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These are my general policies:

1) Nuts in chocolate chip cookies will not be tolerated. It's blasphemy. Chocolate chip cookies were invented when the woman in the toll house ran out of nuts one day and substituted chocolate chips. So, you see, you really shouldn't use both.

2) Drink a little wine each day. If you happen to miss a few days, then it is OK to drink a LOT of wine one night to make up for it.

3) Keep dental floss in the car. Sure, your fellow commuters will give you funny looks, but it's easier to remember this critical piece of dental hygiene if the floss is staring at you while you are sitting in traffic.

4) When making a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, use Peter Pan peanut butter; it really tastes better. And, make sure to put the peanut butter on BOTH sides of the bread, as it helps prevent the moisture from the jelly from ruining the bread if you get a phone call in the middle of your meal.

5) Always remember to put the toilet seat down. Not only because your wife will yell at you, but also because it prevents the dog from drinking out of the bowl.

6) If you are trekking in Nepal, and one of the locals at the restaurant points at the menu and says, "don't eat the yak meat" ... listen to him. He knows what he's talking about.

7) If your future wife works for the humane society, consider making her sign a prenup that says she will never bring home more animals than you have bedrooms in the house.

8) If you are an American traveling internationally, and you happen to purchase a used backpack with a Canadian sticker on it, and if people happen to think you are Canadian ... just go with it. You'll get a whole new view of what people think of Americans.

9) When draining a hot water heater in preparation for replacement, DON'T put the drain hose onto the lawn thinking you'll water the lawn at the same time. It's a HOT water heater, stupid.

10) If your dog is circling near the door, let him out.

But, Seriously:

Let's sum up Road 31's policies like this: I use common sense and decency. I will not give your information to anyone. Anybody who does such things should be strung up by their toenails. If you don't like what I'm sending you, let me know and I'll stop.

And Even More Fine Print:

Returns & Cancellations

We will replace or refund you for any bottle of wine that is damaged, flawed or that the customer finds unsatisfactory. We ask the customer return the unfinished portion of the original bottle for replacement. By law, we cannot accept returns of alcoholic beverages unless the product is corked, or flawed. We are also unable to accept return of wine that was damaged due to adverse weather conditions during shipment, or wine that is ordered in error. Please send an email to to arrange for the return of corked or flawed product.

Once the wine is received we will refund your credit card account for the cost of the wine less shipping and handling. If the original shipment was damaged or flawed you will receive a full refund, including shipping and handling charges.


All the payment information we collect is done so under SSL - a standard internet security measure. Any data that we store about you is kept behind a secure firewall in our database and is not accessible to the public in any way

Release News

Current Release: 2017
Status: Sold Out

Direct Buying Window: Closed

In the Spring, Road 31
Pinot Noir is first offered to the
“truckers” (mail list).


"Supple, seamless, sexy and pure style. Kirsch, black raspberries, spice box, dried flowers and incense notes all emerge from this fresh, balanced, silky [2017] wine that's ideal for drinking over the coming 5-6 years. 93 pts." --Jeb Dunnuck

"The 2016... is a forward, incredible charming effort that offers impressive amounts of kirsch and blackberry fruits to go with notes of spring flowers, moderate tannins, and a silky, elegant, weightless texture. I love its balance. 92 pts." --Jeb Dunnuck

"The 2015 Pinot Noir is slightly darker and richer than the 2014 and gives up plenty of currant and mulberry fruit, notes of spring flowers and forest floor, medium- bodied richness, terrific balance, and a structured, age-worthy style that should benefit from short-term cellaring. 92+ pts."--Jeb Dunnuck

"This [2014] silky, elegant, seamless Pinot Noir has no hard edges and stays light and graceful on the palate. 92 pts."--Jeb Dunnuck

"Each year, Fortner and his green 1966 Ford pickup have turned out a tiny batch—500 to 700 cases—of Pinot Noir that has garnered accolades and a mailing list of rabid fans, endearingly called 'truckers.' His one-man operation is the epitome of specialty small-batch winemaking."--Men's Journal, "Napa's New Breed."

"Toasty oak, good structure and balance; Complex, interesting flavors mark this Pinot -- it's great. 92 pts."–The Pinot Report.

"Road 31's 2011 Pinot Noir impresses for its delicate, understated personality. This is an absolutely goregous wine, especially in the context of a vintage that was full of challenges."--Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

"This wine walks the walk (or should I say rides the road). The pretty ruby color draws you in. The sexy nose offers up dark cherries, roses, nutmeg, and toasty oak. Flavors of cherries, cinnamon and vanilla are luscious enough to nibble on. The wine finishes with a sexy candied cherry kiss that lingers. A beautifully balanced wine with sensual creaminess that only Pinot Noir can offer."--Pinotfile Newsletter, Dec 2006

"Delicious Pinots from Road 31 and proprietor Kent Fortner. The Road 31 Pinots are aged partly in Hungarian oak, which adds a distinctive layer of spiciness."--Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
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Business Office
Phone: 707-649-1200


Address (My home; correspondence only please)
1175 Azuar Dr.
Mare Island, CA 94592

The caves and winery in the Stag’s Leap district of Napa are open strictly—but happily—by appointment; just reach out via email.