Napa Sonoma, Grapevine section, Fall 2010/Winter 2012

Napa Sonoma Fall 2011/Winter 2012 Cover Sonoma’s newest crush

Small is beautiful at Crushpad, a custom-crush facility that has opened a visitors center and tasting room where you can try – and buy – microboutique wines from more than 50 of California’s top vineyards. It’s just a few blocks off the northeast corner of the Sonoma square, on the Sebastiani Winery grounds.

Since its 2004 opening in San Francisco, Crushpad has been helping clients around the world make custom-designed wines in 25-case lots, offering as much or as little hand-holding as needed. Besides basic wine-making services – sourcing grapes, crushing, fermenting, aging, blending, and bottling – Crushpad can design a label and package. For those looking to go pro, Crushpad also assists with ABC compliance, e-commerce, shipping, and even crowd funding.

At the new Sonoma location, a build-out is planned to be completed by August. The contemporary program will include interactive, educational wine-tasting stations, plus space for a VIP tasting room, blending sessions, and classes. (707) 637-8821, www.crushpadwine.com.