Wineries & Stories
Black Cordon Vineyards
A winemaker is like a ship's captain. A strong leader at the helm navigating the decisions from vineyard to bottle is vital to producing world class wine. When Karen and David Dunphy launched Black Cordon Vineyards, they knew they wanted an accomplished winemaker to steer their ship and there was only one name on their list - Paul Hobbs.
Blanchard Family Wines
Growing up in Peoria, Illinois, James and Mark were as close as any two brothers could be and were often referred to as the Blanchard boys. However, as they grew into adulthood, differences of opinion and ideology drew them apart. James, the elder brother, went into the Air Force and became a military officer and helicopter pilot who served two tours in Iraq. Mark studied poetry and creative writing, focusing on authors who had protested the Vietnam War.
Bolen Family Estates
For the past several years Bolen Family Estates has relentlessly focused on crafting the Best Merlot in the World. You should decide for yourself but their followers will tell you the wine is amazing. The limited production of no more than 500 cases allows the team at Bolen to get to know each barrel of wine produced.
Bonny Doon Vineyard
First, Bonny Doon isn’t a winery any more than its founder is a winemaker. Bonny Doon is an idea. A hope. An aspiration. A dream. A love affair. And most certainly a journey. Is there a tasting room? Yes, but Bonny Doon is more than a destination. The wines, the story, the founder and the history are truly, to borrow a term from 1960’s lexicon, a trip.
Boyle MacDonald Wines
Boyle MacDonald Wines, founded by husband and wife team Craig MacDonald and Kate Boyle MacDonald, was born from a love of food, wine and the outdoors. Boyle and MacDonald craft wine from the Sierra Foothills where they reside, but also produce world class Cabernet Sauvignon from their family’s estate vineyard in the esteemed Napa Valley.