The Second Annual Sausalito Wine Experience was a huge success! Get ready for the third annual 2019 event!
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Pioneers of the Napa Valley grape growing industry, the Beckstoffer family made the vineyards both their lives and their livelihood. Tuck grew up among the vines, hills and oak trees sprinkled across the Napa landscape.
As a teenager, he worked side-by-side with the vineyard workers and learned to coax the vines into balance. This experience whetted Tuck’s appetite to learn more about the winemaking process as an adult. He traveled to study with winemaking legends in wineries both at home and abroad then launched his own brand in 1997. His first wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon, garnered critical acclaim and collectors and connoisseurs asked for more.
With his wife, Boo, they tell their story through their wines, all with the philosophy to be "farmers first" and search out vineyards that Tuck can use to express his style.
At Three Sticks we believe wine enriches lives by bringing joy to people, occasions and celebrations. We believe in a genuine love of wine growing, and that it takes more than one person to make great wine. It’s a journey from the earth to the glass, which we cherish every year. Enjoy our selection of handcrafted Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and our unique specialty wines along the way.
The Three Sticks philosophy is to produce wines of world class quality from exceptional vineyards in Sonoma County, including our estate properties Durell and Gap's Crown Vineyards. We are passionate about what we do and we hope you like the wines as much as we enjoy making them!
Situated at the historic gateway to the Carneros wine region, Ram’s Gate Winery opened in September 2011 and features Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from the marquee vineyards of Sonoma and Carneros.
The winemaking team, led by industry veteran Jeff Gaffner, approaches winemaking as a way to showcase the signature of a unique site, often as specific as a few rows within a vineyard. Fruit is harvested and handled with care and intention, from selection in the vineyard to cluster- and berry-sorting on our custom designed tables.
Ram’s Gate Winery’s tasting room, designed by Howard Backen to be a modern interpretation of the weathered farmsteads of old Carneros, is open Thursdays through Mondays by appointment beginning at 11:00 am.
Every once in a while an unparalleled vineyard site is quite literally stumbled upon. Gina and Steve Viets purchased their Sonoma home designed to give their children more room to roam and to escape foggy San Francisco. Little did they know, their passion for seeking the perfect bottle of Cabernet, along with their interest in farming, was about to converge.
While exploring the property and its history the Family discovered that the land was once a vineyard in the late 1800’s, they began seeing their hillside in a whole new light, inspiring them to establish V. Vineyards dedicated to single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Planted in 2007, V. Vineyards is nestled on the Sonoma County side of Spring Mountain along the Mayacamas Mountain range. Situated at 1,800 feet in elevation and just one mile from the Napa County line, the vineyards are dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc varietals. The elevation of V. Vineyards affords a slightly cooler growing climate which allows the aromas and tannins to ripen along with the sugars, while protecting the acidity of the fruit, resulting in optimum structural balance and an elegant profile to the wine.
We strongly believe Lovall Valley is the ideal place to grow and make America’s finest Sauvignon Blanc. Accessible only from Sonoma, yet located in Napa, the valley sits at 650 feet above sea level and is bordered on the west by Arrowhead Mountain. Huichica Creek runs the length of the valley bisecting the Grieve Family Vineyard. Our vineyard was planted in 2000, and in 2003 was adjoined with the neighboring parcel of 10 acres to create what is now Grieve Family Vineyard. Today, the vineyard consists of 16.73 planted acres, 12.23 of Sauvignon Blanc and 4.49 acres of Merlot.
David Grieve grew up in Michigan, went to college in Texas, and started his career in commercial real estate in San Francisco, never thinking he would end up being a world-class wine producer. In 2002, David purchased a house and 70 acres of land containing nearly 17 acres of planted vines. In 2008, David was introduced to wine industry-veteran Vance Rose, and he and David decided to combine two of their passions — golf and wine — and created Double Eagle, an evocative Bordeaux blend that combines Merlot from the Grieve Family Vineyard in Lovall Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from vineyards in St. Helena.
Kistler Vineyards is a privately owned and operated winery dedicated to the vinification of world-class site specific Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The vineyard sources for their wines stretch from western Sonoma County, some five miles from the Pacific to Carneros, just north of San Francisco Bay.
The majority of our vineyards are owned and farmed by Kistler Vineyards. Kistler produces single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs that are available exclusively to their mailing list members. We also have long standing relationships with some of the finest growers in Sonoma and Napa County.
Founded in 1978 by Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler, the first vintage in 1979 produced 3,500 cases of wine and since then the winery has slowly grown to the planned production level of about 35,000 cases per year.
Fine Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauvignon Blanc produced by Bart and Daphne Araujo. Accendo Cellars is the newest venture from Bart and Daphne Araujo, who in 1990 purchased the historic Eisele Vineyard. Under their care, the wines from the Eisele Vineyard continued their run of excellence, and Araujo Estate quickly rose to join the ranks of Napa’s greatest wineries.
Just weeks before the 2013 harvest, the couple sold the estate and the Araujo name to François Pinault, the owner of Chateau Latour. Since then, Bart and Daphne have bought two other vineyards, in Oakville and St Helena, both of which are undergoing major replants and being converted to biodynamics – a method of farming in which the Araujos believe passionately.
While waiting for the new sites to become fully operational the Araujos will produce their wine under the name Accendo Cellars, using purchased fruit pulled from a selection of undisclosed vineyards, from which they will continue to draw grapes even after their new estates come online. Despite their success with Eisele, they also believe in creating blends from a variety of sites.
Vintners, Gabrielle Leonhard O’Connell and Wayne O’Connell are the stewards of a historic vineyard located in the cooler climate of the southern end of Napa Valley, on the bank of Dry Creek, at the toe of Mount Veeder. The Certified Organic and certified Fish Friendly Farming vineyard has a strong commitment to a sustainable environment. This site was deemed the best vineyard land in California in 1856 by the California Agriculture Commission. This accolade was confirmed when their 2007 Inaugural Vintage of OCFV Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded a Double Gold at the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition and followed by successive gold metals thereafter.
Wine collectors await the limited 150-250 case production releases of the O’Connell Family Cabernets, featuring extended 33-48 month French Oak aging with provocative aromas of dark fruit laced with exotic spice, that draw you into the glass to explore richly textured, elegantly integrated wines that authentically speaks of their complex terroir.
"From the rugged, manzanita-dotted Animo vineyard that overlooks the Napa Valley, the Michael Mondavi Family proudly introduces the sites's namesake Animo Cabernet Sauvignon, as an expression of the spirit of Atlas Peak. Animo is the Italian word for “heart” or “spirit,” which is certainly descriptive of the Animo Wines."
The Mondavi family has tended vineyards in California’s Napa Valley for four generations. In 1999, they purchased the Animo vineyard in Atlas Peak, marking the first chapter of the Michael Mondavi Family Estate. The goal is a heritage driven portfolio of small-production, artisanal wines. While Cabernet Sauvignon is at the core, they take a thoughtful approach on crafting wines from several varietals, including Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. In keeping with Mondavi family traditions, farming of the Michael Mondavi Family Estate vineyards adhere to sustainable and organic standards.
Marimar Torres has been involved in the wine business all her life. Born in 1945 in Barcelona, Spain, Marimar traveled extensively promoting Spain’s Torres wines, eventually, she became the best-known ambassador of Spanish wines in North America. In 1986, Marimar began planting the Don Miguel Vineyard in Russian River Valley, a 56-acre property in a cool microclimate ideally suited to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Today the property encompasses 81 acres planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Albarño, Tempranillo, and Syrah. Pinot Noir is also planted on 20 acres of a 180-acre property in West Sonoma County, between Freestone and Occidental.
Due to her European heritage, emphasis on the vineyard is a natural concept for Marimar; the wines, made entirely from estate-grown grapes, are truly an expression of their unique terroir. Dedicated to creating an ideal balance between the vines and nature, Marimar vineyards are certified sustainable.
The Mascot began early on as an experiment, after talking the family and winemaking team into sparing a few barrels of wine - produced from our younger vines - to explore a blend of my own. In the first few years, before it had a label or a name, it was just a wine shared with friends and family. It wasn’t until the 2008 vintage, our first official release, that we had enough to share with new friends.
This cabernet is a hedonistic blend of power and balance; expressive and approachable early in its life, with potential to evolve well into the future. Ready to drink upon release, it will age for decades given the opportunity.
"Vines that have all the pedigree of the land, and would one day be considered for the "grand vins"of our estates."
Founded in 2000, O’Brien Estate is owned and operated by Bart and Barb O’Brien. Consisting of 40 acres in the Oak Knoll Appellation of the Napa Valley, our 33 acre estate vineyard is planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our wines are made exclusively from grapes grown in our estate vineyard adjacent to our winery and home. Traditional non-interventional winemaking techniques and aging in small French oak barrels (75-100% new) allow our wines to express the nuances of our unique terroir, creating a signature of the vineyard in the bottle.
Our wines have received consistently high Parker scores (98 points for 2013 Unrestrained Reserve) and are only available at O'Brien Estate and to our 3,000 member wine club - no distribution whatsoever. We don’t sell wine to strangers, but are friends with everyone who visits our property.
All of our tastings are private, seated, single group tastings in our backyard overlooking hundreds of acres of vineyards and the Mayacamas and Stag’s Leap. Spectacular views greet our guests in a relaxed and authentic family winery estate experience outside the owner’s home. You will feel like you have a close friend in the Napa Valley.
O’Brien Estate has consistently been rated as one of the top 5 wineries to visit in Napa Valley on TripAdvisor and was rated as #2 in the nation by US News and World Report. O’Brien Estate wines have been featured on Good Morning America and Neil Cavuto Fox Business News.
The story of the Don Melchor wine begins in the mid-1980s when the Chilean wine industry was undergoing another transformation and beginning to create very high quality wines. A dream began to take shape at Viña Concha y Toro that would eventually change the future of Chilean wines forever and Peynaud immediately recognized the excellence of the wines from that terroir and suggested that his closest colleague, Jacques Boissenot, consultant for renowned French châteaux, lead the project.
The adventure had already begun two years earlier, when Mr. Eduardo Guilisasti insisted that his son Rafael and winemaker Goetz Von Gersdorff travel to Bordeaux, France to meet with the renowned French maestro Emilie Peynaud, considered the father of modern winemaking. They showed him the Cabernet Sauvignon from the Puente Alto Vineyard.
For Concha y Toro a wine begins with the vines. Don Melchor is the faithful expression of a Cabernet Sauvignon from a specific terroir in the Puente Alto Vineyard, which is divided into blocks that are homogenous in vigor. Each block is managed according to its specific needs for balanced growth in every vine.
The first vintage of Don Melchor was 1987, and from the beginning, French winemaker Jacques Boissenot, one of Bordeaux’s most respected consultants, has participated in defining and making the final blend of each Don Melchor since the very first vintage. Today his son, Eric Boissenot, continues his legacy as Don Melchor winemaker Enrique Tirado’s consultant.