How it started... "I developed a taste for fine wine from an early age, but as a college student I couldn't afford the type of wines I'd grown accustomed to drinking."
So Scott began a college hobby, in his garage, in an attempt to supplement their modest cellar. He started sharing his wines with friends and family, and would sign each bottle with an inky gold pen Erica had bought for him. One night, while signing bottles for friends, the ink from the pen began flowing and leaking. Scott hurried to capture the ink as it ran down the bottle. From the inadvertent upsweep of his thumb remained a gold thumbprint. Intrigued, he pressed his thumb to a nearby bottle, then another…
At a gathering that evening, requests flooded for the "wine with the thumbprint on it". And so thumbprint cellars was born
How it grew... Following the first release in 1995, each successive vintage brought more demand, hence more wine. Scott's first commercial vintage in 2000 sold out in in fewer than six months following its release. A wine club was established and thumbprint wines became wildly popular.
In 2004 Scott and Erica opened their tasting room and wine bar which they deemed a tasting "lounge", thumbprint cellars was the first of its kind in Healdsburg, CA. Scott and Erica designed the space to be comfortable and elegant, yet approachable and friendly. They created a welcoming environment for both adults and their children. The concept was a hit and with the help of their wonderful wine club members, family and friends, thumbprint cellars' unique tasting room and premium Sonoma County artisan wines were recognized across the country.
The town of Healdsburg is now home to over 30 tasting rooms and wine bars all within walking distance from the quaint downtown plaza. When describing the town of Healdsburg in their Napa and Sonoma guide, Fodors travel writers described thumbprint cellars as "the most stylish of the tasting rooms. With exposed brick walls, brown silk curtains and rotating artwork on the walls it could be a very hip friend's San Francisco living room".
In order to accommodate the sales of its current 4000 case production, and over twenty different wines, thumbprint cellars moved from their original location to their new space at 102 Matheson Street directly on the Healdsburg plaza. The new wine bar is large enough to accommodate events yet intimate enough to keep their original lounge-style vision and feel. With a commercial kitchen thumbprint cellars now offers wine and food flights to showcase their award winning wines.
Despite its growth thumbprint cellars has maintained exclusivity and can be attained by visiting the tasting room, purchasing online or by becoming a member of their wine club.
Known for amazing customer service a visit to thumbprint cellars tasting room and wine bar will make you feel like you've spent the afternoon amongst friends. Scott and Erica hope you have a chance to enjoy their wines and visit the space they are so proud of.