Westrey Wine Company was founded in 1993 by co-winemakers Amy Wesselman and David Autrey, along with David’s father, Robert Autrey, in Oregon’s burgeoning Willamette Valley. Amy and David focus on crafting elegant Pinot Noir wines, fruit-driven Burgundian-style Chardonnay and crisp, refreshing Pinot Gris. The wines are designed to be balanced and ageworthy, always complementing and enlivening the food with which they are served.
Trisaetum considers their vineyards first, believing that great wine requires an obsession about first producing superior fruit from one’s vineyard. Their wines represent as purely as possible what their estate vineyards have to reflect; Pinot Noir and Riesling, more than any other grapes, express the specific characteristics of the soil and climate in which they are grown. Farming sustainably and without irrigation, they attempt to carefully manage their vineyards so that they are able to achieve a concentration of flavors and an expression of place in their wines.
The Brooks approach to winemaking is simple. They seek natural balance in the vineyard and cellar, to show the true expression of terrior in their wines. They are passionate about organic and biodynamic farming; as they believe it not only creates better wines, but these important practices help keep our earth alive and ecosystem intact. While they respect the individuality of each vineyard and its sense of place, they maintain the philosophy that the greatest depth, flavors and balance in a wine are achieved by blending. Their focus is to produce beautiful Riesling and Pinot Noir, both of which are perfectly suited to grow in the cool Willamette Valley climate.
Alloro Vineyard is 78 acres of uniquely contoured, loess-derived, Laurelwood soil. Located on a southwest-facing slope in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains AVA, within the Willamette Valley, this very special place is the heart and soul of our wines and is personally cared for by Founder, David Nemarnik. They are an artisan, limited-production producer and are 100% Estate, crafting all their wines from this single vineyard. Their Burgundy trained, UC Davis educated Winemaker, Tom Fitzpatrick, is focused on producing elegant wines of balance, with character and soul, that capture the distinct personality of their terrior, the purity of its fruit, and that delight and inspire.
Drawing inspiration from the landscape around us, and the classic, nuanced wines of France and Spain, Grochau Cellars crafts the kind of wines we hope to drink at the end of the day: pure, honest and delicious. Established in 2002, Grochau Cellars is anchored to their Oregon homeland, and they approach each vintage with the same goals: Create complex, genuine wines true to their origins and to the distinct flavors of Oregon.
James and Poppie Mantone craft highly sought after Rhône varietal wines. Syncline wines have great depth of character and show a sense of singular identity and connection to the land. Single Vineyard Syrah and Mourvèdre are exceptional; Rhône style blends are stunning with grace and personality; white wines are perfumed elegance. With the philosophy that great wines are made in the vineyard, James and Poppie are dedicated to ever improving the vines they work with. The Syncline estate vineyard is farmed biodynamically, and the same care and attention to detail is expected from each outsourced vineyard block used in Syncline’s production.
The Varners have ended their collaboration with the Neely family, so the 2013s are the last wines the Varners made in the Santa Cruz Mountains. That is a real loss to the region and the wine world more broadly, as the Varners made stunning Chardonnays and Pinots from these sites. The Varners have moved to Santa Barbara County, where they are making a new Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the El Camino and Los Alamos vineyards respectively. Both wines deliver superb quality for the money. The Santa Cruz Moutains wines remain reference points for what is possible in these mountain terroirs; namely rich, phenolic Chardonnays and intense Pinots.
Bob and Jim Varner's Foxglove wines remain some of the very finest values you will find anywhere in the world. The wines are all done in stainless steel, which keeps the flavors bright and prices down, a pretty appealing combination for every day wines meant to be enjoyed upon release.
The Farm Winery
Nestled in the Westside hills of Paso Robles, the vineyards of The Farm Winery have exceptional terroir and micro-climates to make special wines. Our efforts begin in the heart of the vineyards when the first shoots appear and only end years later when our process of making slow, unhurried, carefully nurtured wine is in bottle. We take great pride in crafting small amounts of hand-made wine, and even greater pride in the care and detail given to vineyards that produce such remarkable fruit. We invite you to join The Farm and get to know us.
As wine aficionados struggle with the notion of terroir, wherein the character of a wine is truly a reflection of the place where the fruit is grown, I feel confident that the same can be said of people and the places where they “grow”. This is certainly true of Julie Johnson, owner/winemaker at Tres Sabores. As those of you who have been to “the ranch” can no doubt attest, it would be hard to imagine Julie doing life anywhere else. The brisk stride, the sparkling eyes that engage you so directly, the willingness to discuss, in detail, any aspect of the wine business or of life’s many questions, and…all of this flowing so clearly from her love for, and connection to this place – it’s quite amazing.
Wait Cellars has focused exclusively on limited production award-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from premium Sonoma fruit since 2005. We generally release our wines in summer -- our Chardonnay 8-9 months from when it was picked, and our Pinot Noir about 20 months from when it was picked. We offer these wines primarily through our Wine Club and allocation list; current releases are also occasionally available here online and through select restaurants and retail stores in San Francisco.
Bruliam Wines is a boutique producer of vineyard designated wines. We source our fruit from California’s finest vineyards, providing you with world class wines. Then we donate 100% of those profits to the charities that you choose. If you’re lucky enough to live your dream, it’s most satisfying when everyone shares the harvest.
Beekeeper wines are crafted with all the attention to detail of an ultra premium Cabernet; premier vineyards, low yields, careful hand selection of fruit, artisan winemaking, quality focused, not quantity and the expensive use of time in quality French Oak barrels.
Rafael et Fils
In 1985 an opportunity presented itself to own a magical patch of dirt in the then unnamed Oak Knoll District; 50 acres of former cattle ranching land, so steeply inclined that only 25 acres could be planted. For such a personal operation they needed a family member on-site, so Marc Rafael moved to Northern California permanently in 2010 to oversee all aspects of the vineyard. Now they are entering a tremendously exciting phase, and they cannot wait to share their little hidden gem.
Metzker Family Estates
Metzker Family Estates now introduces its Laurent wines, paying homage to the French influence of winemaking. We are proud to offer Laurent Chardonnay, Laurent Pinot Noir, and our Laurent Rosé of Syrah from the Sonoma Coast. We look forward to sharing the fruits of our labor with you.
Reeve Wines is the brainchild of Noah and Kelly Dorrance. Named after the couple’s young son, this passion project serves as a way for them to work with fruit from a collection of fascinating vineyards they have stumbled upon throughout Northern California’s Anderson Valley and beyond. Noah, who is co-founder and head winemaker for Banshee Wines, and Kelly, who aided in the creation of Banshee’s tasting room and wine club, have assembled a strong team of industry veterans to help them with Reeve.
Amalie Robert Estate
Amalie Robert Estate was founded at the turn of the century by Dena Drews and Ernie Pink. Dena and Ernie left the corporate world behind and began a journey to pursue a vision. What we found was a beautiful Willamette Valley cherry orchard, and the opportunity to take a hand in our own destiny. Ernie was pretty sure he saw his vineyard beneath that old orchard and struck a deal to find out. The cherries were harvested in the summer of 1999 and the transformation to vineyard began in earnest. With the help of some new friends, it was Earth Day 2000 when the last vine was planted, and the vineyard at Amalie Robert Estate was established.
Robert Brittan was the first winemaker at Far Niente, then spent 16 years as winemaker and estate manager at Stags' Leap Winery before fulfilling his dream of making Pinot Noir and Syrah from cooler climates. A graduate of University of California at Davis, he has over 30 years of experience in making wine. He now has Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and six Rhone varieties across 21 acres. He is convinced that Rhone varieties can succeed in the Willamette Valley.
In 2010 Father John was started with the idea that each wine should be true to its provenance. That is to say, each vineyard should express its own distinct character. Our wines are able to fully express their specific site and local microclimates, yet are distinctive in their structural balances and individual flavors. All of our vineyard sites have strong Pacific coast influences. Owner Nicholas Maloney started Father John during his stay in France which included work in Haute Savoie, Margaux, Nuits-saint-Georges, Savigny-lès-Beaune, Pernand Vergelesses and Chablis. His experiences in France influenced his philosophy of creating wines that age gracefully and are suited to accompany fine cuisine.
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Twenty five acres of Burgundian-style varietals are planted on the 325 acre estate, focusing on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and small lots of Merlot and Sangiovese. The winery property, located directly west of Palo Alto and Stanford University, sits on Skyline Blvd. at a 2000 foot elevation. The long, cool growing season and excellent sun exposure provide an ideal climate for these grape varieties. Dr. Fogarty's vision is to produce high quality, character-filled wines which take full advantage of the unique soil and climate of this appellation.
Leitmotif is an intriguing boutique winery in Santa Barbara County. Stephen Searle's passion project aims to make thought provoking wines from cool climate coastal vineyards. Early returns from both professional critics and wine consumers say he's hitting his target. Stephen is no wine neophyte. After contracting the wine bug through working in restaurants, he got a degree in oenology. For the last six years Stephen has made his mark at highly regarded Jaffurs Wine Cellars, where he is currently the head winemaker for the label's Rhone wines. Those bottles are consistently huge bangs for the buck.
Lexington Wine Co.
Lexington Wine Co brings wines born of high-elevation mountain vineyards in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountain AVA. It is our goal to offer wines that are singularly distinctive and representative of the remote and beautiful land that we farm. Gist Ranch vineyard, home to Lexington wines, is located on the Pacific Plate in Santa Cruz County at an elevation of 2,400ft. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon vines were planted by the Fogarty family in 2000, and were carefully farmed to establish optimal organic, sustainable farming practices for ten years before our first release in 2011.
Pied a Terre
Pied à Terre is the realization of my dream and the culmination of 20 years of experience as a professional wine buyer in New York City. I found it nearly impossible to buy an affordable, high quality Cabernet from California. While there were, and still are, a lot of inexpensive wines from California on the market, I found it difficult to find high-quality, soulful and truly balanced ones. Pied à Terre was created to fill that void. After all great wine doesn't have to cost a fortune.
Pursued by Bear
Actor and Yakima native Kyle MacLachlan launched his wine project "Pursued by Bear" with Eric Dunham beginning with the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2008, he added the "Baby Bear" Syrah to celebrate the birth of his son. These extremely limited production wines are available only in select locations.
Stringer Cellars now makes their wine in Napa Valley and at winery in the heart of Sonoma County. It’s a whole family affair: Casey serves as lead winemaker, Chip oversees operations, his brothers, Andrew and Tim, help with marketing and sales and his wife, Brooke can often be found pouring tastings behind the bar. Their winemaking philosophy is simple: Use the finest grapes they can find from the best vineyard sites in California to make small lot wines you will not soon forget. Casey employs minimalist winemaking techniques, allowing the fruit and individual vineyards to shine through in each bottle.
One of the great somms, winemakers and people in Washington wine, Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen crafts limited production wines at his new facility in Woodinville. W.T. Vintners focuses sources from some of the most esteemed vineyards in Washington including the Stoney Vine Vineyard and the Destiny Ridge Vineyard.
Challen Winery is a small Santa Barbara County producer of premium single vineyard designated Pinot Noirs. With Burgundy as their benchmark, they strive to produce world class wines, with every bottle expressing a sense of place, a reflection of the "terroir" unique to each vineyard from which it was born. In this pursuit, they take a minimalist approach to the production of their wines.
Each of the Une Femme wines are made in partnership with women in the wine world. One of the most important things for the Une Femme team is giving back to the community. They have partnered with Dress for Success because of their mission "to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life." Any purchase of Une Femme directly helps impact lives and economic mobility of women globally. Une Femme represents the strength, resilience, compassion, and creativity that have defined women for generations. We raise a glass to you and invite you to enjoy these delicious sparkling wines in the everyday moments.
It is our belief that each day, we can make a difference in the quality of our care for the land, and no matter how small, any difference we make is worthwile. We create our wines and recieve our guests under the same philosophy. Abeja is located on a century-old farmstead in the breathtaking foothills of the Blue Mountains, four miles east of Walla Walla Washington. Once seriously dilapidated, all of the original farm buildings have been carefully restored with an emphasis on craftsmanship and longevity.
Peter Franus has the privilege of working with some of the finest vineyards and growers in Napa Valley and Red Hills Lake County, and seeks to preserve and express the unique character that each has to offer. Philosophically and stylistically, he relies on intuition, a respect for tradition, and a minimalist approach to winemaking. His “old world” style distinguishes his wines from the majority of California wineries and propels him toward his goal of making wines that offer richness, harmony, and complexity, and ultimately ones that can elicit the comment, “delicious!”