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Second Generation Winemaker Hugh Davies Continues To Produce USA’s First Blanc De Blancs

Second Generation Winemaker Hugh Davies Continues To Produce USA’s First Blanc De Blancs

This photo shows bottles of sparkling wine on a riddling rack inside a cave at Schramsberg Vineyards ... [+] ASSOCIATED PRESS The first vintage of Schramsberg sparkling wine was released in 1965, the same year Hugh Davies was born. Said to be the first winery in the United States to produce a Blanc de Blancs, or 100 percent Chardonnay sparkling wine, Schramsberg paved the way for California’s fine sparkling wine industry, which has come to be dominated by producers that are extensions of well-known French Champagne houses. Hugh has been president and CEO of Schramsberg since 2005. In addition to making...
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5/6/20
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These Virtual Wine Tastings Come With a Crate of Wine and Sense of Community

These Virtual Wine Tastings Come With a Crate of Wine and Sense of Community

by Noah Kaufman April 30, 2020 Wineries will ship you everything you need (aka lots of bottles). As the United States and countries around the world continue to apply social distancing measures during the coronavirus outbreak, images of empty streets in major cities and stories of restaurants and bars upending—and in some cases shutting down—have proliferated. But the pandemic's impact extends well outside the borders of major metropolises, into more rural areas of states with major outbreaks like California and New York. Statewide shelter-in-place mandates have meant that life and work in rural wine countries have changed dramatically. With the...
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04/30/20
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The 15 Best Organic Bottles Of Red, White, Rosé, And Sparkling Wine

The 15 Best Organic Bottles Of Red, White, Rosé, And Sparkling Wine

Plus, what "organic wine" actually means. By Maria Miyashiro Apr 15, 2020 Alyssa Gray/ Getty Images You've probably tried organic vegetables—maybe even a box or two of organic mac & cheese. But have you explored the world of organic wines? Let us break it down for you. What does organic wine mean in the U.S.? The strictest interpretation of "organic wine" comes from the USDA. They ensure organic wines have grapes grown without all the chemicals—synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides—and that all additional ingredients are also certified organic. Those additional ingredients include things that aren't always listed on the label, like...
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4/16/20
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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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Town & Country Magazine: The 23 Best Wines to Serve at Christmas: Featuring Schramsberg, Dal Forno Romano and Royal Tokaji

Town & Country Magazine: The 23 Best Wines to Serve at Christmas: Featuring Schramsberg, Dal Forno Romano and Royal Tokaji

"Whether you're planning a feast for the whole family or opting for a more low-key celebration, choosing the right bottles to pair with your Christmas meal is an important part of creating the perfect holiday experience. We surveyed master sommeliers and wine experts around the country to find the best wines to serve at your celebratory Christmas meal. Here are 23 bottles that will make your feast especially memorable." Sparkling: Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs 2015 "Nothing says holiday quite like sparkling wine! It makes that annoying relative so much more bearable, the fireside warmer, and the glowing lights from the...
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Sam Dangremond, October 2, 2019
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St. Helena Star: Harvest begins for Calistoga’s Schramsberg Vineyards

St. Helena Star: Harvest begins for Calistoga’s Schramsberg Vineyards

[caption id="attachment_56331" align="aligncenter" width="650"] During a start of harvest celebration on Tuesday, a group of Schramsberg Vineyards workers used sabers to open the bottles of 2015 Querencia Brut Rose. They are, from left, Sean Thompson, Sam Rubanowitz, Jessica Koga, Jack Davies, Shawn McIlvenna, Mara Ambrose and Hugh Davies. Photo: Tim Carl Photography[/caption] Crews harvested 10 tons of Pinot Noir from the Richburg Vineyard and 12 tons of Chardonnay grapes from the Sisters Vineyard early Tuesday as harvest 2019 began for Calistoga’s Schramsberg Vineyards. Mid-morning on Tuesday, Emrys Davies, 15, and his brother Hughie, 10, were on the crushpad with their...
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David Stoneberg, August 21, 2019
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Shanken News Daily: Schramsberg Stakes Out Ground at Domestic Sparkling Wine’s High End

Shanken News Daily: Schramsberg Stakes Out Ground at Domestic Sparkling Wine’s High End

Schramsberg Stakes Out Ground At Domestic Sparkling Wine’s High End July 19, 2019 In value terms, the upscale sparkling wine market in the U.S. continues to be led by Champagne brands like Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon, but higher-end domestic bubblies have also been gaining ground, with Napa Valley-based Schramsberg at the forefront. Schramsberg’s depletions are nearing the 90,000-case mark, according to second-generation family member Hugh Davies. While the brand’s flagship Blanc de Blancs ($35) leads the portfolio in volume terms, with depletions of approximately 35,000 cases last year, Davies sees room for experimentation and growth at the higher...
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Julia Higgins, July 19, 2019
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North Bay Voyager: The 24 Best Rosés to Drink This Summer (and Beyond) – featuring Schramsberg

North Bay Voyager: The 24 Best Rosés to Drink This Summer (and Beyond) – featuring Schramsberg

SCHRAMSBERG 2016 BRUT ROSÉ - $47 Napa Valley's Schramsberg remains one of the best sparkling wine producers in the world. Their wines are hard to resist: perfectly balanced and traditionally made. Their 2016 Brut Rosé is no exception. A blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, this salmon colored sparkler is juicy, acidic and is a perfect match for an iconic sparkling pairing: fried chicken.
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Sarah Stierch, June 26, 2019
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Jancis Robinson: California is Fizzing Again featuring Schramsberg

Jancis Robinson: California is Fizzing Again featuring Schramsberg

"There'a a renaissance of sparkling wine production in the golden state." "But then in 1965, Jack and Jamie Davies purchased the historic Schramsberg property on Napa's Diamond Mountain with the goal of producing world-class California sparkling wine, producing the country's first vintage-dated blanc de noirs in 1967. Schramsberg's success with high-quality sparkling wine was undeniable, and no doubt helped to fuel the expansion of the category that would take place over the next 20 years." "'I think they've really made it more practical for some of these new producers to exist and to do the work', says Schramsberg CEO Hugh...
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Alder Yarrow, May 13, 2019
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Newsweek: American-Made Sparkling Wine as Rich in History as it is in Taste–Meet Schramsberg Vineyards

Newsweek: American-Made Sparkling Wine as Rich in History as it is in Taste–Meet Schramsberg Vineyards

  "The rolling hills of Napa Valley drenched in vibrant shades of green and mustard spill across the vast openness, dotted with happy little trees along the winding roads to Schramsberg vineyards. Colorful flowers line enchanting streams and ponds, while the rows and rows of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines seem endless. The sight is utterly breathtaking, like the living, thriving splendor of a Bob Ross scenescape. It’s no wonder the sparkling wine produced on Schramsberg’s 66 properties across the Northern Californian coast is equally enthralling. The beauty of the land the vineyards occupy is noticeable in every glass of Blanc de...
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Janice Williams, April 17, 2019
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