Shannon Ridge Family of Wines

July 9, 2019 | By freshmint

Owner and visionary leader of Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, Clay Shannon has transformed his ranch into one of the agricultural icons of California’s North Coast, and in doing so is changing the face and substance of grape-growing in the USA. Clay grew up on a farm in Healdsburg in Sonoma County. He began his […]

Scott Harvey Wines

July 9, 2019 | By freshmint

Scott Harvey’s long career in the wine business was, until recently, in others’ wineries. After his student days in Sacramento, he headed back to Germany (where he had been an exchange student in high school) to train in the Pfalz region. On his return, Scott landed back in his native Amador County in the Sierra […]

Rombauer Vineyards

July 9, 2019 | By freshmint

When founders Koerner and Joan Rombauer moved their two children, two horses and five dogs to Napa Valley in 1972, they arrived armed with an appreciation for the intimate relationship between food and wine. Their appreciation stemmed from Koerner’s great aunt Irma Rombauer having authored internationally renowned cookbook the Joy of Cooking and his ancestors […]

Ridge Lytton Springs

July 9, 2019 | By freshmint

Dry Creek Valley Surrounded by beautiful 115-year-old vines, our eco-sustainable Lytton Springs Winery stands as one of the most unique sites in all of Sonoma County’s wine country. A natural extension of Ridge’s commitment to sustainable vineyard and winery practices, this remarkable facility (built of straw bales and vineyard clay, and primarily solar-powered) is a […]

Ridge Vineyards

July 9, 2019 | By freshmint

Ridge’s history begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor and prominent member of San Francisco’s Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He planted vineyards and constructed a winery of redwood and native limestone in time to produce the first vintage of Monte Bello […]


July 8, 2019 | By freshmint

In Italian, “Macchia” means “the spot”.  In the Lodi area, Macchia Winery has been earning a reputation as a spot where discriminating vino buffs can find small lots of high-quality vintages — at some very reasonable prices. The family-owned and operated winery started in the Lodi Appellation in 2001. Winemaking technology has improved dramatically in […]

Hartford Family Winery

July 8, 2019 | By freshmint

Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1994 as a result of Don and Jennifer Hartford’s appreciation for the wines, the people, and the unique vineyards near their Russian River Valley home. Located in the Sonoma County town of Forestville, the winery is about 15 miles from the cool Pacific Coast. Making delicious wines of high […]

Glunz Family Winery & Cellars

June 25, 2019 | By freshmint

The winery is located on 20 acres in the rolling hills of Paso Robles, California. Northside Zinfandel Block This Zinfandel vineyard makes the shape of a crescent moon facing toward the north.  It was planted in 2000 to a mysterious clone of Zinfandel that we absolutely love.  All head-trained, it produces Zinfandel with an incredible balance […]

Chateau Montelena Winery

June 14, 2019 | By freshmint

“Much of the reason I fell in love with Chateau Montelena and moved from L.A. to live on this magnificent tiny corner of our wonderful ‘water planet’ came from this back-to-the-land movement and we have never wavered in our love of the land and our philosophy of being careful stewards of the place.”  Bo Barrett, […]

Berryessa Gap Vineyards

June 3, 2019 | By freshmint

WE ARE IMMIGRANTS, PIONEERS, FARMERS AND ENTREPRENEURS. Berryessa Gap’s connection to the land runs deep with farming roots from both Spanish and German ancestry in historic Winters, CA in Yolo County.  Dan Martinez, Sr., first-generation farmer of Spanish immigrants, planted apricots, almonds, prunes, and walnuts. He partnered with San Francisco winemaker and wine historian Ernest […]

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