CRISTOM VINEYARDS

Cristom Vineyards SALEM 6905 Spring Valley Rd. NW tel. (503) 375-3068 www.cristomvineyards.com raechel@cristomvineyards.com 105 ac – 216,000 bt ‘‘«We have a dynamic relationship,» Tom Gerrie shares. «Our skill sets meld to marry the style of wine with this place, and we are making the best wines in Cristom’s history»”   PEOPLE Wine Grower/Owner, Tom Gerrie …

RHYS VINEYARD

Rhys Vineyards – Bottle Prize LOS GATOS 11715 Skyline Blvd. tel. (866) 511-1520 www.rhysvineyards.com 105 ac – 120,000 bt           PEOPLE The 2004 harvest was the first vintage released by entrepreneur Kevin Harvey’s Rhys Vineyards (pronounced REESE), one of the bright new stars of California winemaking today. Javier Tapia is the …

BELLE PENTE VINEYARD & WINERY

Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery – Snail Prize CARLTON 12470 NE Rowland Rd. tel. (503) 852-9500 www.bellepente.com wine@bellepente.com 16 ac – 54,000 bt   ‘‘Belle Pente is the “insider’s secret” Oregon wine lovers like to keep to themselves’’   PEOPLE New York City man meets smalltown Minnesota woman in the Silicon Valley, and they fall …

GOODFELLOW FAMILY CELLARS

Goodfellow Family Cellars MCMINNVILLE 888 NE 8th St. tel. (503) 939-1308 www.goodfellowfamilycellars.com 0ac – 48,000bt       PEOPLE Marcus Goodfellow earned a healthy respect for the land by growing up on an 80-acre tree farm near Silverton, Oregon. The fascination with wine came later as he pursued a restaurant career, first in Los Angeles …

FOLDED HILLS

Folded Hills – Snail Award 2323 Old Coast Hwy. Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 694-8086  www.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 have impressed our tasting panel with their focus and approachability.   …

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 …

SKINNER VINEYARDS AND WINE

  SKINNER VINEYARDS AND WINERY (COIN) 8054 Fairplay Rd. Somerset CA 95684 (530) 620-2220 skinnervineyards.com PEOPLE After discovering an ancestral connection to a Gold Rush-era miner, rancher, and wine grower named James Skinner, Mike and Carey Skinner purchased property in the El Dorado Hills, along with a century-old stone cellar built by James (Mike’s great, …

SPOTTSWOODE

SPOTTSWOODE (BOTTLE) 1902 Madrona Ave. St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 963-0134 spottswoode.com PEOPLE Founder Mary Novak led Spottswoode for over two decades. Today her daughters run the business. Beth Novak Milliken serves as president and CEO to the estate while her sister Lindy Novak acts as national sales manager. Aron Weinkauf serves as winemaker. Spottswoode …

LO-FI WINES

  LO-FI WINES PO Box 574 Los Alamos CA 93440 (877) 958-4480 lofi-wines.com PEOPLE Michael Roth and Craig Winchester, friends from college, head up the small, unique, and lively production at Lo-Fi Wines. The name, Lo-Fi, truly emphasizes the way this duo approach their winemaking endeavor. They employ no additions outside of a small amount …

SMITH-MADRONE

SMITH-MADRONE (BOTTLE) 4022 Spring Mountain Rd. St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 963-2283 smithmadrone.com PEOPLE Brothers Stu and Charles Smith arrived on Spring Mountain in 1971, when it was still mostly uninhabited—though they soon discovered that the site that would become Smith-Madrone was planted to vineyards prior to Prohibition. More than 40 years later, theirs is …