Fields Family Wines, findingourwaynow.comAlthough I’ve tried many of the Fields Family Wines, I was hard pressed to choose just one wine to showcase.  Their wines are all pretty darn amazing.  Nevertheless I did love their Tempranillo 2010 and 2011.

I met the Fields Family Wines vintners through a mutual friend Dana Hall/Sip California.  She had called asking if I would offer them a hand at their members event.  It was a beautiful Saturday, and I thought why not.  I had a great time and then set up a time I could do an interview and photo shot of the winery as well as talk about their amazing wines.

Fields Family Wines,

Ryan Sherman & Russ Fields

Two friends, Russ Fields and Ryan Sherman started Fields Family Wines. Russ Fields, lawyer by day winemaker by night, initially started his winery in his garage.  He quickly outgrew that space. To his wife’s relief Russ started looking to buy a vineyard to provide him the space he needed to explore his passion. Russ’s search for the perfect location brought him to Ryan Sherman, real-estate developer by day and budding winemaker. The two became fast friends.  It took a few years, but they finally found what they were looking for in 2005, and the two entered into a partnership and started Fields Family Wines.

When talking to them, they both laughed about the early years, some of their first attempts and how they had to throw out a good bit of what they had created.  It was pretty awful wine in their estimation.  Then through a little luck and a lot of hard work they won an Amateur Wine Making Award with their 2007 Zinfandel.  The game was on with their first commercial wine release in 2008.  Since that time, they have never looked back and continue to gain much recognition and numerous awards for their amazing wines.

Fields Family Wines, findingourwaynow.comFields Family Wine uses sustainable growing practices in the their grape production.  What this means in layman’s terms is they are completely at the mercy of Mother Nature.

Russ Fields – To be a sustainable practitioner, I had to learn to relax and let the vines do what theyre meant to do, to grow.

With that said, some growing years are obviously going to be better than others.

They only produce their wine varietals in small lots with a strong commitment to producing the highest quality wine possible.

Ryan Sherman – We are all about from the vine to the barrel to the bottle Generally speaking the wine spends 2 years in barrels then 2 years in bottles before its released to the public.”

Fields Family Wines, findingourwaynow.comFields Family Wines and Tasting Rooms are located in the Lodi Wine Region just south of Sacramento California. The Lodi Wine region’s claim to fame in the winemaking world is it’s classic Mediterranean climate and its deep, fertile sandy loam soils, the perfect environment for the production of world-class wines. Cooling Delta breezes that flow through the area in the evenings moderates the high daytime temperatures.  This creates an ideal growing condition for many varieties of grapes. Because of this, the area provides a great opportunity to craft this award winning Fields Family Wines Tempranillo.

Fields Family Wines Tempranillo 2011

Fields Family Wines,

This is what the winemakers have to say about their Fields Family Wines Tempranillo 2011:

Tempranillo is the heart and soul of Spain. Who knows, Lodi, California could be next.  This is a gorgeous well round wine with dark fruit and silky tannins. You can hold on to this wine for years or even a decade.  But then again, why not enjoy it now.

You can find this wine on their website.  For those of you who order a bottle or three, mention this code, FOWN-FFW, and they will give you a 10% discount off of your purchase.  If you happen by one of their two wine tasting rooms, mention this post and the same code for a free complimentary wine tasting.

I so enjoyed meeting the two vintners and tasting and learning more about their amazing wine.  If you’re in the Lodi Region you must make a point to stop by one of their two wine tasting rooms and enjoy their offerings.  You will not be disappointed.

Time for a glass…

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  • Cheryl Therrien

    So here is my question: why is the winery named after one partner and not the other? Hardly seems fair… Great story! :)

    • Ryan Sherman

      Cheryl- fair question. Very simply, our project and friendship isn’t about ego, it’s about doing something we love….and Russ writes the majority of the checks :-). Please come by and visit. Thanks. Ryan

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Cheryl, Thanks Cheryl. It’s as Ryan says, it’s all about creating great wine and not ego. It is a great place to visit. We will need to do that some time. :-)

  • Julie

    Ok, This sounds like a great wine and a fun place to visit. I’ve never had Tempranillo before but I think I would really love it. I do love the part about sustainable practices.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Julie, If you’re a red wine lover then you must give this one a try. It is pretty darn amazing. Oh and please stop by their tasting room, you will have a great time. :-)

  • Jacqueline Gum

    Ok this has sparked interest from ye old tastebuds. I’m going to check here in Charleston and see who carries it. I love the Lodi area and it’s nice to see product coming from that region.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Jacqueline, You will greatly enjoy their Tempranillo. In my opinion, Lodi is a little gem of a place for wine. :-)

    • dlgage

      they are a small production winery. It may not be available in Charleston, so be sure to visit the website.

  • Debra Yearwood

    I generally try to ignore labels since they can turn you off of a good wine or tempt you to try a bad one, but I really like the simplicity of the Fields label. It acts as a wordmark and makes it easy to remember what you’re looking for. If you’re like me, lots of curiosity and a short memory, then you have so many vineyards floating around in your head that it can be challenging remembering names.

    Now that I can remember what I’m looking for, I’ll be interested in trying it. :)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      I do like the label too Debra. If you look at it closely the lines do denote field rows but also form a bottle or wine glass whichever is your orientation. I think that’s pretty cool.

      FYI: because they are a small lots producer the only way to get their wine is through their website.

  • doreenpendgracs

    Cool, Susan! I never knew Tempranillo was now being produced in CA! I sure love the Spanish version, and look forward to trying the American version. Cheers!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      It has been coming the scene In the western states Doreen. Some of the climate are perfect to produce Tempranillo. This one is a particularly good.

  • Neosha Gee

    Hey! I’m visiting from LinkedIn. Awesome! I always love learning of new vineyards and such. Looks Iike I’ll need to be trying this brand for sure. Thank you fo sharing!!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Neosha and welcome. These vintners are passionate about what they produce and it shines through the end product. I really is a good wine. :-)

  • Elizabeth Scott

    Susan, I had such an amazing day visiting Fields Family Winery. Ryan and Russ are amazing hosts and it was so fun hearing their passion when talking about their wines. I have not opened my bottle yet but am waiting for a special occassion. I am going to take my friends and Dave to check out this great winery.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      It was a fun day Elizabeth. They are really cool guys, and you can’t bet the end product of their passion. :-)

  • Jon Jefferson

    Yet another reason for me to come out there. I am big fan of the smaller producers of wine and of course beer. Being able to talk to the people who make the wine gives added depth to the experience.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      I agree Jon. There is much to explore here. The local vintners are such fun to visit.

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Tempranillo is one of my favorites. Guess what, it’s also being produced in ID. It’s amazing how many varietals are produced in the states that are normally associated with other countries.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      That is so cool Jeri. We will need to compare notes on these wines, don’t you think?

  • Adrienne

    What a great write up and introduction Susan about the Fields Family Winery. The weather alone makes me want to visit so if I’m ever up that way I’ll definitely stop in and take a tour. I do love wine.


    • Susan P. Cooper

      Thanks Adrienne, I do have to say that I love the weather… LOL. If you’re ever up in my neck of the woods we will have to do a bit of tasting at some of my favorite places, starting with this one. :-)

  • Suzanne Fluhr

    I enjoyed your interview with the vintners and especially that one was a lawyer. I still consider myself a recovering lawyer. Is he all the way recovered — i.e. running the vineyard full time instead of also writing the occasional legal brief? I confess that it doesn’t seem like so many years ago that my husband and I graduated from no name white zinfandel. Fortunately, my wine palate has matured sufficiently that I enjoy dry oaked chardonnays — but I admit to not really tasting the vanilla and peach and raisins and minerals and other things the label informs me I should be enjoying. It also takes some intense commitment to try to build a wine cellar in Pennsylvania where the state still has a monopoly on selling most alcoholic beverages.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Suzanne, Russ is still a practicing lawyer. I think his hope is to be a full time vintner someday. I get what your thoughts about all the nuances of the wine and flavors that are present. in the end if you like that’s all that you really need to know. :-)

  • Susan Oakes

    Love the story behind the wines Susan. I have never heard of this type of wine so it another one to look out for.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Susan, You must seek out a good Tempranillo. I think you’d love it. :-)

  • Ryan Sherman

    Good Morning everyone, sorry I’m coming a little late to the party here been very preoccupied with things at the winery as you might imagine. Russ and I both have to go off to our day jobs, this is the reason why we keep our production small, it helps us maintain the quality and integrity of what we produce.

    Simply put, Cab is king in Napa, Tempranillo is king in Spain. Tempranillo is one of the most versatile varietals that I know of and does exceptionally well in our meditteranian like climate. I believe it offers a bit more complexity than Cab, pretty aromatics.

    Thank you again for your comments I hope to see all of you out at the winery and introduce you to our wines.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Ryan, When I say I was hard pressed to choose just one, I wasn’t kidding. I loved all your well crafted wines. The cab is just as divine. :-)

      • Ryan Sherman

        Thank you!

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