Located in Coombsville, Napa’s most recently established AVA, Italics Winegrowers emphasizes the Bordeaux varietals that thrive on their estate property. With longstanding relationships in the valley, the team is also able to source grapes from some of the top vineyards across Napa Valley’s sub-appellations – Oakville, Rutherford, Spring Mountain, St. Helena and Howell Mountain to name a few. The portfolio is quite fun, with everything from single vineyard gems to the “Fifteen Appellations”, a wine that combines grapes from, you guessed it, fifteen of the most famous vineyards in the Napa Valley.
What’s the story behind the name? Italics are a way to highlight something worth paying attention to, and it is as true of wine as it is of words. The team chose this name thoughtfully because they feel the best wines are a revelation of place, whether a vineyard block or an entire AVA. If that place has something to say — a nuance you can appreciate — it deserves to be italicized.
A visit to Italics Winegrowers' tasting room is a unique experience, where the “room” is actually the vineyard. There’s nothing like walking among the vines, feeling the crunch of soil beneath your feet and basking in the sun among the grapevines to appreciate a true sense of place, or terroir. A rainy day trip will likely include a tour of their impressive 16,000 square foot wine caves filled with aging wine in barrels. Not ones for following the status quo, a winemaker dinner experience will start with a tequila toast, both to stimulate the appetite and acknowledge the farmworkers and staff who sacrifice so much year after year to help make these beautiful wines a reality. And that is worth italicizing!