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Shafer Vineyards | January 26th

Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley, California, is an iconic family-owned winery, named one of the top 25 vineyards in the world by prominent wine publication Wine & Spirits and “one of the world’s greatest wineries” by wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. Shafer wines have been featured in The New York Times, Worth, The Robb Report, USA Today, Wine Spectator, Wall St. Journal, Food & Wine magazine, and in broadcast media outlets including National Public Radio, Fine Living Network, CNN, CBS News, ESPN and NBC’s Today Show. For 40 years the Shafer family has been producing wine in the Stags... Read More

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Shafer Vineyards | January 26th

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Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley, California, is an iconic family-owned winery, named one of the top 25 vineyards in the world by prominent wine publication Wine & Spirits and “one of the world’s greatest wineries” by wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Shafer wines have been featured in The New York Times, Worth, The Robb Report, USA Today, Wine Spectator, Wall St. Journal, Food & Wine magazine, and in broadcast media outlets including National Public Radio, Fine Living Network, CNN, CBS News, ESPN and NBC’s Today Show.

For 40 years the Shafer family has been producing wine in the Stags Leap District, one of the most highly-regarded winegrowing regions within Napa Valley.

Shafer’s wines, including its signature wine, Hillside Select, are found in collectors’ cellars and on wine lists in top hotels and restaurants throughout the world.

The small winery is managed by father and son team John and Doug Shafer. The Shafer family owns and cultivates 200 acres of vineyards, sources for Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Malbec, Petite Sirah, and Syrah.

In May, 2010, John and Doug Shafer received a historic James Beard Foundation Award at a high-profile awards ceremony dubbed “the Oscars of the food world.” The award for 2010 “Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professionals” has only been awarded to three other Napa Valley vintners including Robert Mondavi.

In November 2012 University of California Press released Doug Shafer’s memoir, A Vineyard in Napa, to across-the-board praise from critics. Ray Isle, wine editor of Food & Wine magazine, writing on CNN.com called the book, “… a thoughtful and entertaining portrait of one of Napa’s most acclaimed wineries, Shafer Vineyards. But by virtue of the 1972-2012 arc the book comprises, it’s also a fascinating history of Napa’s transformation …”

In the same month, after tasting some 17,000 wines from across the world, Wine Spectator magazine named Shafer’s 2008 Relentless its “Wine of the Year,” calling it “riveting … groundbreaking …”

Since the late 1980s, Shafer has turned to sustainable farming practices to cultivate its fruit. In 2004 Shafer became the first winery in the U.S. to convert to 100 percent solar power.

“Shafer Vineyards is one of Napa Valley’s premier wineries and its Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon is one of America’s most sought-after cult wines. Shafer’s movement away from chemical-based farming into ecologically balanced vineyards has been noticed throughout Wine Country.”  -- San Francisco Chronicle

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Ryme Cellars | February 23rd

Ryme Cellars is the collaboration of husband and wife winemaking team, Ryan and Megan Glaab. The name comes from a combination of the first two letters in both of their names. Ryan and Megan met in Australia while working as seasonal harvest hands at Torbreck winery. They quickly fell in love and got married. Between the two of them, they have worked at wineries such as Pax Wine Cellars, Wind Gap, Peay Vineyards, Sine Qua Non and Marcassin. The couple started Ryme Cellars in 2007 with a small amount of Aglianico. Inspired by the intensity and complexity of the wine, they began seeking... Read More

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Ryme Cellars | February 23rd

Ryme Cellars is the collaboration of husband and wife winemaking team, Ryan and Megan Glaab. The name comes from a combination of the first two letters in both of their names. Ryan and Megan met in Australia while working as seasonal harvest hands at Torbreck winery. They quickly fell in love and got married. Between the two of them, they have worked at wineries such as Pax Wine Cellars, Wind Gap, Peay Vineyards, Sine Qua Non and Marcassin.

The couple started Ryme Cellars in 2007 with a small amount of Aglianico. Inspired by the intensity and complexity of the wine, they began seeking out varieties that intrigued them and which they believed had a place within the conversation of California wines. The Ryme Cellars portfolio includes two versions of Vermentino, Fiano, Ribolla Gialla, Cabernet Franc, Aglianico and Pinot noir.

Ryan and Megan’s approach to winemaking is hands-off and minimalistic. They seek to embrace the true nature of each wine and its respective terroir. The wines of Ryme Cellars evolve at their own pace, without new oak or enological adjuncts. The project is a continuous exploration of California’s winegrowing possibilities.

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rymecellars.com PO Box 80 Healdsburg,

CA 95448 (707) 490- 2264

info@rymecellars.com

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Hirsch Vineyards | March 10th

Hirsch Vineyards is recognized as one of the finest Pinot Noir vineyards in the new world, described by the Wine Spectator as a “California grand cru". Founded by David Hirsch in 1980, it is the oldest premium Pinot Noir planting on the True Sonoma Coast. Hirsch has provided fruit over the years to Williams Selyem, Littorai, Kistler and many others. Since 2002 Hirsch has been producing its own estate Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Located two miles from the Pacific Ocean at 1,600 feet elevation, Hirsch crafts highly sought-after wines of elegance, concentration and site-specificity.... Read More

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Hirsch Vineyards | March 10th

Hirsch Vineyards is recognized as one of the premier sites for pinot noir in the new world. David Hirsch planted his vineyard overlooking the Pacific Ocean in 1980, making it the oldest premium pinot vineyard on the True Sonoma Coast. Since then it has become one of the most sought-after sources for pinot noir grapes in California, providing fruit to Littorai, Williams Selyem, Kistler and many others. In 2002, Hirsch began producing its own estate pinot noirs and chardonnays from this complex, cool-weather site. These are wines of balance, concentration, complexity and site-specificity.

Lying adjacent to the San Andreas Fault on the extreme western Sonoma Coast, Hirsch Vineyards is a single vineyard of 68 acres, divided into 61 individual farming blocks. The resulting degree of fragmentation is unmatched even by the famously subdivided vineyards of the Côte de Nuits. Due to the site’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the San Andreas Fault, the vineyard has a fearsome diversity of soils, topography and microclimates. This complexity defines our farming and winemaking practices: each block was individually developed and is now farmed, harvested and vinified separately.

We make a number of different pinot noirs each year from the Hirsch Vineyard, each a unique selection of vineyard blocks. The wines we make have changed over the years, evolving as our understanding of the site and the role of the San Andreas Fault has deepened and expanded. Three of our wines (Bohan-Dillon, San Andreas Fault, Reserve) express the “macro terroir” of Hirsch: they contain a selection of parcels from across the entire vineyard, and are intended to give the drinker a complete picture of the Hirsch Vineyard, in all its complexity and fragmentation. Our other wines (West Ridge, East Ridge, Raschen Ridge, Block 8, The Old Vineyard) capture individual “micro terroirs” within the bigger vineyard. These sections of the vineyard have distinct identities that come through vintage after vintage, and are both profoundly different from the rest of the vineyard, as well as compelling expressions worthy of being experienced on their own.

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Peay Vineyards | April 6th

Peay Vineyards was founded in 1996 with the goal of making elegant, pure and focused wines that capture a sense of place like the great wines of the world. To realize this vision, Andy and Nick Peay decided it was critical for them to farm their own grapes in a climate much cooler than they had experienced in the New World. They bought a piece of land on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the extreme West Sonoma Coast - where folks said it was too cold to ripen wine grapes - and began planting in 1998. Fortunately for the brothers, Vanessa Wong joined Peay Vineyards... Read More

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Peay Vineyards | April 6th

Peay Vineyards was founded in 1996 with the goal of making elegant, pure and focused wines that capture a sense of place like the great wines of the world. To realize this vision, Andy and Nick Peay decided it was critical for them to farm their own grapes in a climate much cooler than they had experienced in the New World. They bought a piece of land on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the extreme West Sonoma Coast - where folks said it was too cold to ripen wine grapes - and began planting in 1998.

Fortunately for the brothers, Vanessa Wong joined Peay Vineyards as winemaker before their first harvest in 2001. She started her career at Chateau Lafite-Rothschild in Bordeaux, Domaine Jean Gros in Vosne Romanee, and, prior to joining Peay, had been winemaker at Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma. This allowed Nick to turn his attention to farming the 51 acre organic vineyard and Andy to spreading the word of Peay Vineyards. The wines are mostly sold through a mailing list and fine restaurants. They have been fortunate to receive accolades from all of the major wine media including features in the NYT, WSJ, SF Chronicle (2009 Winery of the Year), Wine Spectator, etc.

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Du Mol | May 11th

ANDY SMITH

As a college student in the late-1980s, Scottish-native Andy Smith couldn’t get enough of his weekend job in a quirky Edinburgh wine-store. Honeymooning in Sonoma, he and Karen quickly decided their future lay in vineyards and winemaking. They quit their jobs and comfortable city lifestyle and with backpacks in tow they spent five years “following the harvest” between New Zealand, Australia and Northern California. Working for an eclectic range of star producers from Dry River... Read More

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Du Mol | May 11th

ANDY SMITH

Andy Smith

Winemaker. Viticulturist. Partner.

As a college student in the late-1980s, Scottish-native Andy Smith couldn’t get enough of his weekend job in a quirky Edinburgh wine-store. Honeymooning in Sonoma, he and Karen quickly decided their future lay in vineyards and winemaking. They quit their jobs and comfortable city lifestyle and with backpacks in tow they spent five years “following the harvest” between New Zealand, Australia and Northern California.

Working for an eclectic range of star producers from Dry River, Littorai, Havens, Franus, to Matua and Mt Pleasant, Andy went on to graduate in viticulture and enology from Lincoln University in Christchurch, NZ.

But his passion for Sonoma Pinot Noir was kindled early on, and after a spell as Paul Hobbs’ Assistant Winemaker, Andy joined DuMol for the excellent 1999 vintage – a combined 1,500 cases of Dutton Ranch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Growing this tiny winemaking venture over the past seventeen years into a world-renowned Russian River winery remains incredibly exciting and rewarding. In 2014 Andy was able to utilize his fifteen-year Napa Valley Cabernet consulting experience to craft DuMOL’s first set of single vineyard Cabernet wines.

Each year he strives to grow the finest wines possible from our collection of special vineyard sites.

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