Viticole Wine - Next-Gen California: East of Eden

 "Should you ever find yourself among the remnant of Armageddon, Ryan is the companion you want along the trade route. Or, for a lighter analogy, he would be hard to kill off as a character on the ‘Walking Dead’. Part cage fighter, part MacGyver, there are few green-souled crusaders with the ingenuity to navigate what he calls ‘The Waterworld’ model. “What others consider junk, I use in production… I’ve always been comfortable fixing old thing..."-Brian McClintic, Owner of Viticole Wine, Master Sommelier


San Francisco ChronicleWinemakers to Watch

 "If you know of Ryan Stirm, you know him for Riesling. His single-vineyard renditions from Central Coast vineyards have put Stirm’s Rieslings among the brightest stars of German- and Austrian-inspired winemaking in the U.S., and his low-intervention approach to winemaking has endeared him to the natural wine community..."-Esther Mobley, SF Chronicle

San Francisco ChronicleEleven lesser-known California natural wines to try

 "One of The Chronicle’s 2017 Winemakers to Watch, Ryan Stirm produces savory, highly expressive Rieslings from the Central Coast..."-Esther Mobley, SF Chronicle

Santa Cruz SentinelTrio makes sharing wine a business model

 " Stirm sees his chance in the overlooked and under-maintained. Santa Cruz has an abundance of neglected vineyards, and therein lies the opportunity to explore some new concepts and ideas..."-Jordy Hyman, Santa Cruz Sentinel


Edible Magazine Monterey Bay - Behind the Bottle: Brave New Winemakers

 "Ryan Stirm of Stirm Wine and Companion Wine, are practicing a form of alchemy that seeks to showcase pure, unadulterated Garden of Eden virginal winemaking..."-Laura Ness, Edible Magazine

San Francisco ChronicleWines Brewski Moment: Canned wine is here

 "From Riesling master Ryan Stirm comes this tropical, chuggable wine that’s full of guava, honeysuckle and peach flavors, hinting at diesel. So aromatic you’ll want to pour it into a glass, but resist the urge."-Esther Mobley, SF Chronicle

Tasting Notes from SF Chronicle

San Francisco ChronicleCalifornia Riesling's Popularity, and Quality, Return

 "Its half-century-old Riesling vines are own-rooted, head-trained, dry farmed;... “The Cienega Valley doesn’t get a lot of press, but I think it’s one of the best places for growing grapes in California. Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t heard of it."-Pat Wirz

Tasting Notes from SF Chronicle

California Garagiste Festival -  Get the Dirt About Stirm Wines - February 2, 2016

"Dry-farming was our past, and it will become the norm again purely out of necessity.



Caroline Helper Blog - Home is Where the Riesling Is   -   July 22, 2015

" Ryan's wines were impeccable - laser focused, clean, austere, and razor sharp.



Santa Barbara Independent - Summertime Is Ready for Riesling   -   July 22, 2015

"It's razor-sharp and steely with clean notes of citrus and stones."   



Los Angeles Magazine - Santa Barbara Wines Matched Up With Their Old Word Twins   -   June 11, 2014

"Riesling is the perfect muse to Ryan Stirm's soil science major and the wines are fantastic."