Our Story


I am now working on my “Final Roll Call” in life after leaving a 30-year career in Silicon Valley.

Happier than I have ever been, “I finally figured out what I want to do when I grow up”.


In pursuit of more hands-on experience, me and my wife Chris

have contributed to many harvests over the years including Minnesota (where we brought grapes from California, and also made wine from cold-hardy fruit from the University of Minnesota at a local winery), as well as Napa Valley, and South Africa.


My style is more about rolling up my sleeves and be intimately involved with every step of the process, from vineyard sourcing and hands-on berry sorting to the myriad details of winemaking, sensory analysis and the infinitely nuanced art and science of blending.  Our goal is to make age-worthy guilt-free daily drinking wines.

Our Process

During the wine making process we use half-ton macro bins, crushing, destemming, and allowing native yeasts to start fermenting. I believe the inclusion of native yeasts offer a more complex wine.    

Once native yeasts have started, we determine if inoculating with commercial yeast would be beneficial. Since we are a small producer, fermentations must finish completely dry so as to insure no waste.

Manual hand punch downs are conducted two to three times per day. When the wine is near completion, we then back off on the punch downs. During fermentation Brix (sugar levels) are checked daily.

Once fermentation is complete, we press the fruit tasting during the process. We first allow the free run juice to flow into a holding tank and allow the gross lees to settle for a day. Only then do we rack the wine into barrels.


Our wines age in

French Oak barrels;

typically, once used from 18 to 24 months on average.

Managing minimal sulfur levels (via labs) while topping barrels

assures minimum head space – keeping Volatile Acidity to a minimum.

We do not believe in over “oaking” our wines as too much oak could

be questioned as flawed, or potentially hiding a problem.

We believe the fruit should express itself.

Overripe grapes will never show their true potential in the bottle.

~ Bill Thompson,

Winemaker


Call

 612-817-0630

Email

bill@wanderingcellars.com

chris@wanderingcellars.com


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