BIEN NACIDO & SOLOMON HILLS

Bien Nacido & Solomon Hills  2963 Grand Ave. Suite B Los Olivos CA 93441 (805) 691-9913 biennacidoestate.com   650 ac – 590.000 bt Bottle prize – awarded to wineries whose wines represent benchmarks in quality.   PEOPLE The Miller family began planting vines in the early 1970’s. Their grapes are highly sought after, as they …

DOMAINE DROUHIN OREGON

Domaine Drouhin Oregon 6750 NE Breyman Orchards Rd. Dayton OR 97114 (503) 864-2700 domainedrouhin.com 130 ac – 294,000 bt Bottle prize – awarded to wineries whose wines represent benchmarks in quality.   PEOPLE The Drouhins have been making wine in Burgundy France since the 1880s, but became interested in Oregon after David Lett of the …

LARKMEAD VINEYARDS

Larkmead Vineyards 1100 Larkmead Ln. Calistoga CA 94515 (707) 942-0167 larkmead.com   110 ac – 90,000 bt   PEOPLE In the late 1880s the rambunctious daughter of San Francisco’s genteel Hitchcock family was sent to live a more decorous life in the countryside. Lillie Hitchcock called the estate Larkmead after the numerous finches on the …

BROOKS WINE

BROOKS WINE – Snail Award 21101 SE Cherry Blossom Ln. Amity OR 97101 (503) 435-1278 brookswine.com 19 ac – 264,000 bt   When you make about twenty different versions of the variety per year, you can rightfully call yourself “the house of Riesling,” at least in the Pinot-centric Willamette Valley   PEOPLE The unexpected passing …

Slow Wine 2019: California expands and Oregon debuts

With more than 50 estates added to this year’s California guide and 50 estates appearing in the debut edition of the Oregon guide, the 2019 Slow Wine guide covers more ground than ever before.  The Slow Wine Guide to the Wines of California and Oregon 2019 is the fruit of a team of highly talented and dedicated …

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, …

SPOTTSWOODE

SPOTTSWOODE (BOTTLE) 1902 Madrona Ave. St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 963-0134 spottswoode.com PEOPLE Founder Mary Novak led Spottswoode for over two decades. Today her daughters run the business. Beth Novak Milliken serves as president and CEO to the estate while her sister Lindy Novak acts as national sales manager. Aron Weinkauf serves as winemaker. Spottswoode …

LO-FI WINES

  LO-FI WINES PO Box 574 Los Alamos CA 93440 (877) 958-4480 lofi-wines.com PEOPLE Michael Roth and Craig Winchester, friends from college, head up the small, unique, and lively production at Lo-Fi Wines. The name, Lo-Fi, truly emphasizes the way this duo approach their winemaking endeavor. They employ no additions outside of a small amount …

SMITH-MADRONE

SMITH-MADRONE (BOTTLE) 4022 Spring Mountain Rd. St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 963-2283 smithmadrone.com PEOPLE Brothers Stu and Charles Smith arrived on Spring Mountain in 1971, when it was still mostly uninhabited—though they soon discovered that the site that would become Smith-Madrone was planted to vineyards prior to Prohibition. More than 40 years later, theirs is …

LA CLARINE FARM

LA CLARINE FARM (SNAIL) 7721 Snowbird Ln. Somerset CA 95684 (530) 306-3608 laclarinefarm.com Perhaps more than any other California grape grower and winemaker, La Clarine Farm has been able to balance the fine line between minimalist intervention in winemaking and the compelling quality of the wine it produces. PEOPLE Since 2001, Hank Beckmeyer and Caroline …