Wineries That Inspire Us

Consider this list to be both fluid and contradictory.

  • Stony Hill Winery: Simply America’s best white wine producer. Hands down. Stony Hill is located in Napa, yet manages to produce electrifyingly high acid, elegant and balanced white wines.
  • Hermann Wiemer: One of the pioneers of the Finger Lakes, and more importantly, the current standard bearer of potential and possibility. The Rieslings are exemplary, but it is the Cabernet Francs that really stunned us recently. It renewed faith that great red wine can be produced in the Finger Lakes. And the Lemberger is really shocking.
  • J. Christopher: If we could make Pinot Noir like any American, if would be like Jay. I had the opportunity to learn a thing or two from him, but only time will tell if it paid off.
  • Gramercy Cellars: Greg makes wines we want to not like, but, he seems to defy every stereotype to make Washington State’s best wines. His Syrah is fantastic, and the Grenache really stands out, but you really can’t go wrong with any of Greg’s wines.
  • Alain Graillot: If we could drink one wine every day for the rest of our lives, this would be it. As long as we could also have German Riesling. Alain Graillot’s Crozes Hermitage is one of the great wines of the world.
  • Villa Monteleone: Lucia gave Christopher an opportunity to work here on his first harvest, and that quickly led down to the cellar. What he learned from the Valpolicella’s most under-the-radar wineries will undoubtedly lead to us making a dried grape wine sooner or later.
  • Kerpen: Martin makes some of Germany’s best wines, not block busters, just perfectly balanced, vibrant and alive. The way they should be – NOT dry.