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Luxist: What sets St. Francis apart from its peers?
Silva: Our commitment is to quality and to Sonoma. 100% of our grapes are hand-picked in Sonoma County, a place that we have always seen as one of farmers who make wine. We believe that we can grow and make wines here unlike anywhere else, and that our minimum intervention, maximum extraction approach to winemaking results in the kind of rich, complex, handcrafted wines that could only happen in Sonoma.
Luxist: Can you discuss how St. Francis only uses and buys hand-picked grapes from Sonoma growers? Why so?
Silva: I am a fifth generation native of Sonoma County. We see ourselves as farmers who make wine, and I think we have captured our passion for farming in each of our wines. Though most of our grapes come from our own estate vineyards, we revised our contracts for all purchased grapes to ensure that rigorous viticulture quality measures are adhered to, all at the Winery's direction, in every vineyard from which we buy grapes. For example, "when to pick" the grapes is now the Winemaker's decision and is no longer based exclusively upon degrees Brix (sugar levels), but instead upon several factors, including degrees Brix, but also including grape color, texture, flavor, aroma and sweetness, as well as the grapes being free from any kind of MOG (material other than grape).
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