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If you've ever been to a Napa Winery, you know that seeing the grapes on the vine and getting to know the story of the winery really goes a long way to coloring your appreciation for what's in the glass. While we love to write off our wine tours as a business expense, we recognize that this isn't possible for the Average Joe. So for you, we have these teeny-tiny winery profiles on your little blinking screen. It's not all fast cars and easy women.
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    The Alamos winemaking philosophy is to produce flavorful, approachable wines that preserve each varietal’s distinctive aroma, flavor and texture. Yields are kept low and all the vineyards are hand harvested. The wines receive moderate oak aging from a mixture of both French and American oak, depending on varietal and vintage.

    Talented winemaker Felipe Stahlschmidt is committed to producing "Malbecs that are rich, exuberant and full of character."">
    Alamos Winery

    The family interest in vine cultivation began during the constant search for the best vineyards from which to buy the grapes necessary for wine making. The next step, naturally, was to acquire some of the same vineyards for the family business- and the one after that, to specialise in the Nebbiolo grape and the grand wines made from it.

    That Bruno Giacosa is a perfectionist is obvious from the meticulousness with which he applies his craft. This is the story of his wines."">
    Bruno Giacosa Wines

    From the beginning, the goal of the two brothers was to create a state-of-the-art winery combined with the most advanced science in the vineyards for the production of premium wines.

    Together with the Mariani family, Ezio Rivella, one of Italy's foremost enologists, who understood that due to the richness of the soils and the privileged microclimatic position, the property would have great capacity of development.

    In those years, the brothers, John and Harry, also purchased Bruzzone, a historic winery in Piedmont. Founded in 1860 and specialized in the production of sparkling wines, today is known as Banfi Piemonte."">
    Castello Banfi Wines

    The Donnafugata adventure began in the Rallo family’s historic cellars in Marsala in 1983 and at its Contessa Entellina vineyards in the heart of western Sicily. In 1989, Donnafugata arrived on the island of Pantelleria, commencing its production of naturally sweet wines."">
    Castello Di Donnafugata Wines

    The passion for wine, which has been passed down from generation to generation, has now brought together 120 wine-growers who run 160 hectares of vineyards in a dignified, sustainable manner. 80% of the vineyards are on Kientzheim and Kaysersberg's best slopes.

    The winery is the heir to a tradition that has gone on since 1955 and has invested in efficient production equipment for its cellars to produce an average of 11,000 hectolitres of wine a year (1.5 million bottles), 15% of which are Grands Crus, proud ambassadors of Alsace's gastronomic tradition.

    The winery owes much of its qualitative development to the variety and splendour of the terroirs in the Kaysersberg Valley, where the soils vary between limestone, the softness of clay and the power of silica.

    With 3 well-known Named Places and 4 Grands Crus, including Schlossberg, the 1st "Grand Cru" born in Alsace in 1975 and Kaefferkopf, the last-born in 2007, the winery makes spiritual, authentic, distinctive wines for the pleasure of Epicureans"">
    Cave Kientzheim-kaysersberg Wines

    Without a doubt, David Stare is a pioneer. Heading west in the late 1960s, he personified the character and work ethic of early Gold Rush pioneers. Educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dave worked for the B&O Railroad for several years but quickly realized that his true calling was in the wine industry. Inspired by his trips to the Loire Valley, he headed west to California to start his own family winery.

    Upon his arrival, Dave began taking winemaking classes at UC Davis as a graduate student. On the weekends, he spent time looking at vineyard land from Monterey to Mendocino. It was during one of those weekend trips that fate drew Dave to the Dry Creek Valley. When he saw an old prune orchard across the street from the Dry Creek General Store, Dave realized that he had found his dream location. He purchased the orchard and began planting vines. Captivated by his memories of Loire-style wines, Sauvignon Blanc seemed destined to figure prominently in the Dry Creek Vineyard portfolio. However, several famed vineyard specialists advised him against planting Sauvignon Blanc. Always looking to push the envelope, Dave planted the varietal anyway and the rest is history.

    Today, our second-generation family owned winery continues to evolve and grow to meet the demands of a global wine marketplace. The primary mission of our winery is to produce distinctive wines that overdeliver on quality. For more than 40 years, this pursuit of winemaking excellence has led to many international awards and accolades. "">
    Dry Creek Vineyards

    Dedicated to producing world class Pinot Noir available across all price points, Erath offers three distinct styles of Pinot Noir. The Oregon Pinot is designed to highlight the varietal’s best characteristics, the Estate Selection Pinot Noir highlights the vintage’s best vineyard sites, and the single-vineyard Pinots showcase the distinctive characteristics of their respective growing sites. The winery also produces cool-climate Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc."">
    Erath Winery

    In a unique land in between two regions rich in history, culture and winemaking traditions, the favorable climatic conditions have created the natural environment to cultivate our passion: producing great wines.

    With a bold and essential design, Vitiano represents the modern image of Umbria: a family of innovative wines in taste and packaging, for those who love drinking well every day."">
    Falesco Wines

    Fat Cat: Something like that. You see, our winemaker (John Allbaugh) was a natural born jazz fan. As a young boy, he loved it all. Satchmo, Duke, and Bird. Dizzy, Miles, and Ella. Brubeck, Hancock, and Marsalis. But sadly, Little Johnny was no musician. He tried the piano and couldn’t make it go. And when Johnny blew the sax, nothing good happened.

    You: But Mr. Allbaugh made music with grapes?

    Fat Cat: That’s right. It turns out that what John couldn’t say with a horn, he could swing with the vines. Think of Fat Cat Cellars as an enological expression of a bebop idea. A celebration of soulful vibrations, spontaneous scenes, and good eats. A dialogue between your taste buds and your ear drums.

    You: There’s that Fat Cat dialogue thing I’ve heard about.

    Fat Cat: Most definitely. Fat Cat is all about the dialogue. Wine, music. Music, food. Food, friends. Good friends, good times. It’s simple and complex at the same time. Like a great jazz riff. A ballad in a glass, you dig?"">
    Fat Cat Cellars Wines

    In 1989, after many information-gathering trips to Napa and Sonoma, Walt and Joan purchased 321 acres, including a ridge top, high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern Sonoma Coast. With the same determination they drew on to build their successful nursery business; the Flowers proceeded with the dream of producing their favorite cool-climate varietals in a place they believed uniquely suited to growing them.

    Today, Flowers Winery produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties, Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard and Sea View Ridge Vineyard, as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which are farmed to Flowers’ specifications by their own crews."">
    Flowers Vineyard & Winery

    With an almost fanatical attention to every single barrel of wine, Girard employs classic winemaking techniques:

    -All of the fruit is hand sorted. -Red wines are cold soaked prior to fermentation. -Indigenous yeasts are used for the Chardonnay and each of the red wines. -All wines are aged in 100% French oak, except the Zinfandel and Petite Syrah which see 75% French and 25% American oak. The Sauvignon Blanc is all stainless steel fermented and does not undergo malolactic fermentation."">
    Girard Wines

    Bill’s tireless passion for winemaking and all things Monterey led to Monterey’s designation as a American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1984, literally putting Monterey on the winemaking map.

    Today, Jekel is known for crafting exquisitely distinctive varietals from Riesling and Chardonnay to Cabernet and Pinot Noir."">
    Jekel Vineyards

    In 2005, I was in the wine cellar with a friend who was also a 3rd generation Sonoma grape grower. We were tinkering around with a new wine that we sourced from some rugged, volcanic vineyards in the Red Hills of Lake County California. We were reminiscing about our fathers, and it reminded me of how my Dad used to tinker around the garage, rebuilding old stock cars with his friends. That rich, approachable wine that we tried back then defines the style and quality that we try to replicate in each vintage. Wines that are bold and expressive, but unassuming and approachable. Funny how it reminds me of someone. My Dad’s name was Joseph, as is mine, but his friends just called him Josh."">
    Josh Cellars Wines

    These two paths that led him to start Joto Sake started in 1986 when he had his first job in the food and beverage industry. That Summer, he worked as a prep cook and bus boy at the Liberty Cafe. In the Fall, when he entered Carleton College, he started studying Japanese. For years, both during and after college, Henry kept studying Japanese and working in restaurants.

    Henry fell in love with sake after visiting Sakagura restaurant in New York City in 2001. From that point on, he visited Sakagura, bought sake at retail, started taking tasting notes and began developing the business plan for Joto Sake.

    In late 2004, Henry left his job as International Marketing Director for Belvedere and Chopin Vodkas and incorporated Joto Sake in early 2005. By August, 2005, Joto received its first container and started selling in the U.S."">
    Joto Sake

    Abandoned after having being used to build the royal castles of the Loire, the quarry was brought back to life by Alcide, who transformed it into magnificent winemaking cellars. It became a network of 15 km of hygienic and solid underground galleries, the constant temperature of which is always about 12°C, with a hygrometry perfectly suited to the production and the conservation of wine.

    At the beginning of this century, Justin-Marcel Monmousseau, the nephew and successor of Alcide, discovered great similarities between the terroirs and grape varieties of the vineyards of Champagne and those of Touraine. Within less than 5 years, he entered "The Fine Sparkling Wine Market" and became internationally renowned."">
    Justin Monmousseau Wines

    As a family-run business, we can put the long-term interests of future generations above short-term financial gains. Our success will be measured by generations of family, rather than by numbers on quarterly reports. We can't just be thinking about today, or tomorrow, or this quarter, or this year. We have to take the long view—100, 200 years—and think of future generations and the environment in which they'll live.

    There are some special places where you just want to be, to live. And among those places are the coastal maritime, cool hills and mountains of the California coast. I’m at peace and spiritually satisfied when I'm in the mountains and hills and benches of California—the very places where the best grapes thrive. The land gives us what we need. It gives us our shelter, our food, our clean air—all of the things we need, except for one: family."">
    Kendall Jackson Wines

    The wines are focused on capturing a level of quality not often found at this price point. A reserve Pinot Noir, along with two single vineyard Pinot Noirs are offered to showcase the fact that terroir representation does not need to come at a price. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or having an intimate evening in, these wines will be sure to enhance any moment."">
    Kudos Wine

    Naturally, our winemaking team seeks to express the essence of the terroir in our wines, capturing the unique personality and flavor profile of the vineyards. Elizabeth Grant-Douglas infuses our winemaking regime with a highly personal touch that combines the best of traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques with a contemporary California style."">
    La Crema Winery

    Stellar sources organic grapes from a number of independent farms, which, together with the cellar, bottling and packaging plant make up a fair trade structure, the Stellar Winery Multi-Estate. Workers on the farms and in the winery, including seasonal workers, together own 26% of the enterprise through shares in the Stellar Winery Empowerment Trust."">
    Stellar Organic Winery

    It’s truly a lady’s best friend. And it’s fast becoming man’s best friend too."">
    Sweet Bitch Wines

    The story of Maui’s Winery is a great story of sustainability. In 1974, the winery in collaboration with Ulupalakua Ranch began growing grapes, remaining true to the area’s agricultural heritage. While waiting for the grapes to mature, they decided to develop a sparkling wine made from the plentiful pineapples on Maui. A scant amount of this wine was produced, but the public response to the wine was so positive that it was decided to pursue the endeavor of making a still pineapple wine. Three years later, Tedeschi Vineyards released a Maui Blanc pineapple wine from local fruit. In 1984, after years of labor and development, the first grape product was released: Maui Brut Sparkling. "

    From the beginning, the goal of the two brothers was to create a state-of-the-art winery combined with the most advanced science in the vineyards for the production of premium wines.

    Together with the Mariani family, Ezio Rivella, one of Italy's foremost enologists, who understood that due to the richness of the soils and the privileged microclimatic position, the property would have great capacity of development.

    In those years, the brothers, John and Harry, also purchased Bruzzone, a historic winery in Piedmont. Founded in 1860 and specialized in the production of sparkling wines, today is known as Banfi Piemonte."">
    Tedeschi Vineyards Wines

    With a global portfolio of more than 40 world-class brands, the depth and breadth of the portfolio balances segment leaders with small, highly regarded brands considered to be jewels among their peers, as well as brands with strong growth potential."">
    Terlato Wines International

    The Wine Group’s corporate headquarters, located in Livermore, California, are set next to our flagship winery, Concannon Vineyard. The Wine Group markets its products in North America, Western Europe and Asia.

    The Wine Group’s vision is to thrive as the wine and spirits industry’s most admired organization while delighting consumers with unbeatable brand value and continuous innovation to consistently exceed their expectations.

    It is the mission of The Wine Group to drive long-term value creation with the speed, agility and entrepreneurial culture that has defined TWG since its inception. Also, to prosper as an independent, management-owned company and serve as an enduring example for business stewardship for all of TWG’s stakeholders…consumers, customers, employees, owners, society."">
    The Wine Group

    Trapiche represents “the richness of diversity” in Argentina. Throughout its history, it has understood like no other the strength of the viticulture in Argentina and has specialized in obtaining the best from every vineyard to create unique wines.

    This diversity is found in more than 1,000 hectares of its own vineyards and obtaining grapes from more than 200 independent producers in the best wine growing areas of Argentina.

    In its wide and diverse portfolio, Trapiche offers a wine for occasion and every palate. Quality, innovation and diversity have always been Trapiche’s fundamental drivers, the basis on which it stands and moves forward."">
    Trapiche Wines

    Throughout the 1960s Villa Maria was a one-man band, with George’s wife, Gail, supporting him in his venture. He made dry red and white wines, sourcing grapes from the greater Auckland regions. In the early 1970s he started to employ staff and the company began to expand rapidly.

    Today, Villa Maria employs more than 250 permanent staff and exports wine to over 50 countries worldwide."">
    Villa Maria Winery

    Soon afterwards, they brought clones of the classical varietals from Europe to replace those native species. Then, as their vineyards evolved and the high quality of their wines started to shine through, they began to ship their wines to the United States, Canada, Germany and Japan in 1940. This way, San Pedro was also one of the pioneering export companies in Chile."">
    Vina San Pedro Wines

    The new generation of Zonins has already taken its place next to President Gianni Zonin, bringing with it a wave of youthful dynamism and also experience gained on other continents.

    The company's heart is located in Gambellara, in the province of Vicenza, an oasis of verdant hills and well-ordered vineyards. Gambellara is the ancestral home of the Zonin family. It has been famous for viticulture since the 1300s, as testifies by Pier de'Crescenzi in his Trattato d'Agricultura (treatise on Agriculture).

    This history that has manifested itself in the vicissitudes, the hard work and the inspired decisions of a family whose name is inextricably linked to passion for the land, its vines and wine.

    In the historic headquarters of the Company, the Zonins began to produce wines on a small scale in the early 1800s. In the next century, "Commendatore" Domenico Zonin would initiate an aggressive marketing strategy. This dynamic man, born in 1899, lived to the venerable age of 101, technically spanning three centuries. His youthful spirit bore witness to dramatic transformations of a way of life that evolved into modern present day in which a seventh generation of the family runs the firm."">
    Zonin Wines
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