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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. […]

509, 2023

From Vineyard to Victory: the Inspiring Epic of Peltier Winery in Lodi

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

Credit: Peltier Winery Rodney Schatz’s upbringing in a family of Lodi growers instilled in him a deep love for the land, a strong work ethic, and an appreciation for the rural lifestyle. Food and wine played integral roles in their family celebrations, and Rodney honed his kitchen skills from a young age. His early experiences ignited a passion for farming and a visionary outlook. […]

2408, 2023

Fiddletown’s Treasures Unveiled: Crafting Excellence at PleinAir Vineyards in Amador County

By |August 24, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: , |

For Tom and Sarah Malone, their appreciation for wine shared among friends evolved into an unexpected adventure when their son Dan's career in the wine industry took an intriguing turn. Amidst the picturesque landscapes of Amador County, the Malones found themselves on the brink of a new journey, envisioning a commercial winery that blended family ties with their deep passion for viticulture.

2108, 2023

Rooted Dreams: the Hope Family’s Paso Robles Legacy

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

The tale of the Hope family's legacy begins at the heart of Paso Robles, where the roots of their story find nourishment. Chuck and Marlyn Hope, driven by a profound vision, planted the seeds of vineyards and apple orchards, laying the groundwork for generations to come. Chuck, originally from the San Joaquin Valley, intertwined his fate with Marlyn's family.

1708, 2023

Distinctive Hillside Wines: the Evolution of Crystal Springs AVA of Napa Valley

By |August 17, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: , |

For Steven Burgess, his origin story reads like a compelling novel, beginning with childhood memories of presenting family wines in the heart of Napa Valley and evolving into a deep understanding of the industry’s marketing.  A degree in Agriculture Engineering Technology, along with experience selling wine exposed him to a crowded wine landscape. 

1408, 2023

Paix Sur Terre: Fear and Loathing in Winemaking– A Cosmic Mourvedre Adventure

By |August 14, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: , |

The transition from a finance background to winemaking casts an intriguing light on Ryan Pease’s journey. His foray into owning a winery was no mere passion project; it was a calculated move, underpinned by financial and business acumen.   Recognizing the inherent value of the product, coupled with the upward trajectory of the Paso Robles wine region and insights garnered from Paso Robles finest wine industry talents, Ryan embarked on an unconventional path.

2607, 2023

Romance and Resilience on Howell Mountain: The Story of Red Thread Wines

By |July 26, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: , |

Once upon a vibrant Friday night in the lively Mission District of San Francisco, fate wove an intricate tapestry, bringing together two souls destined for an extraordinary journey. Brian Brakesman, still exhilarated from the Cow Palace rodeo, found himself at Slims, while Gretchen, celebrating her co-ed softball team's triumph, was enjoying the same bar with her friends.

2407, 2023

Neighbors to Winemakers: Opolo Vineyards and the Pursuit of Excellence in Paso Robles

By |July 24, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

They recognized an opportunity in Paso Robles–an emerging wine region with immense potential at the time. Undeterred by the challenges that lay ahead, they independently planted their own vineyards, taking a leap of faith into the world of winemaking, but it was their collective vision that would ultimately unite their paths and give rise to Opolo.

1807, 2023

Lava Cap Winery: A High Elevation Bordeaux Style Paradise in the Sierra Foothills

By |July 18, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

El Dorado County in the Sierra Foothills is home to Lava Cap Winery, a hidden gem that combines nature’s beauty with exceptional winemaking. Founded in the 1980’s by UC Berkeley professor David Jones and his wife Jeanne, along with their son Charlie, Lava Cap has flourished under their dedicated stewardship.

3006, 2023

Digital MacGyverism: Wine Influencers Solving Problems and Wearing Many Hats

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

Listen up, restless souls navigating the world of wine and digital mischief. Fear not, for the wine marketing game is alive and thriving. It is fueled by innovation and carried forth by the winds of change. The wine influencer scene is not fading into oblivion; it is transforming, driven by digital progress and shifting consumer behavior.

2606, 2023

Savoring the Legacy: Husch Vineyards and the Authentic Charm of Anderson Valley

By |June 26, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Courtesy: Husch Vineyards Step into the rich history and rustic charm of Husch Vineyards, the oldest winery nestled in the breathtaking landscapes of Anderson Valley. With roots dating back to 1971, Husch stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of winemaking excellence. But the story doesn’t end there. […]

1806, 2023

Tension, Balance and Precision take Flight at Fulldraw Vineyard in Paso Robles

By |June 18, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Fulldraw Vineyard Our story begins in Fairfield, Iowa, where Connor McMahon spent his childhood surrounded by corn fields and pig farms. It was in this heartland that Connor’s passion for winemaking took root, nurtured by his patience and precision honed through fly fishing and hunting. […]

1306, 2023

Linne Calodo Winery: Unveiling the Essence of Paso Robles through Passionate Winemaking and Thoughtful Artistry

By |June 13, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Credit: Linne Calodo Winery Linne Calodo Winery was founded by Matt Trevisan, a passionate and determined individual with a background in aeronautical engineering and flight. However, his love for wine was ignited when he encountered unlabeled wines produced by Justin Smith’s father, who had deep roots in Paso Robles wine country. Inspired by this experience, Matt pursued a career in the wine industry, working at various wineries and honing his skills in cellar management and winemaking. […]

406, 2023

Napa Valley’s Audacious Journey Down the Wine Tech Rabbit Hole

By |June 4, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Bob Dylan once sang, “Admit the waters around you have grown,” and boy-oh-boy was he right.  On the rugged and treacherous terrain of the wine industry, where fortunes are made and lost with every sip, the tides of change have swept through like a tempest, leaving many wine tech companies in its wake. […]

3105, 2023

The Resounding Success of ROAR in the Santa Lucia Highlands

By |May 31, 2023|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

With roots tracing back to the northern hills of Italy and the serene valleys of Switzerland, their journey began with their great grandfathers, who bravely immigrated to the fertile Salinas Valley, embarking on a new life as dairy and vegetable farmers. 

2704, 2023

Revolutionizing Wine through Innovation and Sustainability: Alileo Wines, From Sicily to Massachusetts

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

Courtesy Alileo Wines It was a chance encounter in 2001 that brought Alexandra Dane and Antonio Bertone together. Some might describe them as extreme business travelers–always on the move– others might say it was just plain serendipity. […]

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