Interactive Tasting Experiences

Join and taste along with your hosts, John and Rory Williams as they share stories, methods, and intentions behind each release (expect them to wax poetic, throw elbows and bring along a surprise or two).



Interactive Tasting Experiences


Upcoming Sessions

Our schedule of Interactive Tasting Sessions with John and Rory are in development for August and beyond.  Please check back in with us soon!  In the meantime, our first 13 sessions were recorded and available to taste along with -- you can still grab a kit and learn about our wines with us anytime you’re feeling thirsty and want a fun diversion… or check out our other Private Virtual Tasting Experiences detailed below.

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Purchase 6 bottles or more to receive $5 FLAT RATE SHIPPING.  Use code FLATRATE5 at checkout To receive by Saturday, order before Tuesday 10 am PST and select 2-day shipping at checkout.






Past Sessions

Missed a session? Check us out YouTube! The wines and special releases discussed in each session remain available to taste along with the recorded sessions.






Session Thirteen - Frog’s Leap

Session Thirteen :: The Story of Frog's Leap: Part Two

Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 3p PST / 6p EST


Join John & Rory Williams as the continue to tell the tall tale of the founding of Frog's Leap. A continuation of our previous session where they reminisced on Frog's Leap's early years, in this session expect a couple of guest appearances to taste along, share stories and photos from the most recent chapters of the Frog's Leap story.  (Oh, and it's John's birthday week too, so surely we'll raise a glass to honor the 50th anniversary of his childhood with some of his choice vintages!)

This session features John's personal selects: 1992 Zinfandel, 2012 Zinfandel. 2007 Rutherford will be tasted and is available in magnum format only, so snag all three of these rarities, grab a friend and join us!





Session Twelve - Frog’s Leap

Session Twelve :: The Story of Frog's Leap: Part One

Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 3p PST / 6p EST


John Williams, owner/founder/winemaker has always said "never spoil a good story with the facts", so join him and Rory his son and winemaker as they share the tall tale of the founding of Frog's Leap. Together, we'll take a spin through the five decades of history, from when Frog's Leap was just a twinkle in John's eye to present day. We'll take Q&A all along the way!

Reminisce with us by joining the tasting -- and support local! For this session we ask that you go to your favorite local Frog's Leap purveyor - bottle shop, grocery, or restaurant take-out - and snag a Frog's Leap bottle of your choosing. If they don't have Frog's Leap, please give them a proper scolding!





Session Eleven - Frog’s Leap

Session Eleven :: Cabernet Sauvignon: From Bud to Bottle

Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 3p PST / 6p EST


As Frog's Leap's fortieth growing season is well underway, join John and Rory to talk growing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Rutherford, their philosophies and methods from bud to bottle to produce Cabernet Sauvignon in the Frog's Leap signature style: with bright, high-toned acid, deep earthen flavors and the restrained alcohol that promises each vintage will not only be beautiful in its youth, it will stand the test of time.

This session features two Frog's Leap library releases: 2008 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon.





Session Ten - Frog’s Leap

Session Ten :: Summertime + Picnic Wines

Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 3p PST / 6p EST


Celebrate Memorial Day weekend and kick-off summertime right with John, Rory and the Williams Family as they share their summer traditions, talk favorite pairings, why to chill Zinfandel, and more. Taste the newest releases of our summertime favorites along with!

This session features three Frog's Leap releases: 2019 La Grenouille Rougante Rosé, 2019 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Zinfandel.





Session Nine - Frog’s Leap

Session Nine :: Vineyard Spotlight: Truchard Vineyard

Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 3p PST / 6p EST


The Truchard family has been farming Chardonnay and Merlot grapes for Frog's Leap for over 35 years. Join John, Rory, and two generations of the Truchard Family as they talk farming, family history, and taste wines exclusively made from Truchard grapes.
This session features two Frog's Leap releases: 2017 Chardonnay and small lot, limited release 2017 Merlot - Truchard Vineyard 'North Hill' and two Truchard Vineyards releases: Truchard 2018 Estate Roussanne and 2017 Estate Pinot Noir to highlight the family's diversity in Carneros. Snag your Frog's Leap tasting kit here.





Session Eight - Frog’s Leap

Session Eight :: Sustainability & Stewardship

Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 3p PST / 6p EST


With John and Rory, explore what sustainability means to Frog's Leap - in the vineyard, at the winery and beyond, and how these principles have been woven into the fabric of Frog's Leap since our founding in 1981. This session features a tasting of two Zinfandels from the 2010 and 2017 vintages, including a small-lot winery exclusive, that provided lasting lessons on the stewardship of our vineyards, and has shaped our opinion on climate resilience in the Napa Valley.





Session Seven - Frog’s Leap

Session Seven :: Merlot Retrospective

Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 3p PST / 6p EST


This session featured a three-decade retrospective tasting of Merlot: 2003 Merlot alongside winery exclusive, single-vineyard expression 2013 Merlot - Rossi Vineyard 'Ray's Block', and 1993 Merlot, the 4th vintage of Merlot produced by Frog's Leap and still very much a charmer these years on, just a few bottles remain, snag yours here.





Session Six - Frog’s Leap

Session Six :: Wine As Part of a Joyful Life with Guest Appearance by Eric Asimov, New York Times Wine Critic

Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 3p PST / 6p EST


In this session, John and Rory are joined by friend, author & New York Times Wine Critic Eric Asimov, together they tackled some age-old questions, like, when to drink a particular wine, and what to serve with it. Frog’s Leap has embodied the notion that wine is a part of a joyful life – Eric has cleverly explored this in his book How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto, sharing with his readers how to fearlessly develop a sense of discovery and wonder while enjoying the diversity and complexity of the world of wine.

In the first half, John and Rory lead a tasting of 2018 Chardonnay 'Shale & Stone' and winery-exclusive 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Chavez Leeds Vineyard, South Block, Eric joins the conversation in the second half.





Session Five - Frog’s Leap

Session Five :: Organic Farming: Thinking Like a Vine

Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 3p PST / 6p EST


John and Rory shared the early history of Frog's Leap's commitment to farm organically and without irrigation, our influences and mentors, and how our actions align with the natural interests of the vines themselves. With boots in the Red Barn vineyard soil, together we tasted two small lot, single-vineyard expressions: 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Barn Vineyard Office Block and 2014 Merlot Red Barn Vineyard 110R.

Before viewing, John recommends checking out The Biggest Little Farm, a 2018 documentary film that follows a couple's journey to trade city living for 200 acres of barren California farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Available on Amazon Prime Video and other digital streaming services.





Session Four  - Frog’s Leap

Session Four :: Special Selects

Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 3p PST / 6p EST


This session featured small lot winery-only exclusives: 2017 Chenin Blanc, 2018 Heritage Blend and a revisit of the 2011 Heritage Blend, a few bottles of this library vintage are still available, snag yours here. (For those who attended this session live and experienced a break in the feed, you may be happy to know this recording is complete!) And here are a selection of images discussed during the session.





Session Three - Frog’s Leap

Session Three :: Zinfandels

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 3p PST / 6p EST


This session featured the current release 2018 Zinfandel, tasted alongside the 2014 vintage and a retrospective of the 1991 vintage -- listen along to discover how this nearly 30-year-old Napa Valley Zinfandel is tasting now. Spoiler alert: it showed well, and you can still snag a bottle here. This recording is audio-only, due to an unforeseen technical difficulty. So this might just end up being your most favorite unintentional podcast.





Session Two - Frog’s Leap

Session Two :: Sauvignon Blancs

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 3p PST / 6p EST


This session featured the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, winery-only exclusive 2018 Rachel Rossi Reserve Sauvignon Blanc and library 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, available for purchase here -- as well as a deep cut from the Frog's Leap archives: 1981 Sauvignon Blanc, one of the 6 remaining bottles in our cellar. We also shared a few images on-screen: the concrete egg used for Rachel Rossi Reserve fermentations, and our old-vine Sauvignon Blanc destined for Rachel Rossi Reserve.





Session One - Frog’s Leap

Session One :: Cabernet Sauvignons

Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 3p PST / 6p EST


This session featured the 2012 and 2017 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, and a surprise cellar dive for the 1996 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, snag a bottle of it here.









 



Private and Small Group Interactive Tasting Experiences

Social distancing does not mean disconnection! We’re happy to offer private and small group virtual wine experiences for you and up to 7 friends. We’ll connect with you and yours via Zoom and lead you on a lively and engaging tasting of our most beloved varieties.

Our tasting kits include 4 wines – in half-bottles for groups of two – and 750mL’s for four to six tasters.  With a purchase of 6 or more bottles, you'll receive $5 FLAT RATE SHIPPING, use code FLATRATE5 at checkout.  Schedule your interactive tasting experience in just a few steps:




Step One: Purchase your Tasting Kit

Explore options, featuring a rotating collection of current release wines and library vintages, in various formats to suit your group size. We’ll be happy to help coordinate the purchase and delivery of kits for your small group, should you need. Simply reach out to us at ribbit@frogsleap.com.

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Step Two: Schedule your Appointment

Interactive Tasting appointments are available daily at 1 pm PST and 3 pm PST, with additional times available Fridays and Saturdays. We’ll schedule and coordinate your interactive tasting via Zoom, ensuring your wines have arrived. And there’s never a charge for the Interactive Tasting. Request your appointment below, or for questions, please reach out for Megan Anderson, Assistant Tasting Room Manager at megana@frogsleap.com or ring 707-963-4704. Two weeks advance notice is needed to ensure your wines arrive in time.


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Purchase 6 bottles or more to receive $5 FLAT RATE SHIPPING.  Use code FLATRATE5 at checkout To receive by Saturday, order before Tuesday 10 am PST and select 2-day shipping at checkout.


The Frog’s Leap Survival Kit

The Frog’s Leap Survival Kit

Includes all of your Frog’s Leap favorites and a corkscrew. Explore this and others.







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