A few months ago, Katie and I were running out to Amity to pick up our wine club shipment from Coelho Winery and I asked Katie to do a quick search on her phone to see if we could find somewhere new to taste. Up popped Mia Sonatina Cellars, which neither of us had heard of before. It’s just a few blocks away from our first stop, on the side of a small town grocery store.
When we walked in, we were greeted by Vern, co-owner and winemaker of this fun boutique establishment. His passion for winemaking began in his garage, which it seems he quickly outgrew and is now up to producing about 1,000 total cases a year of 12 or so varieties. Bringing in all his grapes from different growers around the state makes for a fun tasting experience and one that can’t be duplicated in very many wineries nowadays. Yes, he still produces Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris but also such varied varieties as Syrah, Merlot, Tempranillo and several blends.
Being that both he and his bride, Jo, have other jobs, this is a part time endeavor but one that is obviously done with love. The wines are lovely, the prices more than reasonable, ranging from $10.00 a bottle for their tasting room special, Allegro (a red wine blend) to $28.00 for a bottle of Crescendo (a red blend of Cab, Merlot and Petit Verdot).
There is much more that can be told but it’d be better if you experienced it for yourself. They are closed for the month of January but that just gives you time to plan a February trip to Amity.