Rick Moshin's Sonoma County
wines are pretty sick!
1. Cool, awesome, dope, good
Man, Rick's Pinot is "sick" yo!
Meet & Greet & Taste
with Winemaker Rick Moshin
Thursday, January 22nd
4:30pm - 7:30pm
Here at FranksWine on North Union Street
What's Rick pouring?
Moshin 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Moshin 2011 Russian River Chardonnay
Moshin 2010 Molinari Pinot Noir
Moshin 2009 Molinari Merlot
Are you feeding us, too?
Of course! We'll have a selection of Cheeses, Charcuterie, Flatbreads,
Spreads & Crostini from our DiBruno Bros section
Yup, we're cool like that!
So who is this sick cat, anyway?
This is Rick's 3rd visit to FranksWine... and he's without a doubt one of the coolest cats in the biz!
In 1977, Rick Moshin began making wine as a side hobby. He had already become an avid brewer, acquiring a plethora of accolades and awards for his various beer recipes. Rick was employed during the day as a math instructor at San Jose State University and made wine at home. A friend once inquired about the many wine barrels stored in Rick's garage to which Rick replied: "Well, I can't afford to buy the wines that I like to drink, so I guess I'll just have to make them!"
Moshin Vineyards 2010 Molinari Pinot Noir $34.99
His do-it-yourself work ethic has prevailed ever since. To enhance his accessibility to quality grape sources, Rick Moshin worked part time as a grape broker from 1979 to 1994 - matching up winemakers with grape growers throughout California. To this day, Rick still purchases grapes from some of the sources he discovered outside of Sonoma County. With a goal to attain perfect fruit, Pinot Noir in particular, Rick decided that he should be farming the grapes himself. So, in 1989, with the help of his family, Rick purchased a ten-acre lot of Pinot Noir in the heart of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, California and set to work farming his new vineyard on weekends to perfect his Pinot Noir grapes.
Moshin Vineyards 2009 Molinari Merlot $34.99
Thus began the story of Moshin Vineyards. For the first few years, some of the Pinot Noir fruit from Moshin Vineyards was sold to winemakers like Gary Farrell and Davis Bynum Winery. With the remaining grapes, Rick made about 300 cases of Moshin Vineyards Pinot Noir each year, which he sold in between teaching math classes in San Jose. During summer breaks, he took himself to France to learn more about Burgundy and the secrets behind the elegance and finesse of the Pinot Noir coming from that region. The plans for his own winery began forming - in order to make the type of timeless wine he dreamed of, he would have to build a winery capable of creating Pinot Noir using a gentle touch - by utilizing "gravity-flow."
Moshin Vineyards 2011 Russian River Chard $39.99
The gravity-flow method was something commonly used in Europe for moving wine through the winemaking process, but not a technique readily found in the United States. So, our mathematician began searching for a property close to his vineyard along the Russian River - home to some of the finest Pinot Noir made in North America. The land needed to feature a slope suitable for gravity-flow wine production as well as soil that would be optimal for an additional planting of Pinot Noir. In 2001, Rick found the ideal site for the winery - a location on a gentle slope located half a mile from the vineyard on Westside Road. This land also featured a prized swath of "goldridge" soil. Goldridge is a fine sandy loam that contributes to the classic terrior characteristic that fine Russian River Pinot Noir is known for. After finding his ideal location, Rick began the winery design, which he completed while staying with a friend who loaned him use of a drafting table.
Moshin 2013 Larrick Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc $32.99
From 2001 to 2004, Rick Moshin worked weekends and summers on his property to prepare it for the new winery - all the while continuing to farm his original ten acre vineyard and make his wine at various "custom crush" facilities. He installed a 50,000 gallon water tank, built the first retaining wall, installed the septic system, began milling the black walnut wood for the tasting room bar and found a bank and contractor willing to work with him in completing the last steps needed to attain his goal - to make wine in the method he had always dreamed of. During this time, he also worked with talented winemaker Kenny Likitprakong - who agreed to relocate to Sonoma County to work with Rick and assist in building the dream of a world class Pinot Noir production house.
In 2005, the first grapes crossed the threshold of the new state-of-the-art Moshin Vineyards Winery and Rick retired from teaching the following year to run his new winery full time. Rick Moshin's determination to build a winery capable of producing beautiful Pinot Noir finally came to fruition- and now we can all discover the fruits of that labor - that of a real Pinot Purist. Only at FranksWine!
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You Get 1 Bottle of Each Wine for Only $119.99!!
You Save $22.97... That's 16% Off!!!
10 Tickets Still Available for Saturday night!
Gina Pio will be our guest speaker at the 5-course FranksWine Piemonte Game Dinner at Wilmington's newest go-to hotspot Bistro Jacques on Saturday, January 24th!