At Eric Kent Wines one will find artistry both inside and outside the bottle.
Over ten years ago, husband and wife team Kent Humphrey and Colleen Teitgen set out on a two-part mission to create premium wine, and to also offer exposure to emerging artists. What resulted is the incomparable smash-up of fine art and fine wine that is Eric Kent Wines.
As curator and producer of labels for Eric Kent Wines, Colleen Teitgen’s goal is to “feature exceptional art on our labels and share each artist’s story with you.” The art she features includes a broad range of mediums; from illustrations, painting, and sculpture, to collage, photography, and even poetry.
The elegant packaging is just the beginning. The wines at Eric Kent are world class. Winemaker Kent Humphrey humbly credits the vineyard owners and managers with achieving the quality his wines express. He lets the uniqueness in the fruit he sources guide the winemaking. The result is the best show of appreciation a winemaker can offer the “unsung heroes” that provide him with premium raw materials: hand-crafted small lots of unparalleled quality and distinction. While the focus at Eric Kent Wines is primarily Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, they recognize that every separate lot will take on a personality of its own. “We approach each wine as an individual wine, offering its own unique expression.”
The respect they have for their growers extends to their fans as well. One third of the wine they produce is sold through their allocation list, which Kent says was designed to be the “anti-list.” While other small fine wine producers tout exclusivity, Eric Kent Wines wants everyone to share in what they have to offer. When you sign up for their list online, you customize it so that you can sample as little or as much as their limited supply will allow.
But, like many of our great local Santa Rosa producers, the supply of Eric Kent Wines is limited. They’re currently producing about 4000 cases annually; a mix of varieties and styles as eclectic as the art that adorns their labels. While they have no permanent set up to host tastings, they’re happy to offer tastings and tours by appointment at their Santa Rosa facility.
For more information, or to set up an appointment to sample their wines, visit them online at www.erickentwines.com or call (415)244-9453.