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Mike Penn


Wines that he would drink with you right now: Domaine Weinbach Schlossberg Riesling. Bott Csontos Furmint. Pierre Gonon Les Oliviers. 

Favorite winemaking technique(s): Stems and lees.

Ria D'aversa Pennrose Wine

Ria D’Aversa


Classic wines for her table: Bartolo Mascalese Barolo. Colli di Lapio Fiano de Avellino. Broc Cellars Zinfandel.

Favorite vineyard task: Green Pruning.


Us & Our Wines

Pennrose Wine is the project of Ria D'Aversa and Mike Penn, who met while studying viticulture and touring vineyards of California.  Their shared passion for the wines of France and Italy that offer freshness and elegance has led them to seek out organically farmed winegrapes from some of the most interesting sites within the Golden State.  Through their small-lot winemaking and natural craftsmanship, they hope to express honest wines with bright and juicy flavors that reflect their unique terroir and provide easy accompaniment to the table.  Ria and Mike are based in Santa Rosa, though they find their grapes from as far away as the Gabilan Range of San Benito County, the steep slopes of the Mayacamas in Mendocino county, and into the rugged mountain terrain of Amador county.  When not moonlighting for Pennrose Wine, Mike spends his days as Head Winemaker for the California classic Green & Red Vineyards, while Ria directs the premium olive and grape farming operations for Petaluma Gap's McEvoy Ranch.