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 …

LEDGE VINEYARDS

  LEDGE VINEYARDS 5414 Vineyard Dr. Paso Robles CA 93446 (805) 434-8663 ledgevineyards.com PEOPLE Owners Mark and Ciera Adams are musicians turned winegrowers, perhaps explaining why they make such soulful wines. When his family moved back to Paso Robles to farm the family property, he was inspired to plant vineyard instead of orchards thanks to …

RAEN

  RAEN 21692 8th St. East Sonoma CA 95476 (707) 633-3016 raenwinery.com PEOPLE RAEN (Research in Agriculture and Enology Naturally) is a new project from the youngest generation of the Mondavi family. The inspiration for RAEN stems from the Pinot Noir that Carlo and Dante’s father and grandfather used to make in the 1960s and …

TURLEY WINE CELLARS

TURLEY WINE CELLARS 3358 St. Helena Hwy. St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 963-0940 turleywinecellars.com PEOPLE Turley Wine Cellars is a brainchild of Frog’s Leap co-founder Larry Turley, a former physician. Wanting to shift his focus to old vine Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, he divested from Frog’s Leap and started hunting for old vineyards for his …

LICHEN ESTATE

LICHEN ESTATE 11001 County Rd. 151 Boonville CA 95415 (707) 895-7949 lichenestate.com PEOPLE With one winery and an organic foods business under his belt, owner Douglas Stewart launched Lichen after reacquiring the site of his previous winery (the acclaimed Breggo), this time abandoning the négociant model and growing his own grapes. VINEYARDS Stuart planted the …

RADIO COTEAU

  RADIO COTEAU 2040 Barlow Ln. Sebastopol CA 95472 (707) 823-2578 radiocoteau.com PEOPLE Winegrower Eric Sussman studied agriculture at Cornell University before heading off to France to work at various wineries in Bordeaux and Burgundy. A dedication to cool climate coastal vineyards drew him to the area of Occidental, not far from the Pacific Ocean. …

VERDAD

VERDAD 2963 Grand Ave. Los Olivos CA 93441 (805) 686-4200 verdadwine.com PEOPLE Despite its historic association with and climatic similarity to Spain, California hadn’t had a serious foray into Spanish grape growing or wines made thereof until 2000 when Louisa Sawyer Lindquist released her first vintage under the Verdad label. Much like her husband did …

LAUREL GLEN VINEYARD

LAUREL GLEN VINEYARD 969 Carquinez Ave. Glen Ellen CA 95442 (707) 933-9877 laurelglen.com PEOPLE Upon graduating divinity school in the 1970’s, Patrick Campbell made his way out west to join the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. The Buddhist monastery assigned him a small plot of vines to tend, a task in which he flourished, eventually moving …

BECKMEN VINEYARDS

BECKMEN VINEYARDS 2670 Ontiveros Rd. Los Olivos CA 93441 (805) 688-8664 beckmenvineyards.com Tom and Judy Beckmen and their son Steve, the winemaker, purchased their 40-acre estate in Santa Ynez in 1994 when the Santa Barbara County winemaking community was still in its youth. They have been growing the grapes and managing the vineyards there since …

RIDGE VINEYARDS

  RIDGE VINEYARDS (BOTTLE) 17100 Montebello Rd. Cupertino CA 95014 (408) 867-3233 ridgewine.com PEOPLE Osea Perrone, a doctor from San Francisco, first purchased the Monte Bello Ridge property in 1885 and the first Monte Bello wine was produced in 1892. 70 years later, four friends and Stanford researchers founded Ridge Vineyards bottling their first Zinfandel …