Cheers to that
When sibling vintners Andrew and Adam Mariani established Scribe Winery in 2007, they wanted to make minimal-intervention wines that told the story of Sonoma’s unique terroir. Marking the brand’s 10-year anniversary, the opening of Scribe’s new tasting house, Hacienda—set within an 1850s homestead at the end of a mile-long, palm-lined driveway—goes one further, immersing visitors in 150 years of California wine country life.
The Marianis, who are fourth-generation California farmers, have lived on the property since they acquired it, and snagging a reservation-only tasting feels like being welcomed to an intimate family party; snacks are prepared by their sister and Chez Panisse alum Kelly Mariani and longtime Scribe chef Emma Lipp.
Each room is a palimpsest of wabi sabi renovations that speak to the structure’s past occupants. In one, melted varnish from a fire sometime after the house’s post-1906-earthquake Mission Revival revamp has been left as-is. Elsewhere, 1951 newspaper used as wall coverings—revealed when the Marianis removed fitted wooden cupboards too far gone to be saved—have been preserved with a slick of clear gloss.
New features—Dave Darling’s giant metal-frame kitchen doors, Adam Silverman’s ceramic lights, courtyard tables crafted from a redwood that fell on the property in 2008—also tie in to the Sonoma story through the brothers’ relationships with local artists. Three bedrooms upstairs are earmarked for chefs, writers and artists in residency programs, as well as members of their wine club.
For the Mariani brothers, each event— such as the release dinners for Scribe’s new sparkling Chardonnay, with dishes prepared by State Bird Provisions’ Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski—is part of Sonoma’s ongoing narrative.
“The philosophy that these homes and architecture and buildings tell the story of the land goes along with how we think about wine making,” explains Andrew. “We’re telling the story of a place during a vintage…It’s about capturing this moment in time.” 2100 Denmark St., Sonoma, 707-939-1858; scribewinery.com.
Written by GEMMA PRICE.