DREW

Drew – Snail Award 9000 Hwy. 128 Philo, CA 95466 (707) 895-9599 www.drewwines.com   7 ac – 36,000 bt   Jason Drew and his wife Molly purchased a 25 acre apple farm on the extreme Mendocino Coast in 2004 with the hopes of carving out a little piece of California to interpret into wine.   …

FOLDED HILLS

Folded Hills – Snail Award 2323 Old Coast Hwy. Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 694-8086  www.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 have impressed our tasting panel with their focus and approachability.   …

J. CHRISTOPHER WINES

J. Christopher Wines 17150 NE Hillside Dr. Newberg OR 97132 (503) 554-9572 jchristopherwines.com/   21 ac – 60,000 bt   PEOPLE Jay Somers was making beer for a living when he tasted a 1985 Domaine Marquis d’Angerville Volnay Champans and proceeded to lose his mind for Burgundy. As Somers says, “in 30 seconds my life …

TABLAS CREEK

Tablas Creek Vineyard 9339 Adelaida Rd. Paso Robles CA 93446 (805) 237-1231 tablascreek.com   100 ac – 300,000 bt Bottle Prize – awarded to wineries whose wines represent benchmarks in quality.   PEOPLE Robert Haas, who passed away this March at the age of ninety, left behind what is, perhaps, the greatest contribution of Rhône …

THE EYRIE VINEYARDS

The Eyrie Vineyards – Snail Award 935 NE 10th Avenue McMinnville, OR 97128 (503) 472-6315 eyrievineyards.com   57 ac – 108,096 bt   To drink Eyrie is to drink history. In 1965 David Lett planted the first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in the Willamette Valley in a temporary nursery plot near Corvallis, Oregon.   …

ROBERT SINSKEY VINEYARDS

Robert Sinskey Vineyards 6320 Silverado Trail Napa CA 94558 (707) 944-9090 robertsinskey.com   178 ac – 240,000 bt Bottle Prize –  awarded to wineries whose wines represent benchmarks in quality.   PEOPLE In the 1980s, the late Bob Sinskey, a lifetime doctor, foresaw the need for lighter red wines as the American diet began to …

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 …