Grgich Hills Cellar—Miljenko Grgich is a recognized master
of Napa Valley Chardonnay, which first gained international
recognition by winning a high-profile 1976 tasting in Paris.
David Bruce Winery—Dermatologist Dr. David Bruce long ago
moved from the Stanford Medical School up the slopes of the
Santa Cruz Mountains, where his estate Pinot Noir can realign
Steele Wines—Jedediah Tecumseh Steele's skill with Chardonnay
established Kendall-Jackson as a major player. When total sales
hit a million cases a year, Jed chose to go small with his own
winemaking. of course, he took his Chardonnay skills with him,
and you must try them.
Clos Du Val—After exquisite education and training in France,
Bernard Portet brought those skills to the Stags Leap District
of Napa Valley, where his first Cabernet Sauvignon sold out before
it was released. That was 25 years ago, and his Cabs are even
Soda Canyon Vineyard—Selecting John Fortado's best wine is a
slam dunk. Located east of the Silverado Trail, John grows
the grapes, makes the wine, and turns out the lights at night.
His 10-plus acres of vines produce 2000-plus cases of carefully-
crafted wine, all Chardonnay.
Frey Winery—Physicians Paul and Marguerite know a lot about
sanitation, so they can make their wines without use of sulfur
dioxide. Try their organic Zinfandel.