We’re a hands-on winery crafting small lots of a number of varietals from Dry Creek Valley and beyond.
Located at Timber Crest Farms, which was a dried-fruit production facility until about 2004.
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Our most passionate ambassador for Amphora Chardonnay can be found behind the counter, enthusiastically pouring wine on most any Saturday. She also draws on her background in software R&D to keep our Futures program well-organized. Amy loves to cook, and offers a wealth of food and wine advice. When not at Amphora, Amy enjoys keeping up with her two very athletic daughters, ultra-marathoner husband, and Labrador Retriever “BC”!
Rick’s better “two-thirds” finds respite from her elementary school classroom by entertaining Amphora’s tasting room visitors every weekend. She loves Amphora Chardonnay almost as much as Amy, but will settle for our Zinfandel in a pinch. Bridget’s delicious desserts are a mainstay of our Wine Club parties. And NO, you can’t have the recipe for her Dos Palos Okie Chocolate Cake! In the pursuit of elusive terroir, Bridget willingly travels to France and Italy for “research”.
Chief Financial Officer, and Prime Minister to President Rick. Karen’s decades spent toiling in the labyrinth of winery accounting, taxation and compliance are invaluable. She keeps our dollars and sense (yes, sense) straight while endeavoring to keep good ship Amphora on course, and gladly pinch-hits in the tasting room. You didn’t hear it from us, but we hear Karen is VERY bullish on Amphora Chardonnay, and rates it a “Buy!”
You can find Jean in the tasting room nearly every Sunday and event weekend. Among other tasks, she volunteered to take on the unenviable task of herding all the Amphora cats (ahem, staff!) together in order to create this new website! Unlike some of the staff, we believe she loves all Amphora wines equally! Jean is an inveterate traveler who has explored Latin America at length, sharpening her fluency in Spanish and Portuguese all the while. Her husband Mark often assists at winery events, and cultivates a saint-like patience to play greeter (bouncer?) to our thousands of visitors every March during Barrel Tasting weekend.
Paddy’s experience in the Marine Corps and neuroscience degree from UCSD place him among the more “uniquely qualified” cellarmasters in the area. He’s able to neutralize any threat to the wines, and tickle your GABA receptors with Zinfandel with equal aplomb. When not topping barrels, dragging hoses, and cleaning tanks he ponders the best way to hook a big ‘ole bluefin tuna while fishing from his kayak.
Jim’s first full harvest in Dry Creek Valley was the infamous vintage of 1989, when the remnants of a tropical storm rolled through the North Coast in early September and dropped around nine inches of rain. He spent much of the next month performing triage on watery, acidic, semi-rotten Zinfandel clusters by taste before they went into the crusher. Despite this romantic introduction to the wine industry Jim has persisted in his folly, and now serves as Amphora’s assistant winemaker and wine club manager.