AARON, Central Coast
Since 2002, winemaker Aaron Jackson has devoted himself to unearthing the potential of vineyards surrounding his homeland of the Central Coast. Petite Sirah from the rugged limestone hillsides of Westside Paso Robles, and nervy, aromatic whites and Pinot Noir from the chilly coast west of the Santa Lucia Mountains. For his Aequorea Pinot Noir (Latin for ‘of the sea’), Aaron works closely with growers who possess a shared passion for farming sites this close to the Pacific Ocean, all of the vineyards are no more than six miles from the ocean, blanketed by a thick marine layer in the summer which recedes each afternoon as the cool breezes arrive off the Pacific. The uniqueness of these places has driven us to produce wines that tell the stories of their terroir and the hands that make them.
AD VIVUM, Napa Valley
Winemaker Chris Phelps makes this delicious, low production 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from just 6 rows of vines in the Yountville AVA south of Dominus, where he was winemaker for 12 years.
AGAVE ROSE WINE COMPANY, Napa Valley
Agave Rose Vineyard, located on the north end of the Rutherford Bench off Zinfandel Lane, is a micro vineyard of 1.09 acres. The vineyard was newly planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in the fall of 1999 by Napa Valley vineyardist Jim Barbour. The Zinfandel Lane vineyard property, formerly known as Melrose Farm, was originally developed in the late 1800’s by Jacob Greer, a Norwegian ship captain and early Napa grape grower. Agave Rose is owned by Jim and Molly Larkin. The wine is named in honor of the Larkin’s two young sons, Jack and Quinn. Benoit Touquette is the Head Winemaker for Agave Rose Vineyards.
AIKEN, Napa Valley, Sonoma County
In 1985, Joel Aiken became the youngest winemaker in Beaulieu's (BV) history and spent the next 27 years making wine in Rutherford, at times alongside the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff. He set out to realize a lifelong dream to start his own label and we are proud to represent his first releases.
ALTAMURA, Napa Valley
Grapes for Altamura wines come from the Wooden Valley, a small area just east of the town of Napa within the Napa Valley AVA. Frank and Karen established the winery in 1985.
AMBROSÉ, Sonoma County, Contra Costa County
Arkenstone’s Estate director Jake Krausz grew up on the family vineyard on Howell Mountain. Spending many years honing his knowledge, developing his craft, and exploring his passion for wine. While still maintaining his role as Estate Director at Arkenstone, he has also partnered with longtime friend and fellow wine lover Vince Traverso. Together they started Ambrosé in 2015 with the intention to make a Rosé of serious quality. Composed of Syrah and Mourvèdre all the grapes for this wine are grown with the purpose of being made into Rosé. The Syrah is farmed in Bennett Valley in Sonoma and the Mourvèdre from Contra Costa County, just south of Napa Valley. The grapes are gently pressed and the juice is moved straight into vessel for fermentation. The wine is fermented and aged in a combination of neutral French oak and stainless steel.
AMICI CELLARS, Napa
Amici Cellars focuses on quality not quantity. Founded two decades ago by a group of friends with a passion for great wine, Amici is now a nationally recognized brand producing wines from some of Napa and Sonoma's most prestigious vineyards. Winemaker Tony Biagi is an industry veteran with experience making world class wines from notable Napa Valley wineries including Duckhorn, Paraduxx, Plumpjack, Cade, Odette and Hourglass. Tony brings his considerable talent, experience and his unwavering dedication to excellence to Amici's exceptional portfolio of wines from prominent Napa Valley and Sonoma appellations including Oakville, Rutherford, Spring Mountain and Russian River Valley.
ARCUDI, Napa Valley
You won’t find winemaker Tony Arcudi’s unusual business model or career path in any books on how to launch a wine. Arcudi spent 20 years working in computer-related fields, first as a missile navigation engineer aboard Navy submarines and later as a product manager for IBM. The transition from that to winemaker—working with wine greats such as Heidi Peterson Barrett and Maison M. Chapoutier—to ultimately launching his own wine brand, wasn’t an easy one. But Arcudi considers barriers nothing more than a chance to prove how badly you want something. And 11 years after he began his quest, Arcudi Wines became reality. Arcudi wines will be small-production wines—typically a few hundred cases at most, and by using minimal intervention in the cellar to highlight, rather than manipulate, the wine’s characteristics, Tony can be sure that each will resonate with the purity and the personality of the site it came from. Each bottle telling a story of that site in that vintage.
ARKENSTONE, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
The winery was founded in 1988 by Susan and Ron Krausz. The 13 acre vineyard is split into 22 different blocks on up to a 50% incline on the hillsides and is farmed organically. Winemaker: Sam Kaplan.
ARROW & BRANCH, Napa Valley
Owner Steve Contursi is a rare coin dealer who named the winery in reference to the arrow and branch often found on coins. The wine is made by Jennifer Williams from a Coombsville Cabernet Franc vineyard, that Etude’s Tony Soter planted and previously made under the Soter label. This tiny vineyard is entirely organically farmed.
AUTEUR, Sonoma, Carneros & the Willamette Valley
Kenneth Juhasz sources amazing vineyards from appellations in California’s cool climates and in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Yamhill-Carlton AVA’s. Small quantities, balanced and elegant.
BAND of VINTNERS, Napa Valley
Band of Vintners, comprised of Mark Porembski, Stéphane Vivier, Dan Petroski, Barrett Anderson, Cameron Hobel, Jason Heller, and Brennan Anderson, is the outcome of seven wine industry friends who regularly get together to taste wine and talk shop. The agreed upon philosophy was ambitious, but simple: create the best “pound for pound” wine in the Napa Valley, and do some good in the process. The outcome is a wine “the Band” is proud to share with friends, family, and neighbors.
BEAU VIGNE, Napa Valley
Ed & Trish Snyder are owners of this spectacular 1300 ft elevation vineyard in the Atlas peak appellation of the Napa Valley. Kirk Venge is the winemaker.
BEEKEEPER CELLARS, Sonoma County
Beekeeper Cellars is the vision of best friends and co-winemakers Ian Blackburn and Clay Mauritson, a 7th Generation grape grower. The two collaborated after adventurous individual careers in the wine business and started Beekeeper Cellars in 2009. The Beekeeper name comes from Ian’s great grandparents who were stage performers and entertainers (dancers and singers in 1850’s) and legend has it that “entertainer” was not a noble enough profession to get into America so they said "they were Beekeepers” … Ian was named after his military veteran Uncle, who had the radio handle “Beekeeper” and now Ian is a Beekeeper too.
BLACK SEARS, Napa Valley
Joyce Black and Jerre Sears own this vineyard at the top of Howell Mountain and made by Thomas Brown.
BLANKIET, Napa Valley
Claude Blankiet released his first vintage in 1999 from an incredible hillside vineyard on the western slopes of Yountville. Cabernet Sauvignon based blends made by Denis Malbec.
BOHEME, Sonoma Coast
In 2000, Kurt Beitler was asked by his uncle, Chuck Wagner of Caymus to help in farming the Taylor Lane vineyard, which was going in to the Belle Glos wine. He has remained there ever since and in 2004, created his own label from three different sites from this Sonoma Coast appellation vineyard in Occidental.
BOOKER, Paso Robles
Very small production of Rhone varietals made by Eric Jensen on the Westside of Paso Robles.
BRANHAM, Napa Valley, Sonoma County
Gary Branham handcrafts wines from specific AVA’s both in the Napa Valley and Sonoma.
BRIAN BENSON CELLARS, Paso Robles
Brian Benson Cellars is focused on making intense, unique wines from special sites along the Central Coast. Being run exclusively by owner/winemaker, Brian Benson, his wife Christina, and their son Brayden, Brian Benson Cellars is truly a family affair. Having got into the business hanging out in his grandparent’s vineyard and later his father’s winery, Brian started to learn about the wine making process and business before he was out of elementary school. Starting when Brian’s father Norm Benson bought 10 acres in Westside Paso Robles, Brian worked part time on the weekends learning the ins and outs of the business, and at the ripe age of thirteen, made his first wine. Fast forward to 2001, Brian made his first commercial vintage, releasing the wines the day after he turned 21.
BRIDESMAID, Napa Valley
Pam Starr of Crocker & Starr sources some of the best “extra” barrels to produce these blends.
BURE, Napa Valley
Owner Val Bure is a former professional hockey player who enlisted the talents of winemaker Luc Morlet to make these incredible wines.
CALIZA, Paso Robles
Located in the Templeton Gap region of Paso Robles, Caliza makes a variety of Rhone varietals and blends from sustainable vineyards on sloping hillsides. Caliza is Spanish for limestone.
Not available in the Central Coast and valley, or in Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Ventura counties.
CARTE BLANCHE, Napa Valley
The Allen family has been in the wine business for nearly a century, since Nicholas Allen's great grandfather, Clarence Dillon, acquired Chateau Haut-Brion in 1935. Nick gained an early exposure, appreciation, and genuine interest in wine from his family. Eventually, he was inspired to produce his own boutique wine in Napa & Sonoma—Carte Blanche. The core of Nicholas' wine producing philosophy is to respect the terroir in each wine. In early 2014, Carte Blanche continued its commitment to that mantra in welcoming Helen Keplinger as their new winemaker. With each vintage, we celebrate Carte Blanche—the freedom to create wines from singular or multiple vineyards, varietals or appellations.
CAVUS, Napa Valley
Owned by Laurel Maddox and Daryl Browman, the vineyard is on a west facing slope in the Stags Leap AVA and farmed by Jim Barbour with Dave Phinney as winemaker.
Former US Marine and former sommelier, Bill Hunter has been making wine for over 20 years. His label Chasseur Wines, French for “hunter’, are small production lots of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay.Vrai Cote is the new label specializing in amazing value Sonoma Coast appellation wines.
CONSTANT Diamond Mountain Vineyard, Napa Valley
Perched 2,100 feet above the Napa Valley on the summit of Diamond Mountain, CONSTANT Diamond Mountain Vineyard is one of the area’s highest, oldest, and smallest wineries. The unique microclimate at the very top of Diamond Mountain provides grapes with optimal sun exposure and elongated ripening periods. Paul Hobbs has been the consulting winemaker since 2009 and is helping to lead this historic vineyard to new levels of quality and age worthiness for its unique, mountaintop terroir.
CORRA, Napa Valley
Winemaker Celia Welch’s own label sourced from vineyards in Oakville, Rutherford and Pritchard Hill.
CROCKER & STARR, St. Helena, Napa Valley
Pam Starr farms sustainably and organically since 2000, making these intense wines from fruit on an historic vineyard site in St. Helena.
DAVIS ESTATES, Napa Valley
Mike and Sandy Davis have chosen four distinct estate vineyard sites in the Calistoga, Carneros, Rutherford, and Howell Mountain appellations as the foundation of Silverado Trail’s newest resident winery, Davis Estates. The 100 year-old wine growing property in Calistoga is home to their Howard Backen designed winery and hospitality experience, and winemakers Cary Gott and Philippe Melka craft a broad range of individualistic wines of character and finesse.
THE DONUM ESTATE, California
In 2001, Anne Moller-Racke, Donum’s Founder & Winegrower set out to make the best Pinot Noir from their Carneros vineyard. Their exploration has evolved with the addition of acreage as well as two other sites: their Winside Vineyard in Russian River and Angel Camp in Anderson Valley. Their quest is to craft complete, beautiful, site-specific wines from their estate vineyards. Winemaker Dan Fishman finishes with his signature Winemaking style.
DYER, Napa Valley
Dawnine and Bill Dyer are owners and winemakers for this winery located in the hills of Diamond Mountain. The extremely rocky, volcanic and gravel vineyard is farmed organically.
EMERSON BROWN WINES, Napa Valley
Keith Emerson and Brian Brown met at Vineyard 29 in July of 2005. The two have made wine together from a single vineyard in Oakville continually since. Keith is going on his thirteenth vintage manning the helm at Vineyard 29. Their Emerson Brown Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is their “vineyard designate” offering and their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon represents their commitment to exploring and sourcing fruit from friends in varying parts of the Napa Valley. Committed to their roots in restaurant service, all their wines are crafted for the table.
EPOCH ESTATE, Paso Robles
Founded in 2004 by Geologists, Bill and Liz Armstrong, Epoch is an ultra-premium producer of Rhone, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo wines from estate-grown vineyards on the west side of Paso Robles. With the creative direction from Winemaker, Jordan Fiorentini, Epoch has quickly developed a big reputation for small-production, handcrafted wines with abundant personalities. To learn more, visit www.epochwines.com.
Not available in the Central Coast and valley, or in Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Ventura counties
FAIT-MAIN, Napa Valley
Born in Lyon, France winemaker Benoit Touquette holds a Master of Science of Chemistry and one of Enology from University of Bordeaux. He has worked at several Bordeaux wineries including Chateau La Louviere and Chateau Couhins-Lurton. Fait-main is French for hand made as are these exquisite small production wines.
FAMILIAR AIR, Napa
Familiar Air is a culmination of over ten years of friendship between Kimberly Jones and Benoit Touquette. They sourced the best vineyards in Napa Valley to produce this extremely limited bottling. “Familiar Air” is an historical reference to a connection that is beyond words … old friends meeting for the first time, effortlessly sharing each other’s space.
FRIAS FAMILY VINEYARD, Napa Valley
Frias Family Vineyard was founded with our first official vintage in 1991. We purchased 100 acres in 1977 and planted only 5 acres in 1985. We focus on producing the finest Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon along with a small production red blend, Sauvignon Blanc and Rose. Our operation is small and family owned. My wife and grown children help carry out this labor of love by participating in nurturing the vines, blending, bottling and (of course) quality control!
FUNDAMENTALWINES, Central Coast
By owner and winemaker, Joey Tensley, using central coast fruit from his own personal sources.
GKG CELLARS, Napa Valley
Famous celebrity photographer Greg Gorman is the proprietor of this Cabernet, made by winemaker Dave Phinney, from the Lewelling Vineyard in St. Helena. Greg has made great friends with many winemakers over the years and his photos grace the pages of many wine publications. In addition to his photography shows across the globe and a number of books published, he is also an avid wine collector.
GATHER Wines, California
Jessica Tarpy Shaheen’ s winemaking career includes over 10 vintages with wineries including Favia, Leviathan, and Dancing Hares. In 2011, she and her husband Andrew started GATHER Wines which focuses on beautiful, micro-production expressions of the Tempranillo grape. Sourced from the meticulously farmed Shake Ridge Vineyard.
GOLD CRUSH WINES, California
A collaboration between Kristopher Garrett and long-time friend Brandon Bergener. Kristopher, being a retail/on-sale buyer for years, decided to create Gold Crush Chardonnay with Brandon after witnessing enormous customer appetite for texturally rich and buttery soft Chardonnay. After about nine months of leg work they were able to leverage contacts in the industry in order to produce this Northern California sourced Chardonnay.
HALTER RANCH, Paso Robles
Historic Halter Ranch is a vineyard and winery located in the heart of the Paso Robles' Westside Adelaida District. Halter Ranch crafts 100% estate-grown wines, which are sustainably farmed on west side limestone soils. Tradition and innovation mix at Halter Ranch to produce Bordeaux and Rhône wines of the highest quality. Proprietor is Hansjörg Wyss and Kevin Sass is Winemaker.
HAYFORK, Napa Valley
Sourced from the Lewelling Ranch Vineyard at the base of St. Helena’s western hills, the wine is very limited in production and made by owner Haley Wight.
HUDSON VINEYARD, Napa Valley
Legendary owner Lee Hudson has been long been known for farming some of California’s best fruit for a “who’s who” list of wineries that use his fruit. Consulting winemaker is John Kongsgaard.
ILARIA, Napa Valley
Named after their daughter, Anna & Mario Monticelli are both owners and winemakers.
Joliesse (pronounced jo'-lee'-ES') comes from the French word for grace and loveliness, which is what we seek to create with each vintage. As the sun and the stars light our skies, so too does our label – with rays of the sun and stars that glow in the dark. We have harnessed the power of the California sunshine with Joliesse – each bottle captures the loveliness, magnificence, grace and splendor of each harvest
JOLETÉ, Sonoma, Anderson Valley, Oregon
Joleté, old French for “a happy gathering,” is a celebration of life’s relationships. These hand-crafted, small production wines are grown in meticulously farmed vineyards found in the finest wine regions of Oregon and California. Wine-maker is Steve Ryan.
KALIN CELLARS, Sonoma County
Based in Marin County, these wines are “natural” with extended aging and very limited manipulation from Heirloom clones producing highly distinctive wines.
KARL LAWRENCE CELLARS, Napa Valley
Vintners Ric and Cheryl Henry’s relationship with the Napa Valley goes back several generations and started their label in 1991. Their philosophy is to craft wine that is enjoyable when you open it young, but even more pleasurable when cellared. Winemaker Bruce Devlin accomplishes this through his optimal combination of artistry and science.
KATA, Napa Valley
David Beckstoffer created his first wine from the historic Bourne Vineyard, also known as the Hayne Vineyard, which had been in the same family since 1874. The Petite Sirah vines were planted in the 1950's and make up a small part of this inaugural wine, made by Benoit Touquette.
KEPLINGER, Sonoma, Amador County
Inspired by the Grenache based wines of Priorat and Southern France, Douglas Warner and winemaker Helen Keplinger make similar styled limited production wines.
KOBALT, Napa Valley
Kevin Carriker and Mark Herold make these distinctive wines from fruit in the Coombsville region of Napa.
KONGSGAARD, Napa Valley
Fifth generation Napa residents John and Maggie Kongsgaard produce high intensity expressions of variety and vineyard, from some long term contracts, as well as their own 10 acre rocky site planted in the late 70’s.
KRUTZ FAMILY, Sonoma County
Owner and winemaker Patrick Krutz hails from Mississippi, but moved to Carmel to work at the Cheese Shop and follow his dream of getting in to the wine business. The winery was founded in 2003 with his brothers.
LAW ESTATE WINES, Paso Robles
Having agrarian roots and passion for sharing in the craftsmanship of the imagination, Don and Susie Law’s feet are firmly planted in the incredible and raw soils atop Peachy Canyon on the west side of Paso Robles. Their vision is an eternal deference to the land and to preserve its distinct magnificence. With a sharp focus on premium Rhone and Bordeaux varietals, and with some of the world's most venerated wine grape growers and winemakers, they are absolute in pursuing a hand-crafted wine made with organically farmed fruit. Scott Hawley winemaker.
LAZ WINE, Napa Valley
Growing up on the east end of Long Island, New York, wine industry veteran, Kerrin Laz was raised by parents who loved to cook and bake, using only fresh, local ingredients. Kerrin was first introduced to wine and viticulture during her childhood when she witnessed the evolution of surrounding sod fields and potato farms evolve into vineyards of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. In Fall of 2016, Kerrin released the inaugural vintage of her own wine label, LAZ Wine. Seeing many in the business beginning their own wine projects Kerrin knew that if she were to ever start her own brand, she would only partner with one of the best winemakers and source from only the best vineyards. If that wasn’t a possibility, then she simply wouldn’t launch her own wine. Luckily, Kerrin was able to bring Celia Welch on board as the winemaker for LAZ WINE.
LEVENSOHN VINEYARD, St. Helena
Since acquiring and replanting this 3.5 acre vineyard in 2000, Pascal and Melanie Levensohn’s goal has been to unlock the potential of their soil to create an elegant and extraordinary wine. The grapes used to craft the Levensohn wine are carefully selected from the vineyard’s total annual harvest, averaging 9 tons. As the vineyard has matured and shown its potential, total production of the Levensohn Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has also increased, from 46 cases of the 2012 to 175 cases of the 2015. Through the 2016 vintage, Keith Emerson of Vineyard 29 was the winemaker for Levensohn. In 2017 the Levensohn’s formalized a long-term collaboration with Realm Cellars. Effective with the 2015 vintage, winemaker Benoit Touquette, partner at Realm Cellars, will finish the Levensohn wine, and his team will be responsible for farming the Levensohn Estate.
LINNE CALODO, Paso Robles
Minimalist winemaking and sustainably farmed vineyards made by Mike Trevisan on Paso’s Westside.
Not available in the Central Coast and valley, or in Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Ventura counties
SLACKER WINES, Paso Robles
Winemaker Matt Trevisan describes his Slacker wines as "wine representing not only the winemaker, but the idea that wines should be fun and relaxed." As an experimental canvas for Linne Calodo, the labels for the Slacker blends are part of a long overdue collaboration with photographer Philip Andelman.
LAGOM WINES, Central Coast
Scott and Viquel Hawley of Torrin have ventured from their Rhone Varietal roots to create an exciting companion brand in the wines of "Lagom". Meaning "just the right amount", these wines focus on the inherent grace and finesse of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from select cool climate vineyards in unique pockets of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
Seth Cripe moved to Napa Valley almost 20 years ago to pursue his passion for winemaking and grape growing . He started LOLA in 2008, with the plan of making handcrafted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the coastal areas of California. ( After working at Swanson and Caymus as well as spending many months each year in Burgundy.) Seth has always had this idea of over delivering on quality in what is his lifetime pursuit of making LOLA authentic high quality crafted wines.
MANTRA, Sonoma County
Mantra is a collaborative father and son effort between Mike Kuimelis Sr. who grows the grapes and Mike Jr. who makes the wines and runs day to day operations with his wife Dez in the Alexander Valley.
MARCIANO ESTATE, Napa Valley
Located in St Helena off Sulphur Springs Road in a very historical old vineyard and homestead property from 1865, once owned by the Bourne Family and the Christian Brothers. Winemaker Andy Erickson hooked up with Maurice and Paul Marciano, owners of Guess Jeans, when they bought the property back in 2006.
MAXEM WINE, Sonoma County ships from winery
Sam has been making wines for over 18 years working for Arkenstone, Memento Mori, and Nine Suns and as a CIA-trained chef, Nancy has followed her own career path, working at Terra Restaurant and as chef de cuisine at La Toque. Although they both felt that MAXEM was meant to be, they knew that erendipity played a significant role and it came via Ulises Valdez who manages UV Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast.
MAYBACH, Napa Valley
Thomas Brown makes the stunning Materium from 100% Cabernet from the Weitz vineyard on Oakville’s eastern slopes, and the Amoenus from 100% Cabernet from a west side Calistoga hillside vineyard.
MAZE, Napa Valley
Following a near lifetime of wine appreciation as an Irish man with a career spent in media, Gerry McSharry’s fortuitous meeting with the accomplished winemaker Mark Herold led to the formation of MAZE Wines. In salute to the winemaker and his craft, Gerry believes that every time he opens a bottle of his wine, and sees the complex MAZE represented on the label, he is reminded of the skill and tenacity required in the wine making process. Bringing enjoyment and elation when one reaches the end of the MAZE is the ultimate goal!
MCPRICE MYERS, Central Coast
O.G. “Mac” McPrice Myers is the shot caller behind these intense, dark and meaty Rhone varietals grown on incredible vineyards, like the sandy cool climate Larner Vineyard.
MEANDER, Napa Valley
Amy Aiken worked at Joseph Phelps, Oakville Ranch and Viader among others before pursuing her own project in 2000. The Cabernet is sourced 50% from the amazing Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford and 50% from the iconic Lewelling vineyard in St. Helena
MELKA, Napa Valley
Winemaker Philippe Melka and his wife Cherie create the magnificent Metisse, a single vineyard wine from the town of St. Helena, while the beautiful CJ comes from vineyards throughout the Napa Valley.
MEMENTO MORI, Napa Valley
Memento Mori, made by Sam Kaplan, focuses on producing only one Cabernet from some of the most sought after vineyards in the Napa Valley. The 2012 is 100% Cabernet from Beckstoffer Dr Crane, Beckstoffer Las Piedras, and Weitz Vineyards.
MOBIUS, Sonoma County
Mobius is a collaborative father and son effort between Mike Kuimelis Sr. who grows the grapes and Mike Jr. who makes the wines and runs day to day operations with his wife Dez in the Alexander Valley.
NICORA, Paso Robles
Nicora is the blend of two names. The first, Nick, and the second, Ora, Nick’s great-grandfather. Many years ago, Nick’s great-grandfather, built a business, starting with little more than passion, a dream, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Nicora Winery has been built from the ground up as well. It began in the cellar, where Nick learned from mentors such as Scott Hawley (of Torrin), Eric Jensen (of Booker), and Bob Tillman (of Alta Colina). Nick’s dream was to hand-craft wines that would be both a personal expression and a reflection of the unique vineyards of Paso Robles. Nick hopes to not only provide Nicora customers with unique and exceptional wines, but also to give them opportunities to experience the excitement and joy that they experience in wine and winemaking.
SANS MAISON, Paso Robles
Farmed from a variety of highly sought-after vineyards throughout California’s Central Coast, the fruit for each Sans Maison bottling is a beautiful gathering of sites. Each year, when Nick Elliott tastes through his barrels there are always a handful that intrigue and entice him. These barrels are set aside, thought about constantly and finally crafted to find a home within Sans Maison.
OVID, Napa Valley
From high atop Pritchard Hill in St. Helena, consultant Andy Erickson and winemaker Austin Peterson make complex Cabernet based wines. David Abreu planted the vineyards on steep, rocky soils.
PALISADES WINES COMPANY, California
Palisades Wine Company looked outside the box for the best hidden vineyards in California to make and deliver first class wines. They gladly bend the rules as necessary to make their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, and Red Blend downright accessible.
PAON VINEYARD, Napa Valley
The Paon Vineyard has been in the Carr family for 25 years. Located in the northern stretch of the Mt. Veeder appellation, Paon Vineyard is directly west of Mt. St. John’s highest elevation. Five acres of densely planted Cabernet Sauvignon are planted to weathered sandstone and shale soils, where Winemaker Frederic Delivert crafts site-specific, small lot renderings from this hillside gem.
PATRIA WINES, Napa
For the better part of the last 19 years Anthony Biagi has been crafting wines in Napa Valley for Paraduxx, Neal Family Vineyards, PlumpJack, and Cade Wineries and currently for Hourglass, Sinegal Estate, and Amici. Following his parent’s sage advice “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life,” he finds himself extremely fortunate that he has been able to do what he loves from the day he graduated from college. Following a dream he set decades ago, Anthony founded Patria (homeland) in 2013 with Kimberly Jones.
PATRICK MCNEIL, Napa Valley
Patrick McNeil is a fifth-generation California dreamer, native, and all around skeptic. He works with small, family-owned vineyards in Marin County and Napa Valley to make wines that are fruit-forward, site specific, and off the beaten path.
PAYDIRT, Paso Robles
Patrick McNeil found Paydirt in the western hillsides of Paso Robles and in winemaker McPrice Myers. Patrick and McPrice focus on the cooler sites of Paso Robles, where California’s greatest daily shift in temperature and limestone-rich soils provide the ideal environment for extremely rich and balanced zinfandels.
PIÑA WINERY, Napa Valley
The Piña family’s roots in the Napa Valley are deep—eight generations deep—a fact that gives them no small amount of gravitas when it comes to producing wines of great distinction. Today, the wine industry is one of the last bastions of family farming in this country—a fact that the Piña family never takes for granted. The Piña family has been making wine commercially for over 30 years, and has been making wines and tending Napa Valley vineyards for over 150 years. Piña Napa Valley was built in 1981 on the grounds of the family’s heritage home on the Silverado Trail. Currently managed by Larry, Randy, Davie, and Rickie Piña. Winemaker is Anna Monticelli.
POST PARADE, Napa Valley
In horse racing terms, the Post Parade refers to the trot that the horses make from the paddock to the starting gate. The wine is made by Thomas Brown and it is a partnership between great friends from Kentucky - Matt White, Mark Gray and Brook Smith, who are big wine drinkers, collectors and all around Bon vivants. 270 cases produced in 2011, 22 months in 90% new French oak. The grapes come 50% each from the incredible Tench vineyard next door to Screaming Eagle in Oakville and the Red Head Vineyard up Soda Springs Road.
PROVEN WINES, California
Brioche is made from only the finest chardonnay grapes grown throughout California. The wine is crisp and bright with hints of stone fruit, apple, pear and a subtle, buttery richness from which it derives its name.
PULIDO-WALKER, Napa Valley
The inaugural release from this incredible St. Helena single vineyard site. The Panek Vineyard is located north of the town of St. Helena along an old Napa riverbed wash with incredible drainage. Proprietors Mark Pulido and Donna Walker were fortunate enough to hire Thomas Brown as winemaker, who in turn was able to secure fruit from this outstanding unsung vineyard source.
REALM, Napa Valley
Winemaker Benoit Touquette makes incredible wine, sourcing the best Cabernet vineyards in the Napa Valley.
RELIC, Napa Valley
The shared dream of husband and wife team Mike Hirby and Schatzi Throckmorton. Mike, a former sommelier learned winemaking on the job in the Napa Valley and Schatzi working as a GM on the business side.
RIVERS MARIE, Sonoma Coast
Winemaker Thomas Brown became friends with Scott Zeller, the owner of Summa Vineyard, and was presented with an opportunity to use fruit from Summa. Thomas started the brand with that first release.
ROY ESTATE, Napa Valley
With her late husband, Charles, Shirley Roy established Roy Estate in 1999. The couple sought to produce world-class, estate-grown wines. The 17-acre hillside vineyard, a unique site 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. Winemaker Philippe Melka has been crafting Roy Estate wines since 2005, and total production is less than 1,500 cases.
ROAD 31, Napa Valley
Winemaker Kent Fortner drives his green truck out to tend his Pinot Noir vineyards in the Southernmost area of the Napa Valley, cooled by the San Francisco bay breezes and fog.
ROBERT FOLEY, Napa Valley
Winemaker Robert Foley began his Napa career in 1977 and has been instrumental in creating the reputations of brands like Pride, Paloma, and Switchback Ridge. He started his own brand in 1998.
Northern California Only
ROYAL PRINCE WINES, Central Coast
The Santa Maria Valley in the northern extreme of Santa Barbara County produces some of the most nuanced, textured and refined Pinot Noir in California. The Royal Prince hails from the best blocks from two of the most pedigreed vineyards in the appellation. The region is known for persistent cold mornings with fog that blankets these hillside vineyards. David Green Vintner.
SARACINA, Mendocino County
California Certified Organic (CCOF) winery owned by John Fetzer and Patty Rock. Some of the vineyard parcels are farmed biodynamically. Consultant David Ramey works with winemaker Alex MacGregor.
SAXUM, Paso Robles
Justin Smith makes these intense, powerful wines in the Templeton Gap/Willow Creek area of Paso Robles. Farmed sustainably without pesticides or herbicides on rocky, calcareous, steep hillsides.
Not available in the Central Coast and valley, or in Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Ventura counties
SCARECROW, Napa Valley
Celia Welch makes this legendary Cabernet from 60 year old vines in the western foothills of Rutherford.
SEAVEY VINEYARD, Napa
Seavey is known for handcrafting wines of exceptional depth, elegance and restraint and with an uncommon ability to age. Nestled in the eastern hillsides of Howell Mountain near St. Helena, Seavey sources its grapes—small, thick-skinned berries with outstanding tannins—entirely from its estate vineyard. The vineyard was first planted over 140 years ago by the Franco-Swiss Farming Company which received acclaim for making a “Claret of high repute.” A century later, Bill and Mary Seavey set about reviving the original vineyard, converting an old stone dairy barn into a small winery, and producing Seavey’s first vintage in 1990. This family-run, second-generation wine estate maintains its founders’ commitment to a classical winemaking tradition reminiscent of the “Old Napa Valley.” Its gentle and patient winemaking approach is stewarded by winemaker, Jim Duane, and consulting winemaker, Philippe Melka. Seavey’s extensive wine library—dating back to its very first vintage—is a rarity in Napa Valley and is due to Bill Seavey’s firm policy of holding back at least 20 percent of each vintage for future library releases. “There are no shortcuts in the vineyard. Our wine’s best friend is time, with patience being a gift you give to yourself.” — Bill Seavey, Founder
SECRET INDULGENCE, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Cotes de Provence, Chablis
Introducing a new borderless collaboration with Jean-Charles Boisset and top international winemakers - who have created a wine world without bounds, with the freedom to create a portfolio of daring, limited-production wines on the cutting edge of style! Over the last year, winemakers have gathered in secret locations working tirelessly to produce the most opulent wines from the best growing regions in France and California. From this fount of creativity, Secret Indulgence wines were born!
SEVEN STONES, Napa Valley
A new property in the eastern hills above St. Helena, the wine is very limited and made by Aaron Pott.
SHANE, Sonoma County
Shane Finley started at Copain, and has since worked in the Northern Rhone with Pierre Gaillard, in Australia with Torbreck and most recently as associate winemaker at Kosta Browne. Currently Shane is winemaker at Lynmar. He started his own label focusing on top vineyards throughout California.
SIMPLE SOLACE, California
Born out of mild madness for the endlessly enjoyable wines of Southern France and Umbria and further motivated by the rarity of freshness & acidity in domestic wines, Simple Solace wines are picked at moderate sugar levels without sacrificing the ripeness of fruit. Aged in oak for 12 months.
STACK HOUSE, Napa Valley
Beautiful Cabernet from Ilaria and Esca winemaker Anna Monticelli, formerly of Bryant Family.
STORMY WEATHER, Napa Valley
Cameron Woodbridge learned the wine business from brother Jayson Woodbridge. He uses select Napa Valley fruit fermented in oak micro-fermenters, and aged in 100% new French oak for two years.
SULLIVAN RUTHERFORD ESTATE, Napa Valley
Sullivan Rutherford Estate was founded in 1972 by James O’Neil Sullivan- a creative visionary and pioneer of the Rutherford appellation. For nearly fifty years the Estate has been an oasis for artists, chefs, and wine industry professionals. Today, the Estate continues to build on its legacy of growing and crafting world class Cabernet Sauvignon.
TEETER- TOTTER, Napa Valley
Born in Lyon, France winemaker Benoit Touquette holds a Master of Science of Chemistry and one of Enology from University of Bordeaux. He has worked at several Bordeaux wineries including Chateau La Louviere and Chateau Couhins-Lurton. Teeter-Totter is Benoit’s fun, sure value, and well-crafted wines representing Napa Valley.
TENSLEY WINES, Santa Barbara County
Truly a family owned and operated winery, you will likely find either Joey or Jennifer Tensley working behind the tasting bar on any given weekend. Joey Tensley started his original brand, Tensley Wines, in 1998, the first release of Tensley totaled just 100 cases. In 2015, their production reached 5,000 cases and included five single-vineyard Syrahs. The Colson Canyon Vineyard was bought in 2016 and they have two acres planted at their home in Los Olivos since 2011. Though they have grown in size, their philosophy has never changed – source the best fruit possible and let the vineyard speak for itself.
TERRA GRATIA, Napa Valley
Terra Gratia is a rich and layered Bordeaux blend from the ten-acre Marciano Estate Vineyard, farmed by David Abreu, in St Helena. The wine is produced in small quantities and made under the direction of winemaker Morgan Maureze and consulting winemakers Andy Erickson and Michel Rolland.
TETHER, Napa Valley
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Sourced from meticulously farmed vineyards in Howell Mountain, Calistoga, and St. Helena, this Bordeaux blend is 65% majority Cabernet Sauvignon and 100% French Oak -- 70% new. Only available in California. Winemaker is Anna Monticelli.
TOFANELLI, Napa Valley
Vince Tofanelli’s family has been farming this Zinfandel and Charbono vineyard since 1929. The historical vineyard near Calistoga is one of the last examples of pre-World War II farming.
TORRIN, Paso Robles
West of Paso Robles in the Templeton Gap, the vineyard was planted by Justin Smith of Saxum and Eric Jensen from Booker. Scott Hawley is owner and winemaker, with very small production each year.
Not available in the Central Coast and valley, or in Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Ventura counties
TURTLE ROCK, Paso Robles
A small, family owned winery located in Paso Robles producing approximately 500 cases per year. They source their fruit from some of the finest vineyards in the Willow Creek District Appellation. Through sustainable farming practices, low yields, and harvesting at optimal ripeness, they are able to make wines with both intensity and balance. They have a minimalistic approach to winemaking and let the quality of the fruit and terroir speak for itself. All red wines are un-fined and unfiltered. Don Burns, the assistant winemaker at Saxum since 2008, is the winemaker.
VANGONE ESTATE, Napa Valley
Twenty years in the making, the Davidowski Family's Vangone Estate sits 900' above Oakville Crossroads just south of Pritchard Hill. The collaboration of vineyard manager Mario Bazan and winemaker Sam Kaplan brings this project to life. Produced in minuscule quantities with the utmost care. 100 cases produced.
Vermillion is a collection of brilliant red hues made from grinding cinnabar. Used since the 8th Century, it was revered by painters from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. Our Vermillion is a red wine made from a blend of Rhone varietals of varying hues, from the more modestly-colored Grenache and Mourvèdre to intensely pigmented Syrah. It is an honest, hand-crafted wine that we’ve made from vineyard to bottle, to be enjoyed any night of the week. Winemaker Helen Keplinger and DJ Warner are the proprietors.
VINEYARDIST, Napa Valley
Vintners Dirk Fulton and Becky Kukkola named the estate after its founder Lorenz Petersen who began farming the hillside vineyards on Diamond Mountain in the 1870s. Wine maker Mark Herold was essential to the creation of a singular wine expressing the power and elegance of the Estate's historic terroir. The wine is full-bodied, pure and dense, yet well-balanced producing dark red and black fruit flavors.
WOLF’S HEAD, Napa Valley
Cameron Woodbridge learning winemaking with his brother Jayson Woodbridge. He uses select Napa
Valley Cabernet Sauvignon fruit fermented in small lots, and aged in 100% French oak for two or more years.
WREN HOP, Sonoma
A family winery ran by James McDonough and his father James McDonough, Sr. Winemaker Russell Bevan crafts this eclectic spice box of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay releases with intriguing names and killer vineyards.
ZEITGEIST, Napa Valley
A collaboration between husband and wife winemaking team, Mark Porembski and Jennifer Williams, who use two vineyards; one in St. Helena and the other in Napa.
WINE SHINE, Paso Robles
Wine Shine passionately crafts artisan spirits in the heart of California’s central coast. They use only superior ingredients sourced from some of the highest rated vineyards and farms locally in Paso Robles. Wine Shine takes pride in its commitment to using innovative natural flavors and age old distillation techniques to create unique spirits. Local wine maker Don Burns of Turtle Rock and Saxum fame along with his partners collectively has over a century of experience in mixology, culinary arts, and wine making that shines through in every bottle. The Wine Shine crew collectively has over a century of experience in mixology, culinary arts, and wine making that shines through in every bottle.