VILLA CREEK CELLARS

Villa Creek Cellars – Snail prize  PASO ROBLES 5995 Peachy Canyon Road tel. (805) 238-7145 www.villacreek.com wine@villacreek.com 60 ac – 30,000 bt   ‘‘When Cris and JoAnn Cherry began planting grapes on their 60-acre property, they decided to never farm with chemicals”   PEOPLE Cris and JoAnn Cherry are restaurateurs turned winemakers. In 1996 they …

VESPER VINEYARDS

Vesper Vineyards – Snail prize ESCONDIDO 298 Enterprise St. tel. (760) 749-1300 www.vespervineyards.com info@vespervineyards.com 0 ac – 20,000 bt ‘‘Broomell has been a leading proponent of dry farming in the area, where most growers have favored irrigated vineyards in the past”   PEOPLE Grower and winemaker Chris Broomell’s family has been farming in the San …

SOLMINER

Solminer – Snail prize LOS OLIVOS 2890 Grand Ave. tel. (805) 691-9195 www.solminer.com 5ac-9,600bt   ‘‘David and Anna deLaski’s holistic approach to farming and winemaking is evident in their wines, which are among the best in the Santa Ynez Valley”   PEOPLE David and Anna escaped from Los Angeles to find their pastoral paradise in …

PIEDRASASSI

Piedrasassi – Snail Prize LOMPOC 1501 E. Chestnut Ave. tel. (805) 736-6784 www.piedrasassi.com melissa@piedrasassi.com 0 ac-18,000 bt ‘‘Sashi Moorman does not call himself a “natural’ winemaker.” He simply “makes wine naturally.” That means an awareness that goes beyond mere organic practices. Perhaps it is his holistic approach that has made Moorman such a sought-after, wildly …

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, …

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 …

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 …

SOTER VINEYARDS

Soter Vineyards – Bottle Prize CARLTON 10880 NE Mineral Springs Rd. tel. (503) 662-5600 www.sotervineyards.com info@sotervineyards.com 40 ac – 48,000 bt   PEOPLE A philosophy major turned vintner, Tony Soter spent 30 years consulting consulted for top Napa Valley wineries such as Spottswoode, Stag’s Leap, Shafer and Niebaum-Coppola. Soter also had his own high-profile California …

HIYU WINE FARM

Hiyu Wine Farm – Snail Prize HOOD RIVER 3890 Acree Dr. tel. (541) 436-4680 www.hiyuwinefarm.com 14ac-9,600bt     PEOPLE Hiyu Wine Farm is the creation of Nathaniel Ready, a Master Sommelier and his partner China Tresemer, an accomplished artist and cook. The couple met in Boulder, Colorado where Ready had been working for a restaurant, …

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 …