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 …

GIORNATA

  GIORNATA (SNAIL) 470 Marquita Ave. A Paso Robles CA 93446 Tel. (805) 434-3075 giornatawine.com Few California wineries can rival Giornata’s equilibrium of value and quality. This is an estate where sustainable farming practices translate into some of the state’s most delicious and food-friendly wines, at consumer-friendly prices. PEOPLE After a stint at Isole e …

PALMINA WINES

  PALMINA WINES (SNAIL) 1520 E Chestnut Ct. Lompoc CA 93436 (805) 735-2030 palminawines.com Palmina has led the way for producing high-quality, food-friendly wines entirely from Italian varieties. Since 1995, Palmina has brought together fresh and flavorful wines with a celebration of Italian food and culture. PEOPLE Steve Clifton founded Palmina inspired by Italian culture, …

SOLMINER

Above: A view of the original Syrah vineyard as seen from David and Anna’s front porch. They started farming organically there in 2012 and are currently working toward biodynamic certification.   SOLMINER (SNAIL) PO Box 935 Los Olivos CA 93441 (805) 691-9195 solminer.com For the deLaski family and the small farm where they live with …

BEDROCK WINE CO.

BEDROCK WINE CO. (SNAIL) 21481 8th St. East Sonoma CA 95476 (707) 343-1478 bedrockwineco.com Bedrock Wine Co. is the apotheosis of the current California wine revolution. Its work with Zinfandel and other heritage grapes from California has shown the world that these grapes can produce compelling, world-class wines with immense appeal for the contemporary palate. …

STOLPMAN VINEYARDS

Above: The view from the Stolpman Angeli vineyard, where the winery grows one of its flagship wines.   STOLPMAN VINEYARDS (SNAIL) 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave. Los Olivos CA 93441 (805) 688-0400 stolpmanvineyards.com From its care for the land it farms to the overarching approach to sustainability it embraces, including the benefits it provides for its …