Tasty Creations with Amplify Wines

I recently had the privilege of meeting up with the proprietors of Amplify Wines for a private tasting. They are Cameron and Marlen Porter, based in the Santa Barbara County area on the central coast. The two have both worked in the wine industry for some time. Inspired by their shared passion for both music and wine, in 2013 they tried their hand at an inaugural vintage: Carignane. They only made 100 cases that first year. Now seven years later, they have expanded to 2,000 cases a year and are making some tasty creations. They have a pronounced commitment to making their wines as clean as possible. This means sourcing grapes from organic growers, using native yeast fermentation, no fining or filtering and no additions, save minimal So2 at bottling. Borrowing from Spanish and Portuguese styles of winemaking, they are innovating in some jazzy ways. Let’s get into the wines!

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Gettin’ Natty: my portal into Natural Wine.

It was  midday on a pleasant Saturday in March that we booked it up to Oakland, CA. The line to get in traced the length of the building, composed of fragrant hipsters, youngish to middle aged, iPhones on the ready to don their tickets. Anticipation of the day's offerings loomed, like kids waiting in line for the biggest roller coaster. All the man buns and flannels seemed somewhat familiar, like that one acquaintance you hadn't seen in ages, on the verge of a boisterous reunion, held back by social graces. This was a wine event after all. A Natural Wine event to boot. A convergence of ethics and values with wine as the great unifier. We were at Brumaire to see, sip and share. 

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