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HL: What woman and/or women have inspired you the most in your career?
PB: I’m always inspired by the women I work with, because they’re whom I also spend the most time with. Today, the women at Demeine Estates, Lawrence Wine Estates, and each of our estate properties are my heroes. Our incredible women leaders inspire me every day and I’m honored I have the opportunity to work with them, and have their friendships.
If a relaxing stroll is more your speed, Burgess offers a guided property tour where you can learn about their regenerative farming and vinification complete with a tasting of six wines in the garden ($85 per person).
Nearby at Heitz Cellar, the winery’s Vineyard to Bottle experience ($1,000 per person) introduces visitors to their biodynamic farm and historic cellar, where wine has been crafted for the last 130-some-odd years. You’re greeted with a glass of single-vineyard Quartz Creek chardonnay enjoyed in the garden alongside caviar canapes while being guided on a journey through their terroir and grape growing methods. Afterward, hop in a courtesy Lexus and visit The Trailside Vineyard and Linda Falls Vineyard (both exclusive to Heitz Cellar) to better understand the microclimates in Napa Valley. Return to the salon for library selections from these vineyards paired with cheese and charcuterie.
Brendel was nominated for the Best New Winery of 2021 by USA Today.
I like that. Pouring a round of the Martha’s Vineyard for my friends the other evening, I challenged them to find some such way of describing the wine. My friend Tim did so brilliantly. The wine was “like Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not,” he said.
Within the span of a year, a number of new wineries opened in Napa, many of which — though unknown at the time — would soon become some of the most famous names in California wine: Silver Oak, Caymus, Chateau Montelena, Cakebread, Clos du Val, Spottswoode, Burgess, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Diamond Creek and others.
Brendel Young Leon Frizzante
And for those who prefer their sparkle a little more subtle, Brendel has the perfect low-key frizzante. Inspired by Napa Valley innovator Leon Brendel, who began making rosé back in the 1950s when it was more or less unheard of in the region, this lightly effervescent rosé offers a refreshing tribute to a wine industry icon.
Just because you’re cooking outside doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to some spectacular wine. Here are nine classic summertime dishes, and the unforgettable wines to serve with them.
If a bottle of Dom isn’t in the cards, then open the charming 2019 Brendel “Young Leon” Rosé Sparkling Wine ($38), an impossibly energetic, rhubarb-kissed bubbly ingeniously crafted from Grignolino.
The first edition of Napa Valley’s new June barrel auction is already underway. You can place bids online now and, if you like Napa Cabernet, you probably should.
Heitz Cellar Spring Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, from a vineyard in the eastern foothills of St. Helena that was originally planted in the 1870s (but has been replanted since.)
Over the course of her career, Philana has established her reputation as an inspiring, engaging leader in the wholesale community. She has served as both Chair and Vice Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), and is one of the founding members of the Advisory Board.
We sat down with Philana Bouvier to learn more about Demeine Estates, how she got into wine, and to find out what she looks for in a vineyard.
Further afield in St. Helena, Heitz Cellar recently debuted its exclusive Vineyard to Bottle package, a multi-hour experience that includes being shuttled around some of the winery’s biodynamic vineyards, followed by a visit to the tasting salon to sample wines.
West Sonoma Coast Vintners is proud to announce the TTB’s approval of the newly established West Sonoma Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA). The West Sonoma Coast AVA is located within the westernmost portion of Sonoma County, holding approximately 50 vineyards planted with varieties ranging from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Syrah. The approval of the AVA recognizes the region’s unique maritime growing conditions that are clearly expressed in the wines and give proper distinction to the growers who farm this cold, marginal viticultural region.
Later in the symposium, on June 21 the “Social Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion” event will launch with Philana Bouvier, President, Demeine Estates, kicking off her mentorship on recruiting and increasing diversity. “Not only is this topic something very personal to me, it matters deeply to Demeine Estates,” says Bouvier. “If we are building long-term resilience, we must truly understand what these essential concepts mean – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. For instance—equity in opportunity does not mean equity of outcome. This journey matters: I recognize we must bear this journey with everyone inside and outside our organization. I look forward to learning collectively during our interactive workshop.“
Fine wine importer Demeine Estates is thrilled to announce their latest import partnership with Domaine Roc de l’Abbaye of Sancerre. Domaine Roc de l’Abbaye is located in Saint-Satur, a village in the heart of Sancerre with winegrowing origins dating back to the 11th century. This strategic alliance coincides with a consistent and growing consumer demand for the region’s wines from its historic and critically acclaimed wineries. Demeine Estates is excited to partner with Domaine Roc de l’Abbaye, which joins a rapidly growing French portfolio that includes Domaine de Montille and Maison Legras & Haas.
Lawrence Wine Estates is excited to announce Managing Partner Carlton McCoy Jr. as Master Sommelier at the Formula 1 ® Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix where he will curate wine experiences across all hospitality spaces. Scheduled to make its debut in Miami Gardens, Florida on May 6-8, 2022, the world’s top drivers will compete in the sport’s newest race. The race provides an exciting opportunity to showcase the food, art and music of the vibrant city of Miami.
Wine Importer Demeine Estates is excited to announce that Barbaresco producer Cà Romé is joining their quickly expanding import portfolio as their first winery partner in Italy. Demeine Estates will be representing their range of Barolo and Barbaresco wines in select markets, meeting a consistently growing interest from consumers in skillfully made Nebbiolo wines of high quality with aging potential. Cà Romé is owned and operated by the Marengo family, today helmed by Giuseppe Marengo along with his siblings Paola and Maria.
Demeine Estates is excited to announce the promotion of John Vidal and Scott Leverenz to the roles of Vice President of Sales, West and Vice President of Sales, East respectively. Vidal and Leverenz have been integral to the company’s leadership and growth over the last 18 months. Both began representing the core portfolio of Lawrence Wine Estates historic Napa Valley properties to the wholesale market, including Heitz Cellar, Stony Hill Vineyard, and Burgess, and have taken on additional launches Brendel and Ink Grade, as well as import properties Champagne Legras & Haas and Domaine de Montille. Vidal and Leverenz report to Senior Vice President of Sales, Leila Pearson.
Burgess Cellars is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, paying homage to the winery’s roots and showcasing innovations by Estate Director George Lobjanidze and Winemaker Meghan Zobeck. Napa Valley winery Burgess Cellars is happy to host guests for the following events, detailed below.
On February 18, Heitz Cellar is unveiling its new Tasting Salon and Hospitality Center. Located at 436 St. Helena Hwy in St. Helena, the space features a grand tasting room, a private tasting room, the Quartz Creek garden, veranda, and chef larder designed by renowned architect Peter Fleming. Founded in 1961 by Joe Heitz, Heitz Cellar helped shape the story of California winemaking. For this venture, The Lawrence Family and Carlton McCoy Jr. seek to honor Heitz’s storied history while continuing to innovate in the hospitality space.
Stony Hill Vineyard is pleased to announce Michaela Kelly as its Estate Director. Gaylon Lawrence and Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy, Jr. acquired the legendary Napa Valley winery last December. Kelly joins Jaimee Motley who has taken on the role of Winemaker.
A blood orange-colored Champagne with aromas of strawberries, dried cherries, pomelo zest and some walnut. Bright and fresh with fine bubbles, crisp acidity and a tight finish. Dry feel. Drink now.
A flavorful Champagne with aromas of spiced apple, brioche, lemon zest and hazelnut. It’s medium-bodied with creamy bubbles and crisp acidity. Lightly toasty with a gentle finish. Drink now.
Jasmine, dried lemon, apple, blanched almonds, brioche and aniseed. It’s medium-bodied with very fine, creamy bubbles. Precise and focused. Excellent freshness with a touch of spice. Dry. 100% chardonnay. Drink now or hold.
This has rich aromas of figs, dates, honeycomb, gingerbread and hazelnuts. It’s full-bodied with sleek bubbles and a flavorful, vinous palate. Toasty and rich with a crisp finish. Little tight at the end. Why wait? Drink now.
A flavorful Champagne with aromas of brioche, sourdough, lemon curd, dried apricot and quince. Vinous and toasty with bright acidity and soft, creamy bubbles. Delicious finish. Drink now.
Delicious aromas of dried apricot, salted lemon, quince, sourdough, almond, dried jasmine and chalk. It’s medium-bodied with creamy, fine bubbles. Retains a bright streak of acidity and a saline, mineral character. Energetic, fresh and lively on the finish. Drink or hold.
Attractive aromas of apricot, dried orange zest, quince, honey and walnut. It’s medium-to full-bodied with silky, soft bubbles. Layered, rounded and harmonious on the palate. Creamy, delicious finish with good length. Drink now or hold.
Fresh, with racy red currant, Damson and red cherry fruit flavors running through. Flecked with light savory notes and hints of sassafras, with an iron note lacing the piercing finish. Latent grip too, so cellar for maximum effect. Drink now through 2035. 2,500 cases made.
Super fresh in feel, despite some obvious density and weight, this sports dark cassis and bright violet notes, along with flashes of anise, singed alder, iron and tobacco. This keeps its sleek and focused feel through the mouthwatering finish. Best from 2023 through 2036. 750 cases made.
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