Pied à Terre, Sonoma

The opinion of many chefs is that most California Cabs are simply over the top, flaunting power for power’s sake and overwhelming every dish on the table. Crafted by winemaker Clay Mauritson and sommelier Richard Luftig, Pied à Terre bucks that trend. It’s a wine to complement food rather than compete with it, favoring harmony […]

Philip Togni, Napa

Philip Togni is one of the most honored figures in the history of Napa Valley wine. Winemaker of the iconic 1969 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Togni struck out on his own in 1975, eventually establishing his Spring Mountain vineyard in 1981. Today his wines are so quintessentially Napa in quality and character that they […]

Pax, Sonoma

In 2008, due to a rift with his business partner, Pax Mahle was barred from commercially using the 'Pax' name. Shortly thereafter, he launched the now-iconic Wind Gap winery, with its focus on cool-climate vineyards and fermentation in concrete egg fermenters. With the business dispute settled, Pax Wines itself is now back from the ashes, […]

Mount Eden, Santa Cruz Mountains

Situated on the eastern face of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Mount Eden Vineyards is one of the most storied and iconic wineries in California. The estate’s origins go back to 1878, when Burgundian winemaker Paul Masson established his winery nearby. Masson’s vineyard was planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, the cuttings for which came […]

Mayacamas, Napa

Mayacamas stands as one of the most storied vineyard and winery operations in California. Founded in 1889, vineyards were planted in the rugged landscape of Mt. Veeder, and the iconic stone winery building constructed as well. The vines, planted between 1,800 and 2,400 feet above the Napa Valley, produce wines of firm structure and long […]

LIOCO, Sonoma

LIOCO was built on an idea that might seem obvious: it should be possible to make wines that are both terroir-driven and yet still highlight the brilliant California fruit that everyone knows and loves. On the surface, this seems like a simple proposition, but it’s muddled up by endless complications. The vineyards need to be […]

Leviathan, Napa

Founded by Andy Erickson (Favia winemaker and veteran of Harlan, Staglin, and Screaming Eagle) and Annie Favia (of Favia Wines), Leviathan produces a single wine-- a blend of Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, Syrah, and Merlot. Andy’s experience and connections guarantee that it is not an overstatement when he says that the fruit for Leviathan comes […]

Larkmead, Napa

Established in 1851 and revitalized in the mid-1990s, Larkmead is one of Napa’s original great estates. The estate never took part in the excesses of the 'cult of bigness' during the 1990s and 2000s and it still sets the standard for the traditional winemaking that Napa got away from during that time. Planted to vines […]

Hardin, Napa

The first Hardin Cabernet Sauvignon was discovered by importer Doug Polaner on a trip to California. The wine was sourced from one of Napa Valley's long time "cult" producers. Doug found himself in Napa at the right time, and was able to taste and buy a small lot of this top, top quality wine. Following […]

Eric Demuth, Sonoma

Eric’s roots in the industry date back to 1982 when he and his father Chris planted his family’s former estate vineyard in the Anderson Valley. He remained actively involved at Demuth Vineyard through the construction of the winery, and finally the production of their first estate wines. From his own 800 square-foot winery in the […]