Casa Piena is owned by Carmen and Gail Policy and located in Yountville surrounded by the Mayacamas, Vaca, and Stag’s Leap mountains. The inspiration for the winery started with Carmen’s childhood in Youngstown, Ohio where his grandfathers were “basement winemakers” in a vibrant Italian-American community. After a rewarding career in law, Policy joined the San Francisco 49ers organization, where he was fortunate enough to play a role in all five of the Super Bowl winning teams. This great achievement helped to establish the 49ers as one of the preeminent franchises in all of sports. He has carried a sense of family from his childhood, to the 49ers, and now into a world-class vineyard with Casa Piena in Napa Valley, where he and his wife Gail fell in love with the community, the beautiful climate, and the art of fine winemaking.
Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel
Founded in Oakville, California in 1885 and restored in 1979, Far Niente is consistently recognized as a benchmark producer of Napa Valley Chardonnay and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. A dedication to winemaking in its highest form, paired with a focus on house style, vineyard ownership and social responsibility, has established Far Niente as one of the world’s great wine estates.
Larry Maguire joined Gil and Beth Nickel and Dirk Hampson at Far Niente in 1983. The Nickel’s and Hampson had just finished restoring the historic stone winery building, launching the estate on a path to create Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to rival the world’s finest. Dirk, the Nickel family and Maguire continue the Far Niente legacy along with their three sister wineries: Dolce, Nickel & Nickel and EnRoute.
Over 20 years ago Jeff Gargiulo and his wife Valerie had a Napa Valley dream that has since blossomed into the beautiful Gargiulo Vineyards winery and Oakville property that you see today. His background is in agriculture, he’s been a lifelong farmer, so he knew that it all starts with extraordinary land. In the early 90’s Valerie’s cousins, Napa icons Barney and Bell Rhodes of famed Bella Oaks Estate, helped them find their first vineyard, Money Road Ranch. In early 2000 they added 575 OVX in Oakville’s premiere grape growing region, with their daughter April as creative director. Music is an important part of Jeff’s life and that theme is echoed throughout the winery, whether in jam sessions, songwriting, or grabbing one of his guitars off the wall and just being in the moment. He is grateful that their GV Cabernet Sauvignons, including G Major 7, Money Road Ranch, and OVX, have evolved into some of the most collectable wines in Napa Valley.
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Suzanne Pride Bryan, Co-owner and her husband, Stuart Bryan, Pride’s Director of National Sales, work with Suzanne’s brother Steve Pride, Co-owner and CEO and Winemaker Sally Johnson to carry-on the tradition of highly-lauded and intensely delicious mountain grown wines. Pride Mountain Vineyards is known for its exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Viognier and their unique dessert wine Mistelle de Viognier.
Celebrating over two decades since its founding by Jim and Carolyn Pride and its first vintage in 1991, Pride Mountain Vineyards has been named one of the “world’s greatest wine estates” by Robert Parker, Jr. joining just 156 other wineries from around the world for this distinction. The Wine Spectator has placed Pride’s wines on their Top100 Wines of the World list six times. Significantly, the wines of Pride Mountain Vineyards have been served at the White House 27 times over the last 22 years across four Administrations.
Silver Oak and Twomey
Silver Oak Cellars was founded in 1972 by Ray Duncan and Justin Meyer, who shared a bold vision of producing a single wine – Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1999, the Duncan family established Twomey Cellars, where they produce Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc in the same philosophy that has guided Silver Oak: exceptional, food-friendly wines that are deliciously drinkable upon release.
Today, Silver Oak and Twomey are operated by Ray's sons David and Tim, who share a close personal connection between making great wine and music. “When you get the wine just right, it’s like hitting a chord on the guitar," says David. "But you first have to have all the notes in place.” Together with fellow Napa Crossroads collaborator Jeff Gargiulo, David is a vocalist in the Silverado Pickups. The band has shared stages with David Pack, Billy Dean, Anna Wilson, Brian Culbertson, Monty Powell, The Violent Femmes and regularly jams with Chuck Leavell of the Rolling Stones. The Pickups have opened for legends such as Leon Russell and Tim McGraw; and most recently, the band opened Napa Valley's first-ever music festival; Bottle Rock Napa Valley.