Wine and Spirits Expert
"Grapes and Regions You Probably Don't Know, But Should"
Saturday, March 23, 12 p.m.
"A Day in the Life of a Winemaker"
Saturday, March 23, 1:30 p.m.
CSW, Import Wine Specialist, Young's Market-Estates Group Hess Collection (Bodega Colomé)
"Hot! Hot! Hot! Cool Wines from South America"
Saturday, March 23, 3 p.m.
Owner, Iron Horse, 3rd Generation
"Sparkling Wine: The Most Food Friendly Wine of the Planet – An Afternoon with Iron Horse"
Sunday, March 24, 1 p.m.
Iron Horse Winery Owner Barrie Sterling paired with Executive Chef/Owner of Dish Creative Cuisine Joane Garcia Colson, with wine expert Michael Green as moderator.
Joane Garcia Colson
Executive Chef/Owner of Dish Creative Cuisine
Vice President, Winemaker at Clos Pegase
"The Four Noble Grape Varietals"
Sunday, March 24, 2:30 p.m.
Winemaker, Roth & Lancaster Estate
"The Beauty of Terroir: Discovering Important A.V.A.'s in California"
Sunday, March 24, 4 p.m.
Our family has been working the land since 1898, when we started a lumber business in Aberdeen, on the coast of Washington State. We began with lumber and forestry, and have thoughtfully and gradually expanded our family business to include table grapes, wine grapes, and wine.
Today our businesses are at home in Hoquiam (Washington – next door to Aberdeen), Walla Walla (Washington), Delano (California), and Paso Robles (California).
Because we've had four generations in the family business, we're interested in building things that will last, for the fifth, sixth, seventh generations, and beyond.
Our wine business includes three wineries: CADARETTA (Walla Walla Valley and Columbia Valley), CLAYHOUSE (Paso Robles and Central Coast), and BURIED CANE (Washington State).
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Alexander Valley Vineyards
Sonoma County's Alexander Valley was mostly prune orchards and pastures when, in 1962, Maggie and Harry Wetzel purchased a large portion of a homestead built by Cyrus Alexander, the valley's nineteenth century namesake. Here, in a rural community of family farms and ranches, the Wetzel family settled. They raised livestock, cultivated bountiful gardens and restored Alexander's original home, making it the center of family life. With an eye to their neighbors in nearby Napa Valley, the Wetzels boldly planted premium grape varieties, among the first in the area. Then the family built a small winery.
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Wine is all about the journey. Any wine lover would have to agree. The discovery of new wines, new regions and new vintages is what keeps wine exciting to novices and enthusiasts alike. For Drew Barrymore, it was the journey that propelled her to delve into the world of wine and with an eponymously named Pinot Grigio. A fan of crisp, fruity white wines, Barrymore has created a wine that reflects her style and personality: fresh, dynamic and fun.
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The 2007 Malbec contains 10% Bonarda. It received the same oak regimen as the Cabernet. Dark ruby/purple-colored, it exhibits a kinky perfume of black cherry, wild black raspberry, earth notes, and leather. On the palate there is plenty of jammy fruit, bright acidity, excellent balance, and a lengthy finish. While it may well evolve for 1-2 years, it can be enjoyed now. It too is a great value."
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At Benziger, we're about three things: family, great wine and healthy vineyards. For more than thirty years we've searched Sonoma County for the most distinctive and expressive vineyard sites. Once found, we tended these properties using certified Biodynamic, organic and sustainable farming methods. The result is a portfolio of authentic and memorable wines.
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Founded in 1831, Bodega Colomé is one of the oldest wineries in Argentina. Located in the Upper Calchaquí Valleys in Salta, we are home to the world’s highest vineyards, sitting between 2300 and 3111 meters above sea level and to the exquisite boutique hotel Estancia Colomé. The breathtaking views and the vast expanses of untouched terrain make Colomé one of the jewels in the crown of Hess Family Estates, a family-run business made up of 7 wineries across the world.
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Callaway Vineyard & Winery
Making wine is what we're really all about, and we take our jobs seriously. Whether you're into intense big red wines, dessert in a glass or something in between, Callaway has a wine that's sure to please. We rely on our winemaking team to do all of the really hard winemaker stuff, and rely on you for the really fun part; opening and enjoying a bottle of Callaway wine!
Our Special Selection wines are high quality, limited productions that best exemplify the Callaway legacy. They are easy to drink, food friendly, fun wines that are sure to please most everyone.
Our Winemaker's Reserve wines are for the more discerning palate. Chosen barrel by barrel for richness, depth and complexity these wines are typically bigger, meatier wines that take a bit longer to age.
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The 150-year-old adobe structure — the Clayhouse itself — really is the ideal symbol for our vineyards. After all, like the adobe, our wines are created from the earth, cultivated by hand, and nurtured by family traditions.
For the Middleton family, those traditions and deep passion for agricultural businesses go back more than four generations.
Today, Clayhouse extends that proud legacy with its selection of exceptionalwines, all hand-crafted in a refined, elegant style that reflects the unique character of Paso Robles.
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What defines the "Clos Pegase" style? We like to talk about balance, harmony and symmetry. About true varietal intensity with balanced tannins and acids. And, most of all, about the balance of sophisticated elegance and inviting food-friendliness.
Our whites — Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc — display the fresh fruit qualities of these varieties, while our reds — Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon among others — offer fruitiness and accessibility at an early age by using the old technique of extended maceration, which creates softer tannins through polymerization. In all instances, the wine ages gracefully in our natural caves hewn out of the stone, as in antiquity, free of air conditioner vibration and enjoying ideal year-round temperature and humidity.
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Terry Peabody and his family searched for ten years to find the place and the people that could fulfil a dream – that they could make some of the best wine in the world.
It was this notion of legacy – to create something greater than the here and now – that led Terry Peabody in 1997 to Steve Smith and to the development of Craggy Range. Together they set a plan to buy the best vineyard land, select parcels of grapes grown by the country’s best farmers, and to choose a place for their homes, cellars and country restaurant. Their aim was to make single-vineyard wines – wines that are true expressions of the vineyard’s terroir. And an ambition to make the greatest wines in the land. No small goal and one that is not achieved without considerable effort.
This is a family affair, a legacy born to be passed through the generations.
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In a country dominated by male winemakers, Susana Balbo stands out not only for her gender, but for her incredible skill and experience. She has been making wine since she earned her enology degree in 1981, and she has probably produced a wider variety of wines than any other winemaker in Argentina. Susana was the first Argentine winemaker to be hired as a consultant to make wine outside of Argentina. She has made wine in Australia, California, Chile, France, Italy, South Africa, and Spain, and she spends a month each year in a different wine region of the world studying with local winemakers and growers.
After 25+ years of winemaking, Susana Balbo has a strong sense of what she wants from her wines. From every harvest, she creates the grandest possible wines under her Susana Balbo label. To achieve this, she makes a rigorous selection of the finest barrels prior to making her final blends, dividing them into the parents (reserve level wines) and offspring or "crios". Wines under her Crios label display ripe fruit flavors, excellent balance and concentration, and are meant to be enjoyed in their vibrant youth. They are also an incredibly good value. And like Susana's own crios (a boy & a girl), they are extremely lovable and fun to be around.
*Impact magazine gave Crios its 2009 "Hot Brand" award
*Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate stated "All Crios wines are phenomenal values worth buying by the case."
*Wine & Spirits named Crios "Value Brand of the Year" for 2009, 2007, and 2004!"
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In the late 1970’s, Claude Taittinger, the president of Champagne Taittinger, proclaimed his faith in the future of American wines and began the search on U.S. soil for a suitable winery site. In 1987, Champagne Taittinger, along with partner Kobrand Corporation, selected a 138 acre parcel in the heart of Carneros, a viticultural appellation they recognized to have the potential to produce world class sparkling wines. Also in 1987, Claude Taittinger selected Eileen Crane to oversee the planning and development of the property, as the winery’s first and only winemaker.
CEO/Founding Winemaker Eileen Crane has been at the helm of Domaine Carneros since the first harvest and continues to oversee and direct winemaking and operational duties.
From the beginning, Domaine Carneros has built a reputation on sparkling wines, in particular our Brut Vintage and luxury cuvée Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs. In addition, in the early years of the winery we sold our Pinot Noir fruit to some of California’s top producers for a number of years. We naturally came to the conclusion that we had something special on our hands for the creation of red wine. Beginning in 1992, we added the production of Pinot Noir to the Domaine Carneros repertoire. Our Pinot Noir is characterized by rich, red fruit flavor, layers of complexity and a velvety finish.
All of our wines bear the Carneros Appellation, with 95% of our fruit coming from estate vineyards. In April 2008, we received organic certification of all Estate vineyards by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).
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At Domaine Serene, our mission is to grow, produce and market consistently outstanding quality ultra-premium wines. Our vineyard management and winemaking practices are designed to ensure complex, concentrated and elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah year after year. Connoisseurs who enjoy elegant wine can find Domaine Serene in gourmet restaurants and fine wine retail establishments throughout the world. Please select a link for detailed information regarding our wines.
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Dutton-Goldfield Winery began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them — to craft wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate vineyards, and which they'd enjoy drinking at their own dinner tables.
A fifth-generation farmer, Steve grew up with a love of driving tractors, and without any doubt about his future career. His father, Warren Dutton, had begun growing grapes in the western reaches of Russian River Valley in the mid-1960s, at a time when most people thought the area was too cool to grow fruit for quality still wine. Steve started working with his father when he was five years old, and joined Dutton Ranch full-time in 1987. Today, along with his mother and brother, he manages the family business, which has grown from its original 35-acre home shop vineyard to over 80 separate vineyards comprising more than 1,000 acres throughout western Russian River Valley.
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Some say that making wine is a science, nothing more, nothing less. However, we believe making wine that captures your attention is an art, and that is Europa Village.
Our approach to winemaking exemplifies the values that we have in store for our future resort and estate. At the core is an Old World apprenticeship and that aspires to express all that we do with a slower pace of life in mind.
Life was less complex then and thus our approach is the same. We aim more for grace and finesse than for power. We seek elegance, vivacity and focus on delivering delicate and harmonious wines that speak of the pace which we strive. We focus on delivering wines that are well knit for freshness and energy rather than deliver a blowsy style. Wines at lower alcohol levels suit our core values. We merely guide to let the wine make itself and will always let them speak for themselves.
After five years, we believe our efforts have proven worthwhile every time we open a bottle. It's a labor of love that is meant to be shared. We look forward to your visit so we can tell you the story of our wine, our dream, and the Europa Village still to come.
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Elegance. Structure. Balance. These are the elements of the extraordinary. You find them in the soaring work of architecture, the perfect line of poetry, the ballerina's graceful leap, and in the exquisitely crafted Napa Valley wines of First Press Wine Cellars.
First Press Wine Cellars focuses on the two varietals which best exemplify California's premier winegrowing region, a richly textured Cabernet Sauvignon and a brightly refreshing Chardonnay. These wines are handcrafted to express Napa Valley's unique terroir, that rare combination of soil, climate and topography that together provide the ideal conditions for growing the most noble winegrape varieties.
We invite you to experience the ultimate expression of authentic Napa Valley wine.
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Folie à Deux
It has always been the passion of Folie à Deux to craft wines that will deliver a delightful shared experience.
Named for the French term meaning "shared fantasies," Folie à Deux wines represent the fulfillment of a dream to create a beautiful dance of flavors and true varietal expression. Each section of our Napa Valley vineyards produces its own optimal quality Cabernet which is harvested and then blended together to create an unforgettable, luxurious vintage Cabernet Sauvignon.
With the same commitment to land and technique, we also craft exceptional Zinfandels from some of Amador County's oldest vines. Recent varietal additions to the Folie à Deux portfolio have allowed us to continue our tradition of innovation — the keystone to our winery’s philosophy for over twenty years.
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700 YEARS OF WINE HISTORY
A Florentine family with thirty generations dedicated to the production of great Tuscan wines, 5,000 hectares of estate properties, over 1,000 hectares of estate vineyards, five estates in Tuscany, and a quality distribution network in over 65 countries worldwide.
A Frescobaldi style that brings together tradition and innovation.
With the goal of being the most prestigious Tuscan wine producer, Frescobaldi firmly believes in respecting the local land, focusing on the highest quality for its grapes, and investing in communications and in the professional calibre of its personnel.
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The Gainey Vineyard is part of a large, sustainable farming operation owned and run by the Gainey family for the past 50 years. The Home Ranch, the largest of the three Gainey ranches in the Santa Ynez Valley, is 1800 acres. It is comprised of 100 acres of vineyards, an Arabian horse operation, 1000 acres of rangeland upon which beef cattle feed on native grasses, and 600 acres farmed primarily to organically grown fruits and vegetables.
The other two Gainey ranches are located in the Santa Rita Hills appellation. Evan's Ranch and Rancho Esperanza are farmed exclusively to wine grapes. These very cool sites are perfect locations for growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and small amounts of Syrah, while the Home Ranch on the warmer, eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley is ideal for growing Bordeaux varieties of Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
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Le Château l'Hospitalet est un hôtel restaurant situé à Narbonne (11). Sur un terroir enchanteur, au cœur d'un vignoble qui surplombe la Méditerranée, le Château l'Hospitalet est un site unique de 1000 hectares de pinède, vignes et garrigue. Dans ce domaine grandiose, l'hôtel et le vignoble forment un ensemble d'une rare beauté. Le caractère exceptionnel de ce lieu n'a pas fini de vous séduire.
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Grgich Hills Estate
Grgich Hills Estate is a benchmark Napa Valley wine estate, consistently producing wines of the highest quality. Vintner Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first earned world-wide recognition when the Chardonnay he crafted won the 1976 Paris Tasting, beating the best of France and revolutionizing the wine world. Mike then partnered with Austin Hills to open their family-owned-and-operated winery in 1977.
Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, we farm five estate vineyards without artificial pesticides or herbicides, rely on wild yeast fermentation and use our passion and art to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines.
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For six generations and over 150 years, our family has farmed our estate vineyard at the crossroads of the Sonoma Valley, Carneros and Napa Valley appellations. Today, we focus on making small lots of ultra-premium wines from this distinctive and historic property.
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Hahn Family Wines
With an inspiration to raise Monterey wines to the highest level, the wines of Hahn Estates are created with a philosophy that all great wines are special – akin to the region they were grown in. The Hahn wines celebrate everything that is Monterey – unique in thought, style and setting. Wines of Monterey Distinction.
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In 2005, Craig and Kathryn Hall unveiled a state-of-the-art winery amid the legendary Sacrashe Vineyard in the hills of Rutherford that is dedicated to making single vineyard and limited-production wines. The Halls acquired the historic Bergfeld winery in St. Helena in 2003, and are merging history and innovation with the completion of California's First Winery to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold Certification.
HALL's estate vineyards encompass more than five hundred acres of classic Bordeaux varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. As winegrowers, the Halls have a strong respect for the environment and a commitment to cutting-edge vineyard technology to yield the highest quality grapes. Through meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards, HALL wines are able to express the unique and diverse character of Napa Valley's soils and climate.
Under the artisanship of winemaker Steve Leveque, HALL wines continue to set new heights in Napa Valley winemaking. We invite you to discover HALL!
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Family owned and operated, Heck Estates represents an exclusive portfolio of Sonoma County's finest wine and spirit producers. Each winery is distinct in history and personality, and all are well known for producing varietals that reflect the unique characteristics and style of many of California's world-renowned appellations.
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The Hess Collection portfolio is comprised of Hess Collection Mount Veeder Estate wines, Hess Napa Valley wines and Hess Select wines. Hess Collection wines from our Mount Veeder estate vineyards are an expression of the unique mountain climate they come from and are distinguished for their complexity, structure and elegance. Hess Napa Valley wines come from single vineyard sites, each of which was handpicked for its superior climate and location. All of our estate vineyards are sustainably farmed in accordance with our founder, Donald Hess’ philosophy: “nurture the land, return what you take.” Hess Select wines are benchmark wines from their respective regions in both quality and price and are designed for immediate enjoyment.
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hope & grace
Derived from a dream over a decade ago to a thriving Artisan winery in Yountville, CA Napa Valley … hope & grace began its journey in 2001 with a small production of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Today we are a modest producer of 3,000 cases annually; focusing on limited production, single vineyard, 100% varietal Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay & Dry Riesling.
With the passion, talent and expertise of 30 years of winemaking, Charles hand selects the finest grapes, combined with premium French Oak barrels to craft balanced, elegant, cellar worthy wines. Charles and business partner Tiffani opened their tasting salon in the charming town of Yountville, in 2006, creating a beautiful and warm atmosphere for guests to visit and enjoy the hope & grace wine collection. www.hopeandgracewines.com
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Iron Horse Vineyards
Iron Horse is one of Sonoma County's most prestigious, small, independent, estate, family owned wineries located in cool, foggy Green Valley. The founding partners, Audrey and Barry Sterling first saw it in the pouring rain in February 1976. Driving down Ross Station Road, they were sure they were lost until they crested the knoll and the view opened up to 300 acres of gentle rolling hills and a wall of trees behind that looked like Camelot to them. Incurable romantics, and having extraordinary vision, they bought the property in just two weeks.
In those days, Iron Horse was the most westerly vineyard in Sonoma County. Even the agricultural extension agents from US Davis recommended they look further east as this vineyard was prone to frost as late as June 1st, well after bud-break, and jeopardizing the crop. But having lived in France, the Sterlings knew the cool, foggy climate was exactly what they were looking for to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. And, as a native San Franciscan, Audrey Sterling had spent part of her summers on the Russian River and was familiar with the area.
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We believe first and foremost that great wine starts in the vineyard. The fruit for Isabel Mondavi Wines is sourced from our family's Napa vineyards and from respected growers with whom our family has longstanding relationships in Sonoma County and the Willamette Valley, Oregon.
The wine is made as close as possible to the vineyard sites, allowing for gentle transportation and handling to ensure high quality production. The Deep Rosé and Chardonnay are made at the Michael Mondavi Family Estate in Carneros, Napa Valley, and the Pinot Noir is made at the Scott Paul Winery in Willamette Valley, Oregon.
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JAQK Cellars is the creation of three people — Craig MacLean, Katie Jain, and Joel Templin — and an idea: do what you love.
When you follow your passion, you pour yourself into it wholeheartedly. Work ceases being work. It becomes something you enjoy, something that feels more like, well, play.
For Craig, there's nothing he'd rather be doing than walking through vineyards, crumbling clumps of soil in his hands, smelling the air, understanding a particular harvest, and coaxing from it a nectar that's wonderfully delicious. Katie and Joel share with Craig a passion for wine, but their first love is the world of graphic design. They were drawn to it at an early age and have immersed themselves in it ever since. At their firm, Hatch Design, they craft brand identities, packaging, and communications that not only further their clients' goals, but make the world a little more beautiful a place for all of us.
And so JAQK Cellars was born. Not so much a business as a blank canvas. Not so much an enterprise for three colleagues as a way for three creative souls to indulge their passions. A way for them to slave away doing what they love till their hearts' content.
The winners in pursuit of this work-free ideal are not just Craig, Katie, and Joel, but the wines themselves. They are crafted much more carefully than if they were the products of an anonymous assembly of people punching a clock. Each varietal has been lovingly coddled, cajoled, and doted upon every step of the way. Each bottle design caringly crafted so that it brings pleasure even before the first sip is taken.
We hope you like the idea behind JAQK Cellars and decide to bring some of our delicious wines into your life. And, of course, share them with your family and friends. We also hope you tap into the spirit of JAQK Cellars and follow your own passion. Because when you find it, we all benefit. And playtime never ends.
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Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards is dedicated to producing premium wines truly representative of Sonoma County’s world-class vineyards.
Kenwood Vineyards was established in 1970 in the former Pagani Brothers Winery, a historic cellar dating back to 1906. Thoroughly refurbished and modernized, the facility now boasts more than 125 stainless steel fermenting tanks and large oak uprights, and 20,000 small French and American oak barrels, all devoted to Kenwood Vineyards’ “small lot” style of winemaking.
In addition to the 22-acre vineyard surrounding the winery, Kenwood Vineyards sources grapes from dozens of vineyards in Sonoma County’s best appellations, including Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain. Each lot from each vineyard is kept separate throughout the winemaking process, enabling the winemaker to bring it to its fullest potential. As a result, every Kenwood Vineyards wine – whether Table Wine Series, Sonoma Series, Reserve, Jack London Vineyard or Artist Series – is consistent in quality and consistently delicious.
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Keyways Winery, founded in 1989 by Mr. Carl Key, was one of the original wineries that established Temecula Valley Wine Country. Today, under the ownership of Terri Pebley Delhamer, Keyways has the unique distinction of being the only woman owned and managed winery in Temecula Valley. Using a woman's natural instinct for beauty and hospitality, Terri enlisted the services of local interior designer and friend, Deborah Daniel to create a winery that would evoke both the strong and masculine ruggedness that the area reflects with feminine touches that make women feel right at home. Terri and Deborah's collaboration delivered just that and more. The entire estate was not only renovated inside and out, but totally re-landscaped. The property now reflects the warmth, charm and ambiance of an early California mission winery nestled in the vineyards, surrounded by picturesque mountains and expansive horse ranches. Deborah Daniel relocated to Hawaii, where she maintains a residence. She continues to work on interior design projects both in the islands and in California.
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King Estate, a leading producer of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, is located southwest of Eugene, Oregon near the town of Lorane. The 1,033 acre organic estate provides a spectacular mountain vineyard site with elevations ranging from 800 to 1,200 feet and cool, prevailing northwest winds that moderate vineyard temperatures. The Estate is home to the world’s largest contiguous organic vineyard, our Domaine vineyard, with 470 acres planted. The King Estate Domaine is one of North America’s most clonally diverse Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris vineyards.
King Estate’s mission is to produce wines of consistently exceptional quality through meticulous fruit selection, impeccable winemaking practices and judicious blending. The grower relations program at King Estate is professionally managed and focuses on acquiring the highest quality fruit from many of Oregon’s finest sustainably farmed vineyards. Diversity of grape sources helps to achieve greater complexity in the wines and will assure consistency of quality across vintages. In order to craft the highest quality wine possible, each lot of grapes is vinified separately from harvest to final blending.
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The Korbels, born in the farmlands of the province of Bohemia (today's western Czech Republic), found the remote and rugged redwood country in Sonoma County irresistible. Lured by the beauty and opportunity of the mountainous timberlands, the brothers eventually moved their families from San Francisco and settled in the Russian River Valley. As Northern California’s lumber boom slowed, the Korbels turned their attention to farming the bottomlands of their Russian River Valley ranch. Here the soil was sandy, the mornings were filled with fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean, and summer days were long with sunshine.
It would be in this valley that the Korbels' love of the land, their unmatched enthusiasm for hard work and their spirit for enterprise would lead them to create a great American champagne.
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"Lancaster is that rare thing among wineries. Every decision we make — from growing and harvesting the grapes to winemaking, barrel aging and bottling — cultivates the character of our wines. All of our grapes are grown here on the Estate, which means I spend lots of time walking in the vineyard, developing an understanding of every row in every block. It's this understanding and an integrated approach to winegrowing that allows us to make wines that consistently honor and reflect the essence of the Estate." Winemaker, Jesse Katz
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Laroche Wines (French)
The name Domaine Laroche is virtually synonymous with Chablis. With a history that dates back to 1850, when Victor Laroche purchased his first parcel of land in Chablis, the Laroche family has been dedicated to producing top-quality wines from the region for five generations. Michel Laroche, the great-great-grandson of Victor, joined the family business in 1967, and today remains at the helm. Under his stewardship, Laroche has become one of the most respected producers in Chablis and is one of its largest landholders of grand cru vineyards. Purity and quality are the heart of Michel’s winemaking philosophy as exhibited by the wines produced at Domaine Laroche.
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The word Leoness, meaning "village of dreams," is the inspiration behind our lifelong quest to create world class wines from the finest vineyards in the Temecula Valley. Nestled in the rolling hills and vineyards of Temecula's wine country, Leoness Cellars offers a warm, enchanting setting where visitors can enjoy great wines, spectacular views, and wonderful times with family and friends.
Leoness Cellars was founded in 2003 by Mike Rennie and Gary Winder, who together have over fifty years of agriculture and grape-growing experience in the Temecula Valley. Their combined experience has lead to a true understanding of growing wine grapes of the highest quality, grapes which are concentrated, balanced, and ripe, ultimately producing wines of incredible depth and flavor.
Among the wines produced at Leoness Cellars are Viognier, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, White Merlot, Muscat Canelli, and Cinsault Port, as well as small lots of other specially selected varietals. Each of our wines is carefully crafted to preserve the subtle flavors and nuances of the varietal. Our red wines, along with our Chardonnay, are aged for an extended period of time in a combination of small French and American oak barrels, adding softness and complexity to the wines, while our white wines are fermented slowly at cool temperatures, helping the wines to retain the fresh fruit flavors of the grape.
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Varietally on target, reliable year after year, Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Cuvee consistently over-deliver value wines of outstanding quality. The Hope family has been making Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon since 1990. In 1996, when the Hopes established Treana Winery, the Liberty School brand officially became part of Hope Family Wines. Liberty School wines are made in a traditional style. Fruit driven, they are crafted to reflect true varietal character. The wines are barrel-aged, employing very little new oak. Oak is used as a building component rather than a flavoring agent.
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From the start, Maison Louis Jadot has always accorded equal importance to each of Burgundy's appellations, from Grand Crus right through to regional wines. Our aim is to express the true nature of Burgundy through our wines, a terroir that can be both proud of its past and optimistic about its future.
In order to produce wines that celebrate their terroir, Jacques Lardière works with a team: Christine, Guillaume and Audrey. Together they have a large part to play in determining the success of our enterprise. Each influences the creation of our wines with their own particular set of skills, whether technical or commercial, thereby ensuring that Maison Jadot has a bright future ahead of it.
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M by Michael Mondavi
M is the ultimate expression of Michael Mondavi's lifelong passion for the art of fine winemaking. Michael describes his inspiration for M simply. "Wine has always been my passion," he says. "My winemaking philosophy evolved from a maxim of my grandmother's: 'Make good wine.' By that, she meant wine that invites a second glass and can be enjoyed on its own or with a meal. M provides me with the opportunity to do what I've always loved: make sumptuous, beautifully balanced wines form the finest Napa Valley grapes."
Malibu Rocky Oaks
With unique rolling hillsides allowing abundant sunshine to reach every strategically placed varietal on the estate and a combination of warm days, cool night breezes from the Pacific Ocean and Conejo volcanic regional soil, we take advantage of outstanding growing conditions. Generally we target the harvest at four tons per acre with most of the varietals and allow the Syrah block to produce closer to five tons per acre due to its rapid growth. Because of our location and new local government rules, Malibu Rocky Oaks vineyard, estate and style of wine can never be replicated.
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Masi produces premium wines only — modern in style but deeply rooted in tradition. The grapes are indigenous varieties of the region — and are vinified using traditional systems such "appassimento" (drying of the grapes) and double fermentation. Masi specializes in the production of Amarones and Reciotos, using the historic technique of "appassimento." They are the leading premium Amarone producer, with five (5) Amarones, accounting for 20% of the total production in the Veneto. Masi has also rediscovered and refined the technique of double fermentation using semi-dried grapes. The results are designed to emphasize the personality of each single product while maintaining a recognizable Venetian style.
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As a farm kid growing up in the late 1950´s and early 1960´s John Giguiere was a conﬁrmed pyromaniac starting various things on ﬁre such as his father´s wheat ﬁeld. At one point, fearing total ruin from his kids burning him out of the house and farm, his father took them to the city jail for an hour stay to impress upon his brother and him the futility of their fascination with ﬁre. John and his brother answered at a later date by graduating from random ﬁres to the launching of rockets which often blew up at some stage of the its journey resulting in more random ﬁres and a call to the local ﬁre department for help. They eventually grew out of this fascination with the “Matchbook” but still have fond memories of the power they possessed.
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MacPhail Family Wines
James MacPhail, producer of small-batch Pinot Noirs from the Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley, has developed his own customized winery in Healdsburg. It was completed in time to receive the 2008 harvest, MacPhail Family Wines’ sixth vintage. “This little winery allows me to fine tune my winemaking, crafting small lots with traditional techniques, minimal intervention and hands-on attention,” says James. “My use permit is for only 5,000 cases, so production will remain small in scale and personal in style.”
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Ménage à Trois
Given the choice, would you rather be a party of one…or a Ménage à Trois? In a blended wine, the different varietals each bring something to the table, making for a more complex, delicious wine. As a master chef uses different ingredients to achieve the perfect recipe, a winemaker skillfully selects and blends different grape varieties to create harmonious and intriguing wines. With each of our playful blends of three, there's no doubt that the whole is greater (and more fun) than the sum of its parts.
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Miramonte Winery is one of Southern California’s premier artisan wineries, specializing in adventurous, succulent Rhone-based varietal wines. Our winery is also known for its casual contemporary-chic tasting room, and jam packed music and events calendar. We invite you to come visit the winery that’s taking Temecula Valley to new heights.
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Monte De Oro Winery & Vineyards
“Vines, Wine, People” – that was the principle when a group of men and women from across America, South Africa and the United Kingdom got together to combine their personal passion for wine and their business acumen in order to be help raise Temecula Valley’s profile in the world of wine.
Founded in 2002, OGB (“One Great Blend”) Partners is a collection of 68 family owners committed to:
• Formulating wines true to varietal and regional characteristics
• Providing great value
• Establishing a premiere, natural gravity flow winery
• Creating an atmosphere that is sophisticated, yet at the same time, inviting, warm, and unintimidating
Monte De Oro Winery uses a combination of 21st century innovation and centuries-old tradition in an environmentally-responsible approach to growing its grapes and making quality wine.
Monte De Oro exemplifies: sustainable wine ecology – quality wine character – conscientious winemaking.
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At Montevina, we live wine. We make it, talk about it, read about it, and yes, often drink it. From California, land of the Gold Rush (and destination of those crazy optimists who flocked here to find their fortunes), we’re not only dedicated to creating some of the best Zinfandel around, but we’re also constantly exploring the possibilities and challenging ourselves to craft other terrific varietals. Every day we aspire to surprise, delight and always be the official wine of good company.
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At Napa Cellars, we're putting a modern spin on classic Napa wines, combining Napa's legendary terroir with contemporary sensibilities to create delicious wines that possess all of the character you've come to expect from Napa, but with an attitude and price that we think you'll find rather refreshing. In doing so, we're redefining what Napa wine can be. Cheers!
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Jayson Pahlmeyer started making wine in 1986. That first vintage release of the Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red received a stunning score 94 point score from Robert Parker. With such a successful start, Jayson never looked back. Pahlmeyer started making Chardonnay in 1991 which received a very strong following like the red wine. The limited production received high acclaim and was featured in the Demi Moore and Michael Douglas movie "Disclosure" in 1994. Jayson Pahlmeyer, with the help of his winemaker Erin Green, has been producing world class wines for more than two decades.
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In the face of a serious overproduction of grapes and the real possibility of growers facing financial ruin, Peter Lehmann found some investment partners, established a consortium and built the Peter Lehmann Wines winery. It was 1979. The first vintage was processed in 1980 and in 1982 the winery was formally named Peter Lehmann Wines. From then on, its wines have been marketed under the Peter Lehmann Wines label.
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Our family has been making wine here in Rutherford for more than thirty years. We invite you to come taste and experience our Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Fifty/Fifty, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Provence, a proprietary blend of red and white varietals in our landmark tasting room tower. Experience our pristine gardens, unique food and wine events, library and barrel tasting. We have wine gifts, wine accessories and three different wine clubs, for both the occasional wine drinker and wine connoisseur.
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Introducing the Pininfarina Wine - combining legendary Pininfarina designcraft with exemplary international varietals sourced from Napa's finest vineyards.
Pininfarina Extra, the Pininfarina Group Company specializing in product and interior design, was formed in 1986 to extend Pininfarina's services, quality, and skills to firms engaged in all business sectors except automobile. President and CEO is Paolo Pininfarina.
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Everything depends on the art of blending, where human input is of paramount importance. The man in the shadows, the man of magic, is Regis Camus, Piper-Heidsieck's illustrious winemaker who received the "Winemaker of the Year" trophy at London International Wine Challenge in 2004 and in 2007.
This passionate enthusiast feels he does not play the role of wizard but acts as the conductor of a large orchestra. Blending a wine is not the result of chance or improvisation. The wine maker must find the perfect balance between aromas and flavours to recreate the Piper-Heidsieck style. With descreet touches and nuances, the wine thus takes form.
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Robert Oatley Vineyards
The Robert Oatley Vineyards winery is the Mudgee region's largest and most technologically advanced facility. Located on the family's Montrose Vineyard, it has a 10,000 ton capacity, 9.5 million liters storage capacity, over 2,500 predominantly French oak hogshead barrels and the world's most technologically advanced bottling line capable of filling and packaging more than 10,000 bottles per hour.
Bob Oatley's winemakers, lead by Chris Hancock and Senior Winemaker James Manners, craft modern, authentically Australian wines intentionally suited to the American palate – wines that people simply enjoy drinking.
In 2006, the family purchased the historic Craigmoor property on the outskirts of the Mudgee township. The winery, now a tasting room and visitor center, was established in 1858 and the surrounding vineyards grow some of the finest grapes in the region.
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Robert Sinskey Vineyards
Maria Helm Sinskey will be one of the featured chefs during the Grand Tasting on Saturday, March 23. Her first cookbook, “The Vineyard Kitchen: Menus Inspired by the Season”, published by HarperCollins was released in September 2003. “Family Meals: Creating Traditions in the Kitchen”, published by Oxmore House, followed in November 2008. Her mantra is, “Eat seasonally, drink good wine and live a long and prosperous life.”
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Roth is a family owned producer, dedicated to crafting Cabernet Sauvignon that is reflective of its origins.
In 2000, the first vintage was made from select vineyard sites within the southern most tip of the Alexander Valley AVA. This "sub-appellation's" abundant hillsides, diverse elevations, aspects and slopes provide a wide range of micro-climates from which Cabernet Sauvignons of intensity and concentrated varietal character are produced.
Each vineyard location within this sub-appellation is uniquely blessed with warm days and cool nights, and a longer growing season than other Cabernet-driven appellations. As a result, Roth wines express their rich, ripe flavors with vibrancy and balance.
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RouteStock Cellars crafts wines from the signature varietals grown along the wine routes one travels when visiting the world’s most celebrated wine regions. These are classic grape varieties, best suited to each different wine-growing region and sourced from family-owned vineyards. We invite you to enjoy these wines inspired by the beautiful vineyards and the families that tend them along these historic wine routes.
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Seghesio Family Vineyards
The greatest vineyard sites in the world are, at first glance, not where one would expect an agricultural product to flourish. They are sites that challenge the very survival of the vine. Seghesio's collection of unique sites in North America's finest grape-growing regions are not accidental, but the choice of four generations of the family's winemakers. With stewardship of these sites for over a century and a new generation's passion to grow some of the world's finest grapes, Seghesio Family Vineyards is honored to share uncommon ground.
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Sequana Single vineyard Pinot Noir wines from Green Valley of Russian River Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands are named in honor of Sequana, the Franco-Roman goddess of the River Seine, which flows through the ancestral birthplace of Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir specialist James MacPhail has complete control over the creation of Sequana’s limited production wines – from farming to winemaking. He understands Pinot Noir’s temperament: its ability to convey the signature of each single vineyard and its preference for restrained, gentle winemaking.
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Amongst the natural wood, the copper and the bar carved from a single piece of wood (check it out yourself!); the newly remodeled Sequoia Grove tasting room is just what you'd expect — warm, welcoming and gracious, just like our staff.
Yet, you'll also be delighted by the details. The entrance is flanked by two large upright wooden casks. These are called puncheons, and impressive word to drop into casual conversation! Each puncheon was made in France and assembled here in 1981. Each is a different size designed to hold a specific lot of wine.
The amazing natural light is courtesy of the "Lightning skylight." In 2003 lightning struck one of our Sequoia trees, causing it to crash through the roof. Always looking for the silver lining and being thrifty, we salvaged the wood from the fallen Sequoia to make redwood presentation boxes; and filled the hole in the roof with a skylight to let in a little more light.
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Sonoma-Cutrer is dedicated to the pursuit of original expression in our wines. Each wine reflects its regional and seasonal climate, its specific vineyard character – its terroir. From the very first vintage of Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay to the limited production of our world-class Pinot Noir, this dedication has taken root and continues to grow.
Our "Grand Cru" philosophy is a unique assimilation of traditional Burgundian winemaking methods and our own technological innovation. It's a perfect balance of tradition and discovery, bringing forth noble wines that express a sense of place, vintage after vintage..
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Spellbound was born of Rob Mondavi Jr.'s desire to craft every day approachable wines from California that are relaxed enough to enjoy every day, yet special enough to celebrate milestone events.
Winemaker Rob Mondavi Jr. and partners, wife Lydia Mondavi, Patti McKiernan and Geoff Whitman, honor California's heritage through Spellbound's focus on one of the first varietals grown in the state, Petite Sirah. In 2009 Spellbound launched an outstanding Petite Sirah Reserve from Napa Valley, reinforcing the label's commitment to this growing varietal.
Crafted from grapes from established and emerging regions in California, such as Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Santa Barbara and Lodi, the core Spellbound lineup includes the Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Old Vine Zinfandel and Riesling.
Because Spellbound wines pair so well with food, they've become a favorite choice of fine and casual restaurants, from neighborhood venues to popular destinations like PF Chang's, Flemings Prime Riband Ritz-Carlton Hotels. The unique, eye-catching moon label and delicious, approachable wines have also assured Spellbound's success in off-premise channels.
Whatever the occasion or setting, the rich aromas and can't-miss flavors of Spellbound wines elevate the moment, and leave consumers Spellbound!
Spellbound was born of the desire to craft wines relaxed enough to enjoy every day, yet special enough to celebrate milestone events.
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St. Francis Winery
For over 35 years, St. Francis Winery has produced top quality varietal wines from superior mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County's best appellations and earned a reputation for bold-flavored, fruit-forward wines that showcase the terroir and varied microclimates unique to Sonoma.
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Stonegate Winery & Vineyards
The mid-1970’s saw a boom of determined winemaking families staking new ground in the Napa Valley and making wines of greater distinction. From that era, Stonegate became synonymous with universally heralded Napa Valley cabernet and chardonnay. A partnership of wine pros with a rich history of viticulture, a deep knowledge of microclimates, optimal winemaking, and an effective sales team strengthen the Stonegate legacy as a brand indistinguishable from the fine reputation of Napa Valley wines.
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In 1999 Susana Balbo crafted a line of wines to showcase the ripe fruit expression of her sustainably-farmed Mendoza vineyards. The philosophy is a simple one: grow great grapes and make wines that are true to their place. Minimal intervention during the growing season and through harvest allows the true fruit character to develop. Combine this with Susana's winemaking skills and the result is wines that express the powerful fruit flavors, the ripe tannins and the incredible length and balance that can only come from this one place: Mendoza.
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Temecula Valley Wine Growers Assoc.
Temecula Valley Wine Country invites you to enjoy the irresistible charm of our friendly tasting rooms and savor the hundreds of award-winning wines offered by over 30 member wineries.
The Temecula Valley is a veritable paradise encompassing an area that includes over 35,000 acres of rolling hills and vineyards. Rural in nature, sustainable in farming practices and including an agricultural preserve known as the Citrus/Vineyard zone, the Temecula Valley is widely recognized as the 'jewel' of Riverside County.
We are centrally located and within an hours drive from San Diego, Orange County or the Palm Springs area. Each of our family owned wineries are easily accessible and situated just close enough in proximity to one another to make your wine country tour a breeze.
Whether you're looking for a quick day trip - or planning to stay for a couple of days - there's plenty to see and do here in Temecula Valley Wine Country. Wine tasting, winery tours and an array of winery events are offered daily throughout the region. Along with fabulous wines, you'll find incredible winery restaurants, intimate bed and breakfast inns, lush resorts, splendid gift shops and beautiful picnic grounds. And if you're looking for the perfect location for a wine country wedding, look no further!
Whether you'd love an intimate ceremony for 10 or crave a big bash for 500, you can find what you're looking for right here. Temecula Valley... Southern California's Wine Country.
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Zinfandel is our passion, and lucky for us we are blessed with perfect growing conditions for this world-class varietal. Whether enjoying our Amador Zinfandel, or one of our three unique single vineyard offerings, you’ll experience the region’s trademark "Shenandoah spice" that makes our Zins stand above the rest.
In addition to producing top-notch Zinfandel, we find it hard to ignore our Italian heritage, mainly because Italian varietals make such food friendly wines. There’s something about our climate, elevation, and rich rocky soil that allows traditional Italian varietals to not simply thrive here — but actually achieve true greatness. Many early Italian settlers sensed this, and widely planted vineyards with the grapes that they knew best.
We are extremely fortunate that two of Italy’s most revered red wines — Sangiovese (Tuscany) and Barbera (Piedmonte) — thrive in the rocky, iron-rich soils of Amador County, and develop into lush, well-balanced wines suitable for aging or immediate consumption. Our Amador County Rosé, made from Nebbiolo (Piedmonte), displays a wonderful off-dry style preferred by Europeans for centuries. For our white offerings, we carefully selected vineyards throughout California for our Moscato (Piedmonte) and chose grapes grown in Santa Barbara for our Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige) resulting in crisp, vibrant, easy-drinking wines.
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Hints of citrus and nectarine with a touch of freshly-cut grass. Refreshing, with subtle flavors of gooseberry and sweet summer herbs finishing juicy and long. Ideally-suited to shellfish, salads, citrus-sauced dishes, ocean voyages, and park blanket reconnaissance.
We sought our Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, where, to make the zestiest blend possible, our winemaker selected Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the country's two islands, Marlborough on the northern part of the south island and Martinborough on the southern part of the north island.
Grapes become wine in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks – no oak touches it at any step in the process. The result is a bright, clean, zingy wine. Low carbon footprint: special lightweight glass, local sustainable printer, recycled/recyclable paper.
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The name Treana symbolizes a trinity of natural elements - the sun, the soil, and the ocean-elements that make Paso Robles, and the rest of the Central Coast, an exceptional area for growing wine grapes. The Treana wines are our signature blends. The Treana Red is a blend of two varieties that thrive in Paso Robles: Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Treana White is a blend of Viognier and Marsanne, two varieties indigenous to the Rhone Valley in France that are well suited to the cooler areas of the Central Coast.
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Trinchero Family Estates
Winemaking is a collage of art, science, intuition and tradition. It is the passion that we live by, the air that we breathe and the bond that brings us all together.
Every bottle produced by our vineyards brings a distinct character and specific charm to wine drinkers all across the world. We love discussing our passion and the Trinchero Family commitment to high quality that all of our customers and distributors enjoy. We encourage you to explore our wines and our culture, so as you look through our website, sit back, pour yourself a glass, and get to know Trinchero Family Estates.
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Turnbull wine Cellars
Renowned award-winning Bay Area architect William Turnbull founded Johnson Turnbull Vineyards in 1979. Turnbull Cellars was designed to be low-key and in tune with its environment, and is a classic example of a small hands-on Napa Valley winery. William Turnbull once said, “You want to have an image of a winery that cares about the last drop of wine in the bottle.” That tradition is carried on today.
Patrick O’Dell, a Northern California publisher, purchased the winery in the spring of 1993, and renamed it Turnbull Wine Cellars. This was when the image of the "turning bull" on the label was redesigned, the newer image derived from a bull’s figure on a Minoan drinking vessel. The Turnbull family crest continues to be embossed on each label, reflecting respect for the history of this distinguished family name.
Known for our 100% Estate grown single-vineyard designate Cabernets, Turnbull Wine Cellars is located in the heart of the famed Napa Valley AVA of Oakville, California. Please find us at 8210 St. Helena Highway (Highway 29), one half-mile north of Oakville Crossroad, on the east side of the highway.
Our world-class gallery is open to the public and features a historic collection of black and white photography by a plethora of famous artists, including such notables as Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke White, Jane Brown, Clarence Sinclair Bull, Marsha Burns, Imogen Cunningham, Judy Dater, Walker Evans, Burt Glinn, Phillipe Halsman, George Hurrell, Yousuf Karsh, Andre Kertesz, Dorothea Lange, Bettina Rheims, Herb Ritts, Roy Schatt, Jock Sturges, Peter Stackpole, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Joyce Tenneson and Edward Weston. There is no charge to tour the gallery.
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Tyler Florence Wines
On December 11, 2009, I met with Michael Mondavi and his family at their beautiful winery in Carneros, at the southern tip of Napa Valley. Michael, his son Rob Mondavi, Jr., and his daughter Dina and I sat around a table and conducted our first blending session for Tyler Florence Wines. One of the things I love best about putting together my recipes Is experimenting with different ingredients in order to combine flavors in perfect balance. Turns out, it's one of my favorite things about wine making, too.
Rob, a fourth-generation Napa Valley winemaker, led us through measuring, tasting and testing a wide variety of barrel samples and blends in order to find perfectly balanced varietal flavor from the region's unique vineyards. Together we sourced three limited-production wines-Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon-from world-class California vineyards. These wines exhibit true varietal character and terroir expression. We also crafted an approachable, food-friendly pair to enjoy every day-Tyler Florence Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each of these wines reflects our shared belief that wine and food should bring out the very best in each other.
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Valley Of The Moon
Valley of the Moon Winery encompasses both the rich history and the innovative spirit of California wine.
Situated in the Sonoma Valley on land first planted to grapes in 1863, Valley of the Moon Winery is housed in a beautifully restored stone and redwood winery built in 1887. Blessed with rich volcanic soils and a distinctive “banana belt” microclimate, the estate vineyard has been a revered source of grapes for well over a century. A block of “old vine” Zinfandel planted in the 1940s is complemented by more recent plantings of Barbera, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah.
In addition to making superb Sonoma County Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir, Valley of the Moon Winery is a leader among California wineries in the production of several exciting up-and-coming wines: Syrah, Sangiovese, Pinot Blanc, Rosato di Sangiovese and Cuvée de la Luna, a proprietary Bordeaux-inspired blend. Sometimes hard to find, Valley of the Moon wines are definitely worth the search.
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WALT Wines, owned by Vintners Kathryn Walt Hall and Craig Hall, is dedicated to the production of premier Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Pacific Coast’s most distinctive vineyard sites, spanning nearly 1000 miles and including Sta. Rita Hills, Sonoma County, Anderson Valley, and the Willamette Valley. Our philosophy is that of precision, non- interventionist winemaking, thereby allowing the wines to naturally and honestly express the character of the site where the wines are grown.
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Whitehall Lane Winery
We are a small, family owned winery in Napa Valley's historic Rutherford appellation. We own approximately 110 acres of prime Valley-floor vineyards including the Leonardini Vineyard in St. Helena and are committed to making the finest Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Reserve wine.
The winery continues to receive accolades and awards for producing some of the greatest wines in the world. In Wine Spectator Magazine's year-end ranking of wines, Whitehall Lane has been honored an unprecedented three times in five years for producing wines rated among the top five in the world. The winery has also been voted Winery of the Year from the Quarterly Review of Wines and Wine and Spirits Magazine.
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Willamette Valley Vineyards
“Our mission in growing cool-climate varietals is to create elegant, classic Oregon wines from the Willamette Valley Appellation. As native Oregonians, we treasure our environment and use sustainable practices in growing and vinifying our winegrapes.” - Jim Bernau, Founder/President
Our approach is to grow, by hand, the highest quality fruit using careful canopy management, and to achieve wines that are truly expressive of the varietal and the place where they are grown. Since we ferment and barrel each vineyard lot separately (sometimes as small as two barrels) we can save the best barrels for single vineyard bottlings and Signature Cuvée.
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Crispin Apple Cider
Classically refined, but not styled as a traditional "sweet beer" beer alternative, Crispin ciders are crisp and clean, not sweet and sticky and never sacrifice superior quality refreshment satisfaction for overbearing complexity.
Always true to the apple, Crispin Hard Ciders naturally fermented in the USA use fresh pressed apple-juice, not from apple juice concentrate, from a premium blend of US West Coast apples, with no added malt, grape wine or spirit alcohol. Crispin’s unique USA produced ciders are smoothed with pure apple juice or from natural sugar sources like organic honey or organic maple syrup, and contain no added colorants, sorbate or benzoate preservatives.
Crispin ciders have 7 different varietals - Original, Light and Brut; classic European styled crisp clean ciders, Browns Lane; an imported classic English dry cider, and our line of Artisanal Reserves; Honey Crisp, The Saint and Lansdowne - unfiltered "cloudy" ciders, ground-breaking "craft beer" uniquely American ciders.
Crispin ciders are all Gluten Free for the wheat-intolerant person.
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Tequila Alderete is a small boutique distiller that has the pride of sharing with you the tradition that runs through our veins. Our Tequila is an Ultra Premium Tequila made from 100% Blue Agave, handcrafted in small batches in Aranda, Jalisco, Mexico. This particular region is called “Los Altos de Jalisco” or “the highlands of Jalisco.” Here the Blue Agave “Tequila Weber” flourishes in this unique microclimate and fertile red soil. Only the Agaves that have reached their highest degree of maturity are selected for harvest. Once harvested the “pinas” are taken to the distillery where they are cooked in stone ovens for 36 hours which gives the agave a distinct and natural flavor, while our Maestro Tequilero strictly adheres to the traditional process of distillation in copper vertical stills. The Blanco Tequila is bottled directly after this process. While our Reposado Tequila is aged for 6 months in American white oak barrels and our Anejo is aged for 27 months in American white oak barrels.
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