“GATHER is about being foragers and collectors—of knowledge, culinary delights, adventures—and amassing it all around the table with family and friends.”
- Jessica Tarpy Shaheen, Owner & Winemaker
About the Winery
Winemaker Jessica Tarpy Shaheen and her husband, Andrew Shaheen, are the team behind GATHER. Jessica’s love for wine was inspired by the culture of Southern hospitality she experienced growing up in Louisiana (and how flash-fried oysters pair just perfectly with Chablis). While Andrew’s interest was born from backpacking across Europe and enjoying a simple glass of table wine at the end of the day.
Their journeys in wine took them from restaurants to retail, back to school, abroad and home again. In 2011, Jessica and Andrew had the opportunity to buy a small amount of Tempranillo from the renowned Shake Ridge Vineyard in Amador County, and GATHER was born. While staying true to site and vintage, they craft a food-friendly and refined expression of the somewhat rustic varietal.
About the Region
Due East of Napa Valley and about 100 miles from San Francisco you’ll find the vineyards of Amador County nestled in the Sierra Foothills. The region has a long history of winemaking and was the principal viticulture region of California during the Gold Rush. With a mosaic of well-drained soils (iron-rich volcanic mixed with basalt, soapstone, quartz and shale), elevation of 1,500 to 3,000ft, and cooling mountain air that preserves grapes’ acidity, Amador boasts a unique terroir. Nearly half of the vines are Zinfandel and it’s cousin Primitivo, with the balance of plantings to heat loving grape including Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Tempranillo.
The Shake Ridge Vineyard, where GATHER sources grapes, is sustainably farmed with constant attention and as little intervention as possible.
Dark ruby in color, this Tempranillo and Graciano blend explodes with plum, black cherry, sage and leather on the nose. Medium-to-full bodied, with plush tannins and acidity to balance, the wine shows ample ripe dark fruit and chocolate on the palate.
Notes of bright strawberry, herbs and clove dominate the nose, followed by tart cherry and fig on the palate. This wine is medium-bodied and silky with notable tannin.
A pale, salmon-orange colored rosé, this wine is refreshing and mineral driven. Apricot, white peach, and citrus aromas are followed by tart strawberry and nectarine on the palate.