HEALDSBURG, CA: Sonoma County native and ‘32 Winds Winemaker’ Matt Taylor, is one of only two U.S. producers to be accepted to attend the infamous “La Dive Bouteille” wine salon in the Loire Valley, France; pouring the only Californian wines there in 2019.
Matt’s prowess, integrity and unique vision to California winegrowing captured the attention of legendary sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier – recently awarded ‘Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France’ — one of the highest accolades of achievement for a sommelier (The best sommelier in France). Matt, with his wife Mikaela, are pouring their first Chardonnay and Pinot Noir release of their estate vineyard on the Sonoma Coast, a mere 25 minutes from the ocean.
West Sonoma Coast has an expanding culture of eco-conscious vintners who embrace organic and biodynamic viticulture. The vines’ proximity to the Pacific expresses cooler temperatures from morning fog and ocean breezes. This, combined with a kaleidoscope of soils and elevated ridges that rise to 1,500 feet plus an extraordinarily long growing season contributes to the wine’s overall heightened acidity, lower alcohol, and innate freshness.
About La Dive Bouteille
Celebrating its 20th year, “La Dive Bouteille” (The Divine Bottle), is the world’s largest annual, natural wine exhibition. A few hundred winemakers and a handful of spirit producers set up shop in the historic Ackerman Caves in Saumur, France to pour their minimal-to-zero-intervention wines for visiting international importers, distributors, restaurateurs, writers, drinkers, and as much for each other. Business is done, friendships are made, and wine is explored. Not necessarily in that order.
About 32 Winds
32 Winds is a small, family-owned winery located in Healdsburg, California producing award-winning wines from Napa and Sonoma Counties.