TROON VINEYARD

Troon Vineyard – Snail Award 1475 Kubli Rd. Grants Pass OR 97527 (541) 846-9900 troonvineyard.com   35 ac – 66,000   Troon Estate Vineyard has been farmed the past few years organically and is in the midst of a transition to organic and biodynamic certification.   PEOPLE Dick Troon planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel on …

THE EYRIE VINEYARDS

The Eyrie Vineyards – Snail Award 935 NE 10th Avenue McMinnville, OR 97128 (503) 472-6315 eyrievineyards.com   57 ac – 108,096 bt   To drink Eyrie is to drink history. In 1965 David Lett planted the first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in the Willamette Valley in a temporary nursery plot near Corvallis, Oregon.   …

HARRINGTON WINES

Harrington Wines 205 Nevada St. San Francisco CA 94110 (415) 652-9655 harringtonwine.com   0 ac – 60,000 bt Sail Award Motivation: Bryan Harrington established Harrington Wines in 2002 with a focus on old-vine, organic, and sustainable Pinot Noir. He still coaxes this grape to delicious expression, but in the intervening years, has found himself increasingly …

BROOKS WINE

BROOKS WINE – Snail Award 21101 SE Cherry Blossom Ln. Amity OR 97101 (503) 435-1278 brookswine.com 19 ac – 264,000 bt   When you make about twenty different versions of the variety per year, you can rightfully call yourself “the house of Riesling,” at least in the Pinot-centric Willamette Valley   PEOPLE The unexpected passing …

LA CLARINE FARM

LA CLARINE FARM (SNAIL) 7721 Snowbird Ln. Somerset CA 95684 (530) 306-3608 laclarinefarm.com Perhaps more than any other California grape grower and winemaker, La Clarine Farm has been able to balance the fine line between minimalist intervention in winemaking and the compelling quality of the wine it produces. PEOPLE Since 2001, Hank Beckmeyer and Caroline …

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 …

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 …

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 …