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Winery of the Year: Schramsberg/J. Davies/Davies

“Founded by Jack and Jamie Davies back in 1965, Schramsberg has earned a much-deserved reputation as California’s pre-eminent home-grown producer of fine Méthode Champenoise sparklers. Over the years, Schramsberg has garnered more starred recommendations in the pages of Connoisseurs’ Guide than any other sparkling wine maker, and its impressive showing in 2016 would be enough to justify ‘Winery of the Year’ honors, but the winery’s considerable success does not stop there. In the mid-1990s, Schramsberg began planting Cabernet Sauvignon for what would be their estate-grown J. Davies label, and, in 2009, Pinot Noirs from selected vineyards labeled simply as Davies were added to the family portfolio with new, non-estate Davies Cabernets following a few harvests later. Over the past year, the winery’s many Cabernets and Pinots have performed at an exceptionally high level, and, with more than two dozen starred and multi-starred offerings in 2016, the distinguished Schramsberg/J. Davies/Davies collection has earned the winery our most enthusiastic vote as the outstanding producer of 2016.”

Charles Olken and Stephen Eliot, January 2, 2017
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Winery of the Year: Schramsberg/J. Davies/Davies