Come visit our shared tasting room! January 15 2016

We are now sharing a tasting room with Trek Winery in Novato.  The address is:

1026 Machin Ave
Novato CA 94945. 

Visit for hours and directions.

You can taste our wines, pick up a bottle to go, or enjoy on the patio.  Come by weekly on Wednesday evening for the bluegrass jam, or visit for upcoming music and comedy events.

Drop me an email at or text me at 415 637 8106 to let me know you coming.



2014 Harvest, Chardonnay October 29 2014


Harvest began about 2 weeks early this year.  Pinot Noir from Weir Vineyard came in on September 9th.  The fruit looked and tasted great, though yields were a little lower than last year.  Our grapes from Marin were close behind.  The Pommard Clone from Chileno Valley Vineyard arrived on September 12th, and the remaining Clone 828 from Chileno Valley Vineyard and  4.5 tons from Azaya Ranch on the 16th.  This is our first year with the Pommard Clone  For larger wineries, 5 tons is a drop in the bucket.  For us, it made for a long day.  We had friends and family helping sort the grapes from 10 in the morning until 10 at night.  The Pinot fermentations were finished up and in barrel by October 2nd.  The wines are now resting happily in the barrel going through malo-lactic fermentation.

We'll have some 2014 white and pink wines as well.  The Rose is coming along nicely.  The color is a little deeper than last year, though the flavors and acidity are very similar.  It's super dry, and full of citrus and berry flavors already.  With Pinot yields down, we will have a little less Rose this year.  The 2014 Rose (and the 2013 Marin Pinot) will be released in the early Spring. 

What About A White?
We made our first Brooks Note Chardonnay this year as well.  It's from a vineyard on the Sonoma Coast.  It was our last fruit to come in this year, with a long, cool growing season.  It will be a style closer to the old world than the new.   The Chardonnay is fermenting in neutral oak barrels.  We'll let it go through a little bit of malo-lactic fermentation, but not finish all the way.   Expect bright fruit flavors, maybe some apricot, nice acidity, and no buttery, toasty oak flavor.

Our First Release Opens Today! March 07 2014

We are excited to announce the first commercial release of Brooks Note wines.  This represents the culmination of a 10 year dream for us.  We are thrilled with these wines - they are beautiful, food friendly, and well balanced.   We know you will love them.  We are currently offering two 2012 Pinot Noir's and a 2013 Rose.

2012 Brooks Note, Marin County Pinot Noir Our Marin Pinot comes from the windswept hills and rolling pastures of Western Marin County in Northern California.   The cool breeze from the Petaluma Gap provides a perfect climate for Pinot Noir.  The wine offers vibrant raspberry, cherry, blueberry and earthy notes supported by an elegant structure. 150 cases produced.  $36 per bottle.

2012 Brooks Note, Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard sits on a south facing, gravely slope between 900 and 1000 feet elevation in the Yorkville Highlands.  Fog from the Mendocino coast covers the vineyard through cool nights, yielding to warm sunny days.  The wine offers notes of raspberry, blackberry, mineral, fresh herbs and cardamom with a long silky finish.  150 cases produced.  $44 per bottle.

2013 Brooks Note, Rose of Pinot Noir Our dry Rose is a vibrant reflection of last year's summer.  It offers strawberry, raspberry, citrus and watermelon flavors all supported by crisp acidity.  It’s perfect for the warm, sunny days of summer.  75 cases produced.  $20 per bottle.

To purchase wine, visit our website at, email or call/text Garry at (415) 637-8106.  We expect the wines to sell out by summer, so be sure to order some now.  Once you order, we will confirm a convenient weather friendly shipping window in the spring.   

To follow our progress throughout the year, “like” our Brooks Note Winery page on Facebook.

Please feel free to share this release letter with your friends and family who enjoy wine. 

Thanks so much for your support.  

Garry and Joanne Brooks Brooks Note Winery

New Website February 16 2014

Just getting a new website up and running in advance of our first release.  It's so much nicer that the other one!  Let me know what you think at