THOMAS FOGARTY

  THOMAS FOGARTY 19501 Skyline Blvd. Woodside CA 94062 (650) 851-6777 fogartywinery.com PEOPLE The Thomas Fogarty winery was founded in 1976 by heart surgeon Thomas Fogarty, who intended from the outset that his 350-acre estate in the Santa Cruz Mountains would be part of the California Land Conservation Act. Today, the pristine farm is surrounded …

AMBYTH ESTATE

  AMBYTH ESTATE 510 Sequoia Ln. Templeton CA 93465 (805) 319-6967 ambythestate.com PEOPLE Phillip and Mary Hart came to Paso Robles with the intention to retire, but have since ended up launching a full-blown farming operation. They’ve kept the staff intentionally small, recently welcoming the Hart’s oldest son Gelert and his wife Robyn to the …

BAKER LANE VINEYARDS

    BAKER LANE VINEYARDS 7361 Baker Lane Sebastopol CA 95472 (707) 823-2496 bakerlanevineyards.com PEOPLE Stephen Singer thrives in the convergence between the serendipitous and the technical, San Francisco thus being a natural and fortuitous city in which to land. After years as a wine educator and consultant in the city and wine director of …

FROG’S LEAP

FROG’S LEAP (COIN) 8815 Conn Creek Rd. Rutherford CA 94573 (707) 963-4704 frogsleap.com PEOPLE Frog’s Leap is the epitome of a family winery, headed by the Williams family (founder John and son Rory) and flanked by the many vineyard workers, their sons, nephews, and other relatives that have joined the winery over the years. The …

ROBERT SINSKEY VINEYARDS

ROBERT SINSKEY VINEYARDS 6320 Silverado Trail Napa CA 94558 (707) 944-9090 robertsinskey.com PEOPLE In the 1970s Robert Sinskey was a practicing doctor with a sideline penchant for grape growing. By 1985 he had 115 acres under vine and a will to create his own eponymous vineyard designate. The winery took shape in 1988 and soon …

VOLKER EISELE FAMILY ESTATE

  VOLKER EISELE FAMILY ESTATE (SNAIL) 3080 Lower Chiles Valley Rd. St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 965-9485 volkereiselefamilyestate.com The Volker Eisele Family Estate is one of the rare family-run small-scale estates in Napa where organic farming practices have always been practiced. Now managed by its second generation, it produces some of the most stunning Cabernet …

CLOS SARON

CLOS SARON 9269 Collin House Road Oregon House CA 95962 (530) 692-1080 clossaron.com PEOPLE Husband-and-wife team Gideon Beinstock and Saron Rice are the owners of Clos Saron. They live among their vineyards in the northern reaches of the Sierra Foothills. VINEYARDS The heart and soul of Clos Saron is its three-acre “Home Vineyard,” which, though …

LIMERICK LANE

  LIMERICK LANE (SNAIL) 1023 Limerick Ln. Healdsburg CA 95448 (707) 433-9211 limericklanewines.com As the current generation of a family steeped in the traditions and history of California viticulture, Jake Bilbro represents both the future and past of California wine. His forward-leaning approach to farming and winemaking has delivered some of the best wine of …

CERITAS

  CERITAS (SNAIL) 60 W. North St. Healdsburg CA 95448 (707) 955-4544 ceritaswines.com Ceritas and its extraordinary wines represent a benchmark in California winemaking today. A leader in the growing movement of sustainable viticulture in the state, its products represent the perfect marriage between compelling quality and respect for the land. PEOPLE Husband and wife …

MATTHIASSON

  MATTHIASSON (SNAIL) P.O. Box 10880 Napa CA 94581 (707) 265 9349 matthiasson.com In part because of their advocacy for sustainable growing practices and in part because of the extraordinary wines they produce, Steve and Jill Matthiasson have set a high bar for California wine in the 21st century. PEOPLE Steve and Jill Matthiasson have …