From a distance, it would be easy to see Byron Elmendorf as an anomaly in the Sierra foothills. The lower-alcohol wines of his Clime label stand in contrast to many of the bigger, riper wines that the warm, inland region is known for. But Elmendorf, who is also the head winemaker at Boeger Winery in Placerville, sees himself as part of a larger generational shift. Many of the foothills’ pioneering winemakers are reaching the ends of their careers, “and now they’re making room for new people to come in and start a new era,” he says.
“Clime Wines is dedicated to showcasing small lot wines from unique, sustainably managed vineyard sites here in the foothills. Our focus is on Italian varieties. Our wines are restrained and elegant, and showcase the best of what the foothills has to offer.” – Byron Elmendorf- owner and winemaker
Winemakers to Watch 2019 SF Chronicle