Esteemed vineyard consultant Steve Matthiasson has quietly built his proprietary label while experimenting with “the 7 percent”—
compelling, lesser-known varietals like ribolla gialla that aren’t the eight main grapes covering 93 percent of NorCal vineyard acreage. His family eats from their farmhouse garden daily and crafts wines that are dinner-friendly. As Jill Matthiasson explains, “We see ourselves as farmers first. We garden and we have vineyards and we grow the grapes. We want to show how our wines fit into the food movement.” Join the couple down south at idyllic Wattles Farm in West Hollywood July 17 for an alfresco multicourse dinner, complete with new releases. matthiasson.com.