My interest in wine started when I was living in Germany as a young teenager. Wine was always part of our daily life and my father often took the whole family on wine tasting trips through Europe. At the time we’d curse him as we spent our day throwing rocks into a pond while he tasted. Now, of course, I'm grateful to him for sharing his passion and infecting me with his enthusiasm.My father and I dreamed of building a winery together and our vision became reality when my wife, Suzie, and I traded my dental practice for the life of wine growers in 1994. I’d like to say that we moved in and started making wine on day one. But the truth is the property was a 100-year old chicken ranch that needed lots of love but was full of potential. It took us over a year to clean up and begin renovations. I acted as general contractor, and built everything from the fences to the tasting room. Apart from having to live in a friend’s garage for six months, we can now say it was a labour of love.
The winery is Tuscan style, one of my father’s favourite wine growing regions, and is surrounded by 10 acres Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in 1996. We produced our first vintage in 1999 and haven’t looked back. We now create eight wines, including a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, two Pinot Noirs (from the Russian River Valley and Los Carneros), a Merlot, the Estate Cabernet, a Reserve Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and a red wine Bordeaux blend appropriately called “Persistence” TM.
Please stop by and see us when you are next in Napa to share our wines and meet the family.
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