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Kivelstadt Cellars

Updated: Jan 19

Chosen as one of the TOP ‘Where The Cool Kids’ go to wine taste by Sonoma Magazine. I’m not particularly a ‘cool kid’.

Much more in the quirky kid category.


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Despite my insecurities about not being cool enough for some of the wineries I visit…I try to go into every winery with an open mind and a confident spirit. Located in cute little Glen Ellen. A tasting room that offers wine on tap and bottled wine. In fact… The owner and winemaker is the mastermind behind wine kegs and wine on tap in the U.S. I went home with a wine growler! Popped it open and shared with my friends.


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Here are some more fun facts:

Launched in 2007 under the leadership of Jordan Kivelstadt.

Making “old world” wine is Jordan’s creative outlet.

He honed his winemaking skills in Argentina, Chile, Australia, and California.


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Kivelstadt wines challenge the status quo of traditional California wines.

The small tasting room has a friendly, laid back vibe

On the walls is a gallery of large canvas art pieces,

Big versions of the interesting, creative wine labels.


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In fact they have a very interesting way of serving your wine tasting flight.

Coasters are put out in a line and each coaster has a different ‘Canterbury Tales’ type image that matches the wine labels.

Each illustration is rooted in family history and tales of family lore.


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Your wine glass moves down the line of coasters to correspond to the bottle of wine you’re drinking. A description of the wine is on the back of the coaster.

People come for the good wine, fun food and music events.

Open Thursday – Monday 2:00 pm to 5:00pm

Flights $15-$20 offering both red and white wine.

Rhone style white, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Rose, and “orange” wine, Mourvedre, estate Syrah

Jordan works a day job as CEO of Free Flow Wines, which he founded.


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Free Flow Wines is a company that promotes wine on tap.

He brings the Free Flow Wine technology to Kivelstadt Cellars.

Or as he likes to say: He brings the brewery vibe into the hoity toity wine tasting experience.


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He breaks the mold of traditional Sonoma County wine making.

Wine tasting from a tap offers a new tasting experience.

Environmentally friendly packaging, no waste.


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Take your wine home in a reusable growler or in a traditional corked bottle.

Wine spoilage is less likely because it is stored in a keg.