California winemakers are not resting on their laurels, but are now reimagining the future of wine. We are pleased that many of the winemakers using our grapes are leading this innovation. Rather than the older Napa style of big fruit, high alcohol, tannic wines, the future points toward more nuanced, elegant, lower alcohol, food-friendly wines. These wines are made from grapes grown more naturally and with less intervention, more closely connecting vineyard and winemaking.
Nearly all of the winemakers using our grapes can be found in the pages of Jon Bonné’s book, The New California Wine (Ten Speed Press; November 5, 2013). The list includes Steve Matthiasson (Matthiasson Wines). Dan Petroski (Massican Winery), Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts (Arnot-Roberts), and Ryan and Megan Glabb (Ryme Cellars). Among winemakers using our Cabernet Sauvignon we count Pax Mahle (Wind Gap Wines), Ketan Mody (Jasud Estate), and Steve Matthiasson (Matthiasson Wines).
Below are brief profiles of some of these young winemakers, with links to websites where you may find their wines.
In addition to using our grapes in his blends, Steve manages our vineyard. In 1999 he co-authored the California manual on sustainable vineyard practices. In 2002 he began consulting on vineyard practices in Napa, and has become one of the valley’s top viticultural consultants. Steve has been assisting or overseeing our vineyard since 2002. We love his approach, blending solid science and a natural, organic farming mentality. As Warren Winiarski (the famous Napa Valley winemaker) put it: “His science does not blind his holistic perception of what the plant is normally doing.”
Steve Matthiasson was named Winemaker of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and Food and Wine Magazine, and he was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Read more about Steve here.
And here, find the long article by Karen Ulrich on the New Wave of California Wines, featuring Steve.