Wineries & Stories
Mario Bazán Cellars
The roots of Mario Bazán Cellars began in 1973 when Mario left his native home in Oaxaca, Mexico for the Napa Valley. Initially it was just for a paycheck, but Mario was instantly charmed by the Valley’s beauty and decided to focus his life’s work in the vineyards.
Hold and age! That method is rare, but successful for George and Patricia Noble of Noble Wines in Napa Valley. Both admirers of the sophistication a well aged wine reveals, they made the decision from the start to hold back releasing wines until they are ready to drink.
Purchased by John and Ashley Derr in 1998, their vineyards are planted to 8 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 1 acre of Syrah, 1 acre of Grenache and 1 acre of Zinfandel – the couple’s favorite wine!
Montagne Russe Wines
The story of “Montagne Russe” (mon-ton-yah roos) – or “Roller Coaster” in French, is indeed an entertaining one with many ups and downs! Kevin Bersofsky, Owner and Winemaker, began his budding career as a garagiste (garage) winemaker in 2006.
Located in Coombsville, Napa’s most recently established AVA, Italics Winegrowers emphasizes the Bordeaux varietals that thrive on their estate property.