Wineries & Stories
Nestled in famous Napa Valley, Salvestrin has been growing wine grapes on their historic St. Helena vineyard since 1932. Originally planted in 1860 by Dr. George Crane, three generations of the Salvestrin Family have meticulously and sustainably farmed this 26 acre vineyard for 78 harvests. Being sensitive to the environment and the surrounding community by following organic guidelines, they consistently create handcrafted wines that are fruit forward, elegant, balanced and memorably world class.
In 2000, Roger Roessler, a long time restaurateur, and his brother Richard Roessler, an experienced home winemaker, merged talents to produce a library of first-rate cuvees under the Roessler Cellars label. Together, the brothers sought out the finest fruit from the West Coast and, over the years, created a diverse collection of terrior-driven Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.
Robinson Family Vineyards
For second generation proprietor Susie, to whom the estate was passed from her father, and to Tom, who began dating Susie in high school, retirement meant focusing on the everyday operations of the family estate full-time and all the dirty hands, sore backs and number crunching that came with it. These are the same values that Susie and Tom instilled in their three daughters who, along with the eight grandchildren with whom the girls have blessed them, are the source of their greatest joy.
Rios Wine Company
Three brothers – Manuel, Rafael and Alberto Rios – labored together in the vineyards of Napa Valley during their teenage years before going their separate ways in life. Manuel, the oldest, studied viticulture at Napa Valley College and worked hands-on in the vineyards before creating Rios Farming Company LLC in 1998. He now manages 750 acres of vineyards.
Chicago transplants Joe and Elana Reynoso now live in Sonoma, California, making wine with the philosophy that the wine speaks of its vintage and place, rather than wines that have been engineered in the cellar after harvest.