Making wine in Napa Valley brings together winemakers from just about everywhere:  Minnesota, South Dakota, Michigan, France, Australia, Louisiana, Switzerland, Denmark and even, Napa Valley. Each year many of these winemakers come together in February to offer some very special wines for Premiere Napa Valley. Premiere is an event for the trade and wine industry professionals. Most of this years offerings were from the 2016 vintage and after tasting many pours, I can attest to the fact that these were some fantastic wines! I was not alone in this opinion. The auction raised over $4.1 million. As always the event was held at the Culinary institute of America in St. Helena which is where we recorded several short interviews with the winemakers and owners. This is one special day which concludes a busy and hectic week. We offer a sincere congratulations to the vintners for a job well done. The bidders did pretty well too! So sit back and enjoy the sounds the a successful Premiere Napa Valley 2018.

Winemakers interviewed for this podcast:

  1. Adam Fox-Canard Vineyard
  2. Michael Scholz-St. Supery
  3. Richie Allen-Rombauer Vineyards
  4. Luke Russ-O’Shaughnessy Winery
  5. David Tate-Barnett Vineyards/Tate Wine
  6. Todd Graff-Frank Family Vineyards
  7. Don LaBorde-Paraduxx
  8. Hailey Trefethen-Trefethen Family Vineyards
  9. Aron Weinkauf-Spottswoode Winery
  10. Molly Lyman-Volker Eisele Estate
  11. Jean Hoefliger-Alpha Omega/AXR
  12. Sam Baxter-Terra Valentine
  13. Elliot Stern-Oakville East Exposure
  14. Sara Fowler-Peju Province Winery
  15. Yannick Rousseau-Y. Rousseau Winery
  16. Stuart Spoto-Spoto Family Winery
  17. Mary Rocca-Rocca Family Winery
  18. John Skupny-Lang & Reed Winery
  19. John Reinert-Brilliant Mistake Wines
  20. Jennelle Manzanares-Bougetz Cellars
  21. Elizabeth Vianna-Chimney Rock Winery
  22. Aaron Pott-Pott Wine
  23. Philippe Langner-Hesperian Wines
  24. Sarah McCrea-Stony Hill Vineyard

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Photos by Jeanette Hrnyak

Written by Ray Fister

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