Bottling a Dream


My Sunday Column “Sense of Place” usually runs at the bottom of the Towns section every other Sunday, but today my work was printed in the “Vignette” section at the top of the page. Today’s story is about Robert Rue Vineyards located in the town of Fulton. Bob and Carlene Rue, the winery owners, are some of the nicest people I’ve meet and make some great wines too.

Here is the text (I know it’s a bit hard to read the newspaper from my scan):

South of Fulton and down an old country road, a row of plum trees call attention to Robert Rue Winery. Bob and Carlene Rue purchased this 10-acre, 100 year old vineyard in 1973, and over the years have sold their grapes to many well known local wineries. The vineyard is a field-blend of predominantly Zinfandel, interplanted with Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Alicante Bouschet grapes.

In 2001, Bob and Carlene’s long held dream of producing their own wine became a reality. With the help of winemaker Dan Barwick, and before him, winemaker Carol Shelton, the wine blended from Rue vines has garnered many awards. The first vintage was produced at a custom crush facility and the finished wine stored in their garage. In 2010 the Rue family built a new facility on their property to accommodate an expanding production of almost 1,000 cases per year.

6 thoughts on “Bottling a Dream

  1. Thank you Jean! I’m very excited to have this opportunity. I heard from the Rue family today via email and they mentioned that they had visitors that came to their winery specifically because they saw the story in the newspaper. Now that’s cool! I wish them much success.

  2. Thank you Claire! Robert Rue Winery is definately worth the stop. Its located on the north side of Santa Rosa in the town of Fulton, and it makes a great first stop when visiting wine country. It’s also a great place to sketch as they have many antiques scattered around.

  3. Thank you Lulabell! I’m currently working on a book titled “Impressions of Wine Country.” I’m hoping to have it out in September.

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