Gail Benzler
February 22, 2018 | Gail Benzler

Adobe Road Returns for Wine Spectator's Best of the Best February 23

Adobe Road Winery pours flagship 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer at Wine Spectator's Best of the Best at the Fontainebleau, Miami Beach, February 23. It's all part of SOBEWFF.

Adobe Road Winery is honored to return to Wine Spectator's Best of the Best wine tasting event during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Friday, February 23.

Now in its 17th year, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by The Food Network and the Cooking Channel is a national, star-studded, destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. 

To create the best event during the best weekend of the year, dozens of the nation's top chefs have been rounded up to showcase their most gourmet samplings to pair with over 100 wines rated 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator's scale. Only proprietors and winemakers from each winery are invited to pour their top varietals and you can be sure this will be a golden opportunity for attendees to hear more about how the world’s greatest wines, including Adobe Road, makes it from vineyard to your glass.

Kevin will be pouring Adobe Road’s flagship wine, our 94 point 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Georges III at the Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best tasting.

To make this weekend even sweeter for us, the event is held at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. This iconic hotel will set the perfect stage with its blend of Golden Era glamor and modern luxury. Adobe Road has a rich history with the Fontainebleau and we bottled a special custom, private label Fontainebleau Adobe Road Cabernet blend in 2015.

“The Best of the Best at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival is one of our favorite events and we’re so honored to have been invited back again this year,” says Kevin Buckler. “I always look forward to coming to Florida and the Miami area to our friends at the Fontainebleau and pour our flagship wines at this sold-out event. Adobe Road is producing some truly amazing wines right now and we could not be more thrilled with the direction of the company, the new project, all of the cutting-edge programs and these cool events around the country! We’re always thrilled to be able to share our wines friends.”

Adobe Road CEO Kevin Buckler will pour the winery's flagship Cabernet Sauvignon at Wine Spectator's Best of the Best February 23.


Time Posted: Feb 22, 2018 at 5:49 PM Permalink to Adobe Road Returns for Wine Spectator's Best of the Best February 23 Permalink
Gail Benzler
February 15, 2018 | Gail Benzler

Adobe Road brings elegant hospitality track-side and beyond at private dining events

Adobe Road takes to the road in March for a series of private wine events and experiences. Our guests will have exclusive opportunities to taste Adobe Road’s award-winning wines paired with wonderful food and the chance to learn about the wines and delight in each tasting with Kevin and our expert wine staff.


Matter of Taste gets underway in San Francisco March 3 with an exclusive opportunity to taste the very best wines from around the world, focused on Right Bank Bordeaux-inspired varietals.


This event by Robert Parker Wine Advocate s one of the premier wine festivals and Adobe Road is honored to be featured.


Be sure to like us on Facebook or subscribe to our e-newsletter to get access to an exclusive ticket offer.


Next, our sister company, The Racers Group heads to St. Petersburg, Florida for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the first Pirelli World Challenge race of the season. TRG’s 007 Aston Martin will be challenging for the win on one of the most beautiful and challenging street courses in the world. Adobe Road will activate with a series of luxury offerings to engage with our partners and VIP clients.



We begin with a one-of-a-kind winemaker dinner at Sea Salt for our VIP guests and partners in the heart of St. Petersburg and then make our way to Tampa for an exclusive private event hosted by Swirl, Sip & Savor. Then it’s off to the St. Petersburg Yacht Club for another exclusive Adobe Road wine experience in the Club’s downtown clubhouse with exquisite nighttime circuit and bay views. Our final event in St. Petersburg showcases our wines at an ultra-exclusive gathering high above the city in a private penthouse.

As The Racers Group revs up for Pirelli World Challenge SprintX action at one of the premier road circuits in the world at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, Adobe Road celebrates with a festive, wine-and-food-pairing dinner party at Cordillera Ranch March 27. Located just north of San Antonio, Cordillera Ranch is home to some of the world’s most magical golf courses and exclusive residential communities. Centered on the highly acclaimed wines from Adobe Road and paired with a menu crafted and presented by Cordillera Ranch Executive Chef Isaac Cantu, this will be an extraordinary evening with Kevin and the team.

Time Posted: Feb 15, 2018 at 4:07 PM Permalink to Adobe Road brings elegant hospitality track-side and beyond at private dining events Permalink
Gail Benzler
February 10, 2018 | Gail Benzler

Wine Wednesday - A Successful (and Delicious) Inaugural Event

Looking Back at a Special Wine Tasting Event Hosted by Kevin Buckler and Garrett Martin

Adobe Road Winery debuted our Wine Wednesday series of distinctive events on January 24 with a special vintners’ wine tasting and food pairing hosted by founder and CEO Kevin Buckler and winemaker Garrett Martin. Adobe Road welcomed guests to a curated food and wine pairing event January 24.

Each pairing was expertly curated to bring out the unique flavors and character of each wine. Kevin and Garrett took guests through the tastings with stories and insight into how each was crafted, making for an unforgettable evening of delicious Adobe Road’s critically acclaimed wines and delightful conversation. Guests took advantage of two pairing flights:

Select pairings:

2016 Adobe Road Viognier, Dry Creek Valley, Famighetti Vineyard paired with triple cream Brie on rice cracker with orange zest

The orange essence is this bite brought out the tropical nose of our Viognier and complimented the mild acidity of the wine beautifully.

2016 Adobe Road Pinot Noir, Green Valley of the Russian River Valley, Big Pig Vineyard paired with Prosciutto

The fatty mouthfeel of the Prosciutto and salty flavor of the meat was the perfect juxtaposition with the earthiness and fruit of our Pinot Noir.

2016 Adobe Road Redline, Sonoma/Napa Red Blend paired with aged Manchego with cured black olive

The nutty notes in the cheese combined with the burst of briny flavor in the olives compliment the blackberry and anise in the wine.

Reserve pairings:

2014 Adobe Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley, Bavarian Lion Vineyard paired with black pepper pate on crostini

The gamey richness of the paté stands up to the complexity of this deep and flavorful Cabernet Sauvignon.

2014 Adobe Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer, Georges III paired with Genoa salami

The oily richness and salty flavors of the cured meat brings out the baking spice and dark berries in our flagship Cabernet.

2013 Adobe Road Apex, Premium Red Blend paired with mild Bleu cheese

The fruit and mocha flavors in our Apex blend are highlighted by the richness and flavor in this creamy cheese.

Award-winning Adobe Road wines and perfectly paired appetizers made delicious Wine Wednesday a night of education and fun to remember.


Our next Winemaker Wednesday event — Mom’s Night Out — is next on February 28. It's your time to wine. Limited seating is available and tickets are available until sold out. Get yours now.



Time Posted: Feb 10, 2018 at 3:13 PM Permalink to Wine Wednesday - A Successful (and Delicious) Inaugural Event Permalink
Gail Benzler
February 8, 2018 | Gail Benzler

Handy - The Sauvignon Blanc Crystal Solution

Getting Ready to Bottle Sauvignon Blanc

Have you ever put a bottle of white wine in the fridge or freezer… and then forgot you put it in there? Later, on down the road when you come back to it, you’ll see a bunch of weird, white crystal stuff in the bottle.

From vineyard to bottle, the winemaker's hand is important, even on this frosty tank of Sauvignon Blanc.

When your bottle of white wine gets too cold, potassium bitartrate crystals form. These crystals fall out of the wine and look really ugly in a clear glass bottle of, say, Sauvignon Blanc. By the way, do you know the common term for potassium bitartrate? Hint: it's an ingredient in many cookies like Snickerdoodles. We'll give you the answer at the end of this article.

Garrett Martin, our Snickerdoodle loving winemaker and resident wine-scientist, is moving closer and closer to bottling our new vintage Adobe Road Sauvignon Blanc in mid-March, along with Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.

So, let’s get back to those crystals. Garrett is hard at work right now making sure you won’t see them if your wine gets super cold like when it freezes or almost freezes (this could happen in shipping, for example; your fridge isn’t the only culprit). 

Temperature is vitally important all through the process leading up to bottling -- we want to be sure the wine in your bottle of Adobe Road Sauvignon Blanc looks and tastes its very best. Here's what Garret does in the tank.

First, he brings the Sauvignon Blanc in the tank down to 29 degrees Fahrenheit -- that’s colder than water freezing. He holds the wine at that temperature and then begins to bring the wine back up to temperature (about 60 degrees) before filtration and bottling (remember -- we’re bottling in mid-March). If the wine is too chilled when it’s filtered, the flavor is stripped away.

Liquids are more susceptible to oxidation when cold, so Garrett goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure that oxygen is not introduced to the wine. It’s like the story of the three bears: Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear (just right). Too cold and the bottle could end up being overfilled and then when the wine comes up to room temperature… boom! You could have an explosion. If the wine is bottled when it’s too warm, the liquid will shrink and then you’ll have a bottle that looks as if it’s not filled properly.

That’s how science and expertise combine to make sure that the temperature of your wine is always just right so that your wine looks and tastes exceptionally good, proving that from vineyard to bottle, the winemaker's hand is important, even on this frosty tank of Sauvignon Blanc.

Here's the answer to our question... The common term for potassium bitartrate is cream of tartar.


Time Posted: Feb 8, 2018 at 4:54 PM Permalink to Handy - The Sauvignon Blanc Crystal Solution Permalink
Gail Benzler
February 2, 2018 | Gail Benzler

Mom's Night Out at Adobe Road

Mom's Night Out

Save the date. Arrange the sitter. Call the girls…

Let’s have wine!

Get ready to indulge in an evening of wine at Adobe Road Winery.

It’s time for a wine “bubble bath.” And by that, we mean Sparkling Rosé. We’ll welcome you with a generous splash of our signature bubbles -- and you get to keep the flute. Next, we’ll take you on a first class flight -- of wine. Enjoy three delicious award-winning Adobe Road wines selected just for you.

Yummy nibbles. Great company. Prizes and giveaways… and wine. We hope you can join us.

Mom’s Night Out

Wednesday, February 28

6 - 8 p.m.

6 Petaluma Blvd. N (in the Great Petaluma Mill)

$40 (get your ticket here -- available until sold out).

Use hashtag #momsnightpetaluma and like us on Facebook for even more information about the event.




Time Posted: Feb 2, 2018 at 3:55 PM Permalink to Mom's Night Out at Adobe Road Permalink


Petaluma Star - Focus on Adobe Road Winery

Adobe Road is in many ways a luxury brand, which is not surprising given TRG’s affiliations with Porsche, Aston Martin, and Lamborghini. Several of its wines are priced in the $100 – $175 range, and the entire portfolio is crafted to wow the glitterati trackside at Le Mans or Daytona, or at exclusive events such as Wine Spectator’s Wine Experiences.


20 Best Sonoma Rosés to Drink This Summer

Adobe Road Winery 2017 Rosé - A fun and funky blend of pinot noir, syrah, grenache, zinfandel and petite sirah, Adobe Road’s rosé features grapes grown in the newly designated Petaluma Gap AVA...


Hollywood's Eco-Defenders Take Center Stage at the Environmental Media Awards

Before the show, some guests enjoyed wine from Adobe Road poured straight from the cask, and posed for photos in a digital photo booth...


Grand Tour Hosts World’s Greatest Wine Fans

Wine Spectator's annual series of tasting extravaganzas continued in New York with 244 outstanding wines from 15 nations


Outstanding Scores for Adobe Road Winery

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate is one of the most iconic wine publications in the world. Adobe Road Winery is honored to be reviewed in this month's Sonoma and Napa wine issue



What do race car driving and California Cabernet have in common?


Petaluma is an eggscellent weekend escape from the Bay Area scramble

The Find: In the early evening, we were slowly spinning our wheels looking for somewhere to have a pre-dinner drink. We went from 0 to 200 mph when we found Adobe Road Winery Tasting Room (6 Petaluma Blvd. N.; [707] 939-9099), race car driver and vintner Kevin Buckler’s tasting room, which opened in the summer. We chose the “Showcase” pouring


How The Wind Is Making The Petaluma Gap California's Newest Wine Region

Located 32 miles north of San Francisco, in both Sonoma and Marin Counties, the Petaluma Gap is an inland valley distinguished by a 15-mile wide aperture in the coastal hills through which salty maritime wind and afternoon fog whisk in a chill.


Petaluma wine tasting room plans in fast lane

A long-awaited proposal for a state-of-the-art downtown Petaluma winery, tasting room and auto racing museum is gaining momentum, according to Adobe Road Winery’s CEO.


Petaluma Gap Is Wine Country’s Newest AVA
The newly designated region is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.

The new AVA includes about 80 winegrowers and nine wineries. One of our favorite wines released this year is an example of the quality of Pinot Noir grapes grown in the region—75 percent of the fruit planted is Pinot Noir—and the range of complexity that’s possible from multiple-elevation harvesting.


Petaluma California: A Sonoma County Hotspot

In the Great Petaluma Mill complex find Adobe Road Winery’s tasting room. Tasting excellent wines like their Big Pig Pinot and one labeled merely ”Red Wine” made me an instant fan.


Petaluma Gap becomes new Sonoma County wine appellation

The federal government on Thursday recognized the Petaluma Gap as the newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), giving Sonoma County its 18th such wine appellation and providing another reminder of its vast diversity of grape growing throughout the region.


All About Adobe Road Winery by James Knight (

Wine is not all about speed, and that was exactly why it appealed to champion GT racing team leader Kevin Buckler. At the Adobe Road tasting room in downtown Petaluma, I’m told that Buckler values the slow and steady process of making wine. As for high points and awards—it doesn’t hurt that Adobe Road wines have scored those, too.


9 Soon-to-Open Sonoma Restaurants, Wineries, Breweries & Hotels We’re Stoked About

Downtown Petaluma keeps getting hotter, and the hip-factor will only increase when Adobe Road opens their new 15,000 square foot winery and tasting room along the Petaluma River. And it's going to be more than just a winery - they'll have a motorsports museum (Adobe Road owner Kevin Buckler owns one of the most successful racing teams in the world), an event center and commercial kitchen. Guests can sip wine by the bottle, served alongside wood-fired pizza, on the riverfront patio.


Race to the Top: A DITL with Kevin Buckler

Kevin Buckler is a man with two passions: fast cars and fun. And how does he bridge these two very distinct passions together? Through his two companies, Adobe Road Winery and The Racers Group. Running one successful business is a feat in itself, but Buckler is not one to shy away from a challenge. He rather flawlessly runs two, rotating between crafting award-winning wines and running his ever-expanding motorsports company.

NY Wine Spectator Wine Experience 2016

Adobe Road Winery has once again been invited to participate in arguably one of the most prestigious events a winery can attend, Wine Spectator’s New York Wine Experience, October 20 – 22. The event is attended by wine enthusiasts from around the world and only the top rated wineries in the world are invited to pour at the Critics’ Choice Grand Tasting.

22 Refreshing Sonoma Rosés to Drink All Summer by Sarah Stierch

Adobe Road has released the most unique Rosés of the season, in partnership with Lagunitas Brewing Company: a sparkling Rosé. Super-limited at a mere 60 cases, this primarily Zinfandel-based wine has the rich head of a beer and the sweet flavor of watermelon and maraschino cherry. A must try for those who like to balance their wine tasting with their beer sipping.


More room for wine: Adobe Road opens Petaluma's second wine tasting room

Dozens of people gathered on Tuesday to raise their glass to Petaluma’s newest wine tasting room, a venue for home-grown Adobe Road Winery to gain more face time with the public as it moves toward building a nearby hub for wining and dining on the edge ofthe Petaluma River.


Downtown Petaluma wine tasting room gets approval

The Petaluma Planning Commission voted swiftly and unanimously on Tuesday to approve a permit for Adobe Road Winery’s tasting room at The Great Petaluma Mill, 6 Petaluma Blvd. North. It will be downtown Petaluma’s second wine tasting room, and the first serving a wide variety of wines.


Adobe Road Winery Honored to be Invited to Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience

Adobe Road Winery has been invited to participate in the prestigious Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience, taking place the weekend of October 20-22, 2016. It is truly an honor to be invited to pour alongside some of the best wineries from all across the globe and adds additional excitement around the winery’s new project in Petaluma. The three-day event is every wine aficionados dream, with sit-down tastings of award winning vintages (all scored over 90 points), the Critic’s Choice Grand Tastings, and the exclusive black-tie awards banquet. This is the very best of the wine world. We hope to see you there.

Adobe Road Winery Facility: Progress Report

We are eager and excited to open the doors of our new satellite Tasting Room in the Great Petaluma Mill, in the very heart of Historic Downtown Petaluma. This will be our cozy home while development and construction begin on the new headquarters facility, just around the corner. Final licensing and approval are close to completion, and we can’t wait to see some new and familiar faces stopping by to taste some of the new releases. -expected to open late next month.

The Sonoma County Barrel Auction raises a record setting number with 90 one-of-a-kind wine lots
Allison Levine

Garrett Martin of Adobe Road Winery summed up their lot of 10 cases as “Petaluma Gap in a glass.” The Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley represented all generations of Dry Creek by combining equal amounts of zinfandel from seven wineries, half who are the original producers in the region and the other half are newer producers of Zinfandel.

Petaluma leads Sonoma County in economic development

His decision was one example of many in recent years that have made Petaluma the leader in economic development in Sonoma County. It has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the county — 4.1 percent in March — and the second highest median household income, at $75,655 in 2015.
The business activity has rapidly reversed the fortunes of this city of almost 60,000, which was hit with a one-two punch at the turn of the millennium — fallout from the telecom bust of the early 2000s and the real estate crash some six years later. At its low point, commercial office vacancy rates were 40 percent.

Petaluma is Fertile Ground for "Cultivated, home-grown culture - Lori Varsames"

When Lori Varsames saw her dream job in her dream location pop up on LinkedIn one morning, she jumped on the opportunity and applied.

Adobe Road Winery setting up shop in downtown Petaluma

"When you’re starting to attract businesses that are relocating from the square in Sonoma — the heart of Sonoma Wine Country — to the heart of Petaluma, that really tells you just how attractive the area is, I think it’s going to be a great amenity for our local economy. It’s going to be a great ambiance for the downtown. It’s exactly what the downtown ought to be building."

Big Things Happening in Petaluma

Our exciting new State-of-the-Art facility in downtown Petaluma...right on the Riverfront, continues to progress! We are bringing together all of the “Best Practices/Best of the Best” in terms of Tasting Room, Visitors Center, Winery and state-of-the-art equipment, Corporate and Banquet Facilities, Food and Cooking classes, Private Tasting and Barrel Room, Ultra-Premium Custom Crush/Private Label and a Beautiful Automotive and Motorsports Museum - all rolled into one EPIC location, operated by a highly efficient and motivated team. No pun intended but we are going to CRUSH IT!

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