Eric Kent Wine Cellars

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.

Wine Appellation
Small Town Chardonnay Russian River Valley
Chardonnay Sonoma
Small Town Pinot Noir Sonoma
Big Boy Syrah Sonoma
Available in: Maine, New Hampshire
Grown: California, United States
Heading north from San Francisco, you will soon be surrounded by Sonoma wineries and vineyards. Sonoma County stretches from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Mayacamas Mountains in the east and is home to almost 60,000 acres of vineyards and more than 370 wineries. Viticulturally, Sonoma County is divided into three distinct sections: Sonoma Valley, Northern Sonoma and Sonoma Coast. Within each of these AVAs are sub-AVAs, all with have their own distinct mesoclimate. The grape varieties used in Sonoma County barely deviates from that used throughout California. Chardonnay takes the lead as the most planted white variety and Cabernet Sauvignon donimants the red. Sonoma County is California's largest producers of wine grapes. Russian River Valley AVA is one of California’s most prestigious wine regions.