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Keller Estate Winery

Author: Davina Rubin
May, 2008 Issue

    • Case production: 11,000
    • Planted acres: 90, the rest are sourced
    • Grapes used: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Syrah
    • Employees: 6
    • (707) 765-2117

    The award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim once remarked that “art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” Nowhere is this more applicable than in the art of making wine. Behind the burgundy and golden-hued masterpieces poured out of curvy glass bottles and swirled into clinking glasses is the touch of a winemaker’s hand. It’s through the deft art of winemaking that nature’s chaos is turned into a sumptuous elixir.

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Martin Estate Winery

Author: Julie Fadda
May, 2008 Issue

    • Case production: 1,500 cases, depending on harvest
    • Planted acres: 8
    • Grapes used: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
    • Employees: 3 plus a vineyard management team
    • Contact: P.O. Box 390, Rutherford, CA 94573

    A lot of people talk about tasting terroir in wine. But is it possible to taste history? Now that I’ve visited Martin Estate Winery, I think it is. No wonder proprietors Greg and Petra Martin (Greg being one of the world’s most recognized specialists in arms and armor) were attracted to it.

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Stonestreet Vineyards & Winery

Author: Julie Fadda
May, 2008 Issue

    • Case production: 30,000-35,000 annually
    • Planted acres: 900
    • Grapes used: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Chardonnay
    • Employees: 25
    • Contact: 7111 Highway 128, Healdsburg, Calif. 95448
    • (707) 433-9463

    “I’ve learned to trust what my vineyards give me,” says winemaker Graham Weerts of Stonestreet Vineyards & Winery, who arrived from Cape Town, South Africa to work at the 5,100-acre Alexander Mountain estate in 2004. That was the year the winery decided to scale back its efforts and focus solely on its 235 separate blocks of mountainside vineyards.

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Tres Sabores

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2007

  • Case production: 2,000
  • Planted acres: 12 estate acres planted to Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot
  • Additional grapes sourced from: Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma Mountain, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon from Calistoga, Cabernet from Howell Mountain and Moon Mountain
  • Contact: P.O. Box 238, Rutherford, Calif., 94573
  • (707) 967-8027;


Sitting at a shaded picnic table on the edge of Julie Johnson’s estate vineyard on an early September morning, I can feel the temperature rising, smell the late-summer dust in the air and hear a symphony of birds and bugs. All in all, it’s a pretty idyllic scene...until she tells this story:


“We had a rattlesnake under our couch the other day. We have open doors, because the dogs go in and out throughout the day, but this was startling! I mean, I’ve heard about rattlesnakes on doorsteps—especially from my friends who live up the Stag’s Leap area—and I guess we should expect it. But my husband [Jon Engelskirger, former winemaker for Turnbull Wine Cellars] and I both decided that’s not something we’d like to repeat.”

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