KAMEN ESTATE WINES

Kamen Estate Wines – Bottle Prize SONOMA 111 B East Napa St. tel. (707) 938-7292 www.kamenwines.com info@kamenwines.com 48 ac – 36,000 bt     PEOPLE Growing up in a city housing project in the Bronx, Robert Kamen believes everything in life happens for a reason. In 1980 he visited Sonoma County to celebrate the sale …

LO-FI WINES

Lo-Fi Wines – Money Prize LOS ALAMOS 448 Bell St. tel. (805) 344-4194 www.lofi-wines.com questions@lofi-wines.com 3 ac – 36,000 bt         PEOPLE Named for a love of music and vinyl, college buddies Mike Roth and Craig Winchester quietly launched their collaborative side project in 2012. Both with pedigrees from notable wineries, the …

MACDONALD VINEYARDS

MacDonald Vineyards – Snail Prize OAKVILLE PO Box 91 tel. (707) 225-7264 www.macdonaldvineyards.com info@macdonaldvineyards.com 15 ac – 4,100 bt   ‘‘Though the vineyard has never seen systemic sprays in the family’s 64 years of conservancy, they are just beginning the process of organic certification’’   PEOPLE In 1868 Hamilton Crab arrive to the Napa Valley, …

HOBO WINE COMPANY

Hobo Wine Company – Money Prize SANTA ROSA 412 Timothy Rd. Unit C tel. (707) 755-7133 www.hobowines.com davoe@hobowines.com 14 ac – 360,000 bt     PEOPLE Sonoma County native Kenny Likitprakong launched Hobo Wine Co. in 2002 with the goal of converting his wine- wary skater friends to a laid-back and unassuming wine drinking culture, …

LIMERICK LANE CELLARS

Limerick Lane – Snail Prize HEALDSBURG 1023 Limerick Ln. tel. (707) 433-9211 www.limericklanewines.com info@limericklanewines.com 30 ac – 60,000 bt     ‘‘Specializing in Zinfandel and Rhone varietals, Limerick Lane is setting an example through virtuous viticulture and by preserving century old vineyards, carving out terroir driven wines of great depth, complexity and drinkability’’   PEOPLE …

LE CLARINE FARM

La Clarine Farm – Snail Prize SOMERSET 7721 Snowbird Ln. tel. (530) 306-3608 www.laclarinefarm.com laclarinefarm@gmail.com 3ac-30,000bt   ‘‘Since 2001, Henry “Hank” Beckmeyer and Caroline Hoël have been making wine on their farm in the Sierra Foothills AVA «as naturally as possible»”   PEOPLE A former rock musician and record label A&R guy, they lived for …

HEITZ CELLAR

Heitz Cellar – Bottle Prize ST. HELENA 436 St. Helena Hwy. tel. (707) 963-3542 www.heitzcellar.com 450 ac – 456,000 bt   PEOPLE Since 1961, Heitz Cellars has been a family-owned-and-run winery whose aim it is to create wines with elegance, balance and age worthiness. In 2018, this continues to be the case, but there is …

SCHERRER WINERY

Scherrer Winery – Bottle Prize SEBASTOPOL 4940 Ross Rd. tel. (707) 823-8980 www.scherrerwinery.com info@scherrerwinery.com 20 ac – 72,000 bt       PEOPLE Fred and Judi Scherrer introduced their first wine, a Zinfandel, in 1991, and by 1997 were able to establish their own winemaking facility outside Sebastopol, CA. Fred is the winemaker and Judi …

HANDLEY CELLARS

Handley Cellars – Money Prize PHILO 3151 Hwy. 128 tel. (800) 733-3151 www.handleycellars.com info@handleycellars.com 35 ac – 96,000 bt   PEOPLE Milla Handley started out making Chardonnay in her garage. By 1982 she had won gold at the 1982 Orange County Fair and the winery took off. Originally intending to become a sparkling wine house, …

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 …