At its core, the story of Reuling Vineyard is a love story 60 years in the making. Tim and Jackie Reuling, Midwesterners by birth, first met at pre-school in Morton, Illinois and dated in junior high school. They parted ways for college, with Jackie attending the University of Iowa to study special education and psychology, and Tim attending Colorado College and then Virginia for his MBA. A serendipitous reconnection in 1978 while both Jackie and Tim were back in Illinois visiting their families re-kindled an old romance, resulting in their marriage the following year. The two shared a love of travel and would regularly take trips to Latin America and Europe. It was, in fact, one of their trips, to a culinary course in Provence, France that would inspire the Reulings to move to California. Encouraged by the slow food culture of France, Jackie realized that her dream of having a large garden, surrounded by a beautiful countryside, farmers markets and an artist community, could all be a reality in Sonoma County. Her parents had retired nearby, and it was the perfect place to raise the couple’s young children, Josh and Whitney.
The two moved to Sonoma County in 1990, and in 1998, purchased the property in Forestville that is now home to Reuling Vineyard. Jackie and Tim’s partnership is at the root of Reuling Vineyard. Committed to creating a thriving vineyard on the 16-acre property, where they also live, Jackie and Tim worked to restore and revitalize the soil. The two started with a neglected apple orchard and, through the use of historic clones and organic farming methods, transformed it into one of Sonoma’s great vineyard sites.
The Reuling family commitment to the vineyard is steadfast. Jackie and Tim’s children are also deeply connected to the family business. Josh Reuling is a juvenile public defender in Boston and married Marika Beaton Reuling in the vineyard in August 2013. Whitney Reuling has followed her mother’s passion for food and community and is Program Manager for The Sylvia Center, a NYC food education non-profit.
Winemaker Matt Taylor’s passion for wine is infectious and his style can be described as “weight without heaviness.” With over a decade of biodyamic viticulture and winemaking experience under his belt, Matt shares Tim and Jackie Reuling’s steadfast desire to produce wines that are reflective of the land on which they are grown—balanced, nuanced and expressive. He has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle as a “Winemaker to Watch” and as a “40 Under 40 Tastemaker” by Wine Enthusiast. Previously, Matt has worked at the prestigious Araujo Estate Wines, Joseph Swan Vineyards and Domaine Dujac.
Sonoma Coast, California
100% Pinot Noir
Pomegranate, hoisin plum sauce, clove, hibiscus, tea leaves, cocoa nibs, rose petals, chinese 5-spice, brown sugar. Plush entry with refined tannins. Great mid-palate weight and structure and incredibly focused with balanced acid that makes the mouth salivate and a complete finish that resonates in the mouth.
Sonoma Coast, California
Primary aromas of stonefruit flowers, young figs, spring blossom honey, with secondary notes of saffron, pastry and apricot. Pure and focused, fully encapsulating the palate from start to finish. Texture and structure intertwine beautifully.