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Two BWW Wineries Participate in 2nd Annual Northwest Wine Encounter At Semiahmoo Resort - February 8, 2017

Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30

BLAINE, Wash. – (February 7, 2017) – Semiahmoo Resort, Golf & Spa, an iconic seaside resort on the pristine shores of Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor located just 90 minutes north of Seattle, is proud to announce the second annual Northwest Wine Encounter, Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30 2017.

“This is a young event in a beautiful setting with a lineup of some of the Pacific Northwest’s most famous winemakers,” said host Andy Perdue, wine writer for The Seattle Times. “The venue lends itself to a relaxing weekend, and our guests will socialize with these talented winemakers and learn about their wines during the course of three delicious days at Semiahmoo.”

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25 Years of Washington Wine: DeLille Cellars Begins a Year of Celebration - January 31, 2017

Woodinville, WA, January 31, 2017 - On March 22nd, DeLille Cellars will kick off its Vine to Wine Grower Dinner Series featuring some of Washington State’s premier growers who have been instrumental in establishing DeLille Cellars’ acclaimed portfolio of wines.

The inaugural Vine to Wine dinner features distinguished grower Dick Boushey, a recipient of the Wine & Spirits "Grower of the Year" award. The four-course pairing menu will be presented by El Gaucho, a recent winner of the Washington State Wine Commission’s Restaurant Group of the Year. The event will take place at the iconic DeLille Cellars Chateau in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country. Co-Founder and Executive Winemaker Chris Upchurch, Co-Founder and President/CEO Greg Lill, Co-Founder and Executive V.P. Sales and Marketing Jay Soloff, and Winemaker Jason Gorski will be in attendance. View Full Article Text


WineSpectator.Com: At Home with Chris and Thea Upchurch - November 22, 2016

DeLille's founding winemaker built a rustic-modern haven on his Washington vineyard property  -by Hilary Sims

Four years ago, Chris Upchurch was spending too much time on the road, making seven-hour round-trip treks between his home near Seattle and his vineyard in southeastern Washington's Red Mountain AVA. View Full Article Text


Departures.com: Top Wines for the Holidays - November 16, 2016

By Anthony Giglio on November 16, 2016

The best bottles to pair with your Christmas and Thanksgiving menus.

Panther Creek Cellars 2014 Kalita Vineyard Pinot Noir review

DeLille Cellars 2014 Chaleur Estate Blanc review


WineIndustryAdvisor.Com: What the Winemakers are Drinking for Thanksgiving - November 18, 2016

We asked a few winemakers to share two wine recommendations for Thanksgiving, one of their own wines, and one from another winery, because one wine is obviously not enough. The result is a variation of the Thanksgiving theme that’s bound to feature something for everyone at the family table.  

Ed Sbragia, Sbragia Family Vineyards

I would recommend the Sbragia Family Vineyards Gamble Ranch Chardonnay. ..

Tony Rynders, Winemaker Panther Creek

For the traditionalist who’s doing the turkey with all the fixings, I think the 2013 Panther Creek Winemaker’s Cuvee Pinot Noir

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AlcoholProfessor.Com: 2016 Sucks! Drinks to Survive Thanksgiving, Even if you're alone

 

Amanda Schuster | November 21, 2016

“What a great year 2016 has been!” is something almost no one says. It’s been the year fate decided to festoon many of us with a craptastic bounty of personal loss, illness and tragedy.  View Full Article Text


SeattleMag.Com: Dig Deep Into Wine at the Northwest Wine Encounter

An intimate affair for wine lovers who get their geek on over things like the impact of soil, weather, terroir and altitude

BY: VIRGINIA SMYTH | Posted November, 14 2016

If you love good wine—really good wine—you’ll want to put Northwest Wine Encounter on your radar. Haven’t heard of it before? That’s not surprising. The inaugural event, which I attended last spring, was an intimate affair with space for just a few dozen wine lovers who got their geek on over things like the impact of soil, weather, terroir and altitude on winemaking, learning about these during educational panels led by some of the region’s finest winemakers Read Full Article Text


WineIndustry Advisor.com: Chris Madrigal's Calistoga: A Third Generation Vintner Offers Up an Insider's Map of his Hometown - August 18, 2016

“My family has always been in Calistoga”, remarked Chris Madrigal, Founder and President of Madrigal Family Winery. “We were a farming family that followed the harvests, but it was the grape farming in Calistoga that my grandfather fell in love with and that kept him, my father and now me here for all these years.” View Full Article Text


Wine Weirdos Review Sbragia Family Vineyards 2014 Home Ranch Chardonnay


Seattle Times Pacific nW Magazine: Acclaimed DeLille winemaker Chris Upchurch is growing grapes for his own winery - August 5, 2016

Upchurch Vineyard produces upscale wines that should be considered highly collectible. By Andy Perdue, Special to The Seattle Times

ANYONE PAYING attention to the Washington wine scene for the past quarter-century knows Chris Upchurch of DeLille Cellars is one of our best and most creative winemakers.

Now he is gaining acclaim for his side gig: Upchurch Vineyard.

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Wine Weirdos Review Madrigal Family Winery 2012 Petite Sirah, Napa Valley - August 5, 2016


Wall Street Journal - On Wine: Great Cabernet at a Fraction of the Price? Look to Sonoma - July 14, 2016

 

By Lettie Teague - Is proximity to fame a boost or a burden? Sometimes those close to the famous become stars themselves, while others may languish in comparative obscurity.

For Cabernet winemakers in Sonoma, Calif., having a neighbor like Napa can be a double-edged sword. Certain Sonoma wines are frequently mistaken for their Napa counterparts perhaps because Napa itself is so close. But however great Sonoma’s wines might be, they are often overshadowed by the much-lauded Cabernets made in the county next door. View Full Article Text


The Santa Barbara independent - Sip This: Panther Creek Cellars 2014 Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir - July 14, 2016

by George Yatchisin - Panther Creek Pinot Noir 2014: This Willamette Valley winery doesn’t lack for history: Founded by Oregon legend Ken Wright in 1986, more recently it was bought by Bacchus Capital Management — the same firm that invested in Qupé in 2011 — and they installed Tony Rynders from Domaine Serene as consulting winemaker. View Full Article Text


Edible Manhattan - Oregon Wine is Having a Moment and We're Benefiting - July 1, 2016

By Suzanne Zuppello  July 1, 2016  345 Park Ave. South New York, NY 10010

Earlier last week, we ventured west by way of Upland for a single-vineyard Pinot Noir tasting.

The first sip of Lazy River’s 2014 Pinot Noir has a clear minerality and is almost coffee-like on the back of the palate, which is likely a result of the vineyard’s volcanic soil. Photo credit: Facebook/Panther Creek Cellars

The Pacific Northwest is having its moment, at least according to winemaker Tony Rynders of . “There’s a real energy and maturation in the space right now,” he says. View Full Article Text


Departures Magazine - The New West Coast Reds: The Best of Washington Wine - June 22, 2016

By Anthony Giglo on June 22, 2016

Get ready Napa collectors: Top-notch wine from the Evergreen State is now arriving. Washington State winemaker Christophe Baron will never forget the day in 2014 when he released the first two wines bearing his third label, Horsepower, because exactly 73 seconds after he posted the offer on his website—in maximum lots of three bottles per person—all 327 cases of 2011 Sur Echalas Vineyard Grenache and 2011 The Tribe Vineyard Syrah sold out. “It’s like the title of a movie, Gone in 73 Seconds!” he says, his French accent so strong that you’d never suspect he’s spent the past 20 years living in Walla Walla, in southeastern Washington.  Gone in 73 Seconds!” he says, his French accent so strong that you’d never suspect he’s spent the past 20 years living in Walla Walla, in southeastern Washington.  View Full Article Text


WineIndustryAdvisor.Com - Panther Creek Cellars Celebrates 30 Years of Vineyard Discovery in the Willamette Valley - June 22, 2016

Dundee, Oregon, June 22, 2016 —Panther Creek Cellars, one of the first Oregon wineries recognized for its exceptional regional blends and single vineyard designates, especially Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, celebrated its 30th anniversary with a preview single vineyard tasting at Upland restaurant in New York City. View Full Article Text


WineBusiness.com - Acclaimed Washington State Winemaker Chris Upchurch Opens Upchurch Vineyard and Tasting Room on Red Mountain - June 1, 2016

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Benton City, WA, June 1, 2016 --- A glass of 2013 Upchurch Vineyard Cabernet in hand, a spirited group of family, friends and fans celebrated the Grand Opening of Upchurch Vineyard winery and tasting room on Red Mountain. Nearly 10 years in the making, Chris and Thea Upchurch, founders, welcomed guests from the deck overlooking their estate vineyard, Locally inspired Asian fusion fare and acoustic guitar insured a perfect afternoon in the Yakima Valley. View Full Article Text


Bacchus Wineworks Adds Corps of Brand Ambassadors in Key Markets - April 13, 2016

San Francisco, April 13, 2016 - Bacchus Wineworks (“BWW”), the sales and marketing company founded by Sam Bronfman, Peter Kaufman and Henry Owsley of Bacchus Capital Management, representing DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, Panther Creek Cellars, Sbragia Family Vineyards and Upchurch Vineyard, announced the appointment of 4 Brand Ambassadors to represent the company’s portfolio in key markets

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DeLille Cellars included in Food and Wine List of Best Washington State Wineries to Visit - March 3, 2016


David Simpson of Bacchus Wineworks Mentioned In Santa Rosa press Democrat "On the Move" - February 21, 2016

 

David Simpson has been named vice president of sales and marketing for Bacchus Wineworks in Geyserville..

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Bacchus Wineworks Brand Upchurch Vineyard Cabernet Named "Wine of the Week" By Andy Perdue in Great Northwest Wine - February 12, 2016

DeLille Cellars virtuoso Chris Upchurch debuted his eponymous brand with the 2010 vintage, and his sustainably farmed Red Mountain estate continues to mature under the guidance of acclaimed grower Dick Boushey. The winemaking includes two UV traditions...

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Bacchus Wineworks Mentioned in Shanken News Daily Briefs - February 5, 2016

News Briefs from February 5, 2016 - Bacchus Wineworks, the sales and marketing unit of San Francisco-based Bacchus Capital Management, has appointed David Simpson vice president of sales and marketing, responsible for growing the company’s national account presence and managing distributor relationships.

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Bacchus Wineworks Appoints David Simpson to Vice President Sales & marketing

Geyserville, CA, February 4, 2016 -  Geyserville, CA, February 4, 2016 –Bacchus Wineworks (“BWW”), the sales and marketing company founded by Sam Bronfman, Peter Kaufman and Henry Owsley of Bacchus Capital Management, representing DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, Panther Creek Cellars, Sbragia Family Vineyards and Upchurch Vineyard,  announced the appointment of DavidSimpson to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. 

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Two Bacchus Wineworks Brands In Great Northwest Wine Top 100 Wines of 2015 Article

Over the past week, we have revealed our top 100 wines from the Great Northwest. These wines were selected from more than 5,000 wines we tasted in 2015.

Here is the complete list, with links to our reviews...

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Under the Guidance of Wine Industry Veteran Sam Bronfman, Bacchus Wineworks Takes a Unique Approach to Wine Marketing...

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Two Bacchus Wineworks Brands in Top 10 Wines of Seattle Times Best 50 Wines of 2015 List

Wine columnist Andy Perdue chose 50 wines he loved this year — from 50 wineries. They’re all winners, of course, but No. 1 was a 2012 cabernet sauvignon from Woodward Canyon Winery.  TWO ISSUES that come up with year-end wine lists: Wines are too expensive or unavailable. These are problems I try to address each year with The Seattle Times’ top 50. It isn’t easy. View Full Article Text

Wine columnist Andy Perdue chose 50 wines he loved this year — from 50 wineries. They’re all winners, of course, but No. 1 was a 2012 cabernet sauvignon from Woodward Canyon Winery. 

TWO ISSUES that come up with year-end wine lists: Wines are too expensive or unavailable.

These are problems I try to address each year with The Seattle Times’ top 50. It isn’t easy. View Full Article Text


Wine Spectator's Advance, Sbragia 2013 'Home Ranch' Chardonnay Named a SMART BUY! 

Sneak Preview of the December 2015 Buying Guide issue

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Great Northwest Wine, "Tony Rynders Views Panther Creek Cellars As Opportunity - Part 2"

PORTLAND — It took a couple of decades, and he’s made plenty of history in between, but Tony Rynders is proud to say he’s now the winemaker for Panther Creek Cellars, a label Ken Wright created and helped Oregon Pinot Noir become famous.

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“The brand is layered in Kevlar, and I’ve been given an opportunity,” Rynders told Great Northwest Wine. “Back in the day, I wanted to work at Panther Creek. It wasn’t meant to be at the time, but 20 years later …”

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Tony Rynders and Ken Wright

 

Great Northwest Wine, "Ken Wright Renews Association With Panther Creek Cellars - Part 1"

PORTLAND — The Pacific Northwest wine industry is brimming with success stories, and Ken Wright continues to write new chapters.

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John Mariani's Virtual Gourme Reviews Sbragia Family Vineyards' 2012 Gino's Zinfandel

Sbragia Gino's Zinfandel  ($34) 2012 According to Ed Sbragia, "For 32 years I Drobe to Napa and made Cabernet and Chardonnay, but when I came home we drank Zinfandel." I can understand the sentiment, and Sbragia's blend of  94% zin, 4% carignane, and a sprightly 2% petite sirah, aged for 18 months, fits proudly among the state’s best examples.  There’s no getting away from its high, 15.1% alcohol, but then again, that’s probably where zin should be for a wine more complementary to cheeses and roasted nuts than with meat courses.

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Great Northwest Wine Reviews Panther Creek Cellars Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir

 

New ownership moved the tasting room to downtown Dundee, Ore., and brought in Tony Rynders, one of the region’s top talents with Pinot Noir, and he worked magic with this fruit in Jory soil at the Lumpkin family’s vineyard near Yamhill. Inviting aromas of black currant syrup...

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Bacchus Wineworks Appoints Brian Fowler Central Region Sales Manager

Bacchus Wineworks, the sales and marketing company founded by Bacchus Capital Management, representing DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, Panther Creek Cellars, Sbragia Family Vineyards and Upchurch Vineyard, has announced that...

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DeLille Cellars D2 Named as Top 10 Red Blend

Not all American red blends are cheap, cleverly marketed mixes of grapes that couldn’t make it on their own. Here, the best midprice alternatives to the head-swimming array of single varietals.

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Doyenne AIX featured in Vogue

Is there a more popular hostess gift than wine? We can’t think of one. But it’s also one of the trickiest to get right. In her new book, Wine in Words, Lettie Teague,a critic for the Wall Street Journal (formerly of Food & Wine), lays down the rules. 

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Seattle Times Wine of the Year

DeLille Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Four Flags has been named the Seattle Times 2014 Wine of the Year. Executive Winemaker Chris Upchurch features twice in the top 5 with his 2011 Upchurch Cabernet Sauvignon coming in at No.5.

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Panther Creek features in Harpers Bazaar

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In 1986, Panther Creek Cellars came to being by the acclaimed Oregon Pinot winemaker Ken Wright. Wright quickly amped up the Oregon Pinot Noir scene with his funky take on the varietal.

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From Mendoza to Midtown

by Lana Bortolot
The Tasting Panel May 2014

New Yorkers are grid-obsessed whether we’re walking our streets or being über-connected, so it was a pleasure to go “Beyond Napa” with two winemakers who presented their off-the-grid / out-ofthe-box wines at Saxon + Parole in the Bowery. Ed Sbragia from the Sbragia Family Vineyards offered the wines made off the plot of the traditional family vineyard—a ten-year-old lot in a remote area of Dry Creek, where he’s making cold-climate Chardonnays. Dry Creek, he says, “has its own set of characteristics and flavors” you can’t find in Napa. Even further off the grid, Chris Upchurch from DeLille Cellars showed wines from the Red Mountain AVA, part of the Yakima AVA. A transplanted Easterner, Upchurch has been advocating Washington State wines since the ‘70s.

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BCM Wineworks Names Marc Nelson Eastern Regional Sales Manager

BCM Wineworks, the new sales and marketing company founded by Bacchus Capital Management representing DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, and Sbragia Family Vineyards, has announced the appointment of three senior sales executives: Jim Gratton, northwest regional sales manager, Ed Maass, CSW, california state sales manager and Marc Nelson, eastern regional sales manager. Responsibilities for each representative include distributor management, as well as restaurant and fine wine retail sales. All three report to Jay Soloff, Wineworks’ national sales vice president.

Marc Nelson also has significant breadth and depth of wine industry experience, most recently as vice president, national sales manager for Opici Wines, a medium-sized importer with 50+ brands and annual sales over $30 million. Prior positions include the Atlantic regional sales manager for Clicquot, Inc. as well as sales management roles at Luneau USA and Jeroboam Wines.

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Ed Maass Named California State Sales Manager for BCM Wineworks

BCM Wineworks, the new sales and marketing company founded by Bacchus Capital Management representing DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, and Sbragia Family Vineyards, has announced the appointment of three senior sales executives: Jim Gratton, northwest regional sales manager, Ed Maass, CSW, california state sales manager and Marc Nelson, eastern regional sales manager. Responsibilities for each representative include distributor management, as well as restaurant and fine wine retail sales. All three report to Jay Soloff, Wineworks’ national sales vice president. 


Ed Maass, has over 25 years of wine industry experience. Most recently, Maass was the director of sales and marketing for Sierra Madre Vineyard. Prior positions include co-founder of Folio Fine Wines, sales/education manager at Robert Mondavi Winery and director of sales and marketing at Duckhorn. Maass is a CSW, Certified Specialist of Wine, Society of Wine Educators.

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BCM Wineworks Appoints Three Senior US Sales Managers

Industry Veterans to Support Growth of DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery and Sbragia Family Vineyards. 


SEATTLE, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BCM Wineworks, the new sales and marketing company founded by Bacchus Capital Management representing DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, and Sbragia Family Vineyards, has announced the appointment of three senior sales executives: Jim Gratton, Northwest Regional Sales Manager, Ed Maass, CSW, California State Sales Manager and Marc Nelson, Eastern Regional Sales Manager. Responsibilities for each representative include distributor management, as well as restaurant and fine wine retail sales. All three report to Jay Soloff, Wineworks' National Sales Vice President.

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BCM Wineworks Expands Sales Team With Veteran Trio

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March 4, 2014

BCM Wineworks, the sales and marketing unit of wine investment fund Bacchus Capital Management, has appointed three new sales executives: northwest regional sales manager Jim Gratton, California state sales manager Ed Maass and eastern regional sales manager Marc Nelson.

Founded by industry veteran Sam Bronfman and investment bankers Peter Kaufman and Henry Owsley late last year, BCM has an upscale portfolio that includes Dry Creek’s Sbragia Family Vineyards, Napa’s Madrigal Family Winery and Washington’s DeLille Cellars.

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Exclusive: Bacchus Launches “Wineworks” Sales And Marketing Unit With Highly Rated Trio: Shanken News Daily

Bacchus Capital Management—the San Francisco-based private equity firm formed by industry veteran Sam Bronfman and investment bankers Peter Kaufman and Henry Owsley—is set to open its own sales and marketing unit, BCM Wineworks. The new unit’s first three brands—Dry Creek’s Sbragia Family Vineyards, Napa’s Madrigal Family Winery and Washington’s DeLille Cellars—all belong to the upscale segment, and are all Bacchus investments.

Sbragia, founded by former Beringer winemaker Ed Sbragia in 2001, currently produces around 20,000 cases and was previously marketed by Treasury Wine Estates. Bronfman tells SND he expects a smooth transition as Bacchus takes the brand’s sales and marketing under its own wing. DeLille (around 15,000 cases) and Madrigal (around 10,000 cases) have each handled their own sales up to now. DeLille co-founder and sales manager Jay Soloff is joining BCM Wineworks as vice president of national sales.

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Bacchus Capital Management Starting Sales and Marketing Company : Wine Business

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Bacchus Capital Management, the private equity firm, has announced the launch of BCM Wineworks, a new sales and marketing company that will represent Sbragia Family Vineyards, DeLille Cellars and Madrigal Family Winery, three of its portfolio brands. BCM Wineworks will directly represent these three wineries. Putting the three together is seen as a more personal way to take the wines to market than using a third-party sales and marketing company would be. “We think that with these three great artisanal brands and their iconic winemakers, they represent a strong portfolio in the marketplace, so we can talk directly to our wholesalers, consumers, retailers, restaurateurs in a way that we couldn’t when they were all disparate,” Sam Bronfman II, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Bacchus Capital Management told winebusiness.com. 

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Realogics Sotheby's International Realty and DeLille Cellars Announce Opening of "Maison DeLille" in Downtown Kirkland - PRWeb

Kirkland, WA (PRWEB) February 25, 2014

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Representatives of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty announced today a retail partnership with Woodinville-based DeLille Cellars to open Maison DeLille at 15 Lake Street in downtown Kirkland. The high-profile retail storefront will feature a wine bar and retail wine shop operated by DeLille Cellars while also showcasing art, fine furnishings and residential opportunities represented by the global realty network.

“We are thrilled to partner with DeLille Cellars on Maison DeLille and we’re eager to open our doors later this month,” said Dean Jones, Owner of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. “Far more than a general real estate brokerage or a wine tasting room, together we’ve conceived the ultimate open house for the connoisseurs of life to experience a convergence of lifestyle brands within a single, beautiful setting.”

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Madrigal Family Winery Featured in Wine Country This Week

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Madrigal Family Winery proves immigrant dreams blossom with enough time, effort and patience. Chris Madrigal’s grandfather came to Napa in the 1930s, planting forty acres of apples, pears, walnuts and vineyards halfway between St. Helena and Calistoga, the future motherlode of California wine. As Chris puts it, “When my grandfather came from Mexico to the Napa Valley, he instilled a dream in his children that one day, in this beautiful place, we would have a business of our own while still working with the amazing fruit that grows here.” Chris, in turn, continued the growth of the family’s legacy with the establishment of Madrigal Family Winery and its first 500 cases of Petite Sirah in 1995. The growth since then has helped to cement that legacy as the winery has become well-known for Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. 
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Full Circles: A look into Sbragia Family Vineyards

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REMEMBER taking home the empty bottle of the Beringer Sbragia Limited Release Napa Valley Chardonnay 2006. This was the wine that my friends Kathy and Ramona had me blind taste many dinners ago—and the one that forever changed the Anything But  (California) Chardonnay syndrome that had plagued me then. French? “Nah...Californian!” my friends blurted out gleefully. I was trounced, humbled, chastised, embarrassed. I wanted to crawl under the table and hide there until at least the next course.

But the ‘mystery’ wine, rather than being overblown, was mind-blowing. It glimmered a pale yellow-gold in the glass. I caught a faint floral note [jasmine?] woven through aromas of citrus peel, pineapple jam, toasted nuts and cinnamon. This was one beautifully perfumed, richly flavored chardonnay, but crafted with restraint. I was reminded of a ballet dancer on pointes, a picture of grace and elegance—and balance,” I had written then.  
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