When LOCALISM proprietors Ryan and Nicole Knoth took a family trip to Paso Robles wine country over a decade ago, it would help lead them onto the path that they are now on. After the trip, they had a life-changing epiphany and knew they wanted to be in Napa Valley making wine. Fueled by their passion and drive, Ryan and Nicole left their jobs in biotech and marketing and set out to make this a reality.
Today, LOCALISM makes beautiful, unique wines. Ryan is the winemaker, and Nicole handles all of the non-winemaking duties. From their humble grassroots beginnings, LOCALISM is so much more than the wine that they make (and it’s a really good wine!). LOCALISM reflects everything in winemaking, the land, the people, the community, and art. Their portfolio of unique wines is very limited production, and each bottle embodies their values and connection to the community.
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“LOCALISM is the means to be free, to be inspired, and to love what you do in life. It’s everything that we’ve set out to achieve.”
TASTINGS AT THE STUDIO BY FEAST IT FORWARD
Tastings are hosted at The Studio by Feast It Forward in Downtown Napa. Located across the street from Oxbow Public Market, Feast It Forward is a lifestyle brand that connects philanthropy, wine, art, and music in a lovely 2-story
space where you're greeted with warm rustic charm. We immediately felt right at home.
There is so much to see and take in at Feast it Forward, with a nice indoor-outdoor vibe. There are many inviting conversation spaces that for guests to enjoy with a wine glass in hand. We especially loved the hanging day beds outside. The Studio is located on the second floor of Feast It Forward and is the tasting room for the vintner collective that LOCALISM is a part of. Tastings are held out on a private deck that overlooks Oxbow Commons and the Napa River.
THE LOCALISM PORTFOLIO
With the Portfolio tasting, you'll get a private guided tasting of their three wines guided by one of LOCALISM's proprietors. Each of their wines is approachable, balanced, and food-friendly. The winery makes Sauvignon Blanc, Kerner and
Cabernet Sauvignon. Each wine is unique in its own right. The rare Kerner grape comes from the Mokelumne River in Lodi. The Kerner is a fresh, delightful white wine that we could happily sip the day away with. It was our first time trying Kerner, and it definitely won't be the last.
We were delighted with the Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is well-balanced with nice acidity and a silky finish. Our experience with Sauv Blanc has been hit or miss. We've often found many of the Sauv's that we've tried in the past had too much acidity, giving it an almost sour finish. Ryan uses a technique called Bâtonnage, where he stirs the barrels with a specialized baton. The technique works because the flavor is perfectly balanced, and it is a great wine for any time of day.
The Cabernet Sauvignon gives you the bold richness you expect from a Cab with a soft finish. The grapes come from a one-acre vineyard in Coombsville. It's a great cab, and we think the best we've had this year.
The tasting room at the Studio doesn't serve food, but you can inquire about adding a cheese board to the tasting experience. All of the wines in the portfolio are a delight. We had a lovely overall tasting experience trying
each of their wines and getting to experience what LOCALISM is all about.
Each bottle of LOCALISM features a piece of art created by local abstract artist Mary Linnea Vaughan. Each piece of art is unique and helps depict the spirit of each wine. Bringing a bottle home is bringing home a piece of art.
LOCALISM Portfolio tastings are held most days at 1:30 PM at the Studio by Feast It Forward in Downtown Napa. A reservation is needed, so check here for current availability. Tastings are $50 per person for groups of up to 10 people. To learn more about LOCALISM and their portfolio of wines, visit their website LOCALISMwines.com and check out our latest local feature with Nicole Knoth.