Eric Kent Wine Cellars’ inaugural 2003 vintage quickly sold out of its production of a few hundred cases each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, a good start for a man who spent too long in advertising. ‘After 10 years of that, I was in sorry need of something more fulfiilling,’ says winemaker Kent Humphrey. ‘Everyone I knew said I should work in wine because I drove them crazy by talking about nothing else.’ With no formal training, Humphrey worked at wineries in Napa and Sonoma, and together with his wife, an artist, started his own label. Eric Kent Wine Cellars features art specifically designed for its back labels and donates a portion of its sales to the artists. Even with such success, however, the couple aim to keep production smallscale.
|Small Town Chardonnay||Russian River Valley|
|Small Town Pinot Noir||Sonoma|
|Big Boy Syrah||Sonoma|