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Cuvaison Vineyards, CALISTOGA (NAPA VALLEY)

Situated on the outskirts of Calistoga, in northern Napa, Cuvaison was established in 1969 by some Silicon Valley engineers, and is today owned by the Swiss, Alexander Schmidheiny and his family, who also own the world's largest cement company. They purchased Cuvaison in 1989 and have managed to retain the services of the brilliant wine-maker, John Thacher, who has been at the estate since 1982. Cuvaison owns over 400 acres of vineyard in Carneros which, with its fog-cooled growing-season and continually blowing wind coming in from across the Racoon Straits, is ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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Calera, HOLISTER, SAN BENITO COUNTY (CENTRAL COAST)

Josh Jensen, a Yale and Oxford graduate, is passionate about Pinot Noir, and following two years in Burgundy in the early 1970's, decided to find the ideal site for growing Pinot Noir in California. He discovered a 1900 lime kiln (Calera in Spanish) on thin and overlying limestone (like the Côte d'Or), high up in the Gavilan Mountains, and planted the original vineyard in 1974.

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Ridge Vineyards, CUPERTINO, SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS

Ridge was created in 1959, by a small group of friends from Stanford University, when it was nothing more than an abandoned hilltop property. They discovered remnants of the once-famous, and very old, Monte Bello vineyard and decided to preserve and revive the historic estate. Paul Draper became the wine-maker at Ridge in 1969 and, from then on, Ridge became one of the principal revivalists of the Zinfandel grape variety. Draper is a great believer in natural yeast fermentation, ageing in small casks and classical racking but, above all, he fervently believes in fermenting each of his 22 vineyard parcels separately, giving him the chance to put the perfect blend together at the beginning of the following year.

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Ravenswood Winery, SONOMA

Last year's extensive blind tastings to select some new Zinfandels revealed the excellent value offered by Sonoma's Ravenswood Winery. Established in 1976 by Joël Peterson and W. Reed Foster, Ravenswood has gone from strength to strength in recent years, which is very largely due to Joël Peterson's renowned skill as a wine-maker.

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Stonehedge Cellars, ST. HELENA

In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in the heart of Napa Valley. The Shahabis selected Napa Valley with the strong belief that the rich and diverse terrain of Napa Valley combined with the ever beaming and warm California sunshine would produce exceptional wines, hardly matched anywhere else in the world. From the very beginning, the Shahabis made the gentle care of the grapes from vine to bottle priority one. This care and dedication has pushed the small family operated Stonehedge to the forefront of California winemaking and a recognized name for exceptional quality. Since its first release in the early 90’s, Stonehedge has quickly become synonymous with quality. Results speak for themselves. Since its debut, Stonehedge sales now span the globe, from the entire United States to Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa.
Stonehedge’s mission is to produce wines that are worlds apart from wines produced by the large producers or corporate conglomerates. Stonehedge's philosophy is to produce elegantly handcrafted wines that are affordable by the majority of the population.

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Estancia Estates, MONTEREY

The 1,200-acre Pinnacles Vineyard is situated on a frost-free benchland above Salinas Valley on California’s Central Coast, in the Monterey town of Soledad. Cooled by morning and evening fog but far enough away from Monterey Bay to get a good daily dose of sun, the site is ideal for producing cooler climate varietals like Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. Sandy, naturally parched soil produces bright and concentrated flavours.
Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking facility, and a traditional, hands-on approach to each grape they produce. In the end, this combination allows them to deliver the hand-crafted quality for which their wines are known. While their cutting-edge facilities enable them to take advantage of the beneficial advances in winemaking technology, their commitment to old world processes results in the complexity and elegance found in artisanal and boutique wines.

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Cafaro Vineyard, ST HELENA, NAPA VALLEY

Joe Cafaro is passionate about making elegant, balanced wines of classic proportions. Before founding Cafaro Cellars in 1986, he made wine at several small wineries in the Napa Valley (Chappellet, Keenan, Acacia, Robert Sinskey, Oakville Ranch Vineyard and Dalla Valle) and remains a consulting winemaker today at Emilio's Terrace. Having worked in the Napa Valley for over 33 years, Joe learned that having control over the grapes makes a huge difference in the ultimate quality of the wines. He now has a hillside vineyard that gives him that outstanding quality. His winemaking is traditional in form and modern in execution. He pumps the fermenting juice over the cap to extract the most from the fruit, ferments in stainless steel to control temperature and ages the young wines in small French and American oak barrels for two years, followed by an additional year in the bottle prior to release. Production is limited and the wines are available in very limited quantities. Joe Cafaro and his wife Libby developed a 15 acre vineyard in the eastern hills south of the Stags' Leap appellation in 1996. The vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Syrah. The first grapes from the new vineyard where harvested in 1999. This new vineyard is now the only source of fruit for Cafaro Cellars.

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Seghesio Vineyard, HEALDSBERG, SONOMA COUNTY

Italian immigrant, Edoardo Seghesio, planted his first vineyard in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley in 1895. Today, his grandsons and great-grandsons continue his legacy and, have improved upon it, by growing and producing some of America's best Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Pinot Noir. Today, Seghesio Family Vineyards is a collection of 400 acres of superior vineyard sites acquired over the past century. Vineyards in Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley were meticulously chosen by four generations of Seghesio winemakers for their diversity and capacity to bear the finest quality grapes. Today's generation of Seghesios shares their grandfather's passion for Zinfandel with over half of their acreage dedicated to the grape.

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California - Continued

J. Lohr Estates - SANTA CLARA

In the late 1960’s, Jerry Lohr began an extensive investigation of grape growing regions throughout California. As a result of his farming background, he has always understood and respected the importance of soil quality, climate and location, which led him to California’s Central Coast region. In 1972 and 1973, he planted 280 acres of wine grapes in the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County, and in 1974 completed his winery in San Jose. In 1988 property near Paso Robles was purchased, now encompassing 2,000 acres of vineyards, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other red varietals, and an adjacent winery and barrel facility was built. Also in 1988 Jerry began expansion of his vineyards in the Arroyo Seco, which now includes 900 acres of Chardonnay and other cool climate varietals such as Riesling and Pinot Blanc.

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Shafer Vineyards - STAGS LEAP DISTRICT, NAPA VALLEY

Shafer Vineyards traces its beginnings to 1972 when John Shafer left a 23-year career in the publishing industry and, with his family, moved to the Napa Valley to pursue a second career in wine. After purchasing a 210-acre estate in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District, the Shafer family faced the arduous task of replanting the existing vineyards, which dated to the 1920s, and terracing the steep and rocky hillsides, eventually expanding vineyard acreage to its current 50 acres. Evolving from grape growers to vintners, the Shafers crushed their first Cabernet grapes in 1978 and began construction on their winery a year later. Doug Shafer became winemaker in 1983 after graduating from the University of California at Davis with a degree in enology and viticulture. A year later Elias Fernandez joined the winery as assistant winemaker. Together Doug and Elias have worked closely to forge the Shafer style of quality, consistency and elegance. New vineyards have been added over the years, with acreage acquired in the Oak Knoll, Stags Leap and Carneros districts, bringing the total Shafer vineyard acreage to over 200 acres. Winery facilities have been expanded and extensive caves carved into the hillside for aging wine. In 1994, Elias was appointed winemaker, and Doug took over the reins as president when John became chairman of the board.

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Joseph Swan - SONOMA COUNTY

A son of tea-totaler parents of Scandinavian descent, Joe first learned of wine by reading an account of rhubarb wine while growing up in South Dakota as a child. Fascinated, he decided to experiment. He obtained some rhubarb, and, using his mother's ringer washer managed to extract enough juice to ferment. Although his experiment was conducted in secret in the attic of their house, his sister discovered his little project and threatened to tell their parents. Joe's reasoning (and threats) prevailed and his career as a winemaker was born. Many years later, after a career as an artist (Joe felt he was not good enough to make a living), he began his second career and taught flying for the Army Air Corp during World War II. It was during the waning days of the war that he decided to further pursue winemaking and began visiting the University of California at Davis. Although he would never enrol in the University he met several people whose friendship and encouragement would continue throughout his career. During the ensuing years, Joe was employed as a pilot for Western Airlines. While stationed in Salt Lake City, Utah, he located some Zinfandel vines that had been planted in an area of cherry orchards in nearby Bountiful. The wine he made from it, which was very deficient in color, was dubbed Jose's Rose by his airline pilot friends. He continued his home winemaking but dreamt of the day he would have a winery of his own. A friendship with the legendary André Teleschef and frequent visits to France fuelled the fires of his winemaking passion. While stationed in Southern California, he purchased a piece of property in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He built a cabin and planted a small vineyard but this was but a temporary stop on the road to becoming a vigneron. In 1967, after having married his fourth wife June, he found what he had been looking for; a 12 acre parcel in the lower Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. It consisted of an old two storey farm house that had housed the last post office of the now extinct town of Trenton, a tank house, barn and other farm buildings, a few acres of pasture, a few acres of fruit trees and a few acres of ancient vines. The crop was committed to another winery in 1967, but in 1968 he made his first and only wine from the estate, a Zinfandel that is still a benchmark for many with this varietal. Due to the small number of vines and their poor condition, he decided to replant. Due to the extremely cool climate of the ranch André Teleschef advised replanting with Burgundian varietals. Although both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir had been planted in California, they certainly were not well known at the time and it took a bit of a leap of faith for this soon to be retired airline pilot to commit to them. It largely due to Joe’s encouragement that Rob Berglund became a winemaker in 1979. In 1986 Rob married Lynn, Joe became his father-in-law. In 1987 Rob had the opportunity to give Joe a hand and help finish the 1987 harvest which was in fact to be Joe’s last vintage as he became quite ill in the latter part of 1988 and passed away in January, 1989. Although he is gone, his legacy lives on.

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Delicato Family Vineyards - LODI, MONTEREY

In 1988, the Indelicato family (originally from Sicily) purchased the San Bernabe Vineyard in Monterey. Immediately following the purchase of the vineyard, the Indelicato family embarked on an aggressive 10-year replanting program designed to optimize quality production, focusing on specific varieties and clones, rootstock selection and trellising methods. Given their background, it is unsurprising that the family decided to concentrate on Italianate varieties. Today, San Bernabe is the world's most diverse single vineyard property and the cornerstone of DFV Wines' wine grape growing and winemaking.

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Zaca Mesa - SANTA BARBERA

The original property was purchased in 1972 by a group of ambitious investors who planted the vineyard in 1973. With few other vineyards to learn from, the vineyard was originally planted with numerous varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Chardonnay, and Syrah. Zaca Mesa was one of the first wineries to be established in Santa Barbara County since Prohibition. As the vineyard grew and viable production began, a winery was built on the estate in 1978 and later expanded in 1981. By the early 1990’s, they had determined that the varieties (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Viognier, and Roussanne) grow the best on our site. They, then, decided to focus on the grapes varieties of the Rhône Valley of France - a decision reinforced in 1995 when Wine Spectator placed their 1993 Syrah #6 on their Top 100. It is still the only Santa Barbara County wine to break into their top 10. Additionally, the Syrah was served by President Clinton to French President Chirac at the White House. By 1988, the ownership group was reduced to just one of the original investors and that has not changed since. The Cushman family has a passion for winemaking and a long-term commitment to quality.

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