Spring is here! Spring has definitely sprung in Northern California. Cherry blossoms and tulips are blooming everywhere. We hope the warmer weather and fresh aromas of the season reach you soon as well. There's always an excitement to Spring - new surprises abound, including our latest offerings. Read below for the reveal of our "surprise blanc" and a just-published Wine & Spirits magazine review for a new wine!


2016 Waits-Mast Sauvignon Blanc, Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge: Yes, you read that correctly: Sauvignon Blanc! We've been thinking about making a white wine for some time now and last September, we gained access to this fruit at the last minute - hence the "surprise." We were in Anderson Valley at the end of Winesong weekend and got a call from the grower that one ton of his Sauvignon Blanc became available and needed to be delivered to the winery in San Francisco that day. It's been code-named "surprise blanc" ever since. We're very pleased with our first effort making a white wine. The small lot yielded just 44 cases. This Sauvignon Blanc is from Mariah Vineyard in Mendocino Ridge, the 2400' vineyard from which we source Pinot Noir. Grower Dan Dooling only has a few rows, so the varietal in this appellation is rare. Just bottled in February, this wine is already showing fresh lemon, lime and melon fruit flavors with hints of earth, chamomile and minerality. $27/bottle (wine club price: $22.95/bottle) >>PURCHASE


2014 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Deer Meadows Vineyard, Anderson Valley: We're excited to release our newest expression of Pinot Noir from Deer Meadows Vineyard in Anderson Valley. We're also honored that it is featured in the April 2017 "Year's Best Pinot Noir" issue of Wine & Spirits magazine, with a rating of 91 points. Here are the tasting notes from Wine & Spirits writer Luke Sykora: “Brian Mast and Jennifer Waits first sourced fruit from this hillside vineyard in 2009; planted at 1,600 feet of elevation on a southeast-facing slope above Boonville, it often makes their most energetic pinot noir. This feels like a hillside wine, with a firm, sandstone grip that brings to mind Sonoma Coast wines from further south. It’s a bit chewy, but clean and high toned, with a hint of warmth from alcohol spicing up its aromas of orange zest and rose petals. Give it a few years in the cellar to allow its tannins to integrate.” Only 140 cases were produced. $58/bottle (wine club price: $49.30/bottle). >>PURCHASE


The 10th Annual American Fine Wine Invitational is held every April, and we're proud to announce that three Waits-Mast Pinot Noir wines have been awarded high-profile medals in the competition:

  • Double-Gold, Pinot Noir: 2013 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge
  • Gold, Pinot Noir: 2013 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Wentzel Vineyard, Anderson Valley
  • Gold,  Pinot Noir: 2013 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Oppenlander Vineyard, Mendocino County

The invitation-only competition is judged by Christopher Sawyer, Randy Caporoso, Chip Cassidy, Ellen Landis and other leading sommeliers and wine experts.

These 2013 Waits-Mast wines are starting to get scooped up by restaurants and distributors. To purchase before they sell out, go to our webstore. >>PURCHASE


Some of our favorite tasting events are coming up in the next couple of months:

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, May 19 - 21: This is where it all started. Come up to pictureseque Anderson Valley to taste the terroir of its Pinot Noir and hang out with great folks. This year we are also co-hosting a winemaker dinner at Scharffenberger Cellars with Harmonique and Domaine Anderson. There are a couple of seats left for dinner. Buy tickets for all of the events at the festival website.

Mill Valley Wine, Beer & Gourmet Food Tasting, June 4: This is our first time pouring at this event at the Downtown Plaza in Mill Valley. The event runs from 1-4pm - please join us! Tickets are available here

Taste of Mendocino, June 10, San Francisco: Mendocino comes to San Francisco in this annual event celebrating the food and wine of Mendocino County. Word on the street is that Saucy Ukiah will be onsite to make their wood-fired pizzas. We'll be there pouring our new 2016 Sauvignon Blanc from Mendocino Ridge and (soon-to-be-released) 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir. Buy tickets and join us to kick off summer in style!