April: Saintsbury- Vintner Dinner Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11, 2014
Since 1981, Saintsbury has been committed to demonstrating that Pinot Noir has a steadfast place in Northern California’s winemaking landscape. David Graves and Richard Ward founded the winery with belief that innovation and a critical look at the vineyard, terrior and winemaking is the best route to quality. Today with winemakers Chris Kajani and Tim Colla, Saintsbury continues to pursue the “philosophy of investigation” and to produce exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
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May: Flowers Vineyard & Winery- Vintner Dinner Friday, May 9, 2014
Perched on top of soaring coastal ridges that border the Pacific Ocean, Flowers’ Estate Vineyards were some of the first planted on the “extreme” Sonoma Coast in 1991. Flowers’ Vineyards rise up just two miles from the rugged Pacific Ocean cliffs at elevations of 1,150 to 1,875 feet. The cool maritime breezes and coastal fog cool the vineyards during the heat of summer allowing fruit to fully mature with fresh, complex flavors and lively acidity. These ancient rocks and weathered soils help to control vine vigor on our estate and create wines of depth with bright fruit, complexity and distinctive coastal minerality characteristics – wines that reflect a true “sense of place”.
June: Penfolds- Vintner Dinner Friday, June 13, 2014
An historic producer, Penfolds was established by Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold and his wife Mary at Magill Estate just outside Adelaide, Australia in 1844. Dr. Penfold, a medical practioner, prescribed fortified wines for patients with anemia. Whilst Dr. Penfold built up his medical practice, Mary was responsible for the management of the winery. Much of the early successes and expansion of the fledging winery can be attributed to Mary Penfolds. In the 1940’s and 1950’s to accommodate changing tastes the company redirected its focus to table wines. The development of Grange Hermitage by winemaker Max Schubert during the 1950’s not only led to an emerging portfolio of famous wines, but also a way of thinking that permeated the entire Australian wine industry. Throughout their 165 year history, Penfolds has established themselves as one of the world’s great wineries, renowned for producing wines of the utmost quality across a comprehensive portfolio.
July: Ehler’s Estate- Vintner Dinner Friday, July 11, 2014
Ehler’s Estate of Napa Valley produces world-class wines that are a reflection of the land from which they come. Operating as a small family farm, they adhere to a core set of values: quality, sustainability and community. The historic and diverse vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic and are meticulously farmed to produce a small portfolio of exceptional estate-grown wines.
August: Franciscan Estate Winery- Vintner Dinner Friday, August 15, 2014
Franciscan Estate Winery home estate is located in Oakville, right in the heart of the Napa Valley. Located in the center of the Napa Valley allows their Bordeaux varietals to enjoy the cooling marine influences while still receiving plenty of sun and heat. When you combine the location with dry-farming techniques, the vines produce smaller, concentrated fruit, which builds wine of good structure, body, and texture. This optimal blend gives our fruit the ability to maintain its vibrancy and ripen to its full potential. With this unique balance of terroir and climate they knew Oakville was the ideal place to start their legacy; this was confirmed in 1975 when the very first vintage of their Napa Valley Cabernet was released. The results spoke for themselves – this was a distinctive wine of character and place. It was the first vintage to be released that included fruit from the Oakville estate, putting the powerhouse on the map for Napa Valley Reds and Franciscan Estate helped blaze the trail to make it happen.
September: Chateau St. Jean Winery- Vintner Dinner Friday, September 12, 2014
Chateau St. Jean was built on a family’s dream to create a world-class winery in the heart of Sonoma. With its gracious style, elegant architecture, beautiful gardens and inviting tasting rooms, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as the quintessential Sonoma winery. Each vintage shows Chateau St. Jean's passion for crafting wines that express the best of Sonoma. Founded in 1973, they became a pioneer in the development of single-vineyard wines. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren is only the fourth winemaker in Chateau St. Jean history.
October: Far Niente- Vintner Dinner Friday, October 10, 2014
Founded in Oakville, California in 1885 and restored in 1979, Far Niente is consistently recognized as a benchmark producer of Napa Valley Chardonnay and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. A dedication to winemaking in its highest form, paired with a focus on house style, vineyard ownership and social responsibility, has established Far Niente as one of the world’s great wine estates. Established by the partners of Far Niente in 1997, Nickel & Nickel is focused on producing singlevineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the appellation’s most significant AVAs. A small collection of single-vineyard Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel complements the portfolio. Addtionally Founded by the partners of Far Niente, who began experimenting with Pinot Noir in the 1980s, EnRoute is the culmination of a 30-year passion for Pinot. Our journey convinced us that the best opportunity to consistently and successfully create the focused, textured, yet graceful Pinot Noir wines we treasure is in the Russian River Valley. EnRoute has made a serious and deep commitment to the region, establishing vineyards and a winery devoted to capturing the magical essence of Pinot Noir.
November: Thomas Fogarty Winery- Vintner Dinner Friday, November 14, 2014
Thomas Fogarty Winery was founded in 1978 by inventor Dr. Thomas Fogarty and winemaker Michael Martella. Dr Fogarty’s penchant for innovative thought and Martella’s viticulture instincts allowed them to lead the development of the cool Skyline Ridge area; true pioneers in one of California’s premiere Pinot Noir and Chardonnay regions. Today this area boasts the most prestigious planting of these two varieties in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Few wine regions on earth can match the climates, soils and vertigo-inducing views of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. Situated at 2000 feet above sea level, the Fogarty winery offers a rare confluence of great vineyard sites and sweeping panoramas of the San Francisco Bay area.
December: Stag’s Leap Winery- Vintner Dinner Friday, December 13, 2014
Located at the very heart of the Stags Leap District, the original Stags’ Leap Winery, established in 1893, continues a proud winemaking heritage in the prestigious appellation that bears the winery name. An intimate valley within the greater Napa Valley, Stags’ Leap is a place of natural beauty, storied buildings, a lively history, and a reputation for elegant wines showing finesse and intensity. Paying attention to the estate’s volcanic and alluvial soils, understanding and working with its potential, lies at the heart of winemaking on this historic estate. Foremost producer of Napa Valley Petite Sirah and one of the leading Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons Winemaker Christophe Paubert embraces an old world style of crafting estate grown and terroir-driven wines that are a pure expression of the land.