SKINNER VINEYARDS AND WINE

  SKINNER VINEYARDS AND WINERY (COIN) 8054 Fairplay Rd. Somerset CA 95684 (530) 620-2220 skinnervineyards.com PEOPLE After discovering an ancestral connection to a Gold Rush-era miner, rancher, and wine grower named James Skinner, Mike and Carey Skinner purchased property in the El Dorado Hills, along with a century-old stone cellar built by James (Mike’s great, …

PORTER CREEK VINEYARDS

  PORTER CREEK VINEYARDS (BOTTLE) 8735 Westside Rd. Healdsburg CA 95448 (707) 433-6321 portercreekvineyards.com PEOPLE George Davis acquired 40 acres in the Russian River Valley in 1977, with a Burgundian mission in mind. His son, Alex, took the reins some 20 years later and continues to craft wines informed by his experience not just in …

HUDSON

HUDSON (COIN) 5398 Sonoma Hwy. Napa CA 94559 (707) 255-1455 hudsonranch.com PEOPLE Lee Hudson exudes a boundless energy and visible eagerness to share the vision of his ranch with anyone who will listen. He first came to the valley in 1975 and after almost 40 years is more keen than ever on experimentation and stewardship …

HANDLEY CELLARS

    HANDLEY CELLARS (COIN) 3151 Hwy. 128 Philo CA 95466 (800) 733-3151 handleycellars.com PEOPLE Founder Milla Handley is an Anderson Valley original, having first come to this remote Mendocino County region in 1978, when it was still a bit of a viticultural backwater. Located at the northwestern end of the valley on the site …

ROBERT SINSKEY VINEYARDS

ROBERT SINSKEY VINEYARDS 6320 Silverado Trail Napa CA 94558 (707) 944-9090 robertsinskey.com PEOPLE In the 1970s Robert Sinskey was a practicing doctor with a sideline penchant for grape growing. By 1985 he had 115 acres under vine and a will to create his own eponymous vineyard designate. The winery took shape in 1988 and soon …

FRONT PORCH FARM

    FRONT PORCH FARM 2550 Rio Lindo Ave. Healdsburg CA 95448 (707) 433-8683 fpfarm.com   PEOPLE In 2010 Mimi and Peter Buckley bought property just east of Healdsburg as the next step in a line of conservationist endeavors. Wanting to successfully put into practice environmental and agricultural beliefs, the goal was to create a …

FOLDED HILLS

  FOLDED HILLS (SNAIL) 53 Industrial Way Buellton CA 93427 (805) 694-8086 foldedhills.com There couldn’t be a better estate to represent the marriage of sustainable viticulture and extreme value in the final product. Across the board, the wines from this estate impressed our tasting panel with their focus and approachability. PEOPLE Folded Hills is a …

GIORNATA

  GIORNATA (SNAIL) 470 Marquita Ave. A Paso Robles CA 93446 Tel. (805) 434-3075 giornatawine.com Few California wineries can rival Giornata’s equilibrium of value and quality. This is an estate where sustainable farming practices translate into some of the state’s most delicious and food-friendly wines, at consumer-friendly prices. PEOPLE After a stint at Isole e …