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1405, 2024

Somnium: From Checkered Flags to Napa Wine Country

By |May 14, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Will Bucquoy The thrill of the race had been Danica Patrick’s  life’s blood, the scream of engines and the blur of the finish line her world. Yet, in the quiet sanctuary of the Culinary Institute of America, a different kind of passion ignited. Here, Danica discovered the artistry of cuisine, a world where the ingredients alluded to secrets of lands far and wide, where every dish was an adventure. […]

1404, 2024

From Gold Rush to Grape Crush: The Remarkable Transformation of Valley View Winery in Southern Oregon

By |April 14, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Valley View Winery Eight-year-old Mark Wisnovsky wasn’t chasing fireflies in the twilight. He was knee-deep in damp soil, his small hands carefully helping his father plant the first vines on what would become Valley View Winery. His younger brother, Michael, toddled alongside, mirroring Mark’s movements with a small shovel – already captivated by the magic swirling around them. […]

2803, 2024

Delta Breeze Magic: How Wind Shapes Clarksburg’s Award-Winning Vintages at Fellow Wines

By |March 28, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Fellow Wines The story of Fellow Wines of Clarksburg begins with the Ogilvie family’s agricultural journey in the early 20th century. David Ogilvie’s great-grandfather, George Wilson, and a friend, James Wadsworth, bought two parcels of land in Clarksburg in 1921. […]

1903, 2024

Calla Lily Estate and Winery: Bloomed from a Dream in the Napa Valley

By |March 19, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Calla Lily Estate & Winery Located in the serene Pope Valley of Napa Valley, Calla Lily Estate & Winery showcases a unique origin story. Unlike the planned ventures that dot the region, Calla Lily emerged from a chance encounter. Winemaker Cary Gott stumbled upon a complete, state-of-the-art winery with established vineyards – a hidden diamond in the rough just waiting to be unearthed. […]

1103, 2024

From Buffalo Blizzards to Oregon Bliss: Rob Stuart’s Winemaking Journey to Success (and Pinot Perfection!) in the Willamette Valley

By |March 11, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: R. Stuart & Co. Winery The crisp bite of a Buffalo winter couldn’t have been further from the summer sun-drenched vineyards of Oregon’s wine country. Yet, it was amidst those snowy landscapes that a young Rob Stuart first encountered a life-altering glass of wine. […]

303, 2024

How Nysa Vineyard Uses Nature’s Gifts to Create Unforgettable Wines in the Willamette Valley

By |March 3, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

What does it take to make a world-class Pinot Noir? For Michael Mega, the founder and winemaker of Nysa Vineyard, it takes a vision, a tenacity, and a love affair with wine that started in college and took him across the globe. In 1990, he planted his first vines in the Dundee Hills of Oregon, fulfilling his dream of creating his own family-owned vineyard and winery.

2502, 2024

Cliff Lede Vineyards: The Winery Where Music, Art, and Wine Collide in Napa Valley

By |February 25, 2024|Categories: Business and Operations, California, Featured, Industry, News|Tags: , |

Credit: Bob McClenahan Cliff Lede’s journey to Napa Valley winemaking began rather unexpectedly, sparked by his grandmother’s home winemaking hobby in Edmonton, Canada.  A transformative visit to Napa Valley on a business trip in the 1990s during his construction career sealed the deal. […]

802, 2024

Brassfield Estate Winery: A Blending of Volcanic Terroir-Influenced Wines, and the Splendid Outdoors of Lake County

By |February 8, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Brassfield Estate Winery In 1973, Central California cattle ranch owner Jerry Brassfield was captivated by the agricultural potential and serene environment of Lake County’s High Valley region. This led him to purchase a 1,600-acre property, marking the start of his wine industry journey. […]

3001, 2024

Time & Direction Winery: Back to the Future in the Walla Walla Rhone Scene

By |January 30, 2024|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Time & Direction Winery In the heart of Walla Walla, amidst tranquil vineyards, stands Time and Direction Winery, a testament to the unique journey of its owner, Steve Wells. From aspiring to be a rock star in the bustling streets of New York City to becoming a certified sommelier, Steve’s path to the world of wine was anything but ordinary.  […]

2201, 2024

Miraflores Winery: A Thriving Vineyard in Pleasant Valley, El Dorado County

By |January 22, 2024|Categories: California, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News|Tags: |

Credit: Miraflores Winery Dr. Victor Alvarez, a successful pathologist, found himself mesmerized by the scenic beauty of Pleasant Valley, in El Dorado County,  during a detour on a business trip to Reno. This serendipitous discovery led him to purchase a property that would eventually become the flourishing Miraflores Winery.  […]

2012, 2023

Nicholson Vineyards Winery: Where Tradition Meets Passion in the Santa Cruz Mountains

By |December 20, 2023|Categories: Business and Operations, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News|Tags: |

Credit: Nicholson Vineyards Winery With a deep passion for winemaking steeped in a legacy of eleven generations of farming, the Nicholson family has been producing wines since 1995 on their estate vineyards in California’s Santa Cruz County. Renowned for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, they also source grapes from around the state to create specialty wines that reflect the diverse terroir of California. […]

1312, 2023

Barboursville Vineyards: Virginia Wine, Italian Soul

By |December 13, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News|Tags: |

Credit: Barboursville Vineyards In the 1970s, Italian winemaking pioneer Gianni Zonin harbored a dream to establish a winery in the United States. While renowned regions like Napa Valley and the Finger Lakes beckoned, Zonin’s path led him to an unexpected destination: Virginia. […]

712, 2023

Ponzi Vineyards: A Legacy of Exceptional Wines in the Willamette Valley

By |December 7, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News|Tags: |

Credit: Ponzi Vineyards Ponzi Vineyards is a living testament to the transformative power of time and passion. For generations, the Ponzi family has crafted wines that embody the unique spirit of the Willamette Valley. Their story is one of unwavering dedication to sustainable practices and a deep respect for the land, propelling them to the forefront of Oregon’s winemaking scene. […]

512, 2023

Southwest Mountains Vineyards: A Newcomer Nurturing Virginia’s Terroir, One Sip at a Time

By |December 5, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Southwest Mountains Vineyards Situated amidst the picturesque foothills of Virginia’s Southwest Mountains, Southwest Mountains Vineyards is a destination for discerning wine lovers, where history blends with culture and nature. […]

3011, 2023

Vivac Winery: A High Elevation Refuge for Wine Lovers in the Heart of New Mexico

By |November 30, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Douglas Merriam For two brothers and their wives, Vivac Winery was more than just a business venture. It was a dream come true. Jesse and Chris Padberg, along with their spouses MIchele and Liliana, turned their passion for winemaking into a world-class enterprise that produces some of the most acclaimed wines in New Mexico.  Inspired by the winemaking traditions of South America and Europe, Vivac Winery is located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  From humble beginnings in a small adobe house, to becoming certified sommeliers, and award winning winemakers, the family has made [...]

2111, 2023

Coombsville Dreams: The Humble Beginnings of Sciandri Family Vineyards

By |November 21, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Courtesy: Sciandri Family Vineyards Ron and Roberta Sciandri were born and raised in South San Francisco, but they always dreamed of a different life. In the late 1980s, they invested in a small motel in Napa Valley with some friends. As they renovated and managed the Wine Valley Lodge, they fell in love with the region, its beauty, and its wine culture. They decided to retire in Napa Valley and find their ideal home. […]

2910, 2023

How RD Winery Blends Vietnamese Culture and Napa Valley

By |October 29, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Bob McClenahan With a compelling blend of Vietnamese heritage and Napa Valley’s rich viticultural landscape, RD Winery under the astute leadership of CEO Mailynh Phan has transformed the winemaking landscape. From its humble beginnings in the Vietnamese market, the winery’s journey into the heart of Napa unveiled not just a new tasting room, but an innovative fusion of all-Asian cuisine pairing. By bridging the essence of Vietnamese tradition with Napa’s winemaking artistry, RD Winery has not only crafted a distinct brand voice but also fostered a sense of inclusivity and community within the often exclusive world of [...]

510, 2023

Native Flora: Blowin’ in the Wind of Change in the Willamette Valley

By |October 5, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Mick Hangland-Skill Raised in an Italian household about 25 miles outside of the iconic Napa Valley, Scott Flora’s love for wine coursed through his veins from the start.  He has been a wine collector and consumer his entire adult life starting at the age of 18.  When life led him up to the Willamette Valley, a transformation began to take root.  It was the spark of inspiration that eventually led him down the path of establishing a vineyard and crafting wines of distinct character. The name “Native Flora” is derived from Scott’s last name, Flora. Having endured [...]

2709, 2023

Campbell Cellars: From Weekend Tastings to Estate Ownership

By |September 27, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: , |

Credit: Campbell Cellars Tim and Carol Campbell’s journey in the world of wine began during their school days at Berkeley, where weekends were often spent venturing in the Napa Valley for tastings.  Amid these excursions, they nurtured a dream– a dream of one day owning their own piece of this vinous paradise. The Campbells yearned for a place they could divide their time between Southern California and a newfound haven up north in the Napa Valley. Yet this vision went beyond just a second home; it encompassed a space where their entire family could gather for cherished summers, [...]

1009, 2023

Cab Franc Chronicles: Dracaena— from Humble Beginnings to Authentic Excellence

By |September 10, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: , |

Credit: Dracaena Wines In the world of wine, passion often emerges from unexpected places. Lori and Michael Budd’s journey began humbly, as they met at work and enjoyed early dates strolling to the supermarket. There, they carefully selected wine, returning to Michael’s apartment where he, the food scientist, showcased his culinary skills. As their careers advanced, so did their wine exploration, transitioning from the bottom shelf to eye-level wines, revealing the depth of the wine world. Vacations soon revolved around wine regions, captivated by the diversity of wines and the stories within each glass. […]

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