Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Steve Kistler, founder and winemaker of Kistler vineyards for 37 years, has established Occidental vineyard dedicated to the production of world-class pinot noir from the Freestone-Occidental vineyards. The 7500 case state-of-the-art winery sits on a ridgetop next to the Bodega Headlands overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  It is owned and operated by the Kistler family.  There are four vineyard sites on Occidental Station, a vineyard designate Occidental Highlands, two from the Bodega Highlands, and a Sonoma Coast.  The vineyards are among the coldest and latest ripening vineyards in the area and are chosen for their ability to achieve full ripeness and still maintain low sugar levels. As with all Kistler wines, they are here today and gone tomorrow.  So don't wait.  This is a chance to build a vertical from the beginning.

"Readers who can find the 2014 should not hesitate. It is every bit as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel.” Antonio Galloni Vinous Media

 “With the vines really starting to come of age at the time of the magical 2014 vintage in Sonoma, Occidental hits pay dirt with an incredibly strong foursome of new releases.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown The Wine Advocate

Friday, July 29, 2016


Merry Edwards Winery
MerryEdwards began her career over 40 years ago at Mount Eden Vineyards in 1974 and in 1977 became one of the founding winemaker at Matanzas Creek remaining their until 1984.  In 1997, after consulting at wineries in Oregon and California she founded Merry Edwards Winery with her husband Ken Coopersmith focusing on Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. They now manage five estate vineyards and maintain collaborative relationships with several other dedicated growers to supplement their estate production.  Merry has been inducted into the Culinary Institute of America's Vintners Hall of Fame and has also won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional in the United States becoming just the fourth woman to win the honor.

Thursday, June 9, 2016



Tony Soter, a fixture in the Napa Valley for over 20 years consulting for Araujo, Niebaum-Coppola, Shafer, Spottswoode, Viader and Dalla Valle before retiring from consulting to concentrate on his own vineyard, Etude, which he started in 1982 producing high-end Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Blanc. In 1997 he purchased the 240 acre Mineral Springs Ranch in his native Oregon, sold Etude in 2001, then producing 9000 cases per year to Beringer. Mineral Springs is now home to 30 acres of Pinot Noir which was planted in 2002. In 2006 two acres of Chardonnay were planted which are devoted entirely to his Method Champenoise sparkling wine production. In addition to the wines from his home vineyard he also produces wines from vineyard sites located throughout the Northern Willamette Valley. The Estate wines are focused on the unique qualities of a single vineyard, the North Valley wines represent the vineyards of the region, mostly blends from a handful of the best sites they can access, and occasionally a single vineyard wine produced with the same focus on quality and artisan traditions as Soter’s Estate wines. North Valley Vineyards is a Partnership between Tony & Michelle Soter, along with winemaker James Cahill, and Director of Sales & Marketing, Brian Sypher, representing a combination of deep, collective experience, and genuine passion. All of the production facilities and hospitality buildings are located on the Mineral Springs ranch.