LITTORAI

    LITTORAI (BOTTLE) 788 Gold Ridge Rd. Sebastopol CA 95472 (707) 823-9586 littorai.com   PEOPLE Ted and Heidi Lemon founded and own Littorai. Ted serves as winemaker and vineyard manager while Heidi leads the business. VINEYARDS Littorai owns both the Pivot vineyard in Sonoma’s Sebastopol Hills area of the Sonoma Coast, and also the …

ACUMEN

    ACUMEN (BOTTLE) 1315 1st St. Napa CA 94559 (707) 492-8336 acumenwine.com PEOPLE Garrett Buckland serves as viticulturist for Acumen vineyards. While Henrik Poulsen is lead winemaker. At its inception Steve Matthiasson helped to lead viticulture alongside Buckland Denis Malbec served as founding winemaker until his death in 2016. VINEYARDS Sitting near the top …

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 …

PALMINA WINES

  PALMINA WINES (SNAIL) 1520 E Chestnut Ct. Lompoc CA 93436 (805) 735-2030 palminawines.com Palmina has led the way for producing high-quality, food-friendly wines entirely from Italian varieties. Since 1995, Palmina has brought together fresh and flavorful wines with a celebration of Italian food and culture. PEOPLE Steve Clifton founded Palmina inspired by Italian culture, …

SOLMINER

Above: A view of the original Syrah vineyard as seen from David and Anna’s front porch. They started farming organically there in 2012 and are currently working toward biodynamic certification.   SOLMINER (SNAIL) PO Box 935 Los Olivos CA 93441 (805) 691-9195 solminer.com For the deLaski family and the small farm where they live with …

VESPER VINEYARDS

    VESPER VINEYARDS 298 Enterprise St. Escondido CA 92029 (760) 749-1300 vespervineyards.com PEOPLE Grower and winemaker Chris Broomell’s family has been farming in the San Pasqual Valley AVA (San Diego County) for five generations. But it wasn’t until after World War II that they turned to fine wine grape growing when an Australian relative …

BEDROCK WINE CO.

BEDROCK WINE CO. (SNAIL) 21481 8th St. East Sonoma CA 95476 (707) 343-1478 bedrockwineco.com Bedrock Wine Co. is the apotheosis of the current California wine revolution. Its work with Zinfandel and other heritage grapes from California has shown the world that these grapes can produce compelling, world-class wines with immense appeal for the contemporary palate. …

DOMAINE DE LA CÔTE

Above: Domaine de la Côte’s top vineyard in Santa Barbara County, “la Côte” (the slope). A visit to their vineyards is a glimpse into why the Santa Ynez AVA is one of California’s most compelling. DOMAINE DE LA CÔTE (BOTTLE) Lompoc CA (805) 500-8337 domainedelacote.com PEOPLE Owners Steve Webster, Mark Stevenson, Sashi Moorman, and Rajat …

HIRSCH VINEYARDS

  HIRSCH VINEYARDS (BOTTLE) 45075 Bohan Dillon Rd. Cazadero CA 95421 (707) 847-3001 hirschvineyards.com PEOPLE Hirsch was planted in 1980 on the Sonoma Coast when entrepreneur David Hirsch decided that northern California was getting too crowded. The winery was completed in 2002, the same vintage would become the Hirsch family’s first estate release. Everardo Robledo …