December: Duckhorn Vineyards – Vintner Dinner, December 13
Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting classic Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley for nearly 30 years. One of the first wineries to pioneer Merlot as a premium varietal, Duckhorn Vineyards now makes an elegant Merlot and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings to showcase the characteristics ofits various vineyard sites, as well as a full-flavored Sauvignon Blanc.
January: Beringer Vineyards- Vintner Dinner Thursday, January 9, 2014
Beringer Vineyards known as “the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley” was founded in 1875. Since then, Beringer has honed, deepened, and expanded the art of winemaking. They were the first California winery to offer public tours after Prohibition's repeal, establishing the idea of visiting wineries and the Estate was designated a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. Beringer is known for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. They pursue balance between modern technology and time-tested winemaking traditions, resulting in wines of global recognition.
February: Quintessa and Faust Wine- Vintner Dinner Thursday, February 13, 2014
Quintessa is a family-owned biodymamic and organic wine estate in Rutherford, Napa Valley. They produce a single Red Blend every year that combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere, all harvested from the 170 acres of vineyard planted on the property. The vineyard’s location is unique in the Napa Valley as it contains a lake, five hills, a river, five distinct soil types and a multitude of elevations, exposures and micro climates.
A decade after the first release from his Quintessa estate, Vintner Agustin Huneeus was ready to start a new venture. He founded Faust Vineyards located in Coombsville, Napa Valley and grew the noblest grape, the Cabernet Sauvignon. By building a state-of-the-art winery with the most modern technologies; Faust Wine is the epitome of style that has made Napa Cabernet Sauvignon world renowned: bold and powerful, yet elegant and concentrated.
March: Peju- Vintner Dinner Thursday, March 13, 2014
Peju Winery is a family-owned and family-run winery located in Rutherford, CA in the heart of the Napa Valley. Their 30 acre Rutherford Estate is one of only 21 certified organic wineries in the Napa Valley. Peju produces 19 different bottlings including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Provence, a proprietary red and white cuvee. A charming 50-foot French Provincial tower serves as the main tasting room and is the centerpiece of their magnificent estate. After 30 years in the Napa Valley, Peju’s mission remains the same for the future: to produce the highest quality wines, welcome guests with an unparalleled wine tasting experience, and to provide exceptional guest service.
April: Saintsbury- Vintner Dinner Thursday, April 10, 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.
May: Flowers Vineyard & Winery- Vintner Dinner Thursday, May 8, 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 Thursday, June 12, 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 Thursday, July 10, 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 Thursday, August 14, 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.