Ross Halleck

Ross Halleck

Ross moved to Sonoma County in 1991 with Jennifer to develop a Pinot Noir vineyard in the Sonoma Coast region. He shepherds the spirit of the earth into every glass of Halleck Vineyard wine.

Three Sons Cuvee Russian River Pinot Noir – Wine Story

By Ross Halleck

When we planted our Estate Vineyard in 1993, our goals were not lofty. There had never been a vineyard planted in western Sebastopol, all the way to the coast. We were the first, and we began without a clue what we were doing. We purchased the rootstock from the Yellow Pages. We thought it would…

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Calandrelli Vineyard Dry Gewurztraminer from the Russian River Valley – Wine Story

By Ross Halleck

I was introduced Gewurztraminer in, of all places, Kenya in the 1970s. I lived in Kenya as a young man. It had been a British Colony just a decade earlier. India had also been a British Colony, a relatively short hop across the Indian Ocean. As part of the British Empire, Indian businessmen were the…

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“Not Your Mother’s” Dry White Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley – Wine Story

By Ross Halleck

European semi-sweet wines were the rage in the 1970s. Blue Nun, a German Liebfroumilch, was a fave. Mateus Rosé from Portugal was the most popular wine in the world. At the same time, a new entrant, White Zinfandel wine, joined the ranks of American wines made by Sutter Home. Sutter Home employed a winemaking technique…

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Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Little Sister – Wine Story

By Ross Halleck

The grapes for our Little Sister Sauvignon Blanc are sourced from “Patient Terrier” Vineyard named in homage to the faithful companion of its owner, Greg Conklin. Rather than “Patient Terrier”, we chose to name the wine for a family story. In 2002, we were judged #1 Pinot noir in the United States for the first…

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Caring for an Adult

By Ross Halleck

It feels like yesterday when we planted Halleck Vineyard. Jennifer was combing the Yellow Pages looking for rootstock, stumbling across a single-line listing for John Caldwell under “Nurseries.” This was amongst ads hawking all manner of services and products. Previous calls came up empty. There was a dearth of Pinot Noir rootstock available in 1991-92.…

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Curried Quinoa and Salmon: Austin Perkins

By Ross Halleck

We are privileged to partner with the finest chefs in the world. Thomas Keller of Per Se and The French Laundry, Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Cat Kora, and Michael Psilakis, to name a few. We’re featuring dishes from many of our friends on a monthly basis with recipes and stories, like Austin Perkins, formerly of…

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Arctic Char with new potatoes, Apples and Endive

By Ross Halleck

Mike Anthony, the Executive Chef of Gramercy Tavern shares his recipe for ‘Arctic Char with New Potatoes, Apples and Endive’

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Love is an enormous word, despite only four letters

By Ross Halleck

In February we turn our focus to Love. Exalted, extolled, and exploited, Love is an integral part of our lives, yet rarely explored. For example, saying, “I love you” for the first time is a huge threshold in any relationship; but we easily bandy the word about for preferences (I love popcorn), activities (I love to ski),…

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Sebastopol’s Hilly New Haven for Pinot Noir

By Ross Halleck

Jennifer and I planted Halleck Vineyard in the early 90s. Legend was created when our first vintage as a wine (2001 Tandem Winery, Halleck Vineyard, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir) earned first place in the 2002 Pinot Noir Summit. This was also Greg Lafollette’s first vintage under his new personal label, Tandem. He had recently left…

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