Join us for happy hour featuring Megan Cline of Cline Family Cellars. Megan will be bringing two Cline Amphorae wines to the Ruby.
Cline Family Cellars is a family-owned and operated winery in Sonoma, California, built on a passion for winemaking and rooted in respect for the land.
Megan's father, Fred Cline, started Cline Family Cellars in 1982 in Oakley, California, making his first vintages from original plantings of Mourvedre, Zinfandel, and Carignane, some of which dated back to the 1880's. In 1989, Fred purchased a 350-acre horse farm in Carneros and moved the winery to Sonoma County. As one of the original Rhone Rangers, he began planting varietals that included a number of vineyards dedicated to Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Since those first plantings, Fred and his wife Nancy have continued to plant vineyards throughout Sonoma County, expanding to include more classic varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Chardonnay.
Cline's Amphorae wines are Megan's project. Terra-cotta clay vessels, called Amphorae or Qvervri, date back to ancient times. They were the original containers used by the Greeks and Romans to age and store wine. Working with amphorae requires a slow and patient approach to winemaking. It’s a labor of love. All work is done by hand from first fill to last empty. It is very much about allowing the wine to speak for itself. The winemaking approach is extremely unobtrusive, letting the wine naturally go through fermentation.