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The Wine Road provides the Wine, When and Where of Northern Sonoma to locals and visitors with tips and news on events, wineries, restaurants, outdoor activities, and places to stay.

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Sep 17, 2020

Episode 114 | Optima Winery

This episode we are joined by Nicole Duffy of Optima Winery. Nicole fills us in out what’s going on at “The Pour House” tasting room in Timber Crest Farms, how Optima got started with the proceeds of a tax refund, and what you can find when you visit. Also listen closely for a special offer from Nicole exclusively for Wine Road Podcast fans.

Wine of the Day: Optima 2015 Cabernet
Book of the Day: Firing Blancs by Peter Stafford-Bow

Show Notes

0:39 Wine of the Day Optima 2015 Cabernet --Single vineyard Cabernet

1:30 Started in 1984 with 400 cases of Cabernet on a $5000 tax refund!

3:20 Optima is in the Timber Crest Farms area in Dry Creek in a co-op called The Pour House. Have a great picnic area and bocce courts too.

5:23 Currently doing tasting outdoors.

6:29 Over thirty wines in the Optima portfolio, something for everybody!

8:00 Nicole is working on her home garden when not at the winery, and it’s a abundant producer.

9:17 Nicole has been conducting virtual tastings with customers in other states.

9:45 Winemakers are collaborative by nature and everyone pulls together to help out. We are all in this together.

12:05 Harvest will be bringing in Gewürztraminer. Nicole describes how the vineyard comes alive during harvest.

13:25 Beautiful time of year to take a drive through the vineyards.

18:08 Book of the Day – Firing Blancs third book in the series by Peter Stafford -Bow

15:13 In her free time Nicole likes to visit the ocean or take a hike in the redwoods, or go for oysters at Hog Island.

17:00 SPECIAL DEAL FOR LISTENERS: Mention this episode, episode 114 of the Wine Road Podcast and get a complimentary tasting at The Pour House or if you are out of the area, email Optima for an exclusive shipping deal!



Optima 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Firing Blancs by Peter Stafford-Bow

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