.

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Northern Spy Vineyard in Green Valley



Tasting Notes: 2013 EnRoute Pinot Noir, “Les Pommiers”

by on March 31, 2015

Our Russian River Valley vineyards have yielded yet another wonderful vintage! Our recently released 2013 EnRoute Pinot Noir, “Les Pommiers” presents an alluring combination of flavors with a dense, yet still silky, texture. Read on for a more detailed sensory evaluation from Winemaker Andrew Delos:

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