Amizetta and Spencer Clark moved to the Napa Valley with one dream, to grow and make world class wines. They knew that many of the world’s top wines were produced from hillside vineyards in Europe. With this in mind, they scoured the Napa Valley for vineyard property and after intensive searching in 1979, Amizetta and Spencer found their perfect vineyard site.
The property is a steep and rocky 40 acre parcel with southern facing slopes at the tail end of Howell Mountain in the Conn Valley region of Napa Valley. With an elevation reaching over 1,000 feet, its beauty is matched only by its views of Lake Hennessey and the Napa Valley. The soil consists of red and grey rock strata called "sobrante loam." Amizetta and Spencer knew right away, this was the ideal location for growing world class Cabernets and Bordeaux varietals from traditional hillside terraces.
Spencer decided that the best way to compliment his new vineyard site was to name it after the love of his life. His wife was flattered and they named the property Amizetta (pronounced am-ah-zet-uh)Vineyards. Amizetta is a name passed down through the family over 15 generations. The root of the name is "ami" which means love in Italian.
Since the original plantings at Amizetta Vineyards, Napa Valley has consistently regulated and even stopped hillside development. This is being done to help preserve natural mountain views around the valley. The halting of hillside development has made Amizetta Vineyards a unique and coveted property. It is one of the few terraced hillside vineyards in the Napa Valley. This type of hillside farming produces extremely rare old world mountain fruit. A taste of the wines extracted from these special vineyards will surely impress your palate.
Bell Wine Cellars
Situated off the beaten path, just south of Yountville, is an exquisite pale stone winery, shrouded by oak, bordered to the south by Hopper Slough, surrounded by vineyard and cloaked in quiet. After looking for twenty years, winemaker Anthony Bell found the perfect place to produce the wines he had long dreamed of - limited production, hand crafted wines that showcase the concept of "terroir". In 1998, Bell Wine Cellars opened its doors to the public to share the beauty of the place, and the wine.
In June 2002 - Ron Berberian, former California wine wholesaler, and Alex Spanos, owner of the San Diego Chargers, formed Spanos Berberian Winery, LLC. The venture acquired interest in the brand name and assets of Bell Wine Cellars, and a new partnership was formed with Anthony.
Nestled between the stacks of aromatic barrels and towering stainless steel tanks, guests can taste the signature Bell Cabernet, at the intimate, elegant tasting room. We also serve Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah, encompassing a wide range of flavors, from vineyards both near and far afield.
We at Brasswood Estate hope to share our passion for food and wine and love of the Napa Valley Lifestyle with our guests. Our concept is simple; celebrate our local bounty by making elegant wines, cooking delicious food, and creating a warm and welcoming space where guests can relax, slow down and enjoy the finer things in life.
Brasswood Estate features a state-of-the-art winery with 17,000 sq. feet of caves where we make our own delightful wines and share with some fantastic custom crush clients. The property is also home to multiple tasting rooms, including a sensory room curated by our Estate Sommelier, a bottle shop with rare wines and liquors and our new world-class restaurant, Brasswood Bar + Bakery + Kitchen.
Michael Chiarello, Napa Valley chef, Emmy-winning TV personality, author, founder of NapaStyle, has taken his personal flair for layering flavors to a new challenge—making small productions of handcrafted estate wines. His small winery, Chiarello Family Vineyards, makes five estate grown wines from 20-acres that he personally farms sustainably around his home in Napa Valley California.
Chiarello is a passionate advocate for great wines surrounding a great meal and he has always sought perfect wines to complement his own culinary style. Little did he suspect that he'd find a gem of a vineyard in his own backyard. As he tended his property, he found long neglected 94-year old vines, waiting to once again produce great wines.
Over the decades, the Napa landscape has changed as much as the essence of our wines. Napa has become a most beautiful agricultural valley, a manicured garden 30 miles in length, and its Cabernet is one of the world’s most revered wines. Even at Caymus, our approach to producing our top wine has evolved considerably. From the days of me by my Father’s side punching down fermenters with the simple goal of making a good wine that would sell, to today using some of those same techniques with the goal to make a top wine of our Valley. By luck I grew up in the Rutherford farmland with grapes and prunes surrounding our farmhouse.
Cliff Lede Vineyards
Cliff Lede Vineyards was established in 2002 by Canadian born Bordeaux enthusiast, Cliff Lede, following the acquisition of a sixty acre estate in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. With a focus on producing wines from estate vineyards, Lede tapped David Abreu, considered the best viticulturist in Napa Valley, to replant the vineyards. Lede decided to name each vineyard block after some of his favorite rock songs and albums—from “My Generation” to “Dark Side of the Moon,” creating what is known today as the Cliff Lede Vineyards “Rock Blocks.” In 2005, a state of the art, 25,000 square foot winery and cave system was etched into a hillside overlooking the estate vineyards. Not only did Cliff create a beautiful property, he also assembled an unrivaled team that shares his passion for quality. Today, Winemaker Christopher Tynan crafts Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, with the flagship, Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the steep eastern hillside portion of the estate. In 2015, Cliff Lede Vineyards achieved both Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery certification.
“Excellence is not enough” Three decades of crafting wines that are not only exceptional, but memorable. “Vineyard. Vintage. Variety.” The essence of vineyard, variety and vintage combine each harvest to create something never to be exactly repeated.
Covert Estate is the result of the collaboration and hard work of three families dedicated to the craft of winemaking. Cal and Pam Nicholson, library wine collectors and Vintners in Napa Valley; Dave and Laura Nestor, obsessive and extensive California wine collectors, equine hunters/jumpers and management gurus; and Julien and Elan Fayard, French winemaker, and Californian wine lovers with a legacy of making wine in both France and Napa Valley using traditional techniques to create wine filled with finesse and a sense of place.
The Estate is located in Napa Valley on the eastern hills of the Vacas Mountain Range in the Coombsville Appellation. The winery sits underground between the vineyard and the oak grove, and can only be seen from a bird’s-eye view. Out of respect for the environment, we are committed to making a minimal footprint on the land. Dedicated, extraordinary and unexpected – that is Covert Estate.
For nearly 20 years, our team has applied their dedication, skill, and talent to creating wines that reflect the personality and soul of our vineyard. We individually farm 20 micro-blocks within our 16-acre estate to optimize the uniqueness of our diverse soils and numerous clonal selections. The resulting wines exhibit immense complexity year after year, with each vintage bringing forth its own distinctive nuances. As longtime residents of Northern California and lovers of wine, we long dreamt of owning our own small vineyard in Napa. With an entrepreneurial spirit, our family purchased Gemstone Vineyard in 2007 and made that dream a reality. Over the years, we have immensely enjoyed becoming members of the Napa community and working with the Gemstone team to further develop our two estate wines. From our family to yours, we hope you enjoy a bottle of Gemstone tonight with a great meal and friends, and dust some off for a special occasion many years down the road.
Far Niente was established in 1885 by John Benson, a forty-niner of the California gold rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter, Winslow Homer. Benson hired architect Hamden McIntyre, creator of the former Christian Brothers winery—now the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone—to design the building. Constructed against a hillside in western Oakville, Far Niente functioned as a gravity flow winery, gently moving the grapes through each stage of production.
Far Niente prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919, when it was abandoned and left to fall into disrepair. Sixty years later, in 1979, Gil Nickel purchased the winery and adjacent vineyard and began a three-year restoration of the property, which resulted in placement on the National Register of Historical Places. During restoration, the original name, Far Niente, from an Italian phrase that romantically translated means “without a care,” was found carved in stone on the front of the building where it remains to this day. We felt an obligation to preserve the name with the hope that we could recapture a bygone era when life was indeed without a care.
Hope & Grace Wines
Over the years Charles has worked in both Napa and Sonoma Counties, gaining hands on experience in all aspects of winemaking. He has built a strong reputation for the passion of excellence throughout the industry. As a consulting winemaker for many exclusive wineries over the years, such as Viader, Barnett Vineyards, Paoletti Vineyards, Kuleto, and Tamayo Family Vineyard, Charles has had the great fortune to develop relationships with some of the foremost producers in the industry. With these resources Charles is able to secure the finest fruit for his personal project hope & grace wines. Today, Charles continues to consult for several clients, but is making more time to focus on hope & grace wines and his Yountville tasting room.
Most people envision a beautiful estate, a castle, or an identifiable landmark when they think of wineries, especially in the Napa Valley.Humanitas had a different vision. Founder and owner Judd Wallenbrock wanted to focus on the wine, not a building. “Winery owners often come from other industries with lots of money and big dreams to erect a beautiful edifice,” says Judd, “which is great. I didn’t. I came from humble beginnings and was a wine guy from day one. I only cared about making wines that honored great vineyards and were so good they could change the world.”
So Judd put his money into the best grapes he could find (not the building) and was able to direct that money from the sales of Humanitas to primary need charities. As a result, he built a shed for $600 in his backyard in the town of Napa – a whopping 120 square feet situated under a grove of redwoods on hard clay soils – ideal for making and barreling fine wines with little temperature changes. He outfitted the shed with 3.5” hard insulation on the walls and ceiling, plugged in a heater for the winter, and a 900 BTU air conditioner for the summer. Viola, the “Shed-Teau” was born. Like the Hewlett-Packard garage, the “Shed-Teau” in Judd’s backyard is symbolic of all that Humanitas stands for: focus on the wines and the cause, not the place. It’s what’s in the bottle and the heart that is most important. And though you no longer have to step over his kid’s skateboards and his wife’s flowers to get to his fine wines, now that Humanitas has joined The Good Life Wine Collective with Jessup Cellars and Handwritten Wines, you can still taste the handcrafted quality and passion in every sip.
Jean Charles Boisset
What if we could capture style and hold it in the bottle? What if that uncompromising personality - audacious, unique, mysterious, passionate, subtle - was revealed from one bottle to another by a distinct Number, until it was all held in a limited collection of wines? This is the spirit of JCB, a collection of rare numbered wines composed by Jean-Charles Boisset. Uniting centuries of Burgundian family tradition combined with the graceful exploration of sophisticated terroir.
Our vineyard is situated along Highway 29 in the famous Oakville Appellation in the heart of the Napa Valley. We have 10 acres planted exclusively with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. We've named this beautiful piece of land "Brix Vineyard", after our namesake restaurant "Brix".
For many years guests would come into our restaurant, Brix, and ask if we offered a wine from grapes grown on the property. The answer was complicated. We had for some time grown and sold our grapes to some of the Valley’s most prized labels. But the more often we were asked the question, the more the idea took hold. And in 2004, we decided it was time to create a wine unique to our own vineyard. So we, the Kelleher family, set out to produce our own estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon; with abundant help from some of the most knowledgeable people in the Napa Valley and a uniquely talented winemaker, Craig Becker.
We have always encouraged our guests to walk through our vineyard and taste the grapes as they ripen in the Fall; and now, to make this experience so much more complete, they are able to do so while enjoying a glass of Kelleher Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from our very own "Brix Vineyard". We believe it has been well worth the wait. And we hope you enjoy our remarkable wines from one of the world’s most legendary appellations.
We are a tiny family winery focused on creating limited release fine wines. We want to share our story and build a community of people who enjoy what we are creating. People who are looking for an artisan wine crafted with meticulous care and attention to detail. Become a part of the Mersenne community today. All great wines start with careful management of the vineyard. Winemaking begins long before the fruit is harvested. The process of guiding the vine to produce perfectly ripe fruit takes skill and dedication. We work closely with our growers and help guide each step throughout the year. We have been building relationships with experienced growers for over 20 years. Our focus is producing the finest grapes so that we can turn them into amazing wines.
Nickel and Nickel
Nickel & Nickel is located in Oakville, Napa Valley, along Highway 29, on 42 acres that were originally settled as a farmstead in the 1880s. We are dedicated exclusively to producing 100 percent varietal, single-vineyard wines that best express the distinct personality of each vineyard. Our collection of classic barns along with the site’s original Queen Ann-style home brings the historic farmstead back to life. Housed within the genteel farmstead structures is an ultra-modern winery uniquely suited to producing single-vineyard wines.
Since 1997, Nickel & Nickel has focused on producing single-vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the appellation’s most significant AVAs. A small collection of single-vineyard Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah complements the portfolio.
The process of selecting a site to produce a single-vineyard wine is of paramount importance. Every aspect of a vineyard must meet our exacting standards, including the soil, rootstock, clonal selection, exposure and farming practices. Our viticulture team farms with precision, based on what is required for each site to achieve the purest expression of its place. The process reveals how vineyards that are in some cases less than a mile apart and growing the same varietal, may produce wines of remarkably different character.
Priest Ranch Wines
Priest Ranch believes that all wines must stem from the land itself. Our winemaker and viticulturist, Craig Becker, draws on rich, diverse vineyard sources of the Napa Valley that feature a variety of elevations, exposures, soils and microclimates. With knowledge borne of deep experience, Craig takes a minimalist approach to winemaking, encouraging the highest expression of personality, intensity and distinction in each varietal we produce.
Round Pond Estate, owned and operated today by the second generation of the MacDonnell family, is a Rutherford farm and winery that specializes in the creation of pure, expressive wines, artisan foods and unforgettable experiences—all from the heart of Napa Valley. Because our gourmet items are defined by their freshness, purity and the meticulous care that goes into making them, at Round Pond we strive to control every step of the process. The product of our own vineyards, orchards, mill, and winery, every item we make reflects our passionate, hands-on approach from soil to bottle.
At Round Pond, we believe that excellence is achieved through a seamless blend of Old World traditions and state-of-the-art innovation. We walk the vineyards and orchards daily and carefully tend to our grape vines and olive trees. All of our fruit is sustainably farmed and hand-harvested. And though our mill is equipped with the finest modern technology, we perform all of our blending and bottling by hand in order to ensure the highest levels of quality. By combining the best of the old with the best of the new, Round Pond strives to create modern classics.
A family owned and operated winery in Yountville. While we are very proud of the different wines we make, our primary focus will be on you and your experience.
Goosecross invites you to join our family and experience all the road less traveled has to offer. We produce only 7,000 cases each year, and our winemaker Bill Nancarrow focuses all of his time and energy on growing grapes and guiding their transformation into great wine. Bill crafts our wines to show true varietal character by staying focused on the basics, sustainable farming with attention, care, and diligence in the cellar. At Goosecross we took a different path, a path that supports our perspective that producing great wine is not enough and our deep commitment to hospitality, service and connecting with people is tantamount to our mutual success with customers.
A visit to Goosecross provides an authentic, working family winery experience. We’re known as much for our laid-back atmosphere and hospitality as we are for sustainable farming and dedication to making seriously great wines. We offer a rustic, off the beaten path retreat for wine tasting. You can taste in our new and inviting tasting room, bond with the friendly staff, wander the vineyard, relax on the scenic deck, and witness production. Since 100% of our wines are sold consumer-direct, the winery is the only place to find them.
Hestan Vineyards is a family-owned estate on the eastern slopes of the Napa Valley. Our carefully-tended 110 acres are blanketed with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. We also operate a small Chardonnay vineyard planted at the mouth of the Napa River. Winemakers Jeff Gaffner and Thomas Rivers Brown translate these varietals into award-winning, limited-release wines for the Hestan, Meyer and Stephanie labels. We invite you to share a glass.
Hestan Vineyards was born from the culinary passion of Stanley Cheng and his wife, Helen. Stanley pioneered hard-anodized cookware in the 1970s and has continued to improve the ways we cook through innovations from back-of-house to the backyard.
Hestan Commercial reinvented the restaurant kitchen with purpose-built performance and reliability, while Hestan Outdoor introduces an entirely new level of performance to the backyard. NanoBond molecular titanium cookware is 400% harder than stainless steel. And soon, the Hestan Cue smart cooking system will equip the home kitchen with the mind of a chef.As a company, Hestan is built upon a shared love of food and innovation. Our team of vintners, chefs and engineers delights in the details of cooking. We gather to collaborate – and celebrate – in the Barn, our culinary think tank located at the vineyard.
Hourglass is a story of place: the narrative of two dramatic sites and the people destined to create extraordinary wines. Hourglass sits in the narrowest pinch of the Valley. This constriction creates a crucial thermal dynamic drawing cooler bay air up from the south. The air “bottlenecks” at the narrow channel resulting in a cooling breeze that tempers late afternoon heat.
Partners Gavin Newson, Gordon Getty and John Conover, with their success at PlumpJack and CADE Estate Wineries, were open to the possibility of a third winery. In the fall of 2011, an opportunity to round out their trio of wineries presented itself in the form of a historic property in the Stags Leap District – this prime piece of land would be the future site of Odette Estate Winery. Today, winemaker Jeff Owens and his winemaking team continue to produce awarding-winning cabernet sauvignons from the Stags Leap District estate vineyard that encapsulate the inspiration for the property – combining power and elegance, while simultaneously showcasing the unique properties of the AVA.
Making wine at the very highest level has always been at the core of Realm Cellars. Through “these blessed plots” – vineyards that we own and sites that we carefully curate – our aim is nothing less than to illuminate and reflect the pinnacle of Napa Valley winegrowing. But our vision for what Realm can be encompasses more than creating fine wine. Securing an enduring place in the history of Napa Valley, that is also our aspiration.
Realm Cellars is a journey. Years ago, Juan laid the groundwork, risking everything he had to achieve his dream. In time, others took the baton, taking their own risks to rebuild the business when it needed it most and infusing Realm with a new vision of what the future could hold. Drawing on a shared ethos of entrepreneurship and an obsession with excellence, this team took Realm beyond an individual person, and way beyond Juan’s wildest dreams.
As we look to the future, we see only possibility. Our Estate in the Stags Leap District gives us a firm foundation and ensures that Realm Cellars will be here for decades to come. We’ve come a long way, yet there is still much work ahead: a property to revitalize, vineyards to re-plant, a concept for hospitality to be realized, and of course, wines to be made. As we map our course, our promise - to our customers, our growers, ourselves - is that Realm Cellars will never be static, never complacent. We will make our mark in the firm belief that the best is always yet to come.
With Handwritten Wines focus on hillside and mountain Napa Valley District Cabernet Sauvignons, we were inspired to share the following insight into each District and the wines we create from these renowned appellations. We've also included information on our Carneros District Chardonnay and the one wine we source from outside of Napa, our Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir.
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The Jessup Cellars story is one of passion, family, hard work, resilience and, of course, fantastic wine. Over the past two decades, Jessup Cellars has earned a loyal following for our ultra-premium wines of distinction and a word-of-mouth reputation for hosting one of the friendliest tasting rooms in all of wine county. Guests at Jessup Cellars may choose to taste at our wine bar or relax with sit-down, hosted tastings in our spacious gallery amongst curated art, which features rotating installations by celebrated regional and national artists. The winery also specializes in hosting interactive cultural experiences with a focus on music, art, fashion and film.
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It was never clear how this adventure was going to turn out. In the late 60’s when my family started to grow wine grapes in Napa Valley, there was no one to show them the way. There was plenty of advice, to be sure, but in truth no one had started a successful Napa vineyard since Prohibition. They were, in a word, crazy.
Their lunacy was infectious, however, and a few other enterprising souls joined the gambit: Tony Baldini, our first viticulturist; David Whitehouse, our first “real” winemaker; Richard DeGarmo, Mr. fix-it; Mary Ware, queen of the office and everyone’s schedule. I grew up with them and consider them all family. A shared passion brought them to us, and my parents received them with open arms. They settled into their respective posts, not as hired hands, but as equals in a shared endeavor. As I settle into my own role in the family business, I find this remarkable dynamic preserved and count myself blessed to spend my days working with old and new friends that quickly feel like family.
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Campana Ranch Winery
Steve Bell brings to the winery a unique history of skills and experience. A fortuitous ½ credit wine appreciation class in a college led to Steve’s destiny in the wine industry. After graduation Steve headed straight to the Napa Valley where he spent twelve years as the vineyard manager for Freemark Abbey Winery and then over to the Sonoma County side where he managed all of Knight’s Valley’s vineyards for Beringer for another 19 years. In the meantime, Steve spent his free time making wine at home on the weekends. He recognized the importance that the quality of the grapes made the wine.
In 2012, after 30 years of amateur winemaking and with the encouragement of his wife Sher, Steve created his own boutique winery, Campana Ranch Winery, which is now producing 750 cases of ultra-premium red and white wines. Campana is the Spanish word for bell. Decades of vineyard management puts Steve in the best place from which to make decisions about crop choice.
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High-Craft, high-touch meticulous winemaking is at the core of everything we do. We are dedicated to exploring, developing, and mastering artisanal techniques to create the perfect glass of wine in every vintage. This constant drive for perfection defines all that we do. Founding winemaker Justin Meyer wanted to understand the nuance of vineyard sites and how wine matured over time. He diligently laid out our estate vineyard into small blocks to capture the unique microclimates and soil changes. Each block was separately fermented and cellared. The wine was only blended once it had properly evolved. This small lot approach resulted in wines of unmistakable character that highlighted the nuances of every vineyard block and vintage.
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Julien Fayard gained his knowledge and defined his core winemaking style from working at grand Chateaux in France such as Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte. In Napa Valley, he's worked alongside renowned winemaker Philippe Melka. He has come to be a Napa Valley veteran after many years of working with some of the most highly acclaimed and sought after wines from the Napa Valley.
His philosophy is to produce wines that express pure, terroir-driven specificities and characteristics. He believes that as a winemaker, one doesn't control the wine but rather wine style is the result of a combination of soil, climate and vineyard management.
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Trinchero Family Wines
Our meticulously designed winery is an enduring symbol of everything our family has worked toward for nearly 70 years. It represents three generations committed to crafting wine of the utmost quality. It is a beacon, heralding both our roots and our future in the Napa Valley.
With stunning views of Spring Mountain to the west and Howell Mountain to the east, our winery sits at the heart of Napa Valley, not far from where Mario Trinchero lived when he arrived in California nearly 70 years ago. The 22-acre site houses our winery, tasting room and hospitality center—all overlooking the Cabernet Sauvignon vines on Mario’s Vineyard.
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Robert Mondavi established his namesake winery in 1966 with a vision to create Napa Valley wines that would stand in the company of the world’s finest. He chose To Kalon Vineyard in the heart of the Napa Valley as the home for Robert Mondavi Winery. This first-growth vineyard, located in Oakville, California, is renowned for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world, as well as for its Sauvignon Blanc grapes, from which Mr. Mondavi crafted his signature wine, Fumé Blanc.
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Purchased by Michael Polenske in 2003, Blackbird Vineyards (a former walnut orchard first planted with 5, 717 Merlot vines in 1997) is now an ultra premium label in its own right. Fittingly, the word 'Merlot' is French patois for 'little blackbird.'
An early harbinger of Blackbird's potential arose when Mia Klein of Dalla Valle fame created a Blackbird Vineyard designate for her highly acclaimed 1999 Selene Merlot (no less than 95% of the fruit in the bottle must be from the named vineyard). Three of the top wine critics in the industry - Robert Parker, Stephen Tanzer, and Wine Spectator's James Laube - scored this wine in the 90s.
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Clos Du Val
The stories of great wineries aren’t written over a few vintages—they are written over decades and generations. They are captured in dusty bottles, and new vintages of wine aging in the finest French oak. As its stewards, we are writing Clos Du Val’s next chapter. When we cut our Cabernet production in half to exclusively focus on estate-grown wines, it was incredibly exciting. It said to people, more than anything else, we care about making extraordinary wines.
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Located in the heart of Napa Valley, ZD Wines offers an unforgettable wine country experience. Choose from an array of tours and tastings showcasing ZD's most unique attributes, from our organic farming focus to our exclusive multi-vintage Cabernet Sauvignon. The ‘70s and early ‘80s were the experimental years for ZD Wines as this small family winery was developing its personality. ZD produced an array of varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, White Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Flora. ZD also experimented with different growing areas including Napa, Sonoma, Carneros, Mt. Veeder, Shenandoah Valley in Amador County, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Monterey and Umpqua Valley in Oregon. Today, three generations of the deLeuze family continue looking to the future with a commitment to family, community, the environment and the production of world class wines.
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In 2001, Arron became winemaker at St. Clement, collecting a pantheon of vineyards that would make the lauded single vineyard series. In 2004, Aaron moved to Quintessa where he was winemaker and general manager through 2007. Currently he is consulting for Blackbird, Fisher Vineyards, Jericho Canyon, Perliss (The Ravens), Greer, V22, Martin Estate, Adler Deutsch, Quixote, Como No?, Seven Stones and St. Helena Estate. He has chosen clients who, like him, think wine is sexy and aren’t afraid to make something that will be misunderstood by the masses.
Steve fell in love with wine while taking a 1/2-credit wine appreciation class in college. After graduating Steve headed straight to the Napa Valley where he spent 12 years as the vineyard manager for Freemark Abbey and then moved over to the Sonoma County side where he managed all of Knights Valley vineyards for Beringer for another 19 years. Although Steve spent his career as a farmer, he also loved the romance of the wine and the industry; he became passionate about wine making, which he practiced at home during his grape growing tenure.
When his dream of being a fighter pilot in the French army fizzled because of a medical test, Benoit Touquette tried his hand working at an auto body shop, in road construction and even in banking alongside his father. But when he got a job with a mobile bottling line in Bordeaux, he was introduced to the wine business and his career choice started to crystallize. While working toward his Masters diplomas in both Chemistry and Oenology, Benoit worked at several French wineries in a production capacity. His experience made two things clear to him: he didn’t want to work in Bordeaux, where opportunities were limited if you weren’t born into a wine family; he did want to be involved with making high end, limited production wines, wherever that might take him. Upon graduation, with the help of his friend and mentor Michel Rolland, Benoit got a job with winemaking consultant Andy Erickson in California. Eventually he formed his own consulting business with clients such as Hartwell and Jack Quinn. When Realm’s first winemaker left in 2010, Benoit offered to help his friend – and Realm’s founder -- Juan Mercado with blending the 2009 vintage wines. That offer turned into a full-time gig, and Benoit joined Realm in 2011.
Julien Fayard gained his knowledge and defined his core winemaking style from working at grand Chateaux in France such as Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Laffite. In Napa Valley, he’s worked alongside renowned winemaker Philippe Melka. He has come to be a Napa Valley veteran after more than a decade of working with some of the most highly acclaimed and sought after wines from the Napa Valley. His philosophy is to produce wines with an identity that express pure, terroir-driven specificities and characteristics. He believes that as a winemaker, one doesn’t control the wine but rather wine style is the result of a combination of soil, climate and vineyard management. Wine style is an elegant combined expression of the fruit, soil, vines and climate. Julien is an entrepreneur with an acute business savvy of the wine industry. He has completed his MBA from top ranking Davis University in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. He brings a dynamic background of quality wine production, business management, winery development and infrastructure.
Our estate wines are carefully selected from the best individual hillside blocks for our three distinctive wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Stornoway (Merlot/Cabernet Franc), and Sauvignon Blanc. Somerston's emphasis on sustainability is reflected throughout the estate, with a diversified ecosystem, woodlands, artesian springs, row crops, and grass-fed Dorper sheep. The great wines of the world all have a sense of place. It is the winemaker’s role to capture the estate’s potential in every bottle, without a heavy hand. An estate wine should be even more expressive and consistent each year. From vintage to vintage our expectations grow. You can have all the elements of success: the land, the wine, and the vision, but without the right team of people, success will remain out of reach.
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Dennis and Judy Groth are natives of the South Bay Area of California (Sunnyvale and San Jose) and lived there until 1985, when they moved to Napa Valley. Dennis worked at Hewlett Packard while attending college at San Jose State, and in 1966 began his career as an accountant at Arthur Young & Co. (Now Ernst & Young). He became a CPA in 1968 and a partner of the firm in 1977. In early 1978, he left Ernst & Young to become Chief Financial Officer of Atari, a games and electronics subsidiary of Time Warner. During the years 1978 to 1984, Dennis also served as Executive Vice President, President of the consumer products division, and finally, President of the international division at Atari.
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Rocca Family Vineyards
The idea for Rocca Family Vineyards began many years ago, in the minds of proprietors Mary Rocca and Eric Grigsby. Eric grew up with the stories of his father, a Tennessee farmer-turned-salesman, reminding him of their close connection with the earth and the bounty it bore. Mary, born in the rolling hills of northern California, spent many warm summer days working in her mother’s vegetable garden. Picking prunes and walnuts out of nearby orchards late each year inspired an awe for the bountiful harvest a carefully tended plot of land could produce. While launching their respective careers - Mary as a cosmetic dentist, and Eric as a physician - the pair dreamed of the day when they could re-establish this kind of connection with the land they loved.
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pope valley winery
The Pope Valley Winery was founded in 1897 by Ed Haus as Burgundy Winery & Olive Oil Factory. A century later in 1997, the Eakle family, purchased the historic winery and gave it a new life as Pope Valley Winery. In 2009 the next generation of Eakles stepped in to continue building and furthering the family's vision for Pope Valley Winery as a fine winemaking establishment. Currently siblings, David Eakle as winemaker and Diana Eakle Hawkins as general manager, are making great strides in bringing Pope Valley Winery to the next level.
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Nicholson Jones winery
Nicholson Jones is the collaboration of two unique men who share a common vision to produce delicious California-style wines with a delightful and traditional French accent.
Winemaker Julien Fayard is the creative soul with complete authority over the wine quality while Cal Nicholson juggles everything else. No wine will ever wear the Nicholson Jones label unless it passes the rigorous standards set by Julien.
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Mai.son.ry [mey-suh-n-ree] - noun. A setting in which people come to be inspired by all things aesthetic. Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley offers a unique lifestyle experience in wine country. Originally built in 1904 as a private residence, the manor is one of three stone buildings in Yountville, and one of only two listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Eleven Eleven Winery
Eleven Eleven Wines celebrates the culture of wine, food, art and entertainment unlike any venue in the Wine Country. For wine enthusiasts, travelers, art lovers and friends, we offer an inviting tasting room experience and our signature wines for purchase.
At Eleven Eleven, each single-vineyard wine is celebrated for the purity and flawlessness of its varietal. Winemaker, Kirk Venge, has crafted the first flight of 100% varietal wines that prove the value in allowing the true expression of the single vineyard to shine through. The wines are elegant and nuanced, yet always balanced. Whether you pair your favorite foods or celebrate life’s moments – you’ll find the perfect bottle to suit any meal, mood or occasion.
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MIner Family Wines
Following a number of years spent working in the software industry, Dave Miner got his start in wine in 1993 as President of Oakville Ranch Vineyards, owned by his late uncle, Robert Miner. Having spent years as an enthusiastic wine consumer and collector, Dave had a natural affinity for the business.
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Before the inception of PlumpJack Estate Winery, there was just a humble wine store, opened in 1992 in the Fillmore neighborhood of San Francisco, called PlumpJack Wines. Based on a mutual love and passion for wine, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and composer/philanthropist Gordon Getty opened the wine store with a mission of creating an approachable environment for people to learn about and purchase wine. Today, Winemaker Aaron Miller and his team continue the winemaking heritage at PlumpJack Estate Winery by producing elegant wines that pay tribute to the Oakville estate vineyard and that earn critical-acclaim. In 2016, PlumpJack Estate Winery earned 100-points from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate on their 2013 PlumpJack Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville marking just the second time in history that a wine under a screw cap closure has received this award. Our wines are a reflection of our unique terroir, the passion and precision of our winemaker Aaron Miller, and our commitment to craft wines that consistently express the distinct qualities of our estate vineyards in the Oakville appellation.
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Welcome to Liana Estates. We are a second-generation, family owned and operated winery in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. Established in 2016, we are located among the rolling hills of Carneros with breathtaking views of the San Pablo Bay. Our mission is to produce distinct and extraordinary wines while drawing inspiration from our beautiful surroundings to create immersive experiences that elevate the overall wine tasting experience. Liana wines reflect the terroir of our region, with varietals including Carneros classics like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, while also bringing to life less commonly explored varietals each season. From small bites in our cozy tasting gazebo to local wine and culinary picnics in the vineyards and much more, we encourage our guests to relax and enjoy all aspects of our wines. We look forward to welcoming you to our winery and giving you a new taste of Carneros. -Lisa and Ariana
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The winemaking legacy at Beaulieu Vineyard remains unbroken for more than a century. Our story is one of this remarkable place and the extraordinary people who shaped winemaking in America. We respect classic values and the art of craftsmanship, and believe that these aspects of our heritage cannot be left behind. We have become a leader in clonal research, and our BV Clone Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines are highly acclaimed. In 2008, we completed a new state-of-the-art winery within one of our original buildings. The Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery utilizes the latest technology in combination with time-honored traditions for the production of this exceptional wine that has been widely recognized as the benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford since its inaugural vintage.
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The word 'Provenance' (rhymes with renaissance) is derived from the French language, and means "origin," or "source."
A provenance is the record of ownership of a piece of art from its creation to the present. Connoisseurs use a provenance as a guarantee of a work's authenticity. Our name reflects our goal of producing fine wines that are authentic works of art.
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Etude Wines is known for its 35 year legacy of high quality Pinot Noirs that deliver the best of the old and new world style and winemaking techniques. Jon Priest, Senior Winemaker at Etude, has a passion for Pinot Noir. It should come as no surprise then that he views patience as a duty, not a virtue, as the oft-named heartbreak grape requires a deft hand and total commitment. Etude was founded on the philosophy that winemaking begins in the vineyard long before the harvest and that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker, resulting in authentic varietal expression. This remains our approach today as we continue to build the Etude legacy. At the winery, solar panels supply about a third of Etude’s energy needs, recycled water is used for landscape irrigation and employees manage a composting and recycling program which diverts a large percentage of waste away from landfills. The Etude team also takes pride in their employee cultivated garden, with a portion of the produce donated to the Napa Food Bank.
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Buoncristiani Family Winery
The Buoncristiani Brothers are bonded not only by blood, but also by a shared passion, vision, and dedication for handcrafting ultra premium wines that accentuate the enjoyment of life. We are four young brothers - Matt, Jay, Aaron & Nate - who were born and raised in the Napa Valley from a long lineage of Italian winemakers and wine lovers. We, the Buoncristiani brothers, take pride in performing all aspects of enology, viticulture, wine production, and art design in order to share with you a true expression of our winemaking passion. Our motto is quality not quantity and we craft our wines without compromise. Handcrafting these limited production wines ourselves allows for the utmost attention to detail of every drop of every gallon in each barrel.
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Pott Wine represents the culmination of 25 years of professional wine-making experience. It reflects our love of wine, not only of tasting but of enjoying it with friends and not being afraid to get a little loopy.
Pott Wine is a reflection and an homage to those wines that brought tears to my eyes; a 1959 Romanée-Conti, a ’47 Château Petrus, a 1971 Aßmannshäusen Hollenberg Spätburgunder, a ’70 Mayacamas, a ’54 BV Georges De Latour.
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HALL Wines represents critically acclaimed artisan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from two tasting room and winery locations in St. Helena and Rutherford. Owned by Craig and Kathryn Hall, its vineyard collection features five Certified Organic estates producing classic Bordeaux varietals.
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Peju Province Winery
n 1983, with dreams of raising their young family on a farm, Tony and Herta Peju bought thirty acres of vines in the famed Rutherford district of the Napa Valley. Since then, the Peju family has maintained a meticulous focus on the land, fostering sustainable and environmental consciousness across their five estates. Still family-owned and -operated with daughters Lisa and Ariana poised to take the helm, Peju Winery has become an integral piece of the Napa Valley landscape.
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Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a single-vineyard, limited-edition wine that highlights the character of our estate without overwhelming it. We harvest the grapes at peak maturity, ferment them for optimal extraction, age them slowly in new French oak and bottle without filtration. The resulting wine has deep black cherry and currant fruit complemented by classic Rutherford expression of cocoa, cedar and black olive. Impressive and elegant, Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon may be enjoyed in its youth or savored after years in the cellar.
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Moone • Tsai Wines
When Larry and MaryAnn started Moone-Tsai wines in 2003, they created their label with the dream of making rare and remarkable wines bearing the finest fruit from Napa Valley's most heralded vineyards. Guided by this vision, and with Howell Mountain beckoning, Moone-Tsai launched its distinctive, limited production cabernets, chardonnays, and Bordeaux blends - among them, Moone-Tsai's landmark Howell Mountain Hillside Blend.
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Under his cheerful appearance Benoit captivates people with his passion and work ethic, something that Andy Erickson and Michel Rolland have understood. “Benny” is a young man who is about to climb into the highest echelons of Napa Valley wine stardom. This is not because the rabble-rouser “Benny” does not take himself too seriously.
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Beringer is the perfect place to host your special event. We have an array of beautiful and functional spaces for groups of all sizes. The historic Rhine House, Hudson House, and Old Winery are all ideal for an intimate wine tasting, large celebration, or business function. Add our beautiful picnic grounds, bocce ball court, historic caves, and a culinary center headed up by our resident chef plus our famous Beringer vineyards, and it’s everything you need for a memorable event.
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Baldacci Family Vineyards is a California winery located in the Stags Leap District AVA of Napa Valley. Thomas and Brenda Baldacci fell in love with the Napa Valley in 1998.
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Alpha Omega Winery
When it came to building its brand, Alpha Omega spared no expense. There were no limits for the starry-eyed vintners who aimed to bring their vision to fruition. They gave their winemakers 100 percent of their trust to procure the best grapes from prized vineyards throughout Napa Valley — most notably Thomas Vineyard in Rutherford, Beckstoffer To Kalon and Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper in Oakville, Beckstoffer Dr. Crane and Beckstoffer Las Piedras in St. Helena, Beckstoffer Georges III in Rutherford, Stagecoach in Atlas Peak and Sunshine Valley in the Oak Knoll District.
Inside and outside, Alpha Omega underwent an aesthetic transformation that resulted in a stunning tasting room boasting high ceilings and dazzling views, a state-of-the-art barrel room and crush pad, custom-made stainless steel tanks from Chile, a sweeping patio, reflection pond with fountains and private tasting rooms that allow wine enthusiasts to sample the most exclusive Alpha Omega wines surrounded by world-class art created by local artists. Alpha Omega continues to push forward, vintage after vintage, by constantly improving its wine, visitor experience and surroundings — the crux of Alpha Omega from the beginning and forever to the end.
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Our scenic 17-acre vineyard, a unique property blessed by its geography, topography, and terroir is situated immediately south of the renowned Stags Leap District at the cooler southern end of the Napa Valley. Our gentle slopes are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. A creek divides the parcel roughly in half, producing two noticeably distinct sites on one small estate "akin to the Right Bank and the Left Bank in Bordeaux," says our winemaker Philippe Melka. On one side, classic volcanic soil produces smaller, low-yielding vines that generate wines with powerful tannins. The soil on the other side is more loamy and deep, supporting bigger and stronger vines that give more generous, profound, layered wines. The cooler conditions give our wines a more European-style tannic structure with a clear focus on the purity of the fruit. Summer fog often clings until mid-morning, moderating the sun’s intensity, preserving acidity and yielding wines with softer, fresher nuances.
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CADE Estate Winery sits high above the fog line on the dramatic slopes of Howell Mountain, just northeast of the town of St. Helena. The building's striking architecture, a dialogue between gentle contours and strong rectilinear forms, suggests the complexity of our wines– powerful yet nuanced expressions of our mountain terroir. The winery blends right in with the impressive contrasts of our estate, a spot where cultivated vineyard rows meet tall evergreens and native Manzanita trees, all set against a backdrop of staggering Napa Valley vistas for a visitor experience not soon forgotten.
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Whetstone Wine Cellars
Whetstone Wine Cellars moved in 2011 to an impressive stand alone tasting room in a historic building that dates back to 1885. Their tasting room is located on Atlas Peak Road (next to Del Dotto Winery); this a significant upgrade from their shared tasting room in downtown Napa. Tastings are by appointment – they also offer special events such as lunches or vineyard tours (also by appointment). This venue offers them a number of options for tastings – when the weather is decent private tastings can take place under the arbor next to the building or on the second level floor behind the building.
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Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Spirits
We are dedicated and experienced merchants offering exceptional wine, spirits and the best of Wine Country with a fun, authentic approach and uncompromising standards. In business since 1994, our motto is: “If it's not great, we don't sell it."
In addition, we offer our Portfolio Selection wines made by award-winning winemaker Timothy Milos, who sources some of Napa Valley’s finest grapes. Bounty Hunter currently bottles the following brands: Bounty Hunter, Broken Spur, Gus Rivers, Jailbird, John Galt, Jurisdiction, Jurisprudence, Justice Series, Mr. Bianco, Mr. Rosso, Pursuit, Road Agent, Ridge Runner, Streamside, Tin Star, Vigilante, Waypoint and Weatherby wines.
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Casa Piena is founded upon the Philosophy of old world development merged with new world team building. The roots of this wine adventure go back to Carmen Policy's childhood in Youngstown, Ohio's Smokey Hollow neighborhood. That is where the making and sharing of wine played a central part in the vibrant family life of his largely Italian-American community.
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An elegant wine showing the staying power that a blend of mountain grown Cabernet Sauvignon highly influenced by Cabernet Franc delivers. A wine that involves all your senses and presents itself as pure natural harmony, and serves as the perfect background music to an evening's conversation between two good friends.
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At Stewart Cellars, it's the quest that drives us. The quest for the ideal site, for consistently lush fruit, for the like-minded grower who labors toward the perfect expression of a given vintage. We build lasting relationships with vineyard owners and together we test the limits of what an exceptional patch of soil can yield. Our requirement for the resulting wine is simple: it must deliver beyond expectation every time.
Our quest takes us to some of the most respected vineyards drawing our focus to the taste profile of every block and a blend that fulfills its promise a thousand times over. Only the best of the best bears the Stewart family name.
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Silver Trident Winery
Silver Trident opened the doors to their Tasting Home in downtown Yountville in March of 2015. One of the most stylish tasting experiences in Yountville, Silver Trident Winery, furnished with Ralph Lauren Home, offers the wine country visitor something that’s truly never been done before. Elevating the traditional tasting room to a new level of luxury, the entire Tasting Home is furnished with Ralph Lauren Home products in the manner of a tasteful and elegant residential estate.
The Silver Trident Tasting Home is intimate and inviting and consists of a beautifully appointed living room, dining room and library. Each room eloquently showcases the furniture, floor coverings, lighting, artwork and tabletop accents from the Ralph Lauren Home collection. In addition to their exquisite wines, everything around you, from the chandeliers overhead to the carpets underfoot, from teak, silver and leather serving trays, is available to add to your collection.
Silver Trident Winery is a boutique, family owned winery located in the heart of the Napa Valley. Established in 2009, Silver Trident Winery produces only 2,500 cases per year with a focus on single varietal wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc as well as a proprietary Napa Valley red blend. The Winery farms a two-acre estate vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon in St. Helena in addition to sourcing the highest quality grapes possible from top vineyards throughout the Napa Valley and Russian River AVAs.
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Round Pond Estate
Located in the acclaimed Rutherford region of Napa Valley, Round Pond is a family-owned and operated estate designed around our vineyards, gardens and orchards.
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aymond Vineyards, founded in 1970, is one of the Napa Valley’s pioneers and great estates. Arriving to Napa in 1933, the Raymond family became deeply connected to the valley’s winemaking origins. In 1970, they established a 90-acre estate in Rutherford that now comprises 300 acres in Rutherford, St. Helena and Jameson Canyon. Five generations of the Raymond family created a Napa icon, with an enduring reputation for elegant wines with a beautiful balance of finesse, power and complexity.
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