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Famous Winemaker coming to Rosie's!

Join us on Thursday February 4th as we welcome
Darek Trowbridge, owner/operator/winemaker, of Old World Winery. Darek will guide us through a tasting of 6 of his wines, each paired with a small plate created by Rosie himself.

Darek comes from a very long lineage of winemakers, including being the grandson of the famed Leno Martinelli. "The Martinelli family has been growing grapes in the Russian River Valley since the 1880’s. At the ages of 19 and 16, Giuseppe Martinelli and Luisa Vellutini eloped from their small village in the Tuscany region of Italy, making their way to California looking for land to farm and start a winery. Giuseppe had been a winemaker in Italy and with his viticulture knowledge he was hired to plant a vineyard for a farmer in Forestville. Within two years he earned enough money, and borrowed some from a local wood cutter, to purchase land of his own. Working side by side on a 60 degree slope, Giuseppe and Luisa planted a small area of Zinfandel and Muscat Alexandria vines, which later became known as the Jackass Hill vineyard. Over 100 years later, this south easterly exposure remains the steepest non-terraced vineyard in Sonoma County.

In 1918 Giuseppe died, leaving Luisa with four children and the farm to care for. Their youngest son, Leno was twelve years old at the time and had wanted no other career in life than to be a farmer. Leno’s two older brothers wanted nothing to do with the impossibly steep hillside, so after completing the eighth grade, Leno finished school and took on the sole responsibility of farming the Zinfandel vineyard. His family told him that only a jackass would farm a hill that steep. Hence, he and his vineyard earned the name Jackass Hill, one of the most prized sites for Zinfandel today."

Darek is Leno's grandson, and as an homage to him, makes wine in the same style Leno did. He sources only old vines, mostly head pruned, uses very minimal addition of sulfur, and processes the wines as naturally as possible. The results are stunning expressions of pure rich fruit. We will taste a variety of different grapes, both red and white, including a Zinfandel of course. This tasting will be limited to 40 attendees, so reserve your spot now.

RSVP: or (908)518-9463
When: Thursday February 4th, 7-10pm
Where: Rosie's Wine Bar of course

Cost: $45/pp, (plus tax and tip)
Plus an additional 15% off on all other purchases by event attendees

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Continue to monitor this page as we will be posting a listing of events for the fall and early winter seasons, including our blowout "kegger style" party on Feb 29th, the 2nd celebration of the day Rosie's opened its doors.

Looking forward to tasting with you,