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Peter Mondavi, Sr.

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

Peter Mondavi, Sr., president/CEO and lead ambassador of C. Mondavi & Family and Charles Krug Winery


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P.B. Hein Vineyards

Author: Julie Fadda
Oct, 2008 Issue

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Beef Bourguignonne


This year marks the first release of P.B. Hein Vineyards wines. Owner Paul Bernard Hein is a self-taught winemaker whose family originally planted grapes on Mt. Veeder in 1879, but who didn’t get into the wine business himself until 2002. As an amateur, he gained popularity by winning several awards. Now with his first commercial release (the 2005 vintage), he’s already garnered awards from both local and international wine competitions


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Watkins Family Winery

Author: Julie Fadda
Oct, 2008 Issue

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Rack of Veal with Porcini Mushrooms


The Watkins family has been growing grapes in Sonoma County since 1979, but it wasn’t until 2003 when production was increased to include people beyond friends and family. The winery specializes in producing small amounts of mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and a Zinfandel/Petite Sirah blend. We tried its 2004 Cabernet from the Barn Block Vineyard of Mt. Veeder, which is young and rich with elements of dark fruit, minerals, currants and coffee. Winemaker Randall Watkins grew up in the Sonoma Valley, and after traveling to produce wine even as far away as Chile, has returned to his roots. His 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon is paired here with a recipe from chef Carlo Cavallo of Sonoma Meritage restaurant (just off the Plaza in downtown Sonoma).


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Thumbprint Cellars

Author: Julie Fadda
Sep, 2008 Issue

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Ahi Tuna with Peaches and a Honey Sesame Antique


Winemaker Scott Lindstrom-Dake was using a gold pen to decorate his unlabeled wine bottles for family and friends when he accidentally made a thumbprint in some wet ink—and totally dug the way it looked. The next thing he knew, Thumbprint Cellars was born. This was in the mid-1990s, soon after he realized his winemaking hobby (his parents were long-time growers) was becoming his true calling. By 2000, he and his wife Erica began making wine at a bonded winery in Healdsburg, and now produce several varietals and have a tasting room near the downtown square.


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