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Wine Enthusiast: The New Generation of Napa Valley Vintners – Featuring Schramsberg’s Hugh Davies

Wine Enthusiast: The New Generation of Napa Valley Vintners – Featuring Schramsberg’s Hugh Davies

In 1944, a pioneering group of winemakers sat around a dinner table and came up with a visionary idea to band together. That’s how Napa Valley Vintners was born. In the years since, it’s grown from seven founders to 550 members. In that time, the organization has also created Auction Napa Valley, which has raised $185 million for health and children’s education across the region. Here, multiple generations consider the group’s impact. “I feel tremendous gratitude for the generations of growers and vintners who came before us. They did the heavy lifting, establishing a wine region where there wasn’t one....
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Virginie Boone, October 15, 2019
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St. Helena’s old but new stone Grayson Building

St. Helena’s old but new stone Grayson Building

"Thirty-two still and sparkling wines make up the list of those available for tasting in the Grayson Building, the new Davies Vineyards tasting room and visitors center. "On a recent visit, the list included cabernets and pinot noirs from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 vintages and sparkling wines from 2008 and 2011 to 2014. Red wine prices ranged from $35 for two pinot noirs – one from the Napa Valley, the other from the Sonoma Coast – to $400 for a three-liter bottle of 2013 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, made from estate grapes grown on the family’s Diamond Mountain property,...
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David Stoneberg, August 1, 2017
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Jack Tognetti at 100: A farmer’s perspective on grapes and the good life

Jack Tognetti at 100: A farmer’s perspective on grapes and the good life

"According to John F. “Jack “ Tognetti, owner of the Aloise Francisco Vineyards in Los Carneros, the secret to a long life is moderation, hard work and a little wine. “People who eat too much or who run on concrete put too much stress on their bodies,” Tognetti said on the patio of his Los Carneros home just south of the town of Napa. “The key is moderation and being good to your body, but it’s also important to get out there and do some physical work every day — our bodies and minds were made for working. I eat...
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Tim Carl, July 13, 2017
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Davies Vineyards tasting room also pours Schramsberg bubbly

Davies Vineyards tasting room also pours Schramsberg bubbly

"With its locally quarried stone exterior, the two-story building looks as if it’s always been there, but the Grayson Building, the tasting room in St. Helena that serves both the J. Davies red wines and Schramsberg sparkling wines, is brand, spanking new, and comes with a few ancient surprises sprinkled throughout inside. "Guests of Davies Vineyards’ wine tastings will get not only an introduction to the Davies’ family wines – both their J. Davies Estate red wines and Schramsberg sparkling wines – they will also get to tour the building that could double as an art museum thanks to the...
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Anne Ward Ernst, June 7, 2017
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Winery of the Year: Schramsberg/J. Davies/Davies

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...
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Charles Olken and Stephen Eliot, January 2, 2017
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J. Davies releases 100 percent cabernet sauvignon

J. Davies releases 100 percent cabernet sauvignon

"Stepping away from the tried-and-true wines from their portfolios, the Davies family introduced their inaugural vintage of a wine that may not be made every year, their J. Davies 'Jamie' Cabernet Sauvignon. "During an exclusive unveiling of 'Jamie,' a 2012 vintage, on April 25 to industry trade – such as restaurant and wine store wine buyers – 'Jamie' seemed to enter as if she were Audrey Hepburn wearing pearls and silk stockings. "'The 325-case estate wine grown on Diamond Mountain was an experiment of sorts,' said Sean Thompson, senior winemaker for J. Davies and Schramsberg labels, one that included taking...
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Anne Ernst, May 4, 2016
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Davies/Schramsberg Vineyards Releases Tête-de-Cuvée of Red Wine Program

Davies/Schramsberg Vineyards Releases Tête-de-Cuvée of Red Wine Program

ST. HELENA, CA (April 11, 2016) — This spring, Davies Vineyards, the sister winery of Schramsberg Vineyards, will release its maiden vintage of the J. Davies “Jamie” Cabernet Sauvignon, the finest red wine from its Diamond Mountain estate in Napa Valley. From the highly regarded 2012 harvest, the wine commemorates the family’s matriarch and co-founder Jamie Davies who, with her husband Jack, facilitated the rebirth of the historic property back in 1965. “On behalf of my family and the entire team at Davies Vineyards, we are proud to present our first vintage of ‘Jamie,’” says second-generation vintner Hugh Davies. “This...
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April 11, 2016
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Premiere Napa Valley raises $5 million

Premiere Napa Valley raises $5 million

"ST. HELENA — A group of Swiss wine enthusiasts paid $130,000 for one of the three top lots at Saturday’s Premiere Napa Valley wine barrel auction. The event raised $5 million for the Napa Valley Vintners, the third-highest amount raised in the event’s 20-year history. Last year, the event raised $6 million and in 2014, it raised $5.9 million. "The group, calling themselves Napa Wine Ltd., bought 60 bottles of 2014 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon, 100 percent cabernet sauvignon made from grapes grown in Beckstoffer’s Dr. Crane Vineyard and Las Piedras Vineyard, both in St. Helena. The opening bid started...
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David Stoneberg, February 22, 2016
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Schramsberg and Davies Vineyards: 50 Years of Exploring Ideal Vineyard Sites

Schramsberg and Davies Vineyards: 50 Years of Exploring Ideal Vineyard Sites

ST. HELENA (October 26, 2015) —50 years of intensive vineyard site exploration in the Napa Valley and throughout the North Coast provides the Davies family and its winemaking team with an extraordinary range of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon with which to craft fine wines, sparkling and still. Since the beginning, when Jack and Jamie Davies set out to produce sparkling wines of character and distinction using low-yielding premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes sourced from growers in the northern Napa Valley — Calistoga, St. Helena and Spring Mountain — the famed California sparkling wine house has never relented...
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October 26, 2015
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Star/NVV tasting panel: A vintage winemakers are proud to share

Star/NVV tasting panel: A vintage winemakers are proud to share

"At dinner tables around the globe, when a bottle of top Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon is opened, there is often great fanfare; every sip is highly anticipated. "When you gather a group of the winemakers who make these cabernets in a room, however, they might as well be wearing lab coats. In the quick of a sip, a wine is dissected apart until it is barely breathing. It’s what winemakers do: they critique the structure of the wine — the fruit, the alcohol, the acidity, and more, before they’ll shriek 'It’s Alive.' "A funny thing happened, therefore, at the last...
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Catherine Seda Bugue, December 24, 2013
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