There’s a food and wine renaissance happening in the tiny Sonoma County town of Guerneville.
The latest addition is a brick-and-mortar tasting room for Equality Wines, a do-good wine label that promotes and donates proceeds to social justice causes, such as marriage equality and women’s rights. Owners Matt Grove, Michael Volpatt (co-owner of downtown’s Big Bottom Market) and Jim Obergefell plan to open the 700-square foot tasting room in Guerneville this July.
(Photo: Equality Wines)
The six wines in the portfolio are crafted by star-quality winemakers using prized vineyard sources. Love Wins ($30), a sparkling cuvee rose, is made by Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards; The Decision, a single-vineyard pinot noir that commemorates the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, hails from Kurt Giusti’s ranch and vineyard in the Russian River Valley; and the Suffragette series, a partnership with the League of Women Voters, features The 19th Amendment Sauvignon Blanc ($25) and a pinot noir, both made by Anderson Valley veteran winemaker Alison Green Doran using Russian River Valley grapes. Two dollars of every bottle sold goes to the League of Women Voters.
Equality Wines are all limited-production, boutique wines. The tasting room will hold its soft opening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14-17 inside the Plaza Building at 16215 Main St. —with bites from Big Bottom Market. Details: equalitywines.com