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Bucher Wines Valentine’s Day The Year of Self-Love

8th Feb 2019 @ 10:47 by Emily Martin

Originally posted February 2019 by Emily Martin

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away we wanted to share a great blog post from our friend Kyle of The Kosmopoliman. He’s been drinking our Rose for quite some time, since we first met him at Grand Cru Custom Crush and hosted him last Spring for a visit (read about that visit here) so when we decided to celebrate Vday with our Bucher Wines Rose we were thrilled. See clips from his blog post below and read more on his blog The Kosmopoliman. here.

Valentine’s Day The Year of Self-Love

“It’s safe to say: 2019 is officially the “Year of Self-Love.”

With a little help from Ariana Grande’s self-loving anthem “thank u, next” and Marie Kondo, self-love is on everyone’s mind.Everyone, including my barber, is telling me about their self-care routines in 2019. “

Valentine’s Day The Year of Self-Love

Valentine’s Day The Year of Self-Love

“All the recent chatter about self-love has led me to a single decision: to dedicate Valentine’s Day to myself this year. It’s the perfect day to go all-in with a few of my favorite things, like, rosé.”

Valentine’s Day The Year of Self-Love

“No, self-love isn’t all diamonds and rosé (to quote my Twitter frenemy, Lisa Vanderpump). But it can at least be rosé.”

Valentine’s Day The Year of Self-Love

“My pink drink of choice this Valentine’s Day is, of course, from one of my favorite independent wineries in Sonoma County’s Wine Country, Bucher Wines. They just so happen to produce one of my favorite Russian River Valley rosé wines, too.”

Valentine’s Day The Year of Self-Love

“Bucher Wines’ Rosé of Pinot Noir is crisp and refreshing with delicate notes of strawberries and watermelons. This Rosé of Pinot Noir the perfect rosé to enjoy on a warm day at the park, on the beach, or on the roof with friends. It’s also the perfect rosé to enjoy at home on Valentine’s Day, all to yourself or with a special someone.”

Valentine’s Day The Year of Self-Love

Valentine’s Day The Year of Self-Love

Dungeness Crab Linguine with Prosecco Lemon Sauce 1

“To elevate this wine, pair it with this simple and indulgent recipe: Dungeness Crab Linguine with Prosecco Lemon Sauce.” Recipe here.

Dungeness Crab Linguine with Prosecco Lemon Sauce 2

Dungeness Crab Linguine with Prosecco Lemon Sauce and Bucher Rose

“Bucher Wines’ Rosé of Pinot Noir is only available for purchase online at Bucher.Wine or at The Grand Cru Custom Crush tasting room where you can make an appointment to taste Bucher Wines.

Tastings are appointment-only and normally cost $25 per person (waived with a purchase of $100 or more). Mention Kyle Legg, The Cosmopolitan Man, or 49Miles.com when booking your reservation here and enjoy a complimentary tasting for two ($50 value)!”

Easy Entertaining with Allergic to Vanilla & Bucher Wines

28th Jan 2019 @ 10:47 by Emily Martin

Originally posted January 2019 by Emily Martin

We are so excited to share a fun entertaining post our friend, Carlina of Allergic to Vanilla shared on her blog. This was during the holiday months, however, entertaining is really done year round and we think the tips Carlina shares applies to all type of events and parties. Read more below and see the full blog post on Allergic to Vanilla here.

Easy Entertaining with Bucher Wines

“Well, well, well look who blinked and missed all of November and jumped right into the following month all too suddenly? Anyone else not sure where the time went? This time of year is my absolute favorite even if it does go by way too fast, and I plan on savoring every last (very quick) minute of December.

Even if I can’t drink I’m not letting that stop me from throwing a good soireé. If you know me, you know I love to host a party. I’ve hosted a Friendsgiving or a Holiday party for as long as I can remember — it’s my favorite thing to do, to get friends, old and new together, eat, drink, be merry, and maybe throw in a 90’s jam session on the rooftop deck in faux fur coats (that’s a story for another time).”

“Generally, a lot of thought goes into the whole hosting experience, it can be overwhelming and stressful but today I’m sharing my four tips on how to easily host a fabulous party. It’s the stuff I’ve learned over the ten years of throwing get-togethers around this time of year, my no-fail-works everytime hosting tricks.

One: Get fresh florals. Flowers are beautiful and set the mood, they scream festive and liven up the place. But I don’t get just any florals, I like to go for something that will last me a few weeks, something like eucalyptus leaves, holly berries or Douglas tree trimmings– that way not only does the place dress up it, but it actually smells like Christmas. That piney scent really does wonders for the room’s ambiance.

Two: Get good local wine. Living in San Francisco there is no shortage of great wineries nearby. Every year I try to have a mini supply on hand of local wines I love and want to support, in recent years I’ve been in the habit of buying and opening a magnum of something really delicious. I ask all the invited guests to bring a bottle of their favorite as well, that way the wine never needs to stop flowing. This year Bucher Russian River Pinot Noir 2015 made it on my list. It’s light, fruity, and slightly sweet, it also pairs perfectly with decadent nibbles like truffled Marcona almonds and rosemary garlic cheddar.

And if you have time pre-holidays to pick up your local wine in person at the winery, even better! This month stop into the Bucher Grand Cru Crush tasting room and mention this blog post to get two complimentary tastings (a $25 value per person)!”

Easy Entertaining with Bucher Wines

Grand Cru Custom Crush located in Windsor, California

Easy Entertaining with Bucher Wines

Views of a tasting with Bucher Wines at Grand Cru Custom Crush. Make your reservation online here.

Easy Entertaining with Bucher Wines

Three: Use real glassware, I love the idea of stemware, but not everyone has 20 wine glasses stored somewhere, especially in San Francisco. I usually pull together stemless cups, small glasses, champagne coups, wine glasses, and even fun colored glass, like the blue ones in the pictures above. All the glassware collectively pulled together really makes for a thoughtful elegant spread, and the click-clinking makes for one hell of a party. Plus not sure about you, but wine tastes so much better out of real glass as opposed to plastic.”

Easy Entertaining with Bucher Wines

Four: Asking your guests to contribute and bring something whether a bottle of wine or an appetizer allows you to focus on prepping your home and less time in the kitchen or market picking out beverages. For my first ever Friendsgiving I slaved all day in the kitchen making a turkey and all the sides, I didn’t get to finish until guests were already in my apartment and even then was cooking and fussing with the food. Having them bring a little something alleviates whats on your hosting plate and allows you to be more in the moment with your guests.”

Easy Entertaining with Allergic to Vanilla & Bucher Wines

Thanks to Bucher for sponsoring this post and sending some wine!

The Kosmopoliman: Bucher Wines is for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Lovers

20th Dec 2018 @ 10:47 by Emily Martin

Originally posted December 2018 by Emily Martin

We are so excited for our friend Kyle, who may ring a bell from the blog, 49 Miles to share his recent experience at Bucher Wines on his new blog, The Kosmopoliman. See what Kyle shared with his readers below and read the full post on The Kosmopoliman here. 

“On a recent getaway to Healdsburg, a small town with big personality in the heart of Sonoma Valley’s wine country, I was feeling a little thirsty. For wine, of course!”

“Knowing my dear friend Emily, the JetSetting Fashionista, had hosted an event with a small, family-owned winery just outside of Healdsburg through her events and marketing company, Emily Martin Communications & Events, I knew just where I needed to go: Bucher Wines.”

The Kosmopoliman: Bucher Wines is for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Lovers

“Bucher Wines is a boutique Russian River Valley winery owned by husband and wife team, John and Diane Bucher. John was born into farming and took over his family’s organic dairy farm operation in Healdsburg in the late 1980s. Fun fact: Bucher Farms is one of many Sonoma Valley farms that produce organic milk for Clover Sonoma Farms!”

The Kosmopoliman: Bucher Wines is for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Lovers

“In 1997, John decided to diversify to increase the farm’s bottom line and began planting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapevines… my kind of grapes! The Buchers began selling grapes to other wineries in the region until they decided to launch their own wine brand in 2011. John and Diane released Bucher’s first vintage in 2013.”

“I called Diane, and immediately setup a reservation at their Grand Cru Custom Crush tasting room in Windsor, CA, just a 10 minute drive from downtown Healdsburg.”

The Kosmopoliman: Bucher Wines is for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Lovers

“I met Diane Bucher at Grand Cru Custom Crush and she graciously guided me through the Grand Cru Custom Crush facilities.”

The Kosmopoliman: Bucher Wines is for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Lovers

“Grand Cru Custom Crush is a co-op for boutique winemakers, and an incredible destination for wine lovers to get a behind the scenes look at winemaking. This unique facility provides indie wine labels with crush equipment, barrel rooms, and beautiful wine tasting rooms to showcase their wines to guests.”

“After the tour, Diane led me through a tasting in one of Grand Cru Custom Crush’s many tasting rooms. Bucher Wines specializes in my favorite red wine (Pinot Noir) and my favorite white wine (Chardonnay). They also offer a Rosé of Pinot Noir, my third favorite. Diane’s flight took me through all of Bucher’s offerings, including the 2017 Unoaked Chardonnay ($30) and 2015 Bucher Pinot Noir ($40).”

The Kosmopoliman: Bucher Wines is for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Lovers

“This flight of Bucher Wines began with the refreshing 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir (2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir, $25). For me, it was a must-buy. I’ve been saving it for a warm Indian Summer day, but that never came this year in San Francisco.”

The Kosmopoliman: Bucher Wines is for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Lovers

“The Rosé was naturally followed by Chardonnays, and the creamy and luscious 2015 Rio Oro Chardonnay ($40) was by far my favorite with its hint of oak.”

“Next up were the bold and the beautiful: the Pinot Noir Wines. Bucher’s 2015 Pinot Noir is incredible, but my favorites were the Pommard Clone and Three Sixty Pinot Noir. These are the bottles of wine you want to bring home to Mom for the holidays.”

The Kosmopoliman: Bucher Wines is for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Lovers

“The 2015 Pommard Clone ($55) is Bucher’s Tom Ford Private Blend Fragrance of Pinot Noir. Supple, sophisticated, seductive. Its smoky cherry aromatics demand you take a sip. Its flavors demand you finish that glass in your hand. The Bucher Clone is sourced from several clones and rootstock within the Bucher vineyard, and scored an outstanding 90 out of 100 with Wine Enthusiast Magazine.”

The Kosmopoliman: Bucher Wines is for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Lovers

“The grand finale was Bucher Wines’ spicy, powerful, and complex Three Sixty Pinot Noir ($65), which also scored 90 points with Wine Enthusiast. Its inaugural bottle scored 93! While the Pommard Clone is sourced from Bucher’s blocks of clones, the Three Sixty is sourced from four blocks around Bucher Wines’ 38 acres of vineyards. I had to buy a bottle of this bad boy and it will sit in my wine closet for at least 2-3 years.”

“Bucher Wines’s wines are only available for purchase at their Grand Cru Custom Crush tasting room or online at bucher.wine. You will not find these wines in store, so be sure to bookmark this page if you are interested.”

Bucher Wines and Grand Cru Custom Crush are an essential destination on your wine tasting tour of the Russian River Valley, especially if you are visiting the Healdsburg or Santa Rosa area.

Tastings are by appointment only, and normally cost $25 per person (waived with a purchase of $100 or more)… However, I’d love to invite you for a tasting. You deserve it! Mention Kyle Legg – The Kosmopoliman or 49Miles.com when booking your reservation online here for a complimentary tasting for two ($50 value)!

Bay Area Buzz Holiday Fun With Bucher Wines

30th Nov 2018 @ 10:46 by Emily Martin

Originally posted November 2018 by Emily Martin

We really enjoyed sharing Bucher Wines with the Bay Area Buzz. See how they enjoyed their Bucher Wines this holiday season below. Hopefully you will be as inspired as we were to get in the mood for holiday entertaining and fun!

“With Thanksgiving nearing and Christmas just around the corner, we’re getting in the holiday spirit. This time of year is all about sharing great meals with friends and family. We all have plenty of holiday parties to attend, and you never want to show up empty handed. When things get busy it’s always great to have a few great bottles of wine on hand to bring them along with you to your next gathering. If you are hosting, set a pretty table and let the wines work their magic! An amazing Pinot always excites!”

Bay Area Buzz: Bucher Wines for the holidays

“We recently discovered Bucher Wines, a wonderful family owned boutique winery located in Healdsburg California with a fabulous tasting room and winery production in Windsor, CA.. Bucher Wines specializes in Estate-Grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Wines. Bucher uses only grapes grown on their property located on the acclaimed Russian River Valley’s WestSide Road. Being a local winery, it’s easy to plan a wine tasting for your next trip to wine country. Bucher Wines recently joined a brand new Tasting Room, Grand Cru Custom Crush in Windsor California. The tasting room is by appointment only. Or, you can purchase wines direct via their online shop.”

Bay Area Buzz: Bucher Wines for the holidays

“All of Bucher’s Wines pair amazingly well with food. Their Pinot Noir wines are light, yet have depth and complex flavors. The current Pinot Noir releases are ready to drink now. If you are impatient with aging, or you can save them in your wine fridge for a special occasion. Pinot is one of my favorite food wines because it is so diverse. You can enjoy it with a Thanksgiving turkey, a seafood dish, or a hearty stew and it will taste outstanding.

Bay Area Buzz Holiday Fun With Bucher Wines

To change it up a bit, Bucher Wines Rosé of Pinot Noir smells delicious and has delightful fruity flavors. We loved this wine with appetizers, it goes great with soft cheeses, particularly goat cheese. If you love white wines, Bucher’s Unoaked Chardonnay has fruity flavors which pairs well with the turkey, buttery rich dishes like potatoes au gratin or risotto…yum! All of these wines are food friendly and would be a great addition to any holiday meal. I wouldn’t worry too much about the pairings as I believe you should really just drink what you like! With three great wine offerings from Bucher Wines everyone can get a glass of something that they enjoy at your next holiday gathering.

Mid Week Bucher Wines Wine Down with Aimee Rancer of The Ohio Transplant

25th Oct 2018 @ 10:46 by Emily Martin

Originally posted October 2018 by Emily Martin

We are so excited to share a blog post from our friend Aimee of The Ohio Transplant sharing a fun mid week wine down she enjoyed with Bucher Wines. What a fun idea, a little wine, popcorn and rooftop fun. See a sneak peak of Aimee’s blog post below and see the full blog on The Ohio Transplant here.

Mid Week Bucher Wines Wine Down

The lovely Aimee Rancer of The Ohio Transplant enjoying a mid week wine down with Bucher Wines. Guess what her favorite Bucher Wine is? Read more below and you’ll find out…

Mid Week Bucher Wines Wine Down

“For the longest time, I always thought there was only two types of wine people actually enjoyed drinking. And those were Chardonnay and Merlot. Ahh, how cute (and naive that was).”

As I got settled into my California living, I started to actually take an interest in wine – after all, we’re an hour away from one of the biggest destinations for wine in the world, right? And even better? When you’re wine tasting, vineyards provide you with delicious and delectable snacks – and sometimes it’s FREE!

As my palette started to morph and I became a lot more informed on the wine landscape, it dawned on me. I ACTUALLY REALLY LOVE WINE. Well, that one’s obvious. But, I like wine besides Merlot! Or, as I used to order back in the day, “the house red.”

More often than not, you can find amazing wine at your local grocer and if you’re really lucky, you find wine at your grocery that’s good, affordable, AND semi-local. I consider that a win/win.

One of my favorite brands as of late is Bucher Wines. As a small family run winery, Bucher is committed to providing the best wine possible – for any occasion and for any price point (a personal passion).

Mid Week Bucher Wines Wine Down

“I’m sharing 3 varieties that are a) TASTY AS ALL GET OUT and b) reasonably priced!!!

RED: 2015 Bucher Russian River Pinot Noir. Think dried cherry, Ceylon tea, and cranberry. It’s savory and earthy and makes for a delicious sipping wine perfect for an Italian meal or steak. Price point: $40

WHITE: 2017 Bucher Unoaked Chardonnay. This wine is crisp with a touch of citrus that throws you back to summer nights. I personally dig this one and I’ve never been the biggest fan of Chards before now! Price point: $30

ROSE: 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir. I LOVE a good rosé. How typical of me. But for real! It’s refreshing and truly, the best of both worlds. So, how can you go wrong?? This one for me is a sip anything, any day kind of wine. Price point: $25.

Is it 5 o’clock yet or is it just me? And if you love the sound of these wines above, check ‘em out for yourself through the Bucher website or for a complimentary tasting (up to $50 as an Ohio Transplant reader) at their tasting room in Grand Cru Custom Crush (1200 American Way, Windsor, CA 95492).”

Mid Week Bucher Wines Wine Down

Mid Week Bucher Wines Wine Down

Mid Week Bucher Wines Wine Down

The Bucher Wines Russian River Pinot Noir and Bucher Wines Rose of Pinot Noir.

Mid Week Bucher Wines Wine Down

What a perfect pairing, the Bucher Wines Chardonnay, Rose and some popcorn and nuts! All that is missing is a cheese plate.

Mid Week Bucher Wines Wine Down

Mid Week Bucher Wines Wine Down

2014 Bucher Picnic Day Pinot Noir

11th Sep 2018 @ 10:46 by Emily Martin

The UC Davis Cal Alumni Association is celebrating Traditions – a belief or behavior passed down within a group that holds special significance with the past. To honor one of the longstanding traditions of UC Davis, Picnic Day, the Alumni Wine Program partnered with Bucher Wines to create a perfect wine to enjoy with friends, family and fellow Aggies.

UC Davis Aggies Picnic Day Commemorative Pinot Noir

Sip On This Juice: Showcasing Exquisite Terroir in the Russian River Valley at Bucher Wines

29th Aug 2018 @ 10:46 by Emily Martin

Originally posted August 2018 by Emily Martin

36 acres of Pinot Noir grapes and 2 acres of Chardonnay on 15 distinct blocks. Looking for a more intimate, off the grid, family winery experience?

Do you want exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the source? An intimate family winery? Tasting wine at a beautiful tasting room.

Look no further.

A small family run winery in Russian River Valley that is making big noise in Wine Country these days with an ever growing fan base among Pinot Noir and Chardonnay lovers – BUCHER WINES.

Since planting their first block in Russian River Valley in 1997, the Bucher Family has been passionate about growing Pinot Noir for exceptional local wineries including Williams Selyem, Merry Edwards, Ramey Wine Cellars, En Route, and more. In 2011, the family started making their own wines as well. See our videos below for a virtual tour of this amazing property!!

With the help of their winemaker Adam Lee, well known from Siduri Wines, Bucher released their first wines in the spring of 2013. The inaugural release of the estate-grown 2011 Pinot Noir was very limited, only 160 cases produced, and 90 cases of 2012 Russian River Chardonnay. Small batch wineries, run by passionate people… my favorite kind of brand.

Both wines quickly sold out!! The second vintage gave them more opportunity to showcase the exceptional fruit they farm and really show off the individual terroir characteristics in the glass.

Bucher Wines offers tastings at Grand Cru Custom Crush in the Russian River Valley!!

Taste their line up of estate-grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs, Chardonnay and Rosé at Grand Cru Custom Crush in Sonoma County, California. Specifically, the city of Windsor.

Reservations can even be made online through their system. Wines are available for purchase following a tasting at Grand Cru, or visitors can actually just stop by Grand Cru during normal business hours to purchase Bucher current release wines without a tasting appointment.

How cool is that?!?

Fantastic idea because I love their Pinot Noir and this way, I know where to pick up a bottle on the way to a lunch date, or evening shenanigans. Speaking of shenanigans…

I had the pleasure of meeting John & Diane at an artisanal cheese festival that they had collaborated with. They were pouring some fantastic Pinot Noir that paired perfectly with the food and I was hooked. They were fun people to sip with and were my overall favorite wine at the event.

I was also honored to be invited to the family home to tour, sip and chat with Diane on a future date. Which of course I did! It was a blast and like I said above, it was one of those intimate, off the grid, family winery experiences that many of us seek.

Wearing too many hats to list, Diane keeps things moving at Bucher Wines. Her primary goal is to connect with as many folks as possible, getting them to taste the Bucher Vineyard wines… and that she does… Like a champ!!

She is much fun to sip and hang with. I also enjoy seeing her around town at events and also at local parties. And you know we love our wine shindigs here in Sonoma County so luckily, I get to visit with her a lot.

She is often found pouring wine for restaurateurs, retailers, and public events. Husband, John, is usually busy working on the family farm (which his parents founded) or standing beside his beautiful wife pouring for guests at wine events.

They care about the land, the animals and the environment that they all live in at Bucher Farms in Healdsburg.

On the property, next to the family home and all those wine grapes is the family run organically farmed 700 cow dairy farm. The organic sustainable practices used on the dairy farm carry over into the sustainable practices used in the vineyard.

The vineyard blocks are comprised of several clones as well as various rootstocks. The small, diversified blocks are perfect for artisanal, hand crafted wine production!!

‘A ground to glass’ journey into the bottle.

From the owners: My family strives to produce the best agricultural crops possible. For over 60 years, we have taken tremendous pride in producing quality products. Bucher Farms works closely with our winery partners, from bud break through harvest, to make sure the best fruit possible is delivered for wine production. We are excited to take the same dedication to produce the best wine from Bucher Vineyard. The best Pinot Noir starts in the vineyard, and we look forward to sharing our ‘ground to glass’ journey with you!

~ John Bucher

  • 91 on 2017 Rose of Pinot Noir awarded 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013 Bucher Vineyards Pinot Noir awarded 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012 Bucher Vineyards Pinot Noir awarded 92 Points from Pinot Report & 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast
  • All of the Bucher Wines show a polished and delicate intensity, Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report

I couldn’t agree more with the experts in this case! The Bucher family grows some amazing grapes. Recently I was invited to a brunch tasting with the Bucher family and friends by wine event planner extraordinaire, Emily Martin of Emily Martin Communications and Events.

She also throws the best party and guests leave truly getting to know the wines, the people who make them and also becomes familiar with the land they are grown on. There was even an opportunity to meet one of the Bucher’s newest baby cows!! How cute is that?!?

  • Family Run: With over 3500 wineries in California we are proud of our family run
    winery, with our estate grapes grown on our family farm, Bucher Farms. On the farm we
    also have 700+ milking cows and are one of Clover Dairy’s largest producers.
  • Burgundian Varietals: Bucher Wines produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Rose of Pinot
    Noir made from the Russian River Valley. Our wine’s are 100% Estate (all sourced from
    Bucher’s Vineyards).
  • Highly acclaimed winemaker: Adam Lee. Over the past 20+ Years, Pinot Noir specialist
    Adam Lee has attainted a cult-like following for his Winemaking skills and a reputation
    as one of California’s top winemakers after founding Siduri (which has seen been sold to
    Jackson Family Wines). Adam now works on various projects including Bucher Wines,
    Clarice Wines and other projects outside of the Sonoma region.
  • Accessible price points: We believe in sharing our wines with those who enjoy high
    quality, flavorful Russian River wines so they are accessibly priced starting at $25 (Rose),
    to $40 (Chardonnay), and Pinot Noirs range from $40 – $65.

Bucher Wines

(by appointment only)

Tastings and Tours available at the estate vineyard or at Grand Cru Custom Crush in Windsor, California.

Please see their website link above for more or to book an appointment online.

Wander & Wine: Bucher Wines A Small Family-Owned Russian River Valley Winery

26th Jul 2018 @ 10:45 by Emily Martin

Originally posted July 2018 by Emily Martin

We are beyond thrilled to share a peak at our friend Hana-Lee of Wander & Wine’s recent blog post about Bucher Wines. For the full post visit, Wander & Wine’s website here.

“As you can probably tell from this blog, I am a big fan of summer and all that comes with it. Those long summer days just beg for us all to head outside and make the most of the season. That’s why I love finding time to eat outside in the summer months, whether it’s a summer beach picnic, an al fresco dinner or just a casual summer bbq. Add some wine and a few beers, and you’re set! Recently, a friend introduced me to Bucher Wines, a small boutique family owned winery in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. So, when I received a few of their wines in the mail, I decided to invite a couple friends over for a casual summer bbq to try them.”

Wander & Wine: Bucher Wines A Small Family-Owned Russian River Valley Winery

“Owned by husband and wife, John and Diane Bucher, Bucher Wines is located in Healdsburg in the Russian River Valley. The vineyard is actually situated on Bucher Farms, an organic dairy farm started by John’s parents in 1958 after they emigrated from Switzerland. Today, Bucher Farms is still a working dairy farm, consisting of 700 milk downs and 700 heifers, calves and bulls.

After graduating from UC Davis in the late 1980s, John returned to Healdsburg to manage the family farm. He started the process of converting it to an organic dairy farm and, wanting to diversify a bit with higher value crops, John started to look into grape growing as a possibility. In 1997, after researching which grape varietals would do best, the first Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir blocks were planted. Additional plantings of Pinot and Chardonnay soon followed.

Bucher’s Pinot Noir grapes have long been sold to several notable Sonoma County wineries, including Williams Selyem, Merry Edwards, Siduri and Arista. But in 2011, the Bucher family decided to try their own hand at winemaking and later that year, John and Diane, along with the help of their children, crushed their first grapes for Bucher Wines. Their first vintage was released two years later.

Bucher Wines’ 38-acre vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on 15 distinct blocks, and the organic sustainable practices used on the farm and dairy continue into the vineyard.”

Wander & Wine: Bucher Wines A Small Family-Owned Russian River Valley Winery

Bucher Wines produces Russian River Valley Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Rosé of Pinot Noir made from 100% estate fruit. Their winemaker is Adam Lee, a Pinot Noir specialist who has earned a reputation as one of California’s top winemakers.

Wander & Wine: Bucher Wines A Small Family-Owned Russian River Valley Winery

Yes, Pinot Noir from California can vary dramatically, but Russian River Pinot Noirs tend to showcase notes of cherry and red fruit, smoke and earthy elements. That was certainly true of these wines, like the 2015 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir, which displayed cherry pie and cranberry notes, smoke and a subtle earthiness on the long, velvety finish.

Wander & Wine: Bucher Wines A Small Family-Owned Russian River Valley Winery

Bucher Wines can be ordered online or sampled at their new tasting room in Windsor, Grand Cru Custom Crush. If you happen to visit, be sure to mention you read about Bucher Wines on Wander & Wine and they’ll treat you to an extra taste of something special.

To read the full Wander & Wine blog post about Bucher Wines, visit Wander & Wine here.