EDMUNDS ST. JOHN

Edmunds St. John – Money Prize BERKELEY 1331 Walnut St tel. (510) 981-1510 www.edmundsstjohn.com info@edmundsstjohn.com 0 ac – 29,500 bt     PEOPLE Steve Edmunds brings a musician’s sensitivity and a wine-buyers palate (both of these jobs he has had) to his production of primarily, Rhône-style wines. As one of the early Californian interpreters of …

GRGICH HILLS ESTATE

Grgich Hills Estate – Bottle Prize RUTHERFORD 1829 St. Helena Hwy. tel. (707) 963-2784 www.grgich.com 366 ac – 774,000 bt     PEOPLE Against many odds, Miljenko “Mike “ Grgich made his way from Croatia to make wine in California. He gained international fame over night when a Chardonnay he had crafted for Chateau Montelena …

BOKISCH VINEYARDS

Bokisch Vineyards – Money Prize LODI 18921 Atkins Rd. tel. (209) 642-8880 www.bokischvineyards.com info@bokischvineyards.com 83 ac – 60,000 bt   PEOPLE Liz and Markus Bokisch have followed a circuitous path to becoming Lodi wine-growing pioneers. From California’s inner heartland to stints in Catalonia and the Napa Valley, the couple finally settled in Lodi in the …

CORISON

Corison – Bottle Prize SAINT HELENA 987 Saint Helena Hwy. tel. (707) 963-0826 www.corison.com visit@corison.com 13 ac – 36,000 bt   PEOPLE The inimitable Cathy Corison is a woman who needs no introduction, her quiet trailblazing and steadfast commitment to Na- pa terroir long ago having made a mark on the California wine industry. 2017 …

FROG’S LEAP

Frog’s Leap – Snali Prize 8815 Conn Creek Rd. tel. (707) 963-4704 www.frogsleap.com ribbit@frogsleap.com 250 ac – 720,000 bt   ‘‘Frog’s Leap is a testament to being a commercially successful winery while taking care of the land, one’s workers and making quality wine at honest prices”   PEOPLE Founded in 1981 with the funds from …

STONY HILL VINEYARD

Stony Hill Vineyard ST. HELENA PO Box 308 tel. (707) 963-2636 www.stonyhillvineyard.com info@stonyhillvineyard.com 40 ac – 48,000 bt   ‘‘Stony Hill, founded 70 years ago by Fred and Eleanor McCrea, was sold to long-time family friends the Ted Hall family in August 2018″     PEOPLE This year marks winemaker Mike Chelini’s 45th harvest at …

SMITH MADRONE VINEYARDS AND WINERY

Smith Madrone Vineyards and Winery 4022 Spring Mountain Rd. Saint Helena, CA 94574 (707) 963-2283 www.smithmadrone.com   38 ac – 48,000 bt   PEOPLE An ambitious 22 year old Stuart Smith purchased a 200 acre property in Napa’s Spring Mountain District while still attending UC Davis’s viticulture program. He named it in honor of his …

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 …

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 …

HEITZ CELLAR

  HEITZ CELLAR (BOTTLE) 436 St. Helena Hwy. St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 963-3542 heitzcellar.com PEOPLE Joe and Alice Heitz were pioneers of the modern American winemaking era. The couple purchased their first property in 1961, a time when only 12 wineries were left in the Napa Valley following the scourge of Prohibition. The incipient …