Bill Easton on “I’ll Drink To That”
Check out Bill’s in-depth interview w/ I’ll Drink to That Talking Wine with Levi Dalton. Listen to the podcast (http://illdrinktothatpod.com) for a closer look at the past, present, and future of Foothills Zinfandel. Bill Easton is the proprietor and winemaker at Easton Wines. Bill describes an era of post-Prohibition California winemaking that has largely disappeared. He explains why he decided to pioneer Rhone grape varieties in a little-known corner of the state. Bill is frank about his stylistic choices, and his decision not to embrace the fashionable 1990’s style of big wines.
Bill Easton is interviewed on “I’ll Drink To That” podcast number 429. It was released September 15, 2017. The interview took place on February 15, 2017.
About Easton Wines
TERRE ROUGE means “Red Earth”. This vermillion-colored soil is one of the hallmarks of our region. Our vineyards are in soils that are largely granite and volcanic-based. The TERRE ROUGE portfolio is composed of wines made from Rhône varietals grown in the rugged and varying terroirs of this region. High elevation sites up to 3200’ contribute to the complexity of our wines.
Bill Easton puts his family name, EASTON, on non-Rhône varietals wines. The wines are crafted from varietals that have traditionally worked best in Amador County and the Sierra Foothills: ancient and old-vine Zinfandel, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc.
The style of our red wines emphasizes deep color, balanced flavors, full middle palate, and a long finish. The wines have power and finesse. They gain complexity with age. Our whites are aromatic, flavorful with nice texture, and balanced with good acidity. They also show an amazing mineral sense that is derived from our stony mountain soils.
We make over thirty different wines, many of which are very small production (100-500 cases). Each is unique and site-specific with a sense of place all of their own. Our goal has always been to make the finest wines possible that can be placed on a table with the best wines of the world.