Winemakers of California

  • Shebang!

    The new hot shot winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson is making some of the top reds in California. (Son of Joel Peterson, founder of Ravenswood) Morgan has sourced some of the top zinfandel and syrah fruit in Sonoma to make this easy drinking red. Shows wonderful jammy blackberry tones and phenominal structure for a wine in this [...]

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  • Bedrock

    Bedrock is an itsy-bitsy winery making wine in a converted chicken coop. Fruit from only the most excellent vineyard sites is hand pitch-forked into the destemmer, fermented in open top redwood and stainless vats using only native yeasts, and are manually basket pressed by winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson into the sexiest oak from the coldest French [...]

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  • Volunteer

    THERE ARE EXPECTATIONS OF NAPA VALLEY CABERNET. A SPECIFIC SET OF “RULES” MUST BE FOLLOWED. THE GRAPES MUST BE PICKED AT A CERTAIN SUGAR RANGE, FERMENTED AT THE EXACT TEMPERATURE FOR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME, AND REST SEVERAL MONTHS IN THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF OAK BARRELS. WE FOLLOW ALL OF THE RULES, EXCEPT WE [...]

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  • The Rule

    THERE ARE EXPECTATIONS OF NAPA VALLEY CABERNET. A SPECIFIC SET OF “RULES” MUST BE FOLLOWED. THE GRAPES MUST BE PICKED AT A CERTAIN SUGAR RANGE, FERMENTED AT THE EXACT TEMPERATURE FOR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME, AND REST SEVERAL MONTHS IN THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF OAK BARRELS. WE FOLLOW ALL OF THE RULES, EXCEPT WE [...]

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  • Butternut

    THE 2011 BUTTERNUT CHARDONNAY GRAPES WERE SOURCED FROM A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT CALIFORNIA VINEYARDS TO BROADEN THE FLAVOR PROFILE AND ENHANCE YOUR DRINKING EXPERIENCE. THE GROWING REGIONS INCLUDE NAPA, SONOMA, SIERRA FOOTHILLS AND MONTEREY. AROMAS OF PEACH, HAZELNUT AND SPICED CANDIED APPLE LEAP FROM THE GLASS. The grapes were picked at optimum time and fermented [...]

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  • Larkmead

    Larkmead is one the great historic estates of Napa Valley, with vineyards that date to the 1800′s. Owned by the Solari Family since 1948, the estate consistently produces one of the best Cabernets in the Valley– a rich, terroir-driven gem that is highly individualistic and loaded with true personality and class. Wines Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon, [...]

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  • Bella Vita

    Bella Vita is the Italian good life. It’s also the result of Natural Wine Company’s collaboration with the great brother-sister winemaking team of Carlo and Annalisa Botter. Together we’ve created the Bella Vita line of wines: a bright & lively Pinot Grigio from Treviso in Veneto, and a rich, old-vine Montepulciano from Abruzzo. Two delicious [...]

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  • Rickshaw

    Rickshaw is the synthesis to two powerful ideals: that one should be able to have a great bottle of California wine at a reasonable price and that those of us fortunate to enjoy said wine each night should help out our fellow man. Achieving the first part of the mission is a challenge we embrace. [...]

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  • Radio Coteau

    Radio-Coteau works closely with select cool-climate coastal vineyard sites in Western Sonoma County and Anderson Valley to produce wines with vibrant, balanced fruit and a distinct sense of place. Proprietor Eric Sussman focuses on detailed and sustainable viticulture in conjunction with a natural, non-interventionist approach in the cellar to more accurately reflect the unique character [...]

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  • Porter Creek

    Owned and operated by father and son, Porter Creek is a winery and vineyard estsate situated just adjacent to Porter Creek in the most prestigious part of the Russian River Valley appellation. With a strong commitment to the growing conditions in the Russian River Valley, Porter Creek focuses on organic, hillside-grown, vineyard-designate wines of grape [...]

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  • Pinhead Red

    Pinhead Red is a hearty yet refined mountain wine that was handcrafted for the express purpose of returning the bounty of the land to the communities and causes that inspire us. The wine was handcrafted by Orfin Lotts, a satellite project from the folks at Radio-Coteau in Sebastopol, California.“Pinhead” was a name given to the [...]

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  • Demuth Kemos

    “Two guys, one truck, one forklift, 800 sq. ft. of winery space.” This pocket-sized operation in Sonoma focuses exclusively on single-vineyard wines grown from some of the best sites in Sonoma and Mendocino. Demuth Kemos began in 2004 with the production of two barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Clajeux Vineyard. In the course of [...]

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  • County Line

    County Line is a side project of acclaimed California winemaker, Eric Sussman. Drawing on his experience and connections at Radio-Coteau, Sussman works closely with winegrowers in some of the most unique and distinctive vineyard sites in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. The wines are true to place– honest expressions of the finest cool-climate sites in the [...]

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  • Banshee

    Banshee Wines is not your normal wine company.  They are a band of wine industry insiders dedicated to producing benchmark wines that provide true value.  They are negociants who specialize in finding hidden gems in other wineries’ cellars and then blending those barrels to create killer wines. Thousands of barrels are tasted, only a few [...]

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  • Wind Gap

    Wind Gap is an exciting new project by Pax and Pam Mahle. This small winery is focused on producing honest, authentic and compelling wines from special vineyard sites. They source from vineyards throughout California. Many of their vineyards are planted along or are directly influenced by one wind gap or another. These geological breaks in [...]

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  • Wyatt

    Wyatt was born from the idea that delicious, mouth-filling wines can be hand-crafted at reasonable prices. Working with several winemakers in California, we make our blends using declassified wine that often sells at a much higher price under other labels. The result: a great value and lots of character for the money. As Robert Parker [...]

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  • Hardin

    The first Hardin Cabernet Sauvignon (2003) was discovered by Doug on a trip to California. The wine was sourced from one of Napa Valley’s long time “cult” producers. Doug found himself in Napa at the right time, and was able to taste and buy a small lot of this top, top quality wine. Following the [...]

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  • Copain

    Wells Guthrie discovered early on that his taste in wine gravitated toward Europe in general and France’s Rhone Valley in particular. So much so, he moved to the region to learn from the best. During that time, Wells was deeply inspired by the traditions and practices of French winemaking, not to mention the European attitude [...]

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