Trombetta Family Wines

Erica Stancliff
Petaluma Gap, CA 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 Congress Has Heart Reception
Friday, May 6, 2022 Heart’s Delight Trade Tasting
Saturday, May 7, 2022 Grand Tasting Reception


Rickey Trombetta, mother and owner, grew up in Sonoma County. Her family home was filled with the comforting smells of home cooking and the welcoming sounds of frequent company. Wine almost always made an appearance, solidifying bonds and instilling in Rickey a nascent love for winemaking.

Rickey and her husband Roger tried their hands at home winemaking in the mid 1980s.Throughout their journey from hobby to professional winemakers, Rickey’s and Roger’s children played in the vineyards, helped with harvests, and gained an appreciation for the honest work of winemaking.

Erica Stancliff, Rickey’s daughter, has always had a natural curiosity for wine. Her mother instilled in her an appreciation for lovingly-grown food. That respect naturally flowed into wine. At age 10, Erica’s discerning palette was discovered by Paul Hobbs during a family dinner. Erica vividly described the intricate flavors of a merlot as mimicking those of her mother’s blackberry cobbler.

She followed her blossoming interest in wine to the California State University Fresno’s enology program, to the vineyards of Viña Cobos in Argentina, and back to Napa Valley at Rudd Estate.

After learning the ins and outs of the industry at Enartis Vinquiry, Erica joined the family team as winemaker in 2014. She continues to give back to and grow the wine community through her consulting services.

The mother-daughter duo’s love for the region and dedication to their craft extends into the larger community. Joining forces with a number of winemakers and growers in the southern Sonoma region, Rickey and Erica set out to distinguish the Petaluma Gap AVA in 2017. Strong, cold winds from the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean dominate the region. Vineyards in the Petaluma Gap AVA produce fruit that create wines that are full-bodied and delightfully fruity, well worthy of distinction.

All of it is why