FROM THE PRODUCER
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From the Winery
The snazzy label and irresistible pink color make it a shoe-in with the ladies, but guys can also pop open this bright and juicy rose with their street cred intact.
At Murphy-Goode, winemaking isn't just a family business; it's a family tradition - one that's endured since its founding in 1985 by friends Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and Dave Ready, and lives on in its current owners, the Jackson family. It's a tradition based on a shared appreciation of friendship, hard work, a wicked sense of humor and, of course, a good bottle of wine. Although currently more Bordeaux focused, in the early days of Murphy-Goode "a good bottle of wine" meant one of two things: fume blanc or chardonnay, both made with grapes harvested entirely from Murphy Ranch and Murphy-Goode Vineyard. But as the popularity of their wine grew, so did the need for additional vineyards. The solution? Simply bring more friends into the gold by creating partnerships with local farms and neighbors who shared the Murphy-Goode vision. In the summer of 2006, one such neighbor, friend and fellow winemaker Jess Jackson, displayed such a strong belief in this vision that he purchased Murphy-Goode. The winery is still very much a family-oriented operation today, with the Murphys retaining their original vineyards and David Ready, Jr., son of one of the original founders, continuing on as Murphy-Goode's winemaker. Though now, of course, they create more than just fume blanc and chardonnay. In fact in recent years, as newly planted vineyards have come into production, the winery's focus has shifted from primarily white wine to distinctive reds - particularly Bordeaux blends produced from grape varieties that excel in the Alexander Valley. And so the tradition continues: friendship, hard work, a wicked sense of humor and, of course, a good bottle of wine.
Like Robin Hood and his Merry Men, the Three Thieves ‘stole’ from the rich, and made great wine accessible to everyone—from NASCAR fans looking for something to pair with their drive-thru dinners, to soccer moms looking for a respite from their busy days. They believed that there was more to good wine than fancy bottles, and their first release, a Zinfandel bottled in a one-liter glass jug with a screw top, proved their point when it was a huge hit with wine lovers everywhere. Soon afterwards, Three Thieves released jugs of Cabernet and Chardonnay to much hoopla and fanfare and their reputation as mavericks was sealed. Their outside-the-box thinking soon became inside-the-box thinking when they again pushed the boundaries with Tetra Pak Bandits. Inside of these lightweight, eco-friendly, resealable boxes, is the kind of tremendous quality wine people have come to expect from Three Thieves.
Cameron Hughes Wine
With an obsession for quality and innovation, Cameron Hughes Wine, founded by Cameron Hughes and partner Jessica Kogan, is dedicated to building a reputation for delivering the best domestic and international wine values in the marketplace today. As a modern international négociant, we partner with top-tier wineries around the world, buying and contracting their ultra-premium wine to sell at very affordable prices. Cameron Hughes Wine brands - unique in character and integrity - include the CH Lot Series, CH California, Hughes-Wellman, The Flying Winemaker, Zin Your Face, and Frunza.
Quady Winery specializes in dessert wines from under-appreciated muscat varieties, in ports, and in aperitif wines. Essensia and Electra made from Orange Muscat and Elysium and Red Electra from the Black Muscat variety can either accompany or replace a dessert and are best if served chilled. Starboard, a port type wine made in a fruit forward-softer style, is Quady's euphemism for port. It is made in two styles: Batch 88 for current drinking and Vintage Starboard, for bottle aging. Recently, Quady has introduced Vya Vermouths, made in two styles, extra dry and sweet, for use either as an aperitif or to mix with spirits. Vya is the vermouth for the connoisseur.