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Wineries to watch in 2013
Historic Buena Vista continues revival by Jean-Charles Boisset

  • Tim and Jackie Reuling walk through their Forestville vineyard on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (JOHN BURGESS/ PD)

With 2012 coming to an end and a new year to look forward to, we present local wineries we think will be doing great things in 2013. Some are new, some are retooling, some just have exceptional wine they'll soon be ready to release.

Arista Winery: The Russian River Valley-based Arista isn't new, but it's growing in interesting ways, making it a winery to watch in 2013. First off, the winery, owned by the McWilliams family, purchased the Martinelli Road Vineyard, a respected old-vine zinfandel (and other grapes) outpost in the Russian River Valley near Forestville. It was once owned by the Martinelli family and was a source of fine-tuned zin grapes for Carlisle and Turley Wine Cellars. A single-vineyard zinfandel, chardonnay and pinot noir from the site were made by Arista for the first time in 2012, under the watchful care of vineyard manager Ulises Valdez. In addition, the winery has just announced the appointment of Matt Courtney, previously of Marcassin Wine Company, as winemaker, beginning in the new year.

7015 Westside Road, Healdsburg, 473-0606, aristawinery.com.

Buena Vista Winery: Jean-Charles Boisset's acquisition of this historic property has already been marked by tremendous progress, making it fun to visit again, but new this year will be the handfuls of highly anticipated sweet and sparkling wines, nods to Buena Vista's golden days. Cream sherry is among them, one of the first wines the winery ever made. Also soon to be released are a port-style wine and imported Hungarian Tokaji, in homage to original founder Agoston Haraszthy. In addition, look for an array of sparkling wines in celebration of the winery's newly renovated Champagne Cellars and Buena Vista's dedication to making sparklers since the late 1800s. Also soon to come is an authentic French Champagne under the Buena Vista name, an homage to Boisset's deep connection to France.

18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma, 265-1472, buenavistawinery.com.

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