Laura Bianchi, Castello di Monsanto, Chianti Classico, Where Past Meets Future

“Where The Past Meets The Future” An Interview with Laura Bianchi, Owner, Castello di Monsanto By Lisa Gmur, CSW OPERATION STORYTELLER Castello di Monsanto was founded in 1962 by Fabrizio Bianchi and is renowned for its aging cellar which is 300 meters in length and holds 1300 barriques, a fact I can attest to, having […]

Maison Louis Latour The Next Generation

“The Next Generation” An Interview with Bernard Retornaz, President, Louis LAtour By Lisa Gmur, CSW OPERATION STORYTELLER Louis Latour has over two centuries of Burgundian history; two hundred and twenty-five years to be exact. The Latour family have been growing grapes in the region since the 17th century, slowly growing their property to more than […]

Miller Family Wines Five Generations of Family Farming

Five Generations of Family Farming Central Coast, California By Lisa Gmur, CSW OPERATION STORYTELLER The Miller Family’s farming and ranching legacy dates all the way back to 1871 when William and Francis Broome made that long haul from the old country, England, and began farming in Southern California’s Ventura County. The family originally acquired a […]

Farmstead The Story Behind the Wines

THE STORY BEHIND THE WINES BY LISA GMUR, CSW Nestled in the quaint Napa Valley town of St. Helena, is one of the busiest restaurants in the United States.  In fact, more than ¼ million people dine there every year. That restaurant is called Farmstead and its offspring is a winery owned by the same […]

Dobbes Family Estate Making Wine & Giving Back

Making Wine & Giving Back By Lisa Gmur, CSW When Joe Dobbes launched his winery, Dobbes Family Estate, back in 2002. He had a vision; a Pinot Noir led, traditionally crafted Burgundian style portfolio from traditional and emerging AVAs primarily within the Willamette and Rogue Valleys. Before this, Joe had worked for 17 years in […]

Long Meadow Ranch, Full Circle Farming in Napa’s Mayacamas Mountains

Full Circle Farming in Napa’s Mayacamas Mountains By Lisa Gmur, CSW In 1872, a gentleman and Civil War Veteran by the name of E.J. Church was given an opportunity to move from the east to the west. President Ulysses S. Grant himself signed the land patent granting 640-acres in the Mayacamas Mountains to Church. And […]

Hogwash, World Class California Rose

Born from Goodness By Lisa Gmur, CSW Hogwash was born at a charity event in Atlanta back in 2008. As the story goes, the folks running the event were looking for a wine the guests could drink with the hogs being roasted. Boo Beckstoffer (Tuck’s wife) hailed from the area and friends, knowing she had […]

Introducing Cline Seven Ranchlands On Premise Exclusive

Restaurant & Hotel Exclusive sourced from Cline’s California Estates Exclusive Interview with Winemaker Tom Gendall Interview By Lisa Gmur, CSW Cline Cellars was originally founded by Fred and Nancy Cline back in 1982 in Oakley, California after Fred received a small inheritance from his grandfather. Cline continues to farm their historic vineyards in Oakley, where […]